Moses (c. 1440 B.C.) Seeks
Exodus 3, 6, 19, 24, 32-34, 40
(1809-1880), "God Appears to Moses in Burning Bush" (1848),
St. Isaac of Dalmatia Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Exodus Chapter 3
God appeareth to Moses in a bush, and sendeth him to deliver Israel.
3:1. Now Moses fed the sheep of Jethro, his father in law, the priest
of Madian: and he drove the flock to the inner parts of the desert, and came
to the mountain of God, Horeb.
3:2. And the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst
of a bush: and he saw that the bush was on fire, and was not burnt.
3:3. And Moses said: I will go, and see this great sight, why the bush
is not burnt.
3:4. And when the Lord saw that he went forward to see, he called to
him out of the midst of the bush. and said: Moses, Moses. And he answered:
Here I am.
3:5. And he said: Come not nigh hither, put off the shoes from thy
feet; for the place, whereon thou standest, is holy ground.
3:6. And he said: I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the
God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face: for he durst not
look at God.
3:7. And the Lord said to him: I have seen the affliction of my people in
Egypt, and I have heard their cry because of the rigour of them that are
over the works;
3:8. And knowing their sorrow, I am come down to deliver them out of the
hands of the Egyptians, and to bring them out of that land into a good and
spacious land, into a land that floweth with milk and honey, to the places
of the Chanaanite, and Hethite, and Amorrhite, and Pherezite, and Hevite,
3:9. For the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have
seen their affliction, wherewith they are oppressed by the Egyptians.
3:10. But come, and I will send thee to Pharao, that thou mayst bring
forth my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.
3:11. And Moses said to God: Who am I that I should go to Pharao, and
should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
3:12. And he said to him: I will be with thee; and this thou shalt have
for a sign that I have sent thee: When thou shalt have brought my people out
of Egypt, thou shalt offer sacrifice to God upon this mountain.
3:13. Moses said to God: Lo, I shall go to the children of Israel, and
say to them: The God of your fathers hath sent me to you. If they shall say
to me: What is his name? What shall I say to them?
3:14. God said to Moses: I AM WHO AM. He said: Thus shalt thou say to
the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you.
"I am who am..." That is, I am being itself, eternal, self-existent,
independent, infinite; without beginning, end, or change; and the source
of all other beings.]
3:15. And God said again to Moses: Thus shalt thou say to the children
of Israel: The Lord God of your fathers the God of Abraham, the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob hath sent me to you; this is my name for ever,
and this is my memorial unto all generations.
3:16. Go and gather together the ancients of Israel, and thou shalt
say to them: The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared to me, saying: Visiting I have
visited you; and I have seen all that hath befallen you in Egypt.
3:17. And I have said the word to bring you forth out of the affliction
of Egypt, into the land of the Chanaanite, and Hethite, and Amorrhite, and
Pherezite, and Hevite, and Jebusite, to a land that floweth with milk and
3:18: And they shall hear thy voice; and thou shalt go in, thou and the
ancients of Israel, to the king of Egypt, and thou shalt say to him: The
Lord God of the Hebrews hath called us; we will go three days’ journey
into the wilderness, to sacrifice unto the Lord our God.
3:19. But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go, but by a
3:20. For I will stretch forth my hand, and will strike Egypt with all my
wonders which I will do in the midst of them: after these he will let you
3:21. And I will give favour to this people, in the sight of the
Egyptians: and when you go forth, you shall not depart empty:
3:22. But every woman shall ask of her neighbour, and of her that is in
her house, vessels of silver and of gold, and raiment: and you shall put
them on your sons and daughters, and shall spoil Egypt.
Exodus Chapter 6
God reneweth his promise. The genealogies of Ruben, Simon and Levi, down to
Moses and Aaron.
6:1. And the Lord said to Moses: Now thou shalt see what I will do to
Pharao: for by a mighty hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand
shall he cast them out of his land.
6:2. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: I am the Lord
6:3. That appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, by the name of God
Almighty: and my name ADONAI I did not shew them.
My name Adonai... The name, which is in the Hebrew text, is that most
proper name of God, which signifieth his eternal, self-existent being, Ex.
3.14, which the Jews out of reverence never pronounce; but, instead of it,
whenever it occurs in the Bible, they read Adonai, which signifies the Lord;
and, therefore, they put the points or vowels, which belong to the name Adonai,
to the four letters of that other ineffable name Jod, He, Vau, He. Hence some
moderns have framed the name Jehovah, unknown to all the ancients, whether
Jews or Christians; for the true pronunciation of the name, which is in the
Hebrew text, by long disuse, is now quite lost.
