God's First Truth: Tyndale/Rogers
THE SECOND BOOK OF MOSES
(called Exodus if from late Latin and Greek)
The 1st Chapter
These are the names of the children of Israel, which came to Egypt with Jacob, every man with his household: Ruben, Simeon, Levi, Juda, Isachar, Zabulon, Ben Jamin, Dan, Nephtali, Gad and Aser. All the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob, were seventy and Joseph was in Egypt already. When Joseph was dead and all his brethren and all that generation: the children of Israel grew, increased, multiplied and waxed exceeding mighty: so that the land was full of them.
Then there rose up a new king in Egypt which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his folk: behold the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we. Come on, let us play wisely with them: lest they multiply, and then (if there chance any war) they join themselves unto our enemies and fight against us, and so get them out of the land.
And he set taskmasters over them, to keep them under with burdens. And they built unto Pharao treasure cities: Phiton and Raamses. But the more they vexed them, the more they multiplied and grew: so that they abhorred the children of Israel. And the Egyptians held the children of Israel in bondage without mercy, and made their lives bitter unto them with cruel labour in clay and brick, and all manner work in the fields, and in all manner of service, which they caused them to work cruelly.
And the king of Egypt said unto the midwives of the Hebrews' women, of which the one's name was Sephora and the other Phua: when ye midwife the women of the Hebrews and see in the birth time that it is a boy, kill it. But if it be a maid, let it live. Notwithstanding the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them: but saved the men children.
Then the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said unto them: why have ye dealt on this manner and have saved the men children ? And the midwives answered Pharao, that the Hebrews' women were not as the women of Egypt: but were sturdy women, and were delivered before the midwives came at them. And God therefore dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and waxed very mighty. And because the midwives feared God, he made them houses.
Then Pharao charged all his people saying: All the men children that are born, cast into the river
and save the maid children alive.
The 2nd Chapter
And there went a man of the house of Levi. And took a daughter of Levi. And
the wife conceived and bare a son. And when she saw that it was a proper child, she hid him three months long. And when she could no longer hide him, she took a basket of bulrushes and daubed it with slime and pitch, and laid the child therein, and put it in the flags (iris and cattails) by the river's brink. And his sister stood afar off, to know what would come of it.
And the daughter of Pharao came down to the river to wash herself, and her maidens walked along by the river's side. And when she saw the basket among the flags, she sent one of her maids and caused it to be fetched. And when she had opened it she saw the child, and behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on it and said: it is one of the Hebrew's children. Then said his sister unto Pharao's daughter: shall I go and call unto thee a nurse of the Hebrew's women, to nurse the child ? And the maid ran and called the child's mother. Then Pharao's daughter said unto her. Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will reward thee for thy labour. And the woman took the child and nursed it up.
And when the child was grown, she brought it unto Pharao's daughter, and it was made her son, and she called it Moses, because (said she) I took him out of the water. And it happened in these days when Moses was waxed great, that he went out unto his brethren and looked on their burdens, and spied an Egyptian smiting one of his brethren an Hebrew. And he looked round about: and when he saw that there was no man by, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. And he went out another day: and behold, two Hebrews strove together. And he said unto him that did the wrong: wherefore smitest thou thine neighbour ? And he answered: who hath made thee a ruler or a judge over us ? Intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian ? Then Moses feared and said: of a surety the thing is known. And Pharao heard of it and went about to slay Moses: but he fled from Pharao and dwelt in the land of Madian, and he sat down by a well's side.
The priest of Madian had seven daughters which came and drew water and filled the troughs, for to water their father's sheep. And the shepherds came and drove them away: But Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their sheep. And when they came to Raguel their father, he said: how happeneth it that ye are come so soon today ? And they answered: there was an Egyptian that delivered us from the shepherds, and so drew us water and watered the sheep. And he said unto his daughters: where is he ? why have ye left the man ? Go call him that he may eat bread. And Moses was content to dwell with the man. And he gave Moses Zephora his daughter which bare a son, and he called him Gerson: for he said. I have been a stranger in a strange land. And she bare yet another son, whom he called Elieser saying: the God of my father is mine helper, and hath rid me out of the hands of Pharao.
And it chanced in process of time, that the king of Egypt died, and the children of Israel sighed by
the reason of labour, and cried. And their complaint came up unto God from the labour. And God
remembered his promise with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And God looked upon the children of
Israel, and knew them.
The 3rd Chapter
Moses kept the sheep of Jethro his father in law priest of Madian, and he drove the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of a bush. And he perceived that the bush burned with fire, and consumed not. Then Moses said: I will go there and see this great sight, how it cometh that the bush burneth not. And when the Lord saw that he came for to see, he called unto him out of the bush and said: Moses, Moses. And he answered: here am I. And he said: come not hither, but put thy shoes off thy feet: for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. And he said: I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
Then the Lord said: I have surely seen the trouble of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry, which they have of their taskmasters. For I know their sorrow, and am come down to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians, and to bring them out of that land unto a good land and a large and unto a land that floweth with milk and honey: even unto the place of the Cananites, Hethites, Amorites, Pherezites, Hevites, and of the Jebusites. Now therefore behold, the complaint of the children of Israel is come unto me, and I have also seen the oppression, wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. But come, I will send thee unto Pharao, that thou mayst bring my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God: what am I to go to Pharao, and to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt ? And he said: I will be with thee. And this shall be a token unto thee that I have sent thee: after that thou hast brought the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
Then said Moses unto God: when I come unto the children of Israel and say unto them, the God of your fathers hath sent me unto you, and they say unto me, what is his name, what answer shall I give them ? Then said God unto Moses: I will be what I will be: and he said, this shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: I will be did send me to you. And God spake further unto Moses: thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial throughout all generations. Go therefore and gather the elders of Israel together and say unto them: the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, appeared unto me, and said: I have been and seen both you and that which is done to you in Egypt. And I have said it, that I will bring you out of the tribulation of Egypt unto the land of the Cananites, Hethites, Amorites, Pherezites, Hevites and Jebusites: even a land that floweth with milk and honey.
If it come to pass that they hear thy voice, then go, both thou and the elders of Israel unto the
king of Egypt, and say unto him: The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: Let us go
therefore three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice unto the Lord our God.
Notwithstanding I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, except it be with a mighty
hand: yea and I will therefore stretch out mine hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I
will do therein. And after that he will let you go. And I will get this people favour in the sight of
the Egyptians: so that when ye go, ye shall not go empty: but every wife shall borrow of her
neighbouress and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver and of gold and raiment.
And ye shall put them on your sons and daughters, and shall rob the Egyptians.
The 4th Chapter
Moses answered and said: See, they will not believe me nor hearken unto my voice: but will say, the Lord hath not appeared unto thee. Then the Lord said unto him: what is that in thine hand ? and he said, a rod. And he said, cast it on the ground, and it turned unto a serpent. And Moses ran away from it. And the Lord said unto Moses: put forth thine hand and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand and caught it, and it became a rod again in his hand, that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob hath appeared unto thee.
And the Lord said furthermore unto him: thrust thine hand into thy bosom. And he thrust his hand into his bosom and took it out. And behold, his hand was leprous even as snow. And he said: put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again, and plucked it out of his bosom, and behold, it was turned again as his other flesh. If they will not believe thee neither hear the voice of the first token: yet will they believe the voice of the second token. But and if they will not believe the two signs neither hearken unto thy voice, then take of the water of the river and pour it upon the dry land. And the water which thou takest out of the river shall turn to blood upon the dry land.
And Moses said unto the Lord: Oh my Lord. I am not eloquent, no not in times past and namely since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow mouthed and slow tongued. And the Lord said unto him: who hath made man's mouth, or who hath made the dumb or the deaf, the seeing or the blind ? have not I the Lord ? Go therefore and I will be with thy mouth and teach thee what thou shalt say. But he said: Oh my Lord, send I pray thee whom thou wilt. And the Lord was angry with Moses and said: I know Aaron thy brother the Levite that he can speak. And moreover behold, he cometh out to meet thee, and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with thy mouth and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: he shall be thy mouth, and thou shalt be his God: and take this rod in thy hand, wherewith thou shalt do miracles.
And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law again and said unto him: let me go (I pray thee) and turn again unto my brethren which are in Egypt, that I may see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses: go in peace. And the Lord said unto Moses in Madian: return again into Egypt for they are dead which went about to kill thee. And Moses took his wife and his sons and put them on an ass, and went again to Egypt, and took the rod of God in his hand.
And the Lord said unto Moses: when thou art come into Egypt again, see that thou do all the wonders before Pharao which I have put in thy hand: but I will harden his heart, so that he shall not let the people go. And tell Pharao, thus saith the Lord: Israel is mine eldest son, and therefore saith unto thee: let my son go, that he may serve me. If thou wilt not let him go: behold, I will slay thine eldest son.
And it chanced by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him and would have killed him. Then
Zepora took a stone and circumcised her son, and fell at his feet, and said: a bloody husband art
thou unto me. And he let him go. She said a bloody husband, because of the circumcision. Then
said the Lord unto Aaron: go meet Moses in the wilderness. And he went and met him in the
mount of God and kissed him. And Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord which he had sent
by him, and all the tokens which he had charged him withal. So went Moses and Aaron and
gathered all the elders of the children of Israel. And Aaron told all the words which the Lord had
spoken unto Moses, and did the miracles in the sight of the people, and the people believed. And
when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and had looked upon their
tribulation, they bowed themselves, and worshipped.
The 5th Chapter
Then Moses and Aaron went and told Pharao, thus saith the Lord God of Israel. Let my people go, that they may keep holy day unto me in the wilderness. And Pharao answered: what fellow is the Lord, that I should hear his voice for to let Israel go ? I know not the Lord, neither will let Israel go. And they said: the God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go (we pray thee) three days' journey into the desert, that we may sacrifice unto the Lord our God: lest he smite us either with pestilence or with sword. Then said the king of Egypt unto them: wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their work ? get you unto your labour. And Pharao said furthermore: behold there is much people in the land, and ye make them play and let their work stand.
And Pharao commanded the same day unto the taskmasters over the people, and unto the officers saying: see that ye give the people no more straw to make brick withal, as ye did in time past: let them go and gather them straw themselves, and the number of bricks which they were wont to make in time past, lay unto their charge also, and minish nothing thereof. For they be idle and therefore cry saying: let us go and do sacrifice unto our God. They must have more work laid upon them, that they may labour therein, and then will they not turn themselves to false words.
Then went the taskmasters of the people and the officers out and told the people saying: Thus sayeth Pharao: I will give you no more straw, but go yourselves and gather you straw where ye can find it, yet shall none of your labour be minished. Then the people scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt for to gather them stubble to be instead of straw.
And the taskmasters hasted them forward saying: fulfil your work day by day, even as when straw was given you. And the officers of the children of Israel which Pharao's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten. And it was said unto them: wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick, both yesterday and today, as well as in times past ?
Then went the officers of the children of Israel and complained unto Pharao saying: wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants ? there is no straw given unto thy servants, and yet they say unto us: make brick. And lo, thy servants are beaten, and thy people is foul intreated. And he answered: idle are ye idle, and therefore ye say: let us go and do sacrifice unto the Lord. Go therefore and work, for there shall no straw be given you, and yet see that ye deliver the whole tale of brick.
When the officers of the children of Israel saw themselves in shrewd case (in that he said ye shall minish nothing of your daily making of brick) then they met Moses and Aaron standing in their way as they came out from Pharao, and said unto them: The Lord look unto you and judge, for ye have made the savour of us stink in the sight of Pharao and of his servants, and have put a sword into their hands to slay us.
Moses returned unto the Lord and said: Lord wherefore dealest thou cruelly with this people: and
wherefore hast thou sent me ? For since I came to Pharao to speak in thy name, he hath fared foul
with this folk, and yet thou hast not delivered thy people at all, Then the Lord said unto Moses.
Now shalt thou see what I will do unto Pharao, for with a mighty hand shall he let them go, and
with a mighty hand shall he drive them out of his land.
The 6th Chapter
And God spake unto Moses saying unto him: I am the Lord, and I appeared unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob an almighty God: but in my name Jehovah was I not known unto them. Moreover I made an appointment with them to give them the land of Canaan: the land of their pilgrimage wherein they were strangers. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, because the Egyptians keep them in bondage, and have remembered my promise.
Wherefore say unto the children of Israel: I am the Lord, and will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and will rid you out of their bondage, and will deliver you with a stretched out arm and with great judgements. And I will take you for my people and will be to you a God. And ye shall know that I am the Lord your God which brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you unto the land over the which I did lift up my hand to give it unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and will give it unto you for a possession: even I the Lord. And Moses told the children of Israel even so: But they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit and for cruel bondage. And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: Go and bid Pharao king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land. And Moses spake before the Lord saying: behold, the children of Israel hearken not unto me, how then shall Pharao hear me ? seeing that I have uncircumcised lips. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel and unto Pharao king of Egypt: to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt. These be the heads of their fathers' houses. The children of Ruben the eldest son of Israel are these: Hanoh, Pallu, Hezron, Charmi, these be the householders of Ruben. The children of Simeon are these: Gemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Saul the son of a Cananitish wife: these are the kindreds of Simeon. These are the names of the children of Levi in their generations: Gerson, Kahath and Merari. And Levi lived an hundred and thirty seven years. The sons of Gerson: Libni and Semei in their kindreds. The children of Kahath: Amram, Jesear, Hebron and Usiel. And Kahath lived an hundred and thirty three years. The children of Merari are these: Maheli and Musi: these are the kindreds of Levi in their generations.
And Amram took Jochebed his niece to wife which bare him Aaron and Moses. And Amram lived an hundred and thirty seven years. The children of Jezear: Korah, Nepheg and Sichri. The children of Usiel: Misael, Elzaphan and Sithri.
And Aaron took Elizaba daughter of Aminadab and sister of Nahason, to wife: which bare him Nadab, Abehu, Eleazar and Ithamar. The children of Korah: Assir, Elkana and Abiassaph: these are the kindreds of the Korahites. And Eleazar Aaron's son took him one of the daughters of Putuel to wife: which bare him Pinehas: these be the principal fathers of the Levites in their kindreds.
