1 You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood.
2 A cubit shall be its length and a cubit its width; it shall be square; and two cubits shall
be its height. Its horns shall be from the same piece.
3 And you shall overlay its top, its sides all around, and its horns with pure gold; and you
shall make for it a molding of gold all around.
4 Two gold rings you shall make for it, under the molding on both its sides. You shall
place them on its two sides, and they shall be housings for the poles with which to carry it.
5 You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.
6 And you shall put it in front of the veil that is before the ark of the Testimony, before
the mercy seat that is over the Testimony, where I will meet with you.
7 Aaron shall burn spiced incense on it every morning; when he tends the lamps, he shall
8 And when Aaron stirs up the lamps at evening, he shall burn it, a perpetual incense
before Jehovah throughout your generations.
9 You shall not offer strange incense on it, nor a burnt offering, nor a grain offering; nor
shall you pour out a drink offering upon it.
10 And Aaron shall make atonement upon its horns once a year with the blood of the sin
offering of atonement; once a year he shall make atonement upon it throughout your
generations. It is set apart, holy, unto Jehovah.
11 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying:
12 When you take a head count of the sons of Israel in numbering them, each man shall
give a ransom for his soul unto Jehovah when you number them, that there may be no
plague among them when you number them.
13 This is what everyone passing over to be numbered shall give: half a shekel according
to the shekel of the sanctuary (a shekel is twenty gerahs). The half-shekel shall be an
offering unto Jehovah.
14 Everyone passing over to be numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an
offering unto Jehovah.
15 The rich shall not give more and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when
you give an offering unto Jehovah, to make atonement for your souls.
16 And you shall take the money of atonement from the sons of Israel, and shall designate
it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel
before Jehovah, to make atonement for your souls.
17 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying:
18 You shall also make a laver of bronze, its base also of bronze, with which to wash.
You shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it,
19 for Aaron and his sons to wash their hands and their feet there.
20 When they go into the tent of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering by fire like incense unto Jehovah, they shall wash with water, that they not die.
21 Thus they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they not die. And it shall be a
perpetual statute to them; to him and his seed throughout their generations.
22 Moreover Jehovah spoke unto Moses, saying:
23 Take for yourself choice spices; five hundred shekels of flowing myrrh, half as much
sweet-smelling cinnamon (two hundred and fifty shekels), two hundred and fifty shekels of
24 five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of
25 And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compound the
product of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil.
26 With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the Testimony;
27 the table and all its utensils, the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense;
28 the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the laver and its base.
29 You shall consecrate them, that they may be set apart, holy. Whatever touches them is
30 And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, to serve Me as priests.
31 And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: This shall be a holy anointing oil
unto Me throughout your generations.
32 It shall not be poured upon man's flesh; nor shall you make any other like it, according
to its proportions. It is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.
33 Whoever compounds any like it, or whoever gives any of it to a stranger, shall be cut
off from his people.
34 And Jehovah said to Moses: Take spices; stacte and onycha and galbanum, and pure
frankincense with these incense spices; part equal to part.
35 You shall make of these an incense, a spice mixture the product of the perfumer,
salted, pure, and holy.
36 And you shall pulverize some of it very fine, and put some of it before the Testimony
in the tent of meeting where I will meet with you. It shall be set apart, holy, unto you.
37 And the incense which you make, you shall not make any for yourselves according to
its proportions. It shall be holy unto you for Jehovah.
38 Whoever makes any like it, to smell it, he shall be cut off from his people.