6:4. And I made a covenant with them, to give them the land of Chanaan, the
land of their pilgrimage wherein they were strangers.
6:5. I have heard the groaning of the children of Israel, wherewith the
Egyptians have oppressed them: and I have remembered my covenant.
Exodus Chapter 19
- They come to Sinai: the people are commanded to be sanctified. The Lord,
coming in thunder and lightning, speaketh with Moses.
19:1. In the third month of the departure of Israel out of the land of
Egypt, on this day they came into the wilderness of Sinai:
19:2. For departing out of Raphidim, and coming to the desert of Sinai,
they camped in the same place, and there Israel pitched their tents over
against the mountain.
19:3. And Moses went up to God; and the Lord called unto him from the
mountain, and said: Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the
children of Israel: And Moses went up to God... Moses went up to mount
Sinai, where God spoke to him.
19:4. You have seen what I have done to the Egyptians, how I have
carried you upon the wings of eagles, and have taken you to myself.
19:5. If therefore you will hear my voice, and keep my covenant, you
shall be my peculiar possession above all people: for all the earth is mine.
19:6. And you shall be to me a priestly kingdom, and a holy nation.
These are the words thou shalt speak to the children of Israel.
19:7. Moses came; and calling together the elders of the people, he
declared all the words which the Lord had commanded.
19:8. And all the people answered together: All that the Lord hath
spoken, we will do. And when Moses had related the people’s words to the
19:9. The Lord said to him: Lo, now will I come to thee in the
darkness of a cloud, that the people may hear me speaking to thee, and may
believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people to the Lord.
19:10. And he said to him: Go to the people, and sanctify them to day,
and to morrow, and let them wash their garments.
19:11. And let them be ready against the third day; for on the third
day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people, upon Mount
19:12. And thou shalt appoint certain limits to the people round
about, and thou shalt say to them: Take heed ye go not up into the mount,
and that ye touch not the borders thereof: every one that toucheth the
mount, dying he shall die.
19:13. No hands shall touch him, but he shall be stoned to death, or
he shall be shot through with arrows: whether it be beast, or man, he shall
not live. When the trumpet shall begin to sound, then let them go up into
19:14. And Moses came down from the mount to the people, and
sanctified them. And when they had washed thelr garments,
19:15. He said to them: Be ready against the third day, and come not
near your wives.
19:16. And now the third day was come, and the morning appeared: and
behold thunders began to be heard, and lightning to flash, and a very thick
cloud to cover the mount, and the noise of the trumpet sounded exceeding
loud; and the people that was in the camp, feared.
19:17. And when Moses had brought them forth to meet God, from the
place of the camp, they stood at the bottom of the mount.
19:18. And all Mount Sinai was on a smoke: because the Lord was come
down upon it in fire, and the smoke arose from it as out of a furnace: and
all the mount was terrible.
19:19. And the sound of the trumpet grew by degrees louder and louder,
and was drawn out to a greater length: Moses spoke, and God answered him.
19:20. And the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, in the very top of the
mount, and he called Moses unto the top thereof. And when he was gone up
19:21. He said unto him: Go down, and charge the people; lest they
should have a mind to pass the limits to see the Lord, and a very great
multitude of them should perish.
19:22. The priests also that come to the Lord, let them be sanctified,
lest he strike them.
19:23. And Moses said to the Lord: The people cannot come up to Mount
Sinai: for thou didst charge, and command, saying: Set limits about the
mount, and sanctify it.
19:24. And the Lord said to him: Go, get thee down; and thou shalt
come up, thou and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people
pass the limits, nor come up to the Lord, lest he kill them.
19:25. And Moses went down to the people and told them all.
Exodus Chapter 24
- Moses writeth his law; and after offering sacrifices, sprinkleth the blood
of the testament upon the people: then goeth up the mountain which God
covereth with a fiery cloud.
24:1. And he said to Moses: Come up to the Lord, thou, and Aaron,
Nadab and Abiu, and seventy of the ancients of Israel, and you shall adore
24:2. And Moses alone shall come up to the Lord, but they shall not
come nigh; neither shall the people come up with him.
24:3. So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord, and
all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice: We will do
all the words of the Lord, which he hath spoken.
