Exodus 40

Setting up the tabernacle
40:1-38

40:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

God said to Moses,

40:2 On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.

Set up the tabernacle on the first day of the first month.

40:3 And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the vail.

Put the ark in the tabernacle and cover it with a veil.

40:4 And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof.

Bring in the table and set it with the candlestick and lighted lamps.

40:5 And thou shalt set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the hanging of the door to the tabernacle.

Set the gold altar for incense in front of the ark, and put up the door hanging.

40:6 And thou shalt set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.

Set the burnt offering altar in front of the tabernacle.

40:7 And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and shalt put water therein.

Set the laver between the tent and the altar, and put some water in it.

40:8 And thou shalt set up the court round about, and hang up the hanging at the court gate.

Set up the court and hang the hangings at the gate.

40:9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.

Anoint the tabernacle and vessels with the anointing oil. It will all be holy.

40:10 And thou shalt anoint the altar of the burnt offering, and all his vessels, and sanctify the altar: and it shall be an altar most holy.

Anoint the altar of the burnt offering, with its vessels. It will be most holy.

40:11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.

Anoint the laver and its foot.

40:12 And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water.

Bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle, and wash them with water.

40:13 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest's office.

Put the holy garments on Aaron and anoint him, so he can minister to me as a priest.

40:14 And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats:

40:15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.

Bring his sons, put coats on them, and anoint them like you did their father, so they can minster to me as priests.

It will be a lasting priesthood, throughout their generations.

40:16 Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.

Moses did everything God commanded.

40:17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up.

The tabernacle was erected on first day of the first month of the second year.

40:18 And Moses reared up the tabernacle, and fastened his sockets, and set up the boards thereof, and put in the bars thereof, and reared up his pillars.

Moses fastened the sockets, set up the boards, put in the bars, and erected the pillars.

40:19 And he spread abroad the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent above upon it; as the LORD commanded Moses.

He put up the tent and its covering, as God commanded.

40:20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark:

He put the testimomy in the ark, set the staves, and put the mercy seat above the ark.

40:21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the vail of the covering, and covered the ark of the testimony; as the LORD commanded Moses.

He brought the ark into the tabernacle, set up the veil, and covered the ark, as God comanded.

40:22 And he put the table in the tent of the congregation, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without the vail.

He put the table in the tent, on the north side, outside the wall.

40:23 And he set the bread in order upon it before the LORD; as the LORD had commanded Moses.

He set the bread on the table in front of God, as God commanded.

40:24 And he put the candlestick in the tent of the congregation, over against the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward.

He put the candlestick in the tent, against the table, on the south side of the tabernacle.

40:25 And he lighted the lamps before the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.

He lighted the lamps in front of God, as God commanded.

40:26 And he put the golden altar in the tent of the congregation before the vail:

He put the golden altar in the tent in front of the veil.

40:27 And he burnt sweet incense thereon; as the LORD commanded Moses.

He burned sweet incense on the altar, as God commanded.

40:28 And he set up the hanging at the door of the tabernacle.

He set up the hanging at the door of the tabernacle.

40:29 And he put the altar of burnt offering by the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation, and offered upon it the burnt offering and the meat offering; as the LORD commanded Moses.

He put the burnt offering altar by the door of the tabernacle, and offered the burnt offering and the meat offering, as God commanded.

40:30 And he set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and put water there, to wash withal.

He set the up the laver and put water in it.

40:31 And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat:

And Moses and Aarom washed their hands and feet in it.

40:32 When they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the LORD commanded Moses.

Whenever they came into the tent or came near the altar, they washed, as God commanded.

40:33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.

Moses set up the court around the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate.

And Moses finished his work.

A cloud covered the tabernacle at night, and a fire during the day
(throughout all their journeys)
40:34-38

40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

40:35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

A cloud covered the tent and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

40:36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:

40:37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

When the cloud was over the tent, the people stayed where they were.

Whenever the cloud left, the people went on with their journey.

40:38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

The cloud of the Lord stayed on the tabernacle during the day, with a fire on it at night. [1]