These are that Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said: carry the children of Israel out of the
land of Egypt, with their armies. These are that Moses and Aaron which spake to Pharao king of
Egypt, that they might bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. And in the day when the Lord
spake unto Moses in the land of Egypt, he spake unto him saying, I am the Lord, see that thou
speak unto Pharao the king of Egypt all that I say unto thee. And Moses answered before the
Lord: I am of uncircumcised lips, how shall Pharao then give me audience ?
The 7th Chapter
And the Lord said unto Moses: behold, I have made thee Pharao's God, and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharao: that he send the children of Israel out of his land. But I will harden Pharao's heart, that I may multiply my miracles and my wonders in the land of Egypt. And yet Pharao shall not hearken unto you, that I may set mine hand upon Egypt and bring out mine armies, even my people the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, with great judgements. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord when I have stretched forth my hand upon Egypt, and have brought out the children of Israel from among them.
Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded them. And Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty three when they spake unto Pharao. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron saying: when Pharao speaketh unto you and saith: shew a wonder, then shalt thou say unto Aaron, take the rod and cast it before Pharao, and it shall turn to a serpent. Then went Moses and Aaron in unto Pharao, and did even as the Lord had commanded. And Aaron cast forth his rod before Pharao and before his servants, and it turned to a serpent. Then Pharao called for the wise men and enchanters of Egypt: and they did in like manner with their sorcery. And they cast down every man his rod, and they turned to serpents: but Aaron's rod ate up their rods: and yet for all that Pharao's heart was hardened, so that he hearkened not unto them, even as the Lord had said.Then said the Lord unto Moses: Pharao's heart is hardened, and he refuseth to let the people go. Get thee unto Pharao in the morning, for he will come unto the water, and stand thou upon the river's brink against he come, and the rod which turned to a serpent take in thine hand. And say unto him: the Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee saying: let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: but hitherto thou wouldest not hear. Wherefore thus saith the Lord: hereby thou shalt know that I am the Lord. Behold, I will smite with the staff that is in mine hand upon the waters that are in the river, and they shall turn to blood. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink: so that it shall grieve the Egyptians to drink of the water of the river.
And the Lord spake unto Moses, say unto Aaron: take thy staff and stretch out thine hand over the waters of Egypt, over their streams, rivers, ponds and all pools of water, that they may be blood, and that there may be blood in all the land of Egypt: both in vessels of wood and also of stone.
And Moses and Aaron did even as the Lord commanded. And he lifted up the staff and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharao and in the sight of his servants, and all the water that was in the river, turned into blood. And the fish that was in the river died, and the river stank: so that the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river. And there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
And the enchanters of Egypt did likewise with their enchantments, so that Pharao's heart was
hardened and did not regard them as the Lord had said. And Pharao turned himself and went into
his house, and set not his heart thereunto. And the Egyptians digged round about the river for
water to drink, for they could not drink of the water of the river. And it continued a week after
that the Lord had smite the river.
The 8th Chapter
The Lord spake unto Moses: Go unto Pharao and tell him, thus sayeth the Lord: let my people go, that they may serve me. If thou wilt not let them go: behold I will smite all thy land with frogs. And the river shall *scrale with frogs, and they shall come up and go into thine house and into thy chamber where thou sleepest and upon thy bed, and into the houses of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and upon thy victuals which thou hast in store. And the frogs shall come upon thee and on thy people and upon all thy servants. *scrale(may mean to scurry and crawl with frogs)
And the Lord spake unto Moses, say unto Aaron: stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, rivers, and ponds. And bring up frogs upon the land of Egypt. And Aaron stretched his hand over the water of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. And the sorcerers did likewise with their sorcery, and the frogs came up upon the land of Egypt. Then Pharao called for Moses and Aaron and said, pray ye unto the Lord that he may take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice unto the Lord. And Moses said unto Pharao: Appoint thou the time unto me, when I shall pray for thee and thy servants and thy people, to drive away the frogs from thee and thy house, so that they shall remain but in the river only. And he said tomorrow. And he said: even as thou hast said, that thou mayst know that there is none like unto the Lord our God. And the frogs shall depart from thee and from thine houses, and from thy servants and from thy people, and shall remain in the river only.
And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharao, and Moses cried unto the Lord upon the appointment of frogs which he had made unto Pharao. And the Lord did according to the saying of Moses. And the frogs died out of the houses, courts and fields. And they gathered them together upon heaps: so that the land stank of them.
But when Pharao saw that he had rest given him, he hardened his heart and hearkened not unto them, as the Lord had said. And the Lord said unto Moses: Say unto Aaron: stretch out thy rod and smite the dust of the land that it may turn to lice in all the land of Egypt. And they did so. And Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and smote the dust of the earth, and it turned to lice both in man and beast, so that all the dust of the land turned to lice, throughout all the land of Egypt.
And the enchanters assayed likewise with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. And the lice were both upon man and beast. Then said the enchanters unto Pharao: it is the finger of God. Neverthelater Pharao's heart was hardened and he regarded them not, as the Lord had said.
And the Lord said unto Moses: rise up early in the morning and stand before Pharao, for he will come unto the water: and say unto him, thus saith the Lord: let my people go, that they may serve me. If thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send all manner flies both upon thee and thy servants, and thy people, and into thy houses. And the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of flies, and the ground whereon they are. But I will separate the same day the land of Gosan where my people are, so that there shall no flies be there: that thou mayest know that I am the Lord upon the earth. And I will put a division between my people and thine. And even tomorrow shall this miracle be done.
And the Lord did even so: and there came noisome flies into the house of Pharao, and into his servants' houses and into all the land of Egypt: so that the land was marred with flies. Then Pharao sent for Moses and Aaron and said: Go and do sacrifice unto your God in the land. And Moses answered: it is not meet so to do. For we must offer unto the Lord our God, that which is an abomination unto the Egyptians: behold shall we sacrifice that which is an abomination unto the Egyptians before their eyes, and shall they not stone us ? we will therefore go three days journey into the desert and sacrifice unto the Lord our God as he hath commanded us.
And Pharao said: I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice unto the Lord your God in the wilderness: only go not far away, and see that ye pray for me. And Moses said: behold, I will go out from thee and pray unto the Lord, and the flies shall depart from Pharao and from his servants and from his people tomorrow. But let Pharao from henceforth deceive no more, that he would not let the people go to sacrifice unto the Lord.
And Moses went out from Pharao and prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord did as Moses had said,
and took away the flies from Pharao and from his servants and from his people, so that there
remained not one. But for all that, Pharao hardened his heart even then also and would not let the
The 9th Chapter
And the Lord said unto Moses: go unto Pharao and tell him, thus sayeth the Lord God of the Hebrews: send out my people that they may serve me. If thou wilt not let them go but wilt hold them still: behold, the hand of the Lord shall be upon thy cattle which thou hast in the field, upon horses, asses, camels, oxen, and sheep, with a mighty great *murrain (highly infectious diseases). But the Lord shall make a division between the beasts of the Israelites, and the beasts of the Egyptians: so that there shall nothing die of all that pertaineth to the children of Israel. And the Lord appointed a time saying: tomorrow the Lord shall do this thing in the land.
And the Lord did the thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. And Pharao sent to know: but there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. Notwithstanding the heart of Pharao hardened, and he would not let the people go.
And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron: take your hands full of ashes out of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it up into the air in the sight of Pharao, and it shall turn to dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall make swelling sores with blains both on man and beast in all the land of Egypt. And they took ashes out of the furnace, and stood before Pharao, and Moses sprinkled it up into the air: And there brake out sores with blains both in man and beast: so that the sorcerers could not stand before Moses, for there were botches on the enchanters and upon all the Egyptians. But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharao, that he hearkened not unto them, as the Lord had said unto Moses.
And the Lord said unto Moses: rise up early in the morning and stand before Pharao and tell him, thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews: Let my people go, that they may serve me, or else I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart and upon thy servants and on thy people, that you mayst know that there is none like me in all the earth. For now I will stretch out my hand and will smite thee and thy people with pestilence: so that thou shalt perish from the earth. Yee in very deed for this cause have I stirred thee up, for to shew my power in thee, and to declare my name throughout all the world.
If it be so that thou stoppest my people, that thou wilt not let them go: behold, tomorrow this time, I will send down a mighty great hail: even such one as was not in Egypt since it was grounded unto this time. Send therefore and fetch home thy beasts and all that thou hast in the field. For upon all the men and beasts which are found in the field and not brought home, shall the hail fall, and they shall die. And as many as feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharao made their servants and their beasts flee to house: and they that regarded not the word of the Lord, left their servants and their beasts in the field.
And the Lord said unto Moses: stretch forth thine hand unto heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt: upon man and beast, and upon all the herbs of the field in the field of Egypt. And Moses stretched out his rod unto heaven, and the Lord thundered and hailed, so that the fire ran along upon the ground. And the Lord so hailed in the land of Egypt, that there was hail and fire mingled with the hail, so grievous, that there was none such in all the land of Egypt, since people inhabited it. And the hail smote in the land of Egypt all that was in the field both man and beast. And the hail smote all the herbs of the field and broke all the trees of the field: only in the land of Gosan where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. And Pharao sent and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them: I have now sinned, the Lord is righteous and I and my people are wicked. Pray ye unto the Lord, that the thunder of God and hail may cease, and I will let you go, and ye shall tarry no longer. And Moses said unto him: as soon as I am out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the Lord, and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail: that thou mayst know, how that the earth is the Lord's. But I know that thou and thy servants yet fear not the Lord God. The flax and the barley were smitten, for the barley was shot up and the flax was bolled(budded): but the wheat and the rye were not smitten, for they were late sown.
And Moses went out of the city from Pharao and spread abroad his hands unto the Lord, and the
thunder and hail ceased, neither rained it any more upon the earth, when Pharao saw that the rain
and the hail and thunder were ceased, he sinned again and hardened his heart: both he and his
servants. So was the heart of Pharao hardened, that he would not let the children of Israel go, as
the Lord had said by Moses.
The 10th Chapter
The Lord said unto Moses: go unto Pharao: nevertheless I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I might shew these my signs amongst them, and that thou tell in the audience of thy son and of thy son's son, the pageants which I have played in Egypt, and the miracles which I have done among them: that ye may know how that I am the Lord. Then Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharao, and said unto him: Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews: how long shall it be or thou wilt submit thyself unto me ? Let my people go that they may serve me. If thou wilt not let my people go: behold, tomorrow will I bring grasshoppers into thy land, and they shall cover the face of the earth that it cannot be seen, and they shall eat the residue which remaineth unto you and escaped the hail: and they shall eat all your green trees upon the field, and they shall fill thy houses and all thy servants' houses, and the houses of all the Egyptians after such a manner: as neither thy fathers nor thy fathers' fathers have seen, since the time they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself about, and went out from Pharao.
And Pharao's servants said unto him: How long shall we be thus evilly entreated ?Let the men go that they may serve the Lord their God, wilt thou not yet know that Egypt is destroyed ? And then Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharao, and he said unto them: Go and serve the Lord your God, but who are they that shall go ? And Moses answered: we will go with young and old: ye and with our sons and with our daughters, and with our sheep and oxen must we go. For we must hold a feast unto the Lord.
And he said unto them: shall it be so? The Lord be with you, should I let you go, and your children also ? Take heed, for ye have some mischief in hand. Nay not so: but go ye that are men and serve the Lord, for that was your desire. And they thrust them out of Pharao's presence. And the Lord said unto Moses: Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for grasshoppers, that they come upon the land of Egypt and eat all the herbs of the land, and all that the hail left untouched. And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land, all that day and all night. And in the morning the east wind brought the grasshoppers, and the grasshoppers went up over all the land of Egypt and lighted in all quarters of Egypt very grievously: so that before them were there no such grasshoppers, neither after them shall be. And they covered all the face of the earth, so that the land was dark therewith. And they ate all the herbs of the land and all the fruits of the trees which the hail had left: so that there was no green thing left in the trees and herbs of the field through all the land of Egypt. Then Pharao called for Moses and Aaron in haste and said: I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. Forgive me yet my sin only this once, and pray unto the Lord your God that he may take away from me this death only. And he went out from Pharao and prayed unto the Lord: and the Lord turned the wind into a mighty strong west wind, and it took away the grasshoppers and cast them into the reed sea: so that there was not one grasshopper left in all the coasts of Egypt. But the Lord hardened Pharao's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.
And the Lord said unto Moses: Stretch out thy hand unto heaven, and let there be darkness upon the land of Egypt: even that they may feel the darkness. And Moses stretched forth his hand unto heaven, and there was a thick darkness upon all the land of Egypt three days long, so that no man saw another, neither rose up from the place where he was by the space of three days, but all the children of Israel had light where they dwelled.
Then Pharao called for Moses and said: go and serve the Lord, only let your sheep, and your oxen
abide, but let your children go with you. And Moses answered: thou must give us also offerings
and burnt offerings for to sacrifice unto the Lord our God: our cattle therefore shall go with us,
and there shall not one hoof be left behind, for thereof must we take to serve the Lord our God.
Moreover we cannot know wherewith we shall serve the Lord, until we come thither. But the
Lord hardened Pharao's heart, so that he would not let them go. And Pharao said unto him: get
thee from me and take heed to thyself that thou see my face no more. For whensoever thou
comest in my sight, thou shalt die. And Moses said: Let it be as thou hast said: I will see thy face
The 11th Chapter
And the Lord said unto Moses: yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharao and upon Egypt, and after that he will let you go hence. And when he letteth you go, he shall utterly drive you hence. But bid the people that every man borrow of his neighbour and every woman of her neighbouress: jewels of silver and jewels of gold. And the Lord got the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover Moses was very great in the land of Egypt: both in the sight of Pharao, and also in the sight of the people.
And Moses said: thus saith the Lord. About midnight will I go out among the Egyptians, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die: even from the firstborn of Pharao that sitteth on his seat, unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is in the mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt: so that there was never none like nor shall be. And among all the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, nor yet man or beast: that ye may know, how the Lord putteth a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and fall before me and say: get thee out and all the people that are under thee, and then will I depart. And he went out from Pharao in a great anger.
And the Lord said unto Moses: Pharao shall not regard you, that many wonders may be wrought
in the land of Egypt. And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharao. But the Lord
hardened Pharao's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.
The 12th Chapter
And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying: This month shall be your chief month: even the first month of the year shall it be unto you. Speak ye unto all the fellowship of Israel saying: that they take the tenth day of this month to every household, a sheep. If the household be too few for a sheep, then let him and his neighbour that is next unto this house, take according to the number of souls, and count unto a sheep according to every man's eating. A sheep without spot and a male of one year old shall it be, and from among the lambs and the goats shall ye take it.
And ye shall keep him in, until the fourteenth day of the same month. And every man of the multitude of Israel shall kill him about even. And they shall take of the blood and strike on the two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the houses, wherein they eat him. And they shall eat the flesh the same night, roast with fire, and with unleavened bread, and with sour herbs they shall eat it. See that ye eat not thereof raw or sodden in water, but roast with fire: both head, feet, and *purtenance together. And see that ye let nothing of it remain unto the morning: if ought remain burn it with fire. *pertenance: inner parts; heart, liver, lungs.
Of this manner shall ye eat it: with your loins girded, and shoes on your feet, and your staves in your hands. And ye shall eat it in haste, for it is the Lord's passover, for I will go about in the land of Egypt this same night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both of man and beast, and upon all the gods of Egypt will I the Lord do execution. And the blood shall be unto you a token upon the houses wherein ye are, for when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
And this day shall be unto you a remembrance, and ye shall keep it holy unto the Lord: even throughout your generations after you shall ye keep it holy day, that it be a custom for ever. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread, so that even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses. For whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be plucked out from Israel. The first day shall be a holy feast unto you, and the seventh also. There shall be no manner of work done in them, save about that only which every man must eat: that only may ye do. And see that ye keep you to unleavened bread. For upon that same day I will bring your armies out of the land of Egypt, therefore ye shall observe this day and all your children after you, that it be a custom for ever. The first month and the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat sweet bread unto the twenty first day of the month at even again. Seven days see that there be no leavened bread found in your houses. For whosoever eateth leavened bread, that soul shall be rooted out from the multitude of Israel: whether he be a stranger or born in the land. Therefore see that ye eat no leavened bread, but in all your habitations eat sweet bread.
And Moses called for the elders of Israel and said unto them: choose out and take to every household a sheep, and kill passover. And take a bunch of *isope, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike it upon the upper post and on the two side posts, and see that none of you go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will go about and smite Egypt. And when he seeth the blood upon the upper door post and on the two side posts, he will pass over the door and will not suffer the destroyer to come into your house to plague you. Therefore see that thou observe this thing, that it be an ordinance to thee, and thy sons for ever. *isope: hyssop; a woody plant
And when ye be come into the land which the Lord will give you according as he hath promised, see that ye keep this service. And when your children ask you what manner of service is this ye do. Ye shall say: it is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, which passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, as he smote the Egyptians and saved our houses. Then the people bowed themselves and worshipped. And the children of Israel went, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.
And at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt: from the firstborn of Pharao that sat on his seat, unto the firstborn of the captive that was in prison, and all firstborn of the cattle. Then Pharao arose the same night and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great crying throughout Egypt, for there was no house where there was not one dead. And he called unto Moses and Aaron by night saying: Rise up, and get you out from among my people: both ye and also the children of Israel, and go and serve the Lord as ye have said. And take your sheep and your oxen with you as ye have said, and depart and bless me also. And the Egyptians were fierce upon the people, and made haste to send them out of the land: for they said: we be all dead men.
And the people took the dough before it was soured which they had in store, and bound it in cloths, and put it upon their shoulders. And the children of Israel did according to the saying of Moses: and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment. And the Lord got the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and so they borrowed and robbed the Egyptians.
Thus took the children of Israel their journey from Rameses to Sucoth six hundred thousand men of foot, beside children. And much common people went also with them, and sheep, and oxen, and cattle exceeding much. And they baked sweet cakes of the dough which they brought out of Egypt, for it was not soured: because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not tarry, neither had they prepared them any other provision of meat.
And the time of the dwelling of the children of Israel which they dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And when the four hundred and thirty years were expired, even the self same day departed all the hosts of the Lord out of the land of Egypt. This is a night to be observed to the Lord, because he brought them out of the land of Egypt. This is a night of the Lord, to be kept of all the children of Israel and of their generations after them.
And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron: this is the manner of passover: there shall no stranger eat thereof, but all the servants that are bought for money shall ye circumcise, and then let them eat thereof. A stranger and a hired servant shall not eat thereof. In one house shall it be eaten. Ye shall carry none of the flesh out at the doors: moreover, see that ye break not a bone thereof. All the multitude of the children of Israel shall observe it.
If a stranger dwell among you, and will hold Passover unto the Lord, let him circumcise all that be
males, and then let him come and observe it, and be taken as one that is born in the land. No
uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. One manner of law shall be unto them that are born in the
land, and unto the strangers that dwell among you. And all the children of Israel did as the Lord
commanded Moses and Aaron. And even the self same day did the Lord bring the children of
Israel out of the land of Egypt with their armies.
The 13th Chapter
And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: Sanctify unto me all the firstborn that open all manner matrices among the children of Israel, as well of men as of beasts: for they are mine. And Moses said unto the people: think on this day in which ye came out of Egypt and out of the house of bondage: for with a mighty hand the Lord brought you out from thence. See therefore that ye eat no leavened bread. This day come ye out of Egypt in the month of Abib.
When the Lord hath brought thee into the land of the Cananites, Hethites, Amorites, Hevites and Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers that he would give thee: a land wherein milk and honey floweth, then see that thou keep this service in this same month. Seven days thou shalt eat sweet bread: and the seventh day shall be feastful unto the Lord. Therefore thou shalt eat sweet bread seven days, and see that there be no leavened bread seen nor yet leaven among you in all your quarters.
And thou shalt show thy son at that time saying: this is done, because of that which the Lord did unto me when I came out of Egypt. Therefore it shall be a sign unto thee upon thine hand and a remembrance between thine eyes, that the Lord's law may be in thy mouth. For with a strong hand the Lord brought thee out of Egypt, see thou keep therefore this ordinance in his season from year to year. Moreover when the Lord hath brought thee into the land of the Cananites, as he hath sworn unto thee and to thy fathers, and hath given it thee, then thou shalt appoint unto the Lord all that openeth the matrice, and all the firstborn among the beasts which thou hast if they be males. And all the firstborn of the asses, thou shalt redeem with a sheep: if thou redeem him not, then break his neck. But all the firstborn among thy children shalt thou buy out.
And when thy son asketh thee in time to come saying: what is this ? thou shalt say unto him: with a mighty hand and Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. And when Pharao was loth (unwilling) to let us go, the Lord slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt: as well the firstborn of men as of beasts. And therefore I sacrifice unto the Lord all the males that open the matrice, but all the firstborn of my children I must redeem. And this shall be as a token in thine hand, and as a thing hanged up between thine eyes: because the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
When Pharao had let the people go, God carried them not through the land of the Philistines,
though it were a nigh way. For God said: the people might haply repent when they see war, and
so turn again to Egypt: therefore God led them about through the wilderness that bordereth on
the red sea. The children of Israel went harnessed out of the land of Egypt. And Moses took the
bones of Josephwith him: for he made the children of Israel sware saying: God will surely visit
you, take my bones therefore with you. And they took their journey from Sucoth: and pitched
their tents in Etham in the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord went before them by day in a
pillar of a cloud to lead them the way: and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light: that they
might go both by day and night. And the pillar of the cloud never departed by day nor the pillar of
fire by night out of the people's sight.
The 14th Chapter
Then the Lord spake unto Moses saying: bid the children of Israel that they turn and pitch their tents before the entering of Hiroth between Migdol and the sea toward Baal Zephon: even before that shall ye pitch upon the sea. For Pharao will say of the children of Israel: they are tangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. And I will harden his heart, that he shall follow after them, that I may get me honour upon Pharao and upon all his host, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did even so.
And when it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled, then Pharao's heart and all his servants turned unto the people and said: why have we this done, that we have let Israei go out of our service ? and he made ready his chariots and took his people with him and took six hundred chosen chariots and all the chariots of Egypt and captains upon all his people. For the Lord hardened the heart of Pharao king of Egypt, that he followed after the children of Israel which for all that went out through an high hand. And the Egyptians followed after them and overtook them where they pitched by the sea, with all the horses and chariots of Pharao and with his horsemen and his host: even fast by the entering of Hiroth before Baal Zephon. And Pharao drew nigh, and when the children of Israel lifted up their eyes and saw how the Egyptians followed after them, they were sore afraid and cried out unto the Lord.
Then said they unto Moses: were there no graves for us in Egypt, but thou must bring us away for to die in the wilderness ? wherefore hast thou served us thus, for to carry us out of Egypt ? Did we not tell thee this in Egypt saying, let us be in rest and serve the Egyptians ? For it had been better for us to have served the Egyptians, than for to die in the wilderness. And Moses said unto the people: fear ye not but stand still and behold how the Lord shall save you this day: For as ye see the Egyptians this day, shall ye see them no more for ever till the world's end. The Lord shall fight for you and ye shall hold your peace.
The Lord said unto Moses: wherefore criest thou unto me ? speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward. But lift thou up thy rod and stretch out thy hand over the sea and divide it asunder, that the children of Israel may go on dry ground through the midst thereof. And behold I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians that they may follow you. And I will get me honour upon Pharao and upon all his host, upon his chariots and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord when I have gotten me honour upon Pharao, upon his chariots and upon his horsemen.
And the angel of God which went before the host of Israel, removed and went behind them. And the clouden pillar that was before them removed and stood behind them and went between the host of the Egyptians and the host of Israel. It was a dark cloud, and gave light by night: so that all the night long the one could not come at the other.
When now Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, the Lord carried away the sea with a strong east wind that blew all night, and made the sea dry land and the water divided itself. And the children of Israel went in through the midst of the sea upon the dry ground. And the water was a wall unto them, both on their right hand and on their left hand. And the Egyptians followed and went in after them to the midst of the sea, with all Pharao's horses, and his chariots and his horsemen. And in the morning watch, the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians out of the fiery and cloudy pillar, and troubled their host and smote off their chariot wheels and cast them down to the ground. Then said the Egyptians: Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord fighteth for them against us. Then said the Lord unto Moses: stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the water may come again upon the Egyptians upon their chariots and horsemen. Then stretched forth Moses his hand over the sea, and it came again to his course early in the morning, and the Egyptians fled against it. Thus the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea, and the water returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen: so that of all the host of Pharao that came into the sea after them, there remained not one. But the children of Israel went upon dry land in the midst of the sea, and the water was a wall unto them: both on the right hand of them and also on the left.
Thus the Lord delivered Israel the self same day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw
the Egyptians dead upon the sea side. And when Israel saw that mighty hand which the Lord had
shewed upon the Egyptians, they feared the Lord: and believed both the Lord and also his servant
The 15th Chapter
Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song unto the Lord and said: Let us sing unto the Lord, for he is become glorious, the horse and him that rode upon him hath he overthrown in the sea.The Lord is my strength and my song, and is become my salvation. He is my God and I will glorify him, he is my father's God and I will lift him up on high. The Lord is a man of war, Jehovah is his name: Pharao's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea. His jolly captains are drowned in the redd sea, the deep waters have covered them: they sunk to the bottom as a stone. Thine hand Lord is glorious in power, thine hand Lord hath all to dashed the enemy. And with thy great glory thou hast destroyed thine adversaries, thou sentest forth thy wrath and it consumed them, even as stubble.With the breath of thine anger the water gathered together and the floods stood still as a rock, and the deep water congealed together in the midst of the sea.
The enemy said: I will follow and overtake them, and will divide the spoil: I will satisfy my lust upon them: I will draw my sword, and mine hand shall destroy them.
Thou blewest with thy breath and the sea covered them, and they sank as lead in the mighty waters. Who is like unto thee O' Lord among gods: who is like thee, so glorious in holiness, fearful, laudable and that showest wonders ? Thou stretchedest out thy right hand, and in the earth swallowed them. And thou carriedest with thy mercy this people which thou deliveredest, and broughtest them with thy strength unto thy holy habitation. The nations heard, and were afraid, pangs came upon the Philistines. Then the dukes of the Edomites were amazed, and trembling came upon the mightiest of the Moabites, and all the inhabiters of Canaan waxed faint hearted. Let fear and dread fall upon them through the greatness of thine arm, and let them be as still as a stone: while thy people pass through O' Lord, while the people pass through, which thou hast gotten. Bring them in, and plant them in the mountains of thine inheritance, the place Lord which thou hast made for to dwell in, the sanctuary Lord, which thy hands have prepared. The Lord reign ever and all way. For Pharao went in on horseback with his chariots and horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought the waters of the sea upon them. And the children of Israel went on dry land through the midst of the sea. And MirJam a prophetess the sister of Aaron took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women came out after her with timbrels in a dance. And MirJam sang before them: sing ye unto the Lord, for he is become glorious indeed: the horse and his rider hath he overthrown in the sea. Moses brought Israel from the redd sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Sur. And they went three days long in the wilderness, and could find no water. At the last they came to Mara: but they could not drink of the waters for bitterness, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of the place was called Mara. Then the people murmured against Moses, saying: what shall we drink ? And Moses cried unto the Lord, and he showed him a tree: and he cast it into the waters, and they waxed sweet.
There he made them an ordinance and a law, and there he tempted them and said: If ye will
hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, and will do that which is right in his sight and will
give an ear unto his commandments, and keep all his ordinances: then will I put none of these
diseases upon thee which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord thy surgeon.
The 16th Chapter
And they came to Elim where were twelve wells of water and seventy date trees, and they pitched there by the water. And they took their journey from Elim, and all the whole company of the children of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which lieth between Elim and Sinai: the fifteenth day of the second month after that they were come out of the land of Egypt. And the whole multitude of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and said unto them: would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and ate bread our bellies full, for ye have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole multitude for hunger.
Then said the Lord unto Moses: behold, I will rain bread from heaven down to you, and let the people go out, and gather day by day, that I may prove them whether they will walk in my law or no. The sixth day let them prepare that which they will bring in, and let it be twice as much as they gather in daily. And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel: at even ye shall know that it is the Lord, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning ye shall see the glory of the Lord: because he hath heard your grudgings against the Lord: for what are we that ye should murmur against us ? And moreover spake Moses: At evening the Lord will give you flesh to eat, and in the morning bread enough, because the Lord hath heard your murmur which ye murmur against him: for what are we ? your murmuring is not against us, but against the Lord.
And Moses spake unto Aaron: Say unto all the company of the children of Israel, come forth before the Lord: for he hath heard your grudgings. And as Aaron spake unto the whole multitude of the children of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness: and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud. And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: I have heard the murmuring of the children of Israel, tell them therefore and say that at evening they shall eat flesh, and in the morning they shall be filled with bread, and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God. And at evening the quails came and covered the ground where they lay. And in the morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew was fallen: behold, it lay upon the ground in the wilderness, small and round and thin as the hoarfrost on the ground. When the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another: what is this ? for they knew not what is was. And Moses said: this is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, that ye gather every man enough for him to eat: a *gomer (omer; about 2qts) full for a man according to the number of you, and gather every man for them which are in his tent.
And the children of Israel did even so, and gathered some more some less, and did *mete (measure) it with a gomer. And unto him that had gathered much remained nothing over, and unto him that had gathered little was there no lack: but every man had gathered sufficient for his eating. And Moses said unto them: See that no man let ought (nothing) remain of it until the morning. Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses: but some of them left of it until the morning, and it waxed full of worms and stank, and Moses was angry with them.
And they gathered it all mornings: every man as much as sufficed for his eating, for as soon as the heat of the *sonne came it melted. And the sixth day they gathered twice so much bread, two gomers for one man: and the rulers of the multitude came and told Moses. And he said unto them: this is that which the Lord hath said: tomorrow is the Sabbath of the holy rest of the Lord: bake that which ye will bake and fetch that ye will fetch, and that which remaineth lay up for you, and keep it till the morning. And they laid it up till the morning as Moses bade, and it stank not, neither was there any worms therein. And Moses said: that eat this day: for today it is the Lord's Sabbath: today ye shall find none in the field. Six days ye shall gather it, for the seventh is the Sabbath: there shall be none therein.*sonne (exact spelling, sun is found in this text as sunne)
Notwithstanding there went out of the people in the seventh day for to gather: but they found none. Then the Lord said unto Moses: how long shall it be, ere (until) ye will keep my commandments and laws ? See because the Lord hath given you a Sabbath, therefore he giveth you the sixth day bread for two days. Bide therefore every man at home, and let no man go out of his place the seventh day. And the people rested the seventh day. And the house of Israel called it Man. And it was like unto wafers made with honey.
And Moses said: this is that which the Lord commandeth: fill a gomer of it, that it may be kept for
your children after you: that they may see the bread wherewith he fed you in wilderness, when he
had brought you out of the land of Egypt. And Moses spake unto Aaron: take a cruse and put a
gomer full of Man therein, and lay it up before the Lord to be kept for your children after you, as
the Lord commanded Moses. And Aaron laid it up before the testimony there to be kept. And the
children of Israel ate man forty years until they came unto a land inhabited. And so they ate Man,
even until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan, and a gomer is the tenth part of an
The 17th Chapter
And all the company of the children of Israel went on their journeys from the wilderness of Sin at the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Raphidim: where was no water for the people to drink. And the people chode (disapproving) with Moses and said: give us water to drink. And Moses said unto them: why chide ye with me, and wherefore do ye tempt the Lord? There the people thirsted for water, and murmured against Moses and said: wherefore hast thou brought us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst ?
And Moses cried unto the Lord saying, what shall I do unto this people ? they be almost ready to stone me. And the Lord said unto Moses: go before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel: and thy rod wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand and go. Behold, I will stand there before thee upon a rock in Horeb: and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out thereof, that the people may drink.
And Moses did even so before the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place: Massa and Meriba: because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord saying: is the Lord among us or not ?
Then came Amalek and fought with Israel in Raphidim. And Moses said unto Josua: choose out men and go fight with Amelech. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill and the rod of God in mine hand. And Josua did as Moses bade him, and fought with the Amalekites. And Moses, Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And when Moses held up his hand, Israel had the better. And when he let his hand down, Amelech had the better. When Moses hands were weary, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat down there on. And Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side and the other on the other side. And his hands were steady until the *son was down. And Josua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of his sword. *sonne (exact spelling, sun is found in this text as sunne)
And the Lord said unto Moses, write this for a remembrance in a book and tell it unto Josua, for I
will put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses made an altar and called
the name of it Jehovah Nissi, for he said: the hand is on the seat of the Lord, that the Lord will
have war with Amalek throughout all generations.
The 18th Chapter
Jethro the priest of Madian Moses' father in law heard of all that God had done unto Moses and to Israel his people, how that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt. And he took Zippora Moses' wife, after she was sent back, and her two sons, of which the one was called Gerson, for he said: I have been alien in a strange land. And the other was called Eliesar: for the God of my father was mine help and delivered me from the sword of Pharao. And Jethro Moses father in law came with his two sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness: where he had pitched his tent by the mount of God. And he sent word to Moses: I thy father in law Jethro am come to thee, and thy wife also, and her two sons with her. And Moses went out to meet his father in law and did obeisance and kissed him, and they saluted each other and came into the tent. And Moses told his father in law all that the Lord had done unto Pharao and to the Egyptians for Israels sake, and all the travail that had happened them by the way, and how the Lord had delivered them. And Jethro rejoiced over all the good which the Lord had done to Israel, and because he had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. And Jethro said: blessed be the Lord which hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharao, which hath delivered his people from under the power of the Egyptians. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods, for because that they dealt proudly with them. And Jethro Moses' father in law offered burnt offerings and sacrifices unto God. And Aaron and all the elders of Israel came to eat bread with Moses father in law before God.
And it chanced on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from morning unto evening. When his father in law saw all that he did unto the people, he said: what is this that thou doest unto the people ? why sittest thou thyself and lettest all the people stand about thee from morning unto even ? And Moses said unto his father in law: because the people came unto me to seek counsel of God. For when they have a matter, they come unto me, and I must judge between every man and his neighbour, and must show them the ordinances of God and his laws.
And his father in law said unto him: it is not well that thou doest. Thou doest unwisely and also this people that is with thee: because the thing is too grievous for thee, and thou art not able to do it thy self alone. But hear my voice, and I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee. Be thou unto the people to Godward, and bring the causes unto God and provide them ordinances and laws, and shew them the way wherein they must walk and the works that they must do. Moreover seek out among all the people, men of activity which fear God, and men that are true and hate covetousness: and make them heads over the people, captains over thousands, over hundreds, over fifty, and over ten. And let them judge the people at all seasons: If there be any great matter, let them bring that unto thee, and let them judge all small causes themselves, and ease thy self, and let them bear with thee. If thou shalt do this thing, then thou shalt be able to endure that which God chargeth thee with all, and all this people shall go to their places quietly.
And Moses heard the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said, and chose active men
out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, captains over thousands, over hundreds,
over fifty and over ten. And they judged the people at all seasons, and brought the hard causes
unto Moses: and judged all small matters themselves. And then Moses let his father in law depart,
and he went in to his own land.
The 19th Chapter
The third month after the children of Israel were gone out of Egypt: the same day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Raphidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai and had pitched their tents in the wilderness. And there Israel pitched before the mount. And Moses went up unto God. And the Lord called to him out of the mountain saying: thus say unto the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians and how I took you up upon eagles wings, and have brought you unto myself. Now therefore if ye will hear my voice and keep mine appointment: ye shall be mine own above all nations, for all the earth is mine. Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and an holy people: these are the words which thou shalt say unto the children of Israel.
And Moses came and called for the elders of Israel, and laid before them all these words which the Lord had commanded him. And the people answered all together and said: All that the Lord hath said, we will do. And Moses brought the words of the people unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Moses: Lo, I will come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I talk with thee, and also believe thee for ever. And Moses showed the words of the people unto the Lord.
And the Lord said unto Moses: Go unto the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes: that they may be ready against the third day. For the third day will the Lord come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And set marks round about the people and say: beware that ye go not up into the mount, and that ye touch not the borders of it, for whosoever toucheth the mount, shall surely die. There shall not an hand touch it, but that he shall either be stoned or else shot through: whether it be beast or man, it shall not live, when the horn bloweth: then let them come up in to the mountain.
And Moses went down from the mount unto the people and sanctified them, and they washed their clothes: And he said unto the people: be ready against the third day, and see that ye come not at your wives. And the third in the morning there was thunder, and lighting and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the horn waxed exceeding loud, and all the people that was in the host was afraid. And Moses brought the people out of the tents to meet with God, and they stood under the hill.
And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke: because the Lord descended down upon it in fire. And the smoke thereof ascended up, as it had been the smoke of a kiln, and all the mount was exceeding fearful. And the voice of the horn blew and waxed louder, and louder. Moses spake, and God answered him and that with a voice. And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, even in the top of the hill, and called Moses up into the top of the hill. And Moses went up.
And the Lord said unto Moses: go down and charge the people that they press not up unto the
Lord for to see him, and so many of them perish. And let the priests also which come to the Lords
presence, sanctify themselves: lest the Lord smite them. Then Moses said unto the Lord: the
people cannot come up in to mount Sinai, for thou chargedest us saying: set marks about the hill
and sanctify it. And the Lord said unto him: away, and get thee down: and come up both thou and
Aaron with thee. But let not the Priests and the people presume for to come up unto the Lord:
lest he smite them. And Moses went down unto the people and told them.
The 20th Chapter
And God spake all these words and said: I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt and out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods in my sight. Thou shalt make thee no graven image, neither any similitude that is in heaven above, either in the earth beneath, or in the water that is beneath the earth. See that thou neither bow thyself unto them neither serve them: for I the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, and visit the sin of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me: and yet show mercy unto thousands among them that love me and keep my commandments.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day that thou sanctify it. Six days mayst thou labour and do all that thou hast to do: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God, in it thou shalt do no manner work: neither thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, neither thy manservant nor thy maidservant, neither thy cattle neither yet the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made both heaven and earth and the sea and all that in them is and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not break wedlock.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt bear no false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house: neither shalt covet thy neighbour's wife, his manservant, his maid, his ox, his ass or ought (anything) that is his.
And all the people saw the thunder and the lightning and the noise of the horn, and how the mountain smoked. And when the people saw it, they removed and stood afar off and said unto Moses: talk thou with us and we will hear, but let not God talk with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people fear not, for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be among you that ye sin not.
And the people stood afar off, and Moses went into the thick cloud where God was. And the
Lord said unto Moses: thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel: Ye have seen how that I
have talked with you from out of heaven. Ye shall not make therefore with me gods of silver nor
gods of gold: in no wise shall ye do it. An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me and thereon
offer thy burnt offerings and thy peace offerings, and thy sheep and thine oxen. And in all places
where I shall put the remembrance of my name, thither I will come unto thee and bless thee.But
and if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, see thou make it not of hewed stone, for if thou lift up
thy tool upon it, thou shalt pollute it. Moreover thou shalt not go up with steps unto mine altar,
that thy nakedness be not shewed thereon.
The 21st Chapter
These are the laws which thou shalt set before thee. If thou buy a servant that is an Hebrew, six years he shall serve, and the seventh he shall go out free paying nothing. If he came alone, he shall go out alone: If he came married, his wife shall go out with him. And if his master have given him a wife and she have borne him sons or daughters: then the wife and her children shall be her master's and he shall go out alone. But and if the servant say I love my master and my wife and my children, I will not go out free. Then let his master bring him unto the *gods and set him to the door or the doorpost, and bore his ear through with an nail, and let him be his servant forever. *gods; margial note: Godly judges and princes who settled matters according to Godly law.
If a man sell his daughter to be a servant: she shall not go out as the menservants do. If she please not her master, so that he hath given her to no man to wife, then shall he let her go free: to sell her unto a strange nation shall he have no power, because he despised her. If he have promised her unto his son to wife, he shall deal with her as men do with their daughters. If he take him another wife, yet her food, raiment and duty of marriage shall he not minish. If he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free and pay no money. He that smiteth a man that he die, shall be slain for it. If a man lay not await but God deliver him into his hand, then I will point thee a place whither he shall flee. If a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour and slay him with guile, thou shalt take him from mine altar that he die. And he that smiteth his father or his mother, shall die for it.
He that stealeth a man and selleth him (if it be proved upon him) shall be slain for it. And he that curseth his father or mother, shall be put to death for it. If men strive together and one smite another with a stone or with his fist, so that he die not, but lieth in bed: if he rise again and walk without upon his staff, then shall he that smote him go quit: save only he shall bear his charges while he lay in bed and pay for his healing.
If a man smite his servant or his maid with a staff that they die under his hand, it shall be avenged. But and if they continue a day or two, it shall not be avenged for they are his money. When men strive and smite a woman with child so that her fruit depart from her and yet no misfortune followeth: then shall he be merced, according as the woman's husband will lay to his charge, and he shall pay as the daysmen appoint him. But and if any misfortune follow, then shall he pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound and stripe for stripe.
If a man smite his servant or his maid in the eye and put it out, he shall let them go free for the eyes sake. Also if he smite out his servants or his maids tooth, he shall let them go out free for the tooths sake. If an ox gore a man or a woman that they die, then the ox shall be stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten: and his master shall go quit.
If the ox were want to run at men in time past and it hath been told his master, and he hath not kept him, but that he hath killed a man or a woman: then the ox shall be stoned and his master shall die also. If he be set to a sum of money, then he shall give for the deliverance of his life, according to all that is put unto him. And whether he hath gored a son or a daughter, he shall be served after the same manner. But if it be a servant or a maid that the ox hath gored, then he shall give unto their master the sum of thirty sickles, and the ox shall be stoned.
If a man open a well or dig a pit and cover it not, but that an ox or an ass fall therein, the owner of the pit shall make it good and give money unto their master, and the dead beast shall be his.
If one mans ox hurt another's that he die: then they shall sell the live ox and divide the money, and
the dead ox also they shall divide. But and if it be known that the ox hath used to push in time's
past, then because his master hath not kept him, he shall pay ox for ox, and the dead shall be his
The 22nd Chapter
If a man steal an ox or sheep and kill it or sell it, he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.If a thief be found breaking up and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him: except the *sonne be up when he is found, then there shall be blood shed for him. *sonne (exact spelling, sun is found in this text as sunne)
A thief shall make restitution: If he have not wherewith, he shall be sold for his theft. If the theft be found in his hand alive (whether it be ox, ass or sheep) he shall restore double. If a man do hurt field or vineyard, so that he put in his beast to feed in another man's field: of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution.
If fire break out and catch in the thorns, so that the stooks of corn or the standing corn or field be consumed therewith: he that kindled the fire shall make restitution.
If a man deliver his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of his house: If the thief be found, he shall pay double. If the thief be not found, then the goodman of the house shall be brought unto the *gods and swear, whether he have put his hand unto his neighbour's good. *gods; original margial note: Godly judges and princes who settled matters according to Godly law.
And in all manner of trespass, whether it be ox, ass, sheep, raiment or any manner lost thing which another challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the *gods. And whom the *gods condemn: the same shall pay double unto his neighbour.
If a man deliver unto his neighbour to keep, ass, ox, sheep or whatsoever beast it be and it die or be hurt or driven away and no man see it: then shall an oath of the Lord go between them, whether he have put his hand unto his neighbour's good, and the owner of it shall take the oath, and the other shall not make it good: If it be stolen from him, then he shall make restitution unto the owner: If it be torn with wild beasts, then let him bring record of the tearing: and he shall not make it good. When a man borroweth ought of his neighbour if it be hurt or else die, and if the owner thereof be not by, he shall make it good: If the owner thereof be by, he shall not make it good, namely if it be an hired thing and came for hire.
If a man beguile a maid that is not betrothed and lie with her, he shall *endote her and take her to his wife: If her father refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins. *endote: show love and affection
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Whosoever lieth with a beast, shall be slain for it. He that offereth unto any gods save unto the Lord only, let him die without redemption. Vex not a stranger neither oppress him for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.Ye shall trouble no widow nor fatherless child: If ye shall trouble them: they shall cry unto me, and I will surely hear their cry and then will my wrath wax hot and I will kill you with sword, and your wives shall be widows and your children fatherless.
If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be as an usurer unto him, neither shalt oppress him with usury. If thou take thy neighbour's raiment to pledge, see that thou deliver it unto him again by that the sonne go down. For that is his coverlet only: even the raiment for his skin wherein he sleepeth: or else he will cry unto me and I will hear him, for I am merciful.
Thou shalt not rail upon the gods, neither curse the ruler of thy people.
Thy fruits (whether they be dry or moist) see thou keep not back. Thy first born son thou shalt
give me: likewise shalt thou do of thine oxen and of thy sheep. Seven days it shall be with the
dame, and the eighth day thou shalt give it me. Ye shall be holy people unto me, and therefore
shall ye eat no flesh that is torn of beasts in the field. But shall cast it to dogs.
The 23rd Chapter
Thou shalt not accept a vain tale, neither shalt put thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil: neither answer in a matter of plea that thou ( wouldest to follow many ) turn aside from the truth, neither shalt thou paint a poor man's cause.
When thou meetest thine enemy's ox or ass going astray, thou shalt bring them to him again. If thou see thine enemy's ass sink under his burden, thou shalt not pass by and let him alone: but shalt help him to lift him up again.
Thou shalt not hinder the right of the poor that are among you in their suit.
Keep thee far from a false matter, and the Innocent and righteous see thou slay not, for I will not justify the wicked. Thou shalt take no gifts, for gifts blind the seeing and pervert the words of the righteous.
Thou shalt not oppress a stranger, for I know the heart of stranger, because ye were strangers in Egypt. Six years thou shalt sow thy land and gather in the fruits thereof:and the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still, that the poor of thy people may eat, and what they leave, the beasts of the field shall eat: In like manner thou shalt do with thy vineyard and thine olive trees.
Six days thou shalt do thy work and the seventh day thou shalt keep holy day, that thine ox and thine ass may rest and the son of thy maid and the stranger may be refreshed. And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect. And make no rehearsal of the names of the strange gods, neither let any man hear them out of your mouths.
Three feasts thou shalt hold unto me in a year. Thou shalt keep the feast of sweet bread, that thou eat unleavened bread seven days long as I commanded thee in the time appointed of the month of Abib, for in that month thou camest out of Egypt: and see that no man appear before me empty. And the feast of Harvest, when thou reapest the first fruits of thy labours which thou hast sown in the field. And the feast of ingathering, in the end of the year: when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Three times in a year shall all thy men children appear before the Lord Jehovah.
Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread: neither shall the fat of my feast remain until the morning.
The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God, thou shalt also not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
Behold, I send mine angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him and hear his voice and anger him not: for he will not spare your misdeeds, yea and my name is in him. But and if thou shalt hearken unto his voice and keep all that I shall tell thee, then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies and an adversary unto thine adversaries. When mine angel goeth before thee and hath brought thee in unto the
Amorites, Hethites, Pherezites, Cananites, Hevites and Jebusites, and I shall have destroyed them,
see thou worship not their gods neither serve them, neither do after the works of them, but
overthrow them and break down the places of them. And see that ye serve the Lord your God,
and he shall bless thy bread and thy water, and I will take all sicknesses away from among you.
Moreover there shall be no woman childless or unfruitful in thy land, and the number of thy days I
will fulfil. I will send my fear before thee and will kill all the people whither thou shalt go. And I
will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee, and I will send hornets before thee, and
they shall drive out the Hevites, the Cananites and the Hethites before thee. I will not cast them
out in one year, lest the land grow to a wilderness: and the beasts of the field multiply upon thee.
But a little and a little I will drive them out before thee, until thou be increased that thou mayst
inherit the land. And I will make thy coasts from the red sea unto the sea of the Philistines and
from the desert unto the river. I will deliver the inhabiters of the land into thine hand, and thou
shalt drive them out before thee. And thou shalt make none appointment with them nor with their
gods. Neither shall they dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve
their gods, it will surely be thy decay.
The 24th Chapter
And he said unto Moses: come unto the Lord: both thou and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel, and worship afar off. And Moses went himself alone unto the Lord, but they came not nigh, neither came the people up with him. And Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the laws. And all the people answered with one voice and said: all the words which the Lord hath said, will we do. Then Moses wrote all the words of the Lord and rose up early and made an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars according to the number of the twelve tribes of Israel, and sent young men of the children of Israel to sacrifice burnt offerings and to offer peace offerings of oxen unto the Lord. And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar.
And he took the book of the appointment and read it in the audience of the people. And they said: All that the Lord hath said, we will do and hear. And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people and said: behold, this is the blood of the appointment which the Lord hath made with you upon all these words.
Then went Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and the seventy elders of Israel up, and saw the God of Israel, and under his feet as it were a brick work of Saphir and as it were the fashion of heaven when it is clear, and upon the nobles of the children of Israel he set not his hand. And when they had seen God they ate and drank.
And the Lord said unto Moses: come up to me in to the hill and be there, and I will give thee
tables of stone and a law and commandments, which I have written to teach them. Then Moses
rose up and his minister Josua, and Moses went up into the hill of God, and said unto the elders:
tarry ye here until we come again unto you: And behold here is Aaron and Hur with you. If any
man have any matters to do, let him come to them. When Moses was come up into the mount, a
cloud covered the hill, and the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered
it six days. And the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the cloud. And the fashion of the
glory of the Lord was like consuming fire on the top of the hill in the sight of the children of
Israel. And Moses went into the mountain. And Moses was in the mount forty days and forty
The 25th Chapter
And the Lord talked with Moses saying: speak unto the children of Israel that they give me an heave offering, and of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart, ye shall take it.
And this is the heave offering which ye shall take of them: gold, silver and brass: and Jacinth colour, scarlet, purple, byss and goat's hair: rams skins that are red, and the skins of taxus and sethim wood, oil for lights, and spices for anointing oil and for sweet cense: Onyx stones and set stones for the Ephod and for the breastlap.
And they shall make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. And I shall show thee the fashion of the habitation and of all the ornaments thereof, even so see that ye make it in all things. And they shall make an ark of sethim wood two cubits and an half long, a cubit and an half broad and a cubit and an half high. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold: both within and without, and shalt make an high upon it a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it and put them in the four corners thereof, two rings on the one side of it and two on the other. And thou shalt make staves of sethim wood and cover them with gold, and put the staves in the rings along by the sides of the ark, to bear it withal. And the staves shall abide in the rings of the ark, and shall not be taken away. And thou shalt put in the ark, the witness which I shall give thee.
And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold two cubits and an half long and a cubit and an half broad. And make two cherubins of thick gold on the two ends of the mercy seat: and set the one cherub on the one end and the other on the other end of the mercy seat: so see that thou make them on the two ends thereof. And the cherubins shall stretch their wings abroad over on high, and cover the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another: even to the mercy seat ward, shall the faces of the cherubins be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark, and in the ark thou shalt put the witness which I will give thee.
There I will meet thee and will commune with thee from upon the mercy seat from between the two cherubins which are upon the ark of witness, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
Thou shalt also make a table of sethim wood of two cubits long and one cubit broad and a cubit and an half high. And cover it with pure gold and make thereto a crown of gold round about. And make unto that an hoop of four fingers broad, round about. And make a golden crown also to the hoop round about. And make for it four rings of gold and put them in the corners that are on the four feet thereof: even hard under the hoop shall the rings be, to put in staves to bear the table withal. And thou shalt make staves of sethim wood and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. And thou shalt make his dishes, spoons, pots and flatpieces to pour out withal, of fine gold. And thou shalt set upon the table, shewbread before me always. And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure thick gold with his shaft, branches, bowls, knops and flowers proceeding thereout. Six branches shall proceed out of the sides of the candlestick, three out of the one side and three out of the other. And there shall be three cups like unto almonds with knops and flowers upon every one of the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick: and in the candlestick self four cups like unto almonds with their knops and flowers: that there be a knop under every two branches of the six that proceed out of the candlestick. And the knops and the branches shall be altogether, one piece of pure thick gold.
And thou shalt make seven lamps and put them on high thereon, to give light unto the other side
that is over against it: with snuffers and firepans of pure gold. An hundred pound weight of fine
gold shall make it with all the apparel. And see that thou make them after the fashion that was
shewed thee in the mount.
The 26th Chapter
And thou shalt make an habitation with ten curtains of twined byss, Jacinth, scarlet and purple, and shalt make them with cherubins of broidered work. The length of a curtain shall be twenty eight cubits, and the breadth four and they shall be all of one measure: five curtains shall be coupled together one to another: and the other five likewise shall be coupled together one to another.
Then shalt thou make loops of Jacinth colour, along by the edge of the one curtain even in the selvedge of the coupling curtain. And likewise shalt thou make in the edge of the utmost curtain that is coupled therewith on the other side. Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one curtain, and fifty in the edge of the other that is coupled therewith on the other side: so that the loops be one over against another. And thou shalt make fifty buttons of gold, and couple the curtain together with the buttons: that it may be an habitation.
And thou shalt make eleven curtains of goats hair, to be a tent to cover the habitation. The length of a curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth four and they shall be all eleven of one measure. And thou shalt couple five by themselves, and the other six by themselves, and shalt double the sixth in the forefront of the tabernacle. And thou shalt make fifty loops in the edge of the utmost curtain on the one side: even in the coupling curtain: and as many in the edge of the coupling curtain on the other side. And thou shalt make fifty buttons of brass and put them on the loops, and couple the tent together withal: that there may be one covering.
And the remnant that resteth in the curtains of the tent: even the breadth of half a curtain that resteth, shall be left on the back sides of the habitation: a cubit on the one side and a cubit on the other side, of that that remaineth in the length of the curtains of the tabernacle, which shall remain of either side of the habitation to cover it withal.
And thou shalt make another covering for the tent of rams skins dyed red: and yet another above all of taxus skins.
And thou shalt make boards for the habitation of sethim wood to stand upright: ten cubits long shall every board be, and a cubit and an half broad. Two feet shall one board have to couple them together withal, and so thou shalt make unto all the boards of the habitation. And thou shalt make twenty boards for the habitation on the south side, and thou shalt make forty sockets of silver and put them under the twenty boards: two sockets under every board, for their two feet. In like manner in the north side of the habitation there shall be twenty boards and forty sockets of silver: two sockets under every board. And for the west end of the habitation, shalt thou make six boards, and two boards more for the two west corners of the habitation: so that these two boards be coupled together beneath and likewise above with clamps. And so shall it be in both the corners. And so there shall be eight boards in all, and sixteen sockets of silver: two sockets under every board.
And thou shalt make bars of sethim wood five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle, and five for the other side, and five for the boards of the west end. And the middle bar shall go along through the midst of the boards and bar them together from the one end unto the other. And thou shalt cover the boards with gold and make golden rings for them to put the bars through, and shalt cover the bars with gold also. And rear up the habitation according to the fashion thereof that was shewed thee in the mount.
And thou shalt make a veil of Jacinth, of scarlet, purple and twined byss, and shalt make it of
broidered work and full of cherubins. And hang it upon four pillars of sethim wood covered with
gold and that their knops be covered with gold also, and stand upon four sockets of silver. And
thou shalt hang up the veil with rings, and shall bring in within the veil, the ark of witness. And
the veil shall divide the holy from the most holy. And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark
of witness in the holiest place. And thou shalt put the table without the veil and candlestick over
against the table, upon the south side of the habitation. And put the table on the north side. And
thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tabernacle: of Jacinth, of scarlet, of purple and of
twined byss, wrought with needle work. And thou shalt make for the hanging, five pillars of
sethim wood, and cover both them and their knops with gold, and shalt cast five sockets of brass
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And thou shalt make an altar of sethim wood: five cubits long and five cubits broad, that it be foursquare, and three cubits high. And make it horns proceeding out in the four corners of it, and cover it with brass. And make his ashpans, shovels, basins, fleshhooks, firepans and all the apparel thereof, of brass and thou shalt make a grid iron also like a net, of brass: upon whoes four corners shall be four brass rings: and the grid shall reach unto the midst of the altar. And thou shall make staves for the altar of sethim wood, and cover them with brass, and let them be put in rings along by the sides of the altar, to bear it withal. And make the altar hollow with boards: even as it was shewed thee in the mount, so let them make it.
And thou shalt make a court unto the habitation, which shall have in the south side hangings of twined byss, being an hundred cubits long, and twenty pillars thereof, with their twenty sockets of brass: but the knops of the pillars and their hoops shall be silver. In like wise on the north side there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long and twenty pillars with their sockets of brass, and the knops and the hoops of silver. And in the breadth of the court westward, there shall be hangings of fifty cubits long, and ten pillars with their ten sockets. And in the breadth of the court eastward toward the rising of the *son, shall be hangings of fifty cubits. Hangings of fifteen cubits in the one side of it with three pillars, and three sockets: and likewise on the other side shall be hangings of fifteen cubits with three pillars and three sockets.
And in the gate of the court shall be a veil of twenty cubits: of jacinth, scarlet, purple and twined byss wrought with needle work, and four pillars with their four sockets. All the pillars round about the court shall be hooped with silver, and their knops of silver, and their sockets of brass. The length of the court, shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty, and the height five, and the hangings shall be of twined byss and the sockets of brass. And all the vessels of the habitation to all manner service and the pins thereof: yea and the pins also of the court, shall be brass.
And command the children of Israel that they give the pure oil olive beaten for the lights to pour
always into the lamps. In the tabernacle of witness without the veil which is before the witness:
And Aaron and his sons shall dress it both even and morning before the Lord: And it shall be a
duty for ever unto your generations after you: to be given of the children of Israel.
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And take thou unto thee, Aaron thy brother and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me, both Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons. And thou shalt make holy raiment for Aaron thy brother, both honourable and glorious. Moreover speak unto all that are wise hearted, which I have filled with the spirit of wisdom: that they make Aaron's raiment to consecrate him with, that he may minister unto me.
These are the garments which they shall make: a breastlap, Ephod, a tunicle, a strait coat, a mitre and a girdle. And they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother and his sons, that he may minister unto me. And they shall take thereto, gold, jacinth, scarlet, purple and byss. And they shall make the Ephod of gold, jacinth, scarlet, purple and white twined byss with broidered work. The two sides shall come together, closed up in the edges thereof. And the girdle of the Ephod shall be of the same workmanship and of the same stuff, even of gold, jacinth, scarlet, purple and twined byss.
And thou shalt take two onyx stones and grave in them the names of the children of Israel: fix in the one stone, and the other fix in the other stone: according to the order of their birth. After the work of a stone graver, even as signets are graven, shalt thou grave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel, and shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold. And thou shalt put the two stones upon the two shoulders of the Ephod, and they shall be stones of remembrance unto the children of Israel. And Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord upon his two shoulders for a remembrance. And thou shalt make hooks of gold and two chains of fine gold: link work and wreathed, and fasten the wreathed chains to the hooks.
And thou shalt make the breastlap of judgement with broidered work: even after the work of the Ephod shalt thou make it: of gold, jacinth, scarlet, purple and twined byss shalt thou make it. Foursquare it shall be and double, an hand breadth long and an hand breadth broad. And thou shalt fill it with four rows of stones. In the first row shall be a Sardius, a Topas and Smaragdus. The second row, a Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond. The third: Ligurius, an Achat (agate?) and Amethyst. The fourth: a Turcus (turquoise?), Onyx and Jasper. And they shall be set in gold in their enclosers. And the stones shall be graven as signets be graven: with the names of the children of Israel, even with twelve names every one with his name according to the twelve tribes.
And thou shalt make upon the breastlap two fastening chains of pure gold and wreathen work. And thou shalt make likewise upon the breastlap two rings of gold and put them on the edges of the breastlap, and put the two wreathen chains of gold in the two rings which are in the edges of the breastlap. And the two ends of the two chains thou shalt fasten in the two rings, and put them upon the shoulders of the Ephod: on the foreside of it. And thou shalt yet make two rings of gold, and put them in the two edges of the breastlap even in the borders thereof toward the inside of the Ephod that is over against it. And yet two other rings of gold thou shalt make, and put them on the two sides of the Ephod, beneath over against the breastlap alow where the sides are joined together upon the broidered girdle of the Ephod. And they shall bind the breastlap by his rings unto the rings of the Ephod with a lace of jacinth, that it may lie close unto the broidered girdle of the Ephod, that the breastlap be not loosed from the Ephod. And Aaron shall bear the names of the children Israel in the breastlap of judgement upon his heart, when he goeth into the holy place, for a remembrance before the Lord always. And thou shalt put in the breastlap of judgement vrim *(HBR; light) and Thumin *(HBR;perfectness): that they be even upon Aaron's heart when he goeth in before the Lord and Aaron shall bear the example of the children of Israel upon his heart before the Lord always. *from maginal notes
And thou shalt make the tunicle unto the Ephod, altogether of Jacinth. And there shall be an hole for the head in the midst of it, and let there be a bond of woven work round about the collar of it ( as it were the collar of a partlet ) that it rend not. And beneath upon the hem, thou shalt make pomegranates of Jacincth, of scarlet, and of purple round about the hem, and bells of gold between them round about: that there be ever a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate round about upon the hem of the tunicle. And Aaron shall have it upon him when he ministereth, that the sound may be heard when he goeth into the holy place before the Lord and when he cometh out, that he die not.
And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave thereon (as signets are graven) The holines of the Lord, and put it on a lace of Jacincth and tie it unto the mitre, upon the forefront of it, that it be upon Aarons forehead: that Aaron bear the sin of the holy things which the children of Israel have hallowed in all their holy gifts. And it shall be always upon Aaron's forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord.
And thou shalt make an alb of byss, and thou shalt make a mitre of byss and a girdle of needle work.
And thou shalt make for Aarons sons also coats, girdles and bonnets honourable and glorious, and
thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother and on his sons with him and shalt anoint them and
fill their hands and consecrate them that they may minister unto me. And thou shalt make them
linen breaches to cover their privities: from the loins unto the thighs shall they reach. And they
shall be upon Aaron and his sons, when they go into the tabernacle of witness, or when they go
unto the altar to minister in holiness, that they bear no sin and so die. And it shall be a law for ever
unto Aaron and his seed after him.
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This is the thing that thou shalt do unto them when thou hallowest them to be my priests. Take one ox and two rams that are without blemish, and unleavened bread and cakes of sweet bread tempered with oil and wafers of sweet bread anointed with oil (of wheaten flour shalt thou make them) and put them in a *maund and bring them in the maund with the oil and the two rams. *maund; bowl of special use
And bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of witness, and wash them with water, and take the garments, and put upon Aaron: the strait coat, and the tunicle of the Ephod, and the Ephod and the breastlap: and gird them to him with the broidered girdle of the Ephod. And put the mitre upon his head and put the holy crown upon the mitre. Then take the anointing oil and pour it upon his head and anoint him. And bring his sons and put *albes upon them, and gird them with girdles: as well Aaron as his sons. And put the bonnets on them that the priest's office may be theirs for a perpetual law. *albes; long white robe
And fill the hands of Aaron and of his sons, and bring the ox before the tabernacle of witness. And let Aaron and his sons put their hands upon his head and kill him before the Lord in the door of the tabernacle of witness. And take of the blood of the ox and put it upon the horns of the altar with thy finger and pour all the blood upon the bottom of the altar, and take all the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul that is on the liver, and the two kidneys with the fat that is upon them: and burn them upon the altar. But the flesh of the ox and his skin and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire, without the host. For it is a sin offering.
Then take one of the rams, and let Aaron and his sons put their hands upon the head of the ram, and cause him to be slain, and take of his blood, and sprinkle it round about upon the altar, and cut the ram in pieces and wash the inwards of him and his legs, and put them unto the pieces and unto his head, and burn the whole ram upon the altar. For it is a burnt offering unto the Lord, and a sweet savour of the Lord's sacrifice.
And take the other ram and let Aaron and his sons, put their hands upon his head and let him then be killed. And take of his blood and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron and of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hands, and upon the great toe of their right feet and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.
Then take of the blood that is upon the altar and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron and his vestments, and upon his sons and upon their garments also. Then is he and his clothes holy and his sons and their clothes holy also.
Then take the fat of the ram and his rump and the fat that covereth the inwards and the caul of the liver and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them and the right shoulder (for that ram is a full offering) and a *simnel of bread and a cake of oiled bread and a wafer out of the basket of sweet bread that is before the Lord, and put all upon the hands of Aaron and on the hands of his sons: and wave them in and out a wave offering unto the Lord. Then take it from off their hands and burn it upon the altar: even upon the burnt offering, to be a savour of sweetness before the Lord. For it is a sacrifice unto the Lord. Then take the breast of the ram that is Aaron's full offering and wave it a wave offering before the Lord, and let that be thy part. And sanctify the breast of the wave offering and the shoulder of the heave offering which is waved and heaved up of the ram which is the full offering of Aaron and of his sons. And it shall be Aaron's and his sons' duty for ever, of the children of Israel, for it is an heave offering. And the heave offering shall be the Lord's duty of the children of Israel: even of the sacrifice of their peace offerings which they heave unto the Lord. And the holy garments of Aaron shall be his sons after him, to anoint them therein, and to fill their hands therein. And that son that is priest in his stead after him, shall put them on seven days: that he go into the tabernacle of witness, to minister in the holy place. *simnel: bread made from fine wheat
Then take the ram that is the full offering and seethe his flesh in an holy place. And Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of him, and the bread that is in the basket: even in the door of the tabernacle of witness. And they shall eat them, because the atonement was made therewith to fill their hands and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy.
If ought of the flesh of the full offerings or of the bread remain unto the morning, thou shalt burn it with fire: for it shall not be eaten, because it is holy. And see thou do unto Aaron and his sons, even so in all things as I have commanded thee: that thou fill their hands seven days and offer every day an ox for a sin offering for to reconcile with all. And thou shalt hallow the altar when thou reconcilest it, and shalt anoint it to sanctify it. Seven days thou shalt reconcile the altar and sanctify it, that it may be an altar most holy: so that no man may touch it but they that be consecrate.
This is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar: two lambs of one year old day by day for ever,
the one thou shalt offer in the morning and the other at even. And unto the one lamb take a tenth
deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil, and the fourth part of an hin of
wine, for a drink offering. And the other lamb thou shalt offer at even and shalt do thereto
according to the meat offering and drink offering in the morning, to be an odour of a sweet savour
of the sacrifice of the Lord. And it shall be a continual burnt offering among your children after
you, in the door of the tabernacle of witness before the Lord, where I will meet you to speak unto
you there. There I will meet with the children of Israel, and will be sanctified in mine honour. And
I will sanctify the tabernacle of witness and the altar: and I will sanctify also both Aaron and his
sons to be my priests. And moreover I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their
God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God that brought them out of the land of
Egypt for to dwell among them: even I the Lord their God.
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And thou shalt make an altar to burn cense therein, of sethim wood: a cubit
long, and a cubit broad, even foursquare shall it be and two cubits, high: with horns proceeding out of it, and thou shalt overlay it with fine gold both the roof and the walls round about, and his horns also, and shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about, and two golden rings on either side, even under the crown, to put staves therein for to bear it withal. And thou shalt make the staves of sethim wood and cover them with gold. And thou shalt put it before the veil that hangeth before the ark of witness, and before the mercy seat that is before the witness, where I will meet thee.
And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet cense every morning when he dresseth the lamps: and likewise at even when he setteth up the lamps he shall burn cense perpetually before the Lord throughout your generations. Ye shall put no strange cense thereon, neither burnt sacrifice nor meat offering, neither pour any drink offering thereon.
And Aaron shall reconcile his horns once in a year, with the blood of the sin offering of reconciling: even once in the year shall he reconcile it through your generations. And so is it most holy unto the Lord.
And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: when thou takest the sum of the children of Israel and tellest them, they shall give every man a reconciling of his soul unto the Lord, that there be no plague among them when thou tellest them. And thus much shall every man give that goeth in the number: half a sickle, after the holy sickle: a sickle is twenty geras: and an half sickle shall be the heave offering unto the Lord. And all that are numbered of them that are twenty years old and above shall give an heave offering unto the Lord. The rich shall not pass, and the poor shall not go under half a sickle, when they give an heave offering unto the Lord for the atonement of their souls. And thou shalt take the reconciling money of the children of Israel and shalt put it unto the use of the tabernacle of witness, and it shall be a memorial of the children of Israel before the Lord, to make atonement for their souls.
And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: thou shalt make a *laver (wash basin) of brass and his foot also of brass to wash withal, and shalt put it between the tabernacle of witness and the altar and put water therein: that Aaron and his sons may wash both their hands and their feet therout, when they go into the tabernacle of witness, or when they go unto the altar to minister and to burn the Lord's offering, lest they die. And it shall be an ordinance for ever unto him and his seed among your children after you.
And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: take principal spices: of pure myrrh five hundred sickles, of sweet cinnamon half so much, two hundred and fifty sickles: of sweet calamite, two hundred and fifty. Of cassia, two hundred and fifty after the holy sickle, and of oil olive an hin. And make of them holy anointing oil even an oil compound after the craft of the apothecary. And anoint the tabernacle of witness therewith, and the ark of witness, and the table with all his apparel, and the candlestick with all his ordinance, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt sacrifice and all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. And *sacrify them that they may be most holy: so that no man touch them but they that be hallowed. And anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them to minister unto me. *sacrify: make shallow cuts in the skin. scarify
And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel saying: this shall be an holy anointing oil unto me, throughout your generations. No man's flesh shall be anointed therewith: neither shall ye make any other after the making of it for it is holy, see therefore that ye take it for holy: Whosoever maketh like that, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall perish from among his people.
And the Lord said unto Moses: take unto thee sweet spices: stacte, onycha, sweet galbanum and
pure frankincense, of each like much: and make cense of them compounded after the craft of the
apothecary, mingled together, that it may be made pure and holy. And beat it to powder and put it
before the witness in the tabernacle of witness, where I will meet thee, but let it be unto you holy.
And see that ye make none after the making of that, but let it be unto you holy for the Lord. And
whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall perish from among his people.
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And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: behold, I have called by name, Bezaleel the son of Uri son to Hur of the tribe of Juda. And I have filled him with the spirit of God, with wisdom, understanding and knowledge: even in all manner work, to find out subtle feats, to work in gold, silver and brass and with the craft to grave (carve) stones, to set and to carve in timber, and to work in all manner workmanship. And behold, I have given him to be his companion Ahaliab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan, and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom to make all that I have commanded thee: the tabernacle of witness, and the ark of witness, and the mercy seat that is there upon all the ornaments of the tabernacle, and the table with his ordinance, and the pure candlestick with all his apparel, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offerings with all his vessels, and the laver with his foot, and the vestments to minister in, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons to minister in, and the anointing oil and the sweet cense for the sanctuary: according to all as I have commanded thee shall they do.