24:4. And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord: and rising in the
morning, he built an altar at the foot of the mount, and twelve titles
according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
24:5. And he sent young men of the children of Israel, and they offered
holocausts, and sacrificed pacific victims of calves to the Lord.
24:6. Then Moses took half of the blood, and put it into bowls; and the
rest he poured upon the altar.
24:7. And taking the book of the covenant, he read it in the hearing of
the people: and they said: All things that the Lord hath spoken, we will do,
we will be obedient.
24:8. And he took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people, and he
said: This is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you
concerning all these words.
24:9. Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abiu, and seventy of the
ancients of Israel went up:
24:10. And they saw the God of Israel: and under his feet as it were a
work of sapphire stone, and as the heaven, when clear.
24:11. Neither did he lay his hand upon those of the children of
Israel, that retired afar off, and they saw God, and they did eat and drink.
24:12. And the Lord said to Moses: Come up to me into the mount, and
be there; and I will give thee tables of stone, and the law, and the
commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
24:13. Moses rose up, and his minister Josue: and Moses going up into
the mount of God,
24:14. Said to the ancients: Wait ye here till we return to you. You
have Aaron and Hur with you: if any question shall arise, you shall refer it
24:15. And when Moses was gone up, a cloud covered the mount.
24:16. And the glory of the Lord dwelt upon Sinai, covering it with a
cloud six days: and the seventh day he called him out of the midst of the
24:17. And the sight of the glory of the Lord, was like a burning fire
upon the top of the mount, in the eyes of the children of Israel.
24:18. And Moses entering into the midst of the cloud, went up into
the mountain: And he was there forty days and forty nights.
31:18. And the Lord, when he had ended these words in
Mount Sinai, gave to Moses two stone tables of testimony, written with the
finger of God.
Exodus Chapter 32
- The people fall into idolatry. Moses prayeth for them. He breaketh the
tables: destroyeth the idol: blameth Aaron, and causeth many of the
idolaters to be slain.
32:1. And the people seeing that Moses delayed to come down from the
mount, gathering together against Aaron, said: Arise, make us gods, that may
go before us: For as to this Moses, the man that brought us out of the land
of Egypt, we know not what has befallen him.
32:2. And Aaron said to them: Take the golden earrings from the ears of
your wives, and your sons and daughters, and bring them to me.
32:3. And the people did what he had commanded, bringing the earrings to
32:4. And when he had received them, he fashioned them by founders’
work, and made of them a molten calf. And they said: These are thy gods, O
Israel, that have brought thee out of the land of Egypt.
32:5. And when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it, and made
proclamation by a crier’s voice, saying To morrow is the solemnity of the
32:6. And rising in the morning, they offered holocausts, and peace
victims, and the people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.
32:7. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Go, get thee down: thy people,
which thou hast brought out of the land of Egypt, hath sinned.
32:8. They have quickly strayed from the way which thou didst shew them:
and they have made to themselves a molten calf, and have adored it, and
sacrificing victims to it, have said: These are thy gods, O Israel, that
have brought thee out of the land of Egypt.
32:9. And again the Lord said to Moses: I see that this people is
32:10. Let me alone, that my wrath may be kindled against them, and
that I may destroy them, and I will make of thee a great nation.
32:11. But Moses besought the Lord his God, saying: Why, O Lord, is
thy indignation enkindled against thy people, whom thou hast brought out of
the land of Egypt, with great power, and with a mighty hand?
32:12. Let not the Egyptians say, I beseech thee: He craftily brought
them out, that he might kill them in the mountains, and destroy them from
the earth: let thy anger cease, and be appeased upon the wickedness of thy
32:13. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou
sworest by thy own self, saying: I will multiply your seed as the stars of
heaven: and this whole land that I have spoken of, I will give to your seed,
and you shall possess it for ever:
32:14. And the Lord was appeased from doing the evil which he had
spoken against his people.
32:15. And Moses returned from the mount, carrying the two tables of
the testimony in his hand, written on both sides,
32:16. And made by the work of God; the writing also of God was graven
in the tables.
32:17. And Josue hearing the noise of the people shout. ing, said to
Moses: The noise of battle is heard in the camp.
32:18. But he answered: It is not the cry of men encouraging to fight,
nor the shout of men compelling to flee: but I hear the voice of singers.
32:19. And when he came nigh to the camp, he saw the calf, and the
dances: and being very angry, he threw the tables out of his hand, and broke
them at the foot of the mount:
32:20. And laying hold of the calf which they had made, he burnt it, and
beat it to powder, which he strewed into water, and gave thereof to the
children of Israel to drink.
