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Exodus: Chapter 40

The tabernacle is commanded to be reared, anointed, and consecrated, 1-12. Aaron and his sons to be sanctified, 13-15. Moses performs all things accordingly, 16-33. A cloud covers the tabernacle, 34-38.

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation. 3 And you shall put in it the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the veil. 4 And you shall bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it. And you shall bring in the candlestick, and light its lamps. 5 And you shall set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the hanging of the door to the tabernacle. 6 And you shall set the altar of the burnt-offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation. 7 And you shall set the basin between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and shall put water in it. 8 And you shall set up the court round about, and hang up the hanging at the court-gate. 9 And you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is in it, and shall hallow it, and all its vessels, and it shall be holy. 10 And you shall anoint the altar of the burnt-offering and all its vessels, and sanctify the altar, and it shall be an altar most holy. 11 And you shall anoint the basin and its foot, and sanctify it. 12 And you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and wash them with water. 13 And you shall put upon Aaron the holy garments, anoint him, and sanctify him, so that he may minister to me in the priest's office. 14 And you shall bring his sons, and clothe them with coats. 15 And you shall anoint them, as you anointed their father, so that they may minister to me in the priest's office, for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations." 16 Thus Moses did, according to all that the LORD commanded him. And he did so.

17 And it came to pass in the first month, in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up. 18 And Moses reared up the tabernacle, fastened its sockets, set up its boards, put in its bars, and reared up its pillars. 19 And he spread abroad the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent above upon it, as the LORD commanded Moses. 20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staffs on the ark, and put the mercy-seat above upon the ark. 21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the veil of the covering, and covered the ark of the testimony, as the LORD commanded Moses. 22 And he put the table in the tent of the congregation, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, outside the veil. 23 And he set the bread in order upon it before the LORD, as the LORD had commanded Moses. 24 And he put the candlestick in the tent of the congregation, over against the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward. 25 And he lit the lamps before the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses. 26 And he put the golden altar in the tent of the congregation, before the veil, 27 And he burnt sweet incense on it, as the LORD commanded Moses. 28 And he set up the hanging at the door of the tabernacle. 29 And he put the altar of burnt-offering by the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation, and offered upon it the burnt-offering, and the food-offering, as the LORD commanded Moses. 30 And he set the basin between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and put water there, to wash with. 31 And Moses, and Aaron and his sons, washed their hands and their feet in it. 32 When they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near the altar, they washed, as the LORD commanded Moses. 33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court-gate. So Moses finished the work.

34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud stayed upon it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey until the day that it was taken up. 38 So the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.