And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: speak unto the children of Israel and say: in any wise see that ye keep my Sabbath, for it shall be a sign between me and you in your generations for to know, that I the Lord do sanctify you. Keep my Sabbath therefore, that it be an holy thing unto you. He that defileth it, shall be slain therefore. For whosoever worketh therein, the same soul shall be rooted out from among his people. Six days shall men work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the holy rest of the Lord: so that whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, shall die for it. Wherefore let the children of Israel keep the Sabbath, that they observe it throughout their generations, that it be an appointment for ever. For it shall be a sign between me, and the children of Israel for ever. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.
And when he had made an end of communing with Moses upon the mount Sinai, he gave him two
tables of witness: which were of stone and written with the finger of God.
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And when the people saw that it was long or Moses came down out of the mountain, they gathered themselves together and came unto Aaron and said unto him. Up and make us a god to go before us: for of this Moses the fellow that brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become.
And Aaron said unto them: pluck off the golden earings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons and of your daughters: and bring them unto me. And all the people plucked off the golden earings that were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them of their hands and fashioned it with a graver and made it a calf of molten metal. And they said: This is thy God, O' Israel, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt.
And when Aaron saw that, he made an altar before it, and made a proclamation saying tomorrow shall be holy day unto the Lord. And they rose up in the morning and offered burnt offerings, and brought offerings of atonement also. And then they sat them down to eat and drink, and rose up again to play.
Then the Lord said unto Moses: go get thee down, for thy people which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have marred all, they are turned at once out of the way which I commanded them: and have made them a calf of molten metal, and have worshipped it and have offered thereto and have said: This is thy God thou Israel, which hath brought thee out of the land of Egypt. And the Lord said unto Moses: behold, I see this people, that it is a stiffnecked people, and now therefore suffer me that my wrath may wax hot upon them, and that I may consume them: and then will I make of thee a mighty people.
Then Moses besought the Lord his God and said: O' Lord, why should thy wrath wax hot upon thy people which thou hast brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand ? wherefore should the Egyptians speak and say: For a mischief did he bring them out: even for to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth. Turn from thy fierce wrath, and have compassion over the wickedness of thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac and Israel thy servants, to whom thou sworest by thine own self and saidest unto them: I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land which I have said, I will give unto your seed: and they shall inherit it for ever. And the Lord refrained himself from that evil, which he said he would do unto his people.
And Moses turned his back and went down from the hill, and the two tables of witness in his hand: which were written on both the leaves and were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God graven upon the tables. And when Josua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses: there is a noise of war in the host. And he said: it is not the cry of them that have the mastery, nor of them that have the worse: but I do hear the noise of singing.
And as soon as he came nigh unto the host and saw the calf and the dancing, his wrath waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hand, and brake them even at the hill foot. And the took the calf which they had made and burned it with fire, and stamped it unto powder and strewed it in the water, and made the children of Israel drink. And then Moses said unto Aaron: what did this people unto thee that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them ?
And Aaron said: let not the wrath of my Lord wax fierce, thou knowest the people that they are even set on mischief: they said unto me: make us a god to go before us, for we know not what is become of Moses the fellow that brought us out of the land of Egypt. And I said unto them: let them that have gold, take and bring it me: and I cast it into the fire, and thereof came out this calf.
When Moses saw that the people were naked (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame when they made insurrection) he went and stood in the gate of the host and said: If any man pertain unto the Lord, let him come to me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together: and came unto him. And be said unto them, thus saith the Lord of Israel, put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the host: and slay every man his brother, every man his friend and every man his neighbour. And the children of Levi did as Moses had said. And there were slain of the people the same day, about three thousand men. Then Moses said: fill your hands unto the Lord this day, every man upon his son and upon his brother: to bring upon you a blessing this day.
And on the morrow, Moses said unto the people: Ye have sinned a great sin. But now I will go up unto the Lord, to know whether I can make an atonement for your sin.
And Moses went again unto the Lord and said: Oh, this people have sinned a great sin and have
made them a god of gold: Yet forgive them their sin I pray thee: If not wipe me out of thy book
which thou hast written. And the Lord said unto Moses: I will put him out of my book that hath
sinned against me. But go and bring the people unto the land which I said unto thee: behold, mine
angel shall go before thee. Neverthelater in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.
And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf which Aaron made.
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And the Lord said unto Moses: depart and go hence: both thou and the people which thou hast brought out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I swore unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying: unto thy seed I will give it. And I will send an angel before thee, and will cast out the Cananites, the Amorites, the Hethites, the Pherezites, the Hevites, and the Jebusites: that thou mayst go in to a land that floweth with milk and honey. But I will not go among you myself, for ye are a stiffnecked people: lest I consume you by the way. And when the people heard this evil tidings, they sorrowed: and no man did put on his best raiment.
And the Lord spake unto Moses, say unto the children of Israel: ye are a stiffnecked people: I must come once suddenly upon you, and make an end of you. But now put your goodly raiment from you, that I may know what to do unto you. And the children of Israel laid their goodly raiment from them even under the mount Horeb.
And Moses took the tabernacle and pitched it without the host, afar off from the host, and called it the tabernacle of witness. And all that would ask any question of the Lord, went out unto the tabernacle of witness which was without the host. And when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, all the people rose up and stood every man in his tent door and looked after Moses, until he was gone in to the tabernacle. And as soon as Moses was entered into the tabernacle, the clouden pillar descended and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and he talked with Moses. And when all the people saw the clouden pillar stand in the tabernacle door, they rose up and worshipped: every man in his tent door.
And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And when Moses turned again in to the host, the lad Josua his servant the son of Nun departed not out of the tabernacle. And Moses said unto the Lord: see, thou saidest unto me: lead this people forth, but thou shewest me not whom thou wilt send with me. And hast said moreover: I know thee by name and thou hast also found grace in my sight: Now therefore, if I have found favour in thy sight, then show me thy way and let me know thee: that I may find grace in thy sight. And look on this also, how that this nation is thy people.
And he said: my presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said: If thy presence go not with me, carry us not hence, for how shall it be known now that both I and thy people have found favour in thy sight, but in that thou goest with us: that both I and thy people have a preeminence before all the people that are upon the face of the earth. And the Lord said unto Moses: I will do this also that thou hast said, for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
And he said: I beseech thee, shew me thy glory: And he said: I will make all my good go before thee, and I will be called in this name Jehovah before thee, and will shew mercy to whom I shew mercy, and will have compassion on whom I have compassion. And he said furthermore: thou mayst not see my face, for there shall no man no man see me and live.
And the Lord said: behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock, and while my
glory goeth forth I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will put mine hand upon thee while I
pass by. And then I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall
not be seen.
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And the Lord said unto Moses: hew the two tables of stone like unto the first that I may write in them the words which were in the first two tables, which thou brakest. And be ready against the morning that thou mayst come up early unto the mount of Sinai and stand me there upon the top of the mount. But let no man come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount, neither let sheep nor oxen feed before the hill.
And Moses hewed two tables of stone like unto the first and rose up early in the morning and went up unto the mount of Sinai as the Lord commanded him: and took in his hand the two tables of stone. And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there: and he called upon the name of the Lord. And when the Lord walked before him, he cried: Lord Lord God full of compassion and mercy, which art not lightly angry but abundant in mercy and truth, and keepest mercy in store for thousands, and forgivest wickedness, trespass and sin (for there is no man innocent before thee) and visitest the wickedness of the fathers upon the children and upon children's children, even unto the third and fourth generation. And Moses bowed himself to the earth quickly, and worshipped and said: If I have found grace in thy sight O' Lord, then let my Lord go with us (for it is a stubborn people) and have mercy upon our wickedness and our sin, and let us be thine inheritance.
And he said: behold, I make an appointment before all this people, that I will do marvels: such as have not been done in all the world, neither among any nation. And all the people among which thou art, shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee: keep all that I command thee this day, and behold: I will cast out before thee: the Amorites, Cananites, Hethites, Pherezites, Hevites and Jebusites. Take heed to thyself, that thou make no compact with the inhabiters of the land whither thou goest lest it be cause of ruin among you. But overthrow their altars and break their pillars, and cut down their groves, for thou shalt worship no strange God. For the Lord is called jealous, because he is a jealous God: lest if thou make any agreement with the inhabiters of the land, when they go a whoring after their gods and do sacrifice unto their gods, they call thee and thou eat of their sacrifice: and thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and when their daughters go a whoring after their gods, they make thy sons go a whoring after their gods also.
Thou shalt make thee no gods of metal. The feast of sweet bread shalt thou keep, and seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread (as I commanded thee) in the time appointed in the month of Abib: for in the month of Abib thou camest out of Egypt. All that breaketh up the matrice shall be mine, and all that breaketh the matrice among thy cattle, if it be male: whether it be ox or sheep. But the first of the ass thou shalt buy out with a sheep, or if thou redeem him not: see thou break his neck. All the first born of thy sons thou must needs redeem. And see that no man appear before me empty.
Six days thou shalt work, and the seventh thou shalt rest: both from earing and reaping. Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks with the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the years end. Thrice in a year shall all your men children appear before the Lord Jehovah God of Israel: for I will cast out the nations before thee and will enlarge thy coasts, so that no man shall desire thy land, while thou goest up to appear before the face of the Lord thy God, thrice in the year.
Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread: neither shall ought of the sacrifice of the feast of Passover, be left unto the morning. The first of the first fruits of thy land, thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. And see, that thou seethe not a kid in his mother's milk.
And the Lord said unto Moses: write these words, for upon these words I have made a covenant with thee and with the children of Israel. And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights, and neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote in the tables the words of the covenant: even ten verses.
And Moses came down from mount Sinai and the two tables of witness in his hand, and yet he knew not that the skin of his face shone with beams of his communing with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel looked upon Moses and saw that the skin of his face shone with beams, they were afraid to come nigh him. But he called them to him, and then Aaron and all the chief of the company came unto him, and Moses talked with them.
And at the last all the children of Israel came unto him, and he commanded them all that the Lord
had said unto him in mount Sinai. And as soon as he had made an end of communing with them,
he put a covering upon his face. But when he went before the Lord to speak with him, he took the
covering off until he came out. And he came out and spake unto the children of Israel that which
he was commanded. And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of his face
shone with beams: but Moses put a covering upon his face, until he went in to commune with him.
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And Moses gathered all the company of the children of Israel together, and said unto them: these are the things which the Lord hath commanded to do: Six days ye shall work, but the seventh day shall be unto you the holy Sabbath of the Lord's rest: so that whosoever doth any work therein, shall die. Moreover ye shall kindle no fire throughout all your habitations upon the Sabbath day.
And Moses spake unto all the multitude of the children of Israel saying: this is the thing which the Lord commanded saying: Give from among you an heave offering, unto the Lord.
All that are willing in their hearts, shall bring heave offerings unto the Lord: gold, silver, brass: Jacinth, scarlet, purple, byss and goats' hair: rams skins red and taxus skins and Sethim wood: and oil for lights and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet cense: and Onyx stones and stones to be set for the Ephod and for the breastlap.
And let all them that are wise hearted among you, come and make all that the Lord hath commanded: the habitation and the tent thereof with his covering and his rings, boards, bars, pillars and sockets: the ark and the staves thereof with the mercy seat and the veil that covereth it: the table and his staves with all that pertaineth thereto and the shewbread: the candlestick of light with his apparel and his lamps and the oil for the lights: the cense altar and his staves, the anointing oil and the sweet cense and the hanging before the tabernacle door: the altar of burnt sacrifices and his brazen gridiron that longeth thereto with his staves and all his ordinance and the laver and his foot: the hangings of the court with his pillars and their sockets, and the hanging to the door of the court: the pins of the habitation and the pins of the court with their boards: the ministering garments to minister with in holiness, and the holy vestments of Aaron the priest and the vestments of his sons to minister in.
And all the company of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. And they went (as many as their hearts couraged them and as many as their spirits made them willing) and brought heave offerings unto the Lord, to the making of the tabernacle of witness and for all his uses and for the holy vestments. And the men came with the women (even as many as were willing hearted) and brought bracelets, earrings, rings and girdles and all manner Jewels of gold. And all the men that waved wave offerings of gold unto the Lord and every man with whom was found Jacinth, scarlet, purple, byss or goats hair or red skins of rams or taxus skins, brought it. And all that hove up gold or brass, brought an heave offering unto the Lord. And all men with whom was found sethim wood meet for any manner work or service, brought it.
And all the women that were wise hearted to work with their hands, span, and brought the spun work, both of Jacinth, scarlet, purple and byss. And all the women that excelled in wisdom of heart, span the goats' hair. And the Lords brought Onyx stones and setstones for the Ephod, and for the breastlap, and spice and oil: both for the lights and for the anointing oil and for the sweet cense. And the children of Israel brought willing offerings unto the Lord, both men and women: as many as their hearts made them willing to bring, for all manner works which the Lord had commanded to make by the hand of Moses.
And Moses said unto the children of Israel: behold, the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel the son
of Uri the son of Hur of the tribe of Juda, and hath filled him with the spirit of God, with wisdom,
understanding and knowledge, even in all manner work, and to find out curious works, to work in
gold, silver and brass: and with graving of stones to set, and with carving in wood, and to work in
all manner of subtle works. And he hath put in his heart the grace to teach: both him and Ahaliab
the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner
of graven work: they are also broiderers and workers with needle, in Jacinth, scarlet, purple and
byss, and are weavers that can make all manner work, and can devise subtle works.
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And Bezaleel wrought and Ahaliab and all wise hearted men to whom the Lord had given wisdom and understanding, to know how to work all manner work for the holy service, in all that the Lord commanded. And Moses called for Bezaleel, Ahaliab and all the wise hearted men in whose hearts the Lord had put wisdom, even as many as their hearts couraged to come unto the work to work it. And they received of Moses all the heave offerings which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the holy service to make it withal. And they brought beside that, willing offerings every morning.
And all the wise men that wrought all the holy work, came every man from his work which they made, and spake unto Moses saying: the people bring too much and above that is enough to serve for the work which the Lord hath commanded to make. And then Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the host saying: see that neither man nor woman prepare any more work for the holy heave offering, and so the people were forbidden to bring: for the stuff they had, was sufficient for them unto all the work, to make it and too much.
And all the wise hearted men among them that wrought in the work of the habitation made: even ten curtains of twined byss, Jacinth, scarlet and purple, and made them full of Cherubins with broidered work. The length of one curtain was twenty eight cubits and the breadth four and were all of one size. And they coupled five curtains by themselves, and other five by themselves. And they made fifty loops of Jacinth along by the edge of the utmost curtain, even in the selvedge of the coupling curtain: and likewise they made on the side of the utmost coupling curtain on the other side, fifty loops they made in the one curtain, and fifty in the edge of the coupling curtain on the other side: so that the loops were one over against another.