32:21. And he said to Aaron: What has this people done to thee, that thou
shouldst bring upon them a most heinous sin?
32:22. And he answered him: Let not my lord be offended; for thou knowest
this people, that they are prone to evil.
32:23. They said to me: make us gods, that may go before us; for as to
this Moses, who brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, we know not what
is befallen him.
32:24. And I said to them: Which of you hath any gold? and they took and
brought it to me; and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out.
32:25. And when Moses saw that the people were naked, (for Aaron had
stripped them by occasion of the shame of the filth, and had set them naked
among their enemies)
Naked... Having lost not only their gold, and their honour, but what was
worst of all, being stripped also of the grace of God, and having lost
him.-The shame of the filth... That is, of the idol, which they had taken
for their god. It is the usual phrase of the scripture to call idols filth
32:26. Then standing in the gate of the camp, he said: If any man be on
the Lord’s side, let him join with me. And all the sons of Levi gathered
themselves together unto him:
32:27. And he said to them: Thus saith the Lord God of Israel: Put every
man his sword upon his thigh: go, and return from gate to gate through the
midst of the camp, and let every man kill his brother, and friend, and
32:28. And the sons of Levi did according to the words of Moses, and
there were slain that day about three and twenty thousand men.
32:29. And Moses said: You have consecrated your hands this day to the
Lord, every man in his son and in his brother, that a blessing may be given
32:30. And when the next day was come, Moses spoke to the people: You
have sinned a very great sin: I will go up to the Lord, if by any means I
may be able to entreat him for your crime.
32:31. And returning to the Lord, he said: I beseech thee: this people
hath sinned a heinous sin, and they have made to themselves gods of gold:
either forgive them this trespass,
32:32. Or if thou do not, strike me out of the book that thou hast
32:33. And the Lord answered him: He that hath sinned against me, him
will I strike out of my book:
32:34. But go thou, and lead this people whither I have told thee: my
angel shall go before thee. And I in the day of revenge will visit this sin
also of theirs.
32:35. The Lord therefore struck the people for the guilt, on occasion
of the calf which Aaron had made.
Exodus Chapter 33
- The people mourn for their sin. Moses pitcheth the tabernacle without the
camp. He converseth familiarly with God. Desireth to see his glory.
33:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Go, get thee up from this
place, thou and thy people which thou hast brought out of the land of Egypt,
into the land concerning which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying:
To thy seed I will give it:
33:2. And I will send an angel before thee, that I may cast out the
Chanaanite, and the Amorrhite, and the Hethite, and the Pherezite, and the
Hevite, and the Jebusite,
33:3. That thou mayst enter into the land that floweth with milk and
honey. For I will not go up with thee, because thou art a stiffnecked
people; lest I destroy thee in the way.
33:4. And the people hearing these very bad tidings, mourned: and no man
put on his ornaments according to custom.
33:5. And the Lord said to Moses: Say to the children of Israel: Thou art
a stiffnecked people, once I shall come up in the midst of thee, and shall
destroy thee. Now presently lay aside thy ornaments, that I may know what to
do to thee.
33:6. So the children of Israel laid aside their ornaments by Mount Horeb.
33:7. Moses also taking the tabernacle, pitched it without the camp
afar off, and called the name thereof, The tabernacle of the covenant. And
all the people, that had any question, went forth to the tabernacle of the
covenant, without the camp.
33:8. And when Moses went forth to the tabernacle, all the people rose
up, and every one stood in the door of his pavilion, and they beheld the
back of Moses, till he went into the tabernacle.
33:9. And when he was gone into the tabernacle of the covenant, the
pillar of the cloud came down, and stood at the door, and he spoke with
33:10. And all saw that the pillar of the cloud stood at the door of
the tabernacle. And they stood and worshipped at the doors of their tent.
33:11. And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man is wont to
speak to his friend. And when he returned into the camp, his servant Josue,
the son of Nun, a young man, departed not from the tabernacle.
Face to face... That is, in a most familiar manner. Though as we
learn from this very chapter, Moses could not see the face of the
33:12. And Moses said to the Lord: Thou commandest me to lead forth
this people; and thou dost not let me know whom thou wilt send with me,
especially whereas thou hast said: I know thee by name, and thou hast found
favour in my sight.
