1 “You shall makeI an altarII on which to offerIII
incense;IV you shall make it of acaciaV wood.VI
2 It shall be one cubitVII longVIII and one cubit wide;IX
it shall be squareX and shall be two cubits high;XI its hornsXII shall be of one piece with it.
3 You shall overlayXIII it with pureXIV gold,XV
its topXVI and its sidesXVII all aroundXVIII and its horns, and you shall make for it a moldingXIX of gold all around.
4 And you shall make twoXX golden ringsXXI for it; underXXII its molding on two oppositeXXIII sidesXXIV of it you shall make them,
and they shall holdXXV the polesXXVI for carryingXXVII it.
5 You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 6 You shall placeXXVIII it in front ofXXIX the curtainXXX
that is above the arkXXXI of the covenant,XXXII in front of the coverXXXIII that is over the covenant, where I will meetXXXIV with you.
7 AaronXXXV shall offerXXXVI fragrantXXXVII incense on it; every morningXXXVIII when he dressesXXXIX the lampsXL he shall offer it,
8 and when Aaron sets upXLI the lamps inXLII the evening, he shall offer it, a regularXLIII incense offering
beforeXLIV the LordXLV throughout your generations.XLVI
9 You shall not offerXLVII unholyXLVIII incense on it or a burnt offeringXLIX
or a grain offering,L and you shall not pourLI a drink offeringLII on it. 10 OnceLIII a yearLIV Aaron shall perform the rite of atonementLV on its horns.
Throughout your generations he shall perform the atonement for it once a year with the bloodLVI of the atoningLVII purification offering.LVIII It is most holyLIX to the Lord.”
11 The Lord spokeLX to Moses,LXI 12 “When you takeLXII a censusLXIII
of the IsraelitesLXIV to registerLXV them, at registrationLXVI all of themLXVII
shall giveLXVIII a ransomLXIX for their livesLXX to the Lord, so that no plagueLXXI may come uponLXXII them for being registered.
13 This is what each oneLXXIII, LXXIV who is registered shall give: halfLXXV a shekelLXXVI
according to the shekel of the sanctuaryLXXVII (the shekel is twentyLXXVIII gerahs),LXXIX half a shekel as an offeringLXXX to the Lord.
14 Each oneLXXXI who is registered, from twenty years oldLXXXII and up,LXXXIII shall give the Lord’s offering.LXXXIV
15 The richLXXXV shall not give moreLXXXVI and the poorLXXXVII shall not give lessLXXXVIII than the half shekel, when you bringLXXXIX this offeringXC to the Lord to make atonement for your lives.
16 You shall takeXCI the atonementXCII moneyXCIII from the Israelites and shall designateXCIV it for the serviceXCV
of the tentXCVI of meeting;XCVII before the Lord it will be a reminderXCVIII to the Israelites of the ransom givenXCIX for your lives.”
17 The Lord spoke to Moses, 18 “You shall make a bronzeC basinCI with a bronze standCII for washing.CIII
You shall putCIV it betweenCV the tent of meeting andCVI the altar, and you shall put waterCVII in it; 19 with the water Aaron and his sons shall wash their handsCVIII and their feet.CIX
20 When they goCX into the tent of meeting or when they come nearCXI the altar to ministerCXII to makeCXIII an offering by fireCXIV to the Lord, they shall wash with water, so that they may not die.CXV
21 They shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they may not die: it shall be a perpetualCXVI ordinanceCXVII for them, for him and for his descendantsCXVIII throughout their generations.”
22 The Lord spoke to Moses, 23 “TakeCXIX the finestCXX spices:CXXI of liquidCXXII myrrhCXXIII fiveCXXIV hundredCXXV shekels,
and of sweet-smellingCXXVI cinnamonCXXVII half as much, that is, two hundred fifty,CXXVIII and two hundred fifty of aromaticCXXIX cane,CXXX
24 and five hundred of cassiaCXXXI—measured by the sanctuary shekel—and a hinCXXXII of oliveCXXXIII oil,CXXXIV
25 and you shall make of these a sacredCXXXV anointingCXXXVI oil blended as by the perfumer;CXXXVII it shall be a holy anointing oil.
26 With it you shall anointCXXXVIII the tent of meeting and the ark of the covenant 27 and the tableCXXXIX and allCXL its utensilsCXLI and the lampstandCXLII and its utensils and the altar of incense 28 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils and the basin with its stand;
29 you shall consecrateCXLIII them, so that they may be most holy; whateverCXLIV touchesCXLV them will become holy.CXLVI
30 You shall anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them to serve me as priests.CXLVII 31 You shall say to the Israelites: This shall be my holy anointing oil throughout your generations. 32 It shall not be usedCXLVIII in any ordinary anointing of the body,CXLIX and you shall make no other like it in composition;CL it is holy, and it shall be holy to you.
33 WhoeverCLI blendsCLII any like it or whoever puts any of it on an unqualified personCLIII shall be cut offCLIV from the people.”CLV
34 The Lord said to Moses, “TakeCLVI sweet spices,CLVII stacte,CLVIII and onycha,CLIX
and galbanum,CLX sweet spices with pureCLXI frankincenseCLXII (an equal part of each),CLXIII
35 and make an incense blended as by the perfumer,CLXIV seasoned with salt,CLXV pureCLXVI and holy, 36 and you shall beatCLXVII some of it into powderCLXVIII and put part of it before the covenant in the tent of meeting, where I shall meet with you; it shall be most holy for you. 37 When you make incense according to this composition, you shall not make it for yourselves; it shall be regardedCLXIX by you as holy to the Lord. 38 Whoever makes any like it to use as perfumeCLXX shall be cut off from the people.”
Image credit: “Display of incense for the Tabernacle replica at BYU.” – 1 is Frankincense, 2 is Myrrh, and 3 is Olive Oil. Photo by Ben P L, 2017.