And they made fifty rings of gold, and coupled the curtains one to another with the rings: and so was it made a dwelling place.
And they made eleven curtains of goats hair to be a tent over the tabernacle thirty cubits long apiece and four cubits broad, and they all eleven of one size. And they coupled five by themselves, and six by themselves, and they made fifty loops along by the border of the utmost coupling curtain on the one side, and fifty in the edge of the coupling curtain on the other side. And they made fifty rings of brass to couple the tent together that it might be one. And they made a covering unto the tent of rams skins red, and yet another of taxus skins above all.
And they made boards for the dwelling place of sethim wood that stood upright, every board ten cubits long and a cubit and an half broad. And they made two feet to every board of the dwelling place joining one to another. And they made twenty boards for the south side of the habitation, and forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards, two sockets under every board, even for the two feet of them. And for the other side of the dwelling toward the north, they made other twenty boards with forty sockets of silver two sockets under every board. And behind in the end of the tabernacle toward the west, they made six boards and two other boards for the corners of the habitation behind, and they were joined close both beneath and also above with clamps, and thus they did to both the corners: so they were in all eight boards and sixteen sockets, under every board two sockets.
And they made bars of Sethim wood five for the boards of the one side of the habitation and five
for the other, and five for the boards of the west end of the habitation. And they made the middle
bar to shoot through the boards: even from the one end to the other, and overlaid the boards with
gold, and made them rings of gold to thrust the bars through, and covered the bars with gold. And
they made an hanging of Jacinth, of scarlet, purple and twined byss with Cherubins of broidered
work. And made thereunto four pillars of Sethim wood and overlaid them with gold. Their knops
were also of gold, and they cast for them four sockets of silver. And they made an hanging for the
tabernacle door: of Jacinth, scarlet, purple and twined byss of needle work, and the pillars of it
were five with their knops, and overlaid the heads of them and the hoops with gold, with their five
sockets of brass.
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And Bezaleel made the ark of sethim wood two cubits and an half long and a cubit and a half broad, and a cubit and a half high: and overlaid it with frne gold both within and without, and made a crown of gold to it round about, and cast for it four rings of gold for the four corners of it: two rings for the one side and two for the other, and made staves of Sethim wood, and covered them with gold, and put the staves in the rings along by the side of the ark to bear it withal.
And he made the mercyseat of pure gold two cubits and a half long and one cubit and a half broad, and made two Cherubins of thick gold upon the two ends of the mercy seat: One Cherub on the one end, and another Cherub on the other end of the mercyseat. And the Cherubins spread out their wings above on high, and covered the mercyseat therewith. And their faces were one to another: even to the mercyseat ward, were the faces of the Cherubins.
And he made the table of sethim wood two cubits long and a cubit broad, and a cubit and an half high, and overlaid it with fine gold, and made thereto a crown of gold round about, and made thereto an hoop of an hand breadth round about, and made unto the hoop a crown of gold round about, and cast for it four rings of gold and put the rings in the four corners by the feet: even under the hoop to put staves in to bear the table withal. And he made staves of Sethim wood and covered them with gold to bear the table withal, and made the vessels that were on the table of pure gold, the dishes, spoons, flat pieces and pots to pour withal.
And he made the candlestick of pure thick gold: both the candlestick and his shaft: with branches, bowls, knops and flowers proceeding out of it. Six branches proceeding out of the sides thereof, three out of the one side and three out of the other. And on every branch were three cups like unto almonds, with knops and flowers throughout the six branches that proceeded out of the candlestick. And upon the candlestick self, were four cups after the fashion of almonds with knops and flowers: under every two branches a knop. And the knops and the branches proceeded out of it, and were all one piece of pure thick gold. And he made seven lamps thereto, and the snuffers thereof, and firepans of pure gold. An hundred weight of pure gold, made both it and all that belonged thereto.
And he made the cense altar of Sethim wood of a cubit long and a cubit broad: even four square,
and two cubits high with horns proceeding out of it. And he covered it with pure gold both the
top and the sides round about and the horns of it, and made unto it a crown of gold round about.
And he made two rings of gold unto it, even under the crown upon either side of it, to put staves
in for to bear it withal: and made staves of Sethim wood, and overlaid them with gold. And he
made the holy anointing oil and the sweet pure incense after the apothecary's craft.
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And he made the burnt offering altar of Sethim wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad: even four square, and three cubits high. And he made horns in the four corners of it proceeding out of it, and overlaid it with brass. And he made all the vessels of the altar: the cauldrons, shovels, basins, fleshhooks and coalpans all of brass.
And he made a brazen gridiron of network unto the altar round about alow beneath, under the compass of the altar: so that it reached unto half the altar, and cast four rings of brass for the four ends of the gridiron to put staves in. And he made staves of sethim wood and covered them with brass, and put the staves in the rings along by the altar side to bear it withal, and made the altar hollow with boards. And he made the laver of brass and the foot of it also of brass, in the sight of them that did watch before the door of the tabernacle of witness.
And he made the court with hangings of twined byss of an hundred cubits long upon the south side, and twenty pillars with twenty sockets of brass: but the knops of the pillars, and the hoops were silver. And on the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits long with twenty pillars and twenty sockets of brass, but the knops and the hoops of the pillars were of silver. And on the west side, were hangings of fifty cubits long, and ten pillars with their ten sockets, and the knops and the hoops of the pillars were silver. And on the east side toward the *son rising, were hangings of fifty cubits: the hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits long, and their pillars three with their three sockets. And of the other side of the court gate, were hangings also of fifteen cubits long, and their pillars three with three sockets. Now all the hangings of the court round about, were of twined byss, and the sockets of the pillars were brass: but the knops and the hoops of the pillars were silver, and the heads were overlaid with silver, and all the pillars of the court were hooped about with silver. And the hanging of the gate of the court was needlework: of jacinth, scarlet, purple, and twined byss twenty cubits long and five in the breadth, according to the hangings of the court. And the pillars were four with four sockets of brass, and the knops of silver, and the heads overlaid with silver and hooped about with silver, and all the pins of the tabernacle and of the court round about were brass. *exact spelling sonne, sun is sunne elsewhere in the text)
This is the sum of the habitation of witness, which was counted at the commandment of Moses: and was the office of the Levites by the hand of Ithamar son to Aaron the priest. And Bezaleel son of Uri son to Hur of the tribe of Juda, made all that the Lord commanded Moses, and with him Ahaliab son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan, a cunning graver and a worker of needle work in jacinth, scarlet, purple and byss.
All the gold that was occupied upon all the work of the holy place (which was the gold of the wave offering) was, twenty nine hundred weight and seven hundred and thirty sickles, according to the holy sickle. And the sum of silver that came of the multitude, was five score hundred weight and a thousand seven hundred and seventy five sickles of the holy sickle. Every man offering half a sickle after the weight of the holy sickle among them that went to be numbered from twenty year old and above, among six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and frfty men.
And the five score hundred weight of silver went to the casting of the sockets of the sanctuary and the sockets of the veil: an hundred sockets of the five score hundred weight, an hundred weight to every socket. And the thousand seven hundred and seventy five sickles, made knops to the pillars and overlaid the heads and hooped them.
And the brass of the wave offering was seventy hundred weight and two thousand, and four
hundred sickles. And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tabernacle of witness, and
the brazen altar, and the brazen gridiron that longeth thereto, and all the vessels of the altar, and
the sockets of the court round about, and the sockets of the court gate, and all the pins of the
habitation, and all the pins of the court round about.
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And of the jacinth, scarlet, purple and twined byss, they made the vestments of ministration to do service in in that holy place, and made the holy garments that pertained to Aaron, as the Lord commanded Moses.
And they made the Ephod of gold, jacinth, scarlet, purple, and twined byss. And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires: to work it in the jacinth, scarlet, purple, and the byss, with broidered work. And they made the sides come together, and closed them up by the two edges. And the broidering of the girdle that was upon it, was of the same stuff and after the same work of gold, jacinth, scarlet, purple and twined byss, as the Lord commanded Moses. And they wrought Onyx stones closed in ouches of gold and graved as signets are graven with the names of the children of Israel, and put them on the shoulders of the Ephod that they should be a remembrance of the children of Israel, as the Lord commanded Moses.
And they made the breastlap of cunning work, after the work of the Ephod: even of gold, jacinth, scarlet, purple and twined byss. And they made it four square and double, an hand breadth long and an hand breadth broad. And they filled it with four rows of stones (the first row: Sardios, a Topas and Smaragdus: the second row: a Ruby, a Sapphire and a Diamond: the third row: Ligurius, an Achat and an Amethyst: the fourth row: a Turquoise, an onyx and a Jasper) closed in ouches of gold in their inclosers. And the twelve stones were graven as signets with the names of the children of Israel: every stone with his name, according to the twelve tribes.
And they made upon the breastlap, two fastening chains of wreathen work and pure gold. And they made two hooks of gold and two gold rings, and put the two rings upon the two corners of the breastlap. And they put the two chains of gold in the two rings, in the corners of the breastlap. And the two ends of the two chains they fastened in the two hooks, and put them on the shoulders of the Ephod upon the forefront of it.
And they made two other rings of gold and put them on the two other corners of the breastlap along upon the edge of it, toward the inside of the Ephod that is over against it. And they made yet two other gold rings, and put them on the two sides of the Ephod, beneath on the fore side of it: even where the sides go together, above upon the broidering of the Ephod, and they strained the breastlap by his rings unto the rings of the Ephod, with laces of jacinth, that it might lie fast upon the broidering of the Ephod, and should not be loosed from off the Ephod: as the Lord commanded Moses.
And he made the tunicle unto the Ephod of woven work and all together of jacinth, and the head of the tunicle was in the midst of it as the collar of a partlet, with a band round about the collar, that it should not rent. And they made beneath upon the hem of'the tunicle: pomegranates of jacinth, scarlet, purple, and twined byss. And they made little bells of pure gold, and put them among the pomegranates round about upon the edge of the tunicle, a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate round about the hems of the tunicle to minister in, as the Lord commanded Moses.
And they made coats of byss of woven work for Aaron and his sons, and a mitre of byss, and goodly bonnets of byss, and linen breaches of twined byss, and a girdle of twined byss, jacinth, scarlet and purple: even of needle work, as the Lord commanded Moses. And they made the plate of the holy crown of fine gold, and wrote upon it with graven work: the holiness of the Lord: and tied it to a lace of jacinth to fasten it on high upon the mitre, as the Lord commanded Moses.
Thus was all the work of the habitation of the tabernacle of witness, finished. And the children of
Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses. And they brought the habitation
unto Moses: the tent and all his apparel thereof: the buttons, boards, bars, pillars and sockets: and
the covering of rams skins red, and the covering of taxus skins, and the hanging veil, and the ark
of witness with the staves thereof, and the mercyseat: the table and all the ordinance thereof, and
the shewbread, and the pure candlestick, and the lamps prepared thereunto with all the vessels
thereof, and the oil for lights, and the golden altar, and the anointing oil and the sweet cense, and
the hanging of the tabernacle door, and the brasen altar, and the gridiron of brass longing
thereunto with his bars and all his vessels, and the laver with his foot, and the hangings of the
court with his pillars and sockets, and the hanging to the court gate, his boards and pins, and all
the ordinance that serveth to the habitation of the tabernacle of witness, and the ministering
vestments to serve in the holy place, and the holy vestments of Aaron the priest and his sons'
raiments to minister in: according to all that the Lord commanded Moses: even so the children of
Israel made all the work. And Moses beheld all the work: and see, they had done it even as the
Lord commanded: and then Moses blessed them.
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And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: In the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the habitation of the tabernacle of witness and put therein the ark of witness, and cover the ark with the veil, and bring in the table and apparel it, and bring in the candlestick and put on his lamps, and set the cense altar of gold before the ark of witness, and put the hanging of the door unto the habitation. And set the burnt offering altar before the door of the tabernacle of witness, and set the laver between the tabernacle of witness, and the altar, and put water therein, and make the court round about, and set up the hanging of the court gate.
And take the anointing oil and anoint the habitation and all that is therein, and hallow it and all that belong thereto: that it may be holy. And anoint the altar of the burntofferings and all his vessels, and sanctify the altar that it may be most holy. And anoint also the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.
Then bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of witness, and wash them with water. And put upon Aaron the holy vestments. And anoint him and sanctify him that he may minister unto me, that their anointing may be an everlasting priesthood unto them throughout their generations. And Moses did according to all that the Lord commanded him.
Thus was the tabernacle reared up the first day of the first month in the second year. And Moses reared up the tabernacle and fastened his sockets, and set up the boards and put in their bars, and reared up the pillars, and spread abroad the tent over the habitation and put the covering of the tent on high above it: as the Lord commanded Moses.
And he took and put the testimony in the ark, and set the staves to the ark and put the mercy seat on high upon the ark, and brought the ark into the habitation and hanged up the veil and covered the ark of witness, as the Lord commanded Moses.
And he put the table in the tabernacle of witness in the north side of the habitation without the veil, and set the bread in order before the Lord, even as the Lord had commanded Moses.
And he put the candlestick in the tabernacle of witness over against the table in the south side of the habitation, and set up the lamps before the Lord: as the Lord commanded Moses. And he put the golden altar in the tabernacle of witness before the veil, and burnt sweet cense theron as the Lord commanded Moses. And set up the hanging in the door of the habitation, and set the burnt offering altar before the door of the tabernacle of witness, and offered burnt offerings and meat offerings theron as the Lord commanded Moses.
And he set the laver between the tabernacle of witness and the altar, and poured water therein to wash with all. And both Moses, Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat: both when they went into the tabernacle of witness, or when they went to the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses. And he reared up the court round about the habitation and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate: and so Moses finished the work.
And the cloud covered the tabernacle of witness, and the glory of the Lord filled the habitation: so that Moses could not enter into the tabernacle of witness, because the cloud abode therein, and the glory of the Lord filled the habitation.
When the cloud was taken up from off the habitation, the children of Israel took their journeys as
oft as they journeyed. And if the cloud departed not, they journeyed not till it departed: for the
cloud of the Lord was upon the habitation by day, and fire by night: in the sight of all the house of
Israel in all their journeys.
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