33:13. If therefore I have found favour in thy sight, shew me thy
face, that I may know thee, and may find grace before thy eyes: look upon
thy people this nation.
33:14. And the Lord said: My face shall go before thee, and I will
give thee rest.
33:15. And Moses said: If thou thyself dost not go before, bring us
not out of this place.
33:16. For how shall we be able to know, I and thy people, that we
have found grace in thy sight, unless thou walk with us, that we may be
glorified by all people that dwell upon the earth?
33:17. And the Lord said to Moses: This word also, which thou hast
spoken, will I do; for thou hast found grace before me, and thee I have
known by name.
33:18. And he said: Shew me thy glory.
33:19. He answered: I will shew thee all good, and I will proclaim in
the name of the Lord before thee: and I will have mercy on whom I will, and
I will be merciful to whom it shall please me.
33:20. And again he said: Thou canst not see my face: for man shall
not see me, and live.
33:21. And again he said: Behold there is a place with me, and thou
shalt stand upon the rock.
33:22. And when my glory shall pass, I will set thee in a hole of the
rock, and protect thee with my righthand till I pass:
33:23. And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my back parts:
but my face thou canst not see.
Exodus Chapter 34
34:1. And after this he said: Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the
former, and I will write upon them the words, which were in the tables,
which thou brokest.
34:2. Be ready in the morning, that thou mayst forthwith go up into Mount
Sinai, and thou shalt stand with me upon the top of the mount.
34:3. Let no man go up with thee, and let not any man be seen throughout
all the mount; neither let the oxen nor the sheep feed over against it.
34:4. Then he cut out two tables of stone, such as had been before; and
rising very early he went up into the Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded
him, carrying with him the tables.
34:5. And when the Lord was come down in a cloud, Moses stood with him,
calling upon the name of the Lord.
34:6. And when he passed before him, he said: O the Lord, the Lord God,
merciful and gracious, patient and of much compassion, and true,
34:7. Who keepest mercy unto thousands: who takest away iniquity, and
wickedness, and sin, and no man of himself is innocent before thee. Who
renderest the iniquity of the fathers to the children, and to the
grandchildren unto the third and fourth generation.
34:8. And Moses making haste, bowed down prostrate unto the earth, and
34:9. Said: If I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, I beseech thee
that thou wilt go with us, (for it is a stiffnecked people) and take away
our iniquities and sin, and possess us.
34:10. The Lord answered: I will make a covenant in the sight of all, I
will do signs such as were never seen upon the earth, nor in any nations;
that this people, in the midst of whom thou art, may see the terrible work
of the Lord which I will do.
34:11. Observe all things which this day I command thee: I myself will
drive out before thy face the Amorrhite, and the Chanaanite, and the Hethite,
and the Pherezite, and the Hevite, and the Jebusite.
34:12. Beware thou never join in friendship with the inhabitants of that
land, which may be thy ruin:
34:13. But destroy their altars, break their statues and cut down their
34:14. Adore not any strange god. The Lord his name is jealous, he is a
34:15. Make no covenant with the men of those countries; lest, when they
have committed fornication with their gods, and have adored their idols,
some one call thee to eat of the things sacrificed.
34:16. Neither shalt thou take of their daughters a wife for thy son,
lest after they themselves have committed fornication, they make thy sons
also to commit fornication with their gods.
34:17. Thou shalt not make to thyself any molten gods.
34:18: Thou shalt keep the feast of the unleavened bread. Seven days
shalt thou eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee in the time of the
month of the new corn: for in the month of the spring time thou camest out
34:19. All of the male kind that openeth the womb, shall be mine. Of all
beasts; both of oxen and of sheep, it shall be mine.
34:20. The firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a sheep: but if
thou wilt not give a price for it, it shall be slain. The firstborn of thy
sons thou shalt redeem: neither shalt thou appear before me empty.
34:21. Six days shalt thou work, the seventh day thou shalt cease to
plough and to reap.
34:22. Thou shalt keep the feast of weeks with the firstfruits of the
corn of thy wheat harvest, and the feast when the time of the year returneth
that all things are laid in.
34:23. Three times in the year all thy males shall appear in the sight of
the almighty Lord the God of Israel.
34:24. For when I shall have taken away the nations from thy face, and
shall have enlarged thy borders, no man shall lie in wait against thy land
when thou shalt go up, and appear in the sight of the Lord thy God thrice in
34:25. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice upon leaven;
neither shall there remain in the morning any thing of the victim of the
solemnity of the Phase.
