1 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon; of
acacia-wood shalt thou make it.
2 A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the
breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be; and two cubits shall be the height
thereof; the horns thereof shall be of one piece with it.
3 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof,
and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make
unto it a crown of gold round about.
4 And two golden rings shalt thou make for it under the crown
thereof, upon the two ribs thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make
them; and they shall be for places for staves wherewith to bear it.
5 And thou shalt make the staves of acacia-wood, and overlay
them with gold.
6 And thou shalt put it before the veil that is by the ark of
the testimony, before the ark-cover that is over the testimony, where I will
meet with thee.
7 And Aaron shall burn thereon incense of sweet spices; every
morning, when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn it.
8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at dusk, he shall burn
it, a perpetual incense before HaShem throughout your generations.
9 Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor
burnt-offering, nor meal-offering; and ye shall pour no drink-offering thereon.
10 And Aaron shall make atonement upon the horns of it once
in the year; with the blood of the sin-offering of atonement once in the year
shall he make atonement for it throughout your generations; it is most holy unto
11 And HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying:
12 'When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel,
according to their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul
unto HaShem, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when
thou numberest them.
13 This they shall give, every one that passeth among them
that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary--the shekel
is twenty gerahs--half a shekel for an offering to HaShem.
14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from
twenty years old and upward, shall give the offering of HaShem.
15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give
less, than the half shekel, when they give the offering of HaShem, to make
atonement for your souls.
16 And thou shalt take the atonement money from the children
of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it
may be a memorial for the children of Israel before HaShem, to make atonement
for your souls.'
17 And HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying:
18 'Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and the base
thereof of brass, whereat to wash; and thou shalt put it between the tent of
meeting and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.
19 And Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their
20 when they go into the tent of meeting, they shall wash
with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister,
to cause an offering made by fire to smoke unto HaShem;
21 so they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they
die not; and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed
throughout their generations.'
22 Moreover HaShem spoke unto
23 'Take thou also unto thee the chief spices, of flowing
myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred
and fifty, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty,
24 and of cassia five hundred, after the shekel of the
sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin.
25 And thou shalt make it a holy anointing oil, a perfume
compounded after the art of the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.
26 And thou shalt anoint therewith the tent of meeting, and
the ark of the testimony,
27 and the table and all the vessels thereof, and the
candlestick and the vessels thereof, and the altar of incense,
28 and the altar of burnt-offering with all the vessels
thereof, and the laver and the base thereof.
29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy;
whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.
30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and sanctify
them, that they may minister unto Me in the priest's office.
31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying:
This shall be a holy anointing oil unto Me throughout your generations.
32 Upon the flesh of man shall it not be poured, neither
shall ye make any like it, according to the composition thereof; it is holy, and
it shall be holy unto you.
33 Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth
any of it upon a stranger, he shall be cut off from his people.'
34 And HaShem said unto Moses: 'Take unto thee sweet spices,
stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; sweet spices with pure frankincense; of each
shall there be a like weight.
35 And thou shalt make of it incense, a perfume after the art
of the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy.
36 And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it
before the testimony in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with thee; it
shall be unto you most holy.
37 And the incense which thou shalt make, according to the
composition thereof ye shall not make for yourselves; it shall be unto thee holy
38 Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereof, he
shall be cut off from his people.'
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved