1 And HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying:
2 'On the first day of the first month shalt thou rear up the
tabernacle of the tent of meeting.
3 And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and
thou shalt screen the ark with the veil.
4 And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the
bread that is upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the
5 And thou shalt set the golden altar for incense before the
ark of the testimony, and put the screen of the door to the tabernacle.
6 And thou shalt set the altar of burnt-offering before the
door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting.
7 And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of meeting
and the altar, and shalt put water therein.
8 And thou shalt set up the court round about, and hang up
the screen of the gate of the court.
9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the
tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the furniture
thereof; and it shall be holy.
10 And thou shalt anoint the altar of burnt-offering, and all
its vessels, and sanctify the altar; and the altar shall be most holy.
11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and its base, and sanctify
12 And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of
the tent of meeting, and shalt wash them with water.
13 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments; and thou
shalt anoint him, and sanctify him, that he may minister unto Me in the priest's
14 And thou shalt bring his sons, and put tunics upon them.
15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their
father, that they may minister unto Me in the priest's office; and their
anointing shall be to them for an everlasting priesthood throughout their
16 Thus did Moses; according to all that HaShem
commanded him, so did he.
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, and laid its sockets,
and set up the boards thereof, and put in the bars thereof, and reared up its
19 And he spread the tent over the tabernacle, and put the
covering of the tent above upon it; as HaShem commanded Moses.
20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set
the staves on the ark, and put the ark-cover above upon the ark.
21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the
veil of the screen, and screened the ark of the testimony; as HaShem commanded
22 And he put the table in the tent of meeting, upon the side
of the tabernacle northward, without the veil.
23 And he set a row of bread in order upon it before HaShem;
as HaShem commanded Moses.
24 And he put the candlestick in the tent of meeting, over
against the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward.
25 And he lighted the lamps before HaShem; as HaShem
26 And he put the golden altar in the tent of meeting before
27 and he burnt thereon incense of sweet spices; as HaShem
28 And he put the screen of the door to the tabernacle.
29 And the altar of burnt-offering he set at the door of the
tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered upon it the burnt-offering and
the meal-offering; as HaShem commanded Moses.
30 And he set the laver between the tent of meeting and the
altar, and put water therein, wherewith to wash;
31 that Moses and Aaron and his sons might wash their hands
and their feet thereat;
32 when they went into the tent of meeting, and when they
came near unto the altar, they should wash; as HaShem commanded Moses.
33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and
the altar, and set up the screen of the gate of the court. So Moses finished the
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory
of HaShem filled the tabernacle.
35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of meeting,
because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of HaShem filled the
36 And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the
tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward, throughout all their journeys.
37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they journeyed not
till the day that it was taken up.
38 For the cloud of HaShem was upon the tabernacle by day,
and there was fire therein by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel,
throughout all their journeys.
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