34:26. The first of the fruits of thy ground thou shalt offer in the
house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not boil a kid in the milk of his dam.
34:27. And the Lord said to Moses: Write thee these words, by which I
have made a covenant both with thee and with Israel.
34:28. And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights: he
neither ate bread nor drank water, and he wrote upon the tables the ten
words of the covenant.
34:29. And when Moses came down from the Mount Sinai, he held the two
tables of the testimony, and he knew not that his face was horned from the
conversation of the Lord.
"Horned"... That is, shining, and sending forth rays of light like horns.
34:30. And Aaron and the children of Israel seeing the face of Moses
horned, were afraid to come near.
34:31. And being called by him, they returned, both Aaron and the rulers
of the congregation. And after that he spoke to them,
34:32. And all the children of Israel came to him: and he gave them in
commandment all that he had heard of the Lord on Mount Sinai.
34:33. And having done speaking, he put a veil upon his face.
34:34. But when he went in to the Lord, and spoke with him, he took it
away until he came forth, and then he spoke to the children of Israel all
things that had been commanded him.
34:35. And they saw that the face of Moses when he came out was horned,
but he covered his face again, if at any time he spoke to them.
Exodus Chapter 40
- The tabernacle is commanded to be set up and anointed. God filleth it with
40:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
40:2. The first month, the first day of the month, thou shalt set up
the tabernacle of the testimony,
40:3. And shalt put the ark in it, and shalt let down the veil before
40:4. And thou shalt bring in the table, and set upon it the things that
are commanded according to the rite. The candlestick shall stand with its
40:5. And the altar of gold, whereon the incense is burnt before the ark
of the testimony. Thou shalt put the hanging in the entry of the tabernacle,
40:6. And before it the altar of holocaust.
40:7. The laver between the altar and the tabernacle, and thou shalt fill
it with water.
40:8. And thou shalt encompass the court with hangings, and the entry
40:9. And thou shalt take the oil of unction and anoint the tabernacle
with its vessels, that they may be sanctified:
40:10. The altar of holocaust and all its vessels:
40:11. The laver with its foot: thou shalt consecrate all with the oil of
unction, that they may be most holy.
40:12. And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the
tabernacle of the testimony, and having washed them with water,
40:13. Thou shalt put on them the holy vestments, that they may minister
to me, and that the unction of them may prosper to an everlasting
40:14. And Moses did all that the Lord had commanded.
40:15. So in the first month of the second year, the first day of the
month, the tabernacle was set up.
40:16. And Moses reared it up, and placed the boards and the sockets and
the bars, and set up the pillars,
40:17. And spread the roof over the tabernacle, putting over it a cover,
as the Lord had commanded.
40:18. And he put the testimony in the ark, thrusting bars underneath,
and the oracle above.
40:19. And when he had brought the ark into the tabernacle, he drew the
veil before it to fulfil the command ment of the Lord.
40:20. And he set the table in the tabernacle of the testimony, at the
north side, without the veil,
40:21. Setting there in order the loaves of proposition, as the Lord had
40:22. He set the candlestick also in the tabernacle of the testimony,
over against the table on the south side,
40:23. Placing the lamps in order, according to the precept of the Lord.
40:24. He set also the altar of gold under the roof of the testimony,
over against the veil,
40:25. And burnt upon it the incense of spices, as the Lord had commanded
40:26. And he put also the hanging in the entry of the tabernacle of the
40:27. And the altar of holocaust in the entry of the testimony, offering
the holocaust, and the sacrifices upon it, as the Lord had commanded.
40:28. And he set the laver between the tabernacle of the testimony and
the altar, filling it with water.
40:29. And Moses and Aaron, and his sons, washed their hands and feet,
40:30. When they went into the tabernacle of the covenant, and went to
the altar, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
40:31. He set up also the court round about the tabernacle and the altar,
drawing the hanging in the entry thereof. After all things were perfected,
40:32. The cloud covered the tabernacle of the testimony, and the
glory of the Lord filled it.
40:33. Neither could Moses go into the tabernacle of the covenant, the
cloud covering all things, and the majesty of the Lord shining, for the
cloud had covered all.
40:34. If at any time the cloud removed from the tabernacle, the
children of Israel went forward by their troops:
40:35. If it hung over, they remained in the same place.
40:36. For the cloud of the Lord hung over the tabernacle by day, and
a fire by night, in the sight of all the children of Israel throughout all