1 And HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying:
2 'See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son
of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
3 and I have filled him with the spirit of G-d, in wisdom,
and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
4 to devise skilful works, to work in gold, and in silver,
and in brass,
5 and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of
wood, to work in all manner of workmanship.
6 And I, behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son
of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all that are
wise-hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded
7 the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the
ark-cover that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the Tent;
8 and the table and its vessels, and the pure candlestick
with all its vessels, and the altar of incense;
9 and the altar of burnt-offering with all its vessels, and
the laver and its base;
10 and the plaited garments, and the holy garments for Aaron
the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office;
11 and the anointing oil, and the incense of sweet spices for
the holy place; according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.'
12 And HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying:
13 'Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying:
Verily ye shall keep My sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout
your generations, that ye may know that I am HaShem who sanctify you.
14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore, for it is holy unto
you; every one that profaneth it shall surely be put to death; for whosoever
doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
15 Six days shall work be done; but on the seventh day is a
sabbath of solemn rest, holy to HaShem; whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath
day, he shall surely be put to death.
16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath,
to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel for
ever; for in six days HaShem made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He
ceased from work and rested.'
18 And He gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of
speaking with him upon mount Sinai, the two tables of the testimony, tables of
stone, written with the finger of G-d.
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