Chapter 31: Artisans for Building the Tabernacle
1 Then Yah spoke to Moshe saying: 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalyl the son of Uriyah, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Yahudah”. 3 “And I have filled him with the Spirit of Yah, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship”. 4 “To design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze”. 5 “In cutting stones for setting, in carving wood and to work in all manner of workmanship”. 6 “And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aloliab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you”. 7 “The tabernacle of meeting, the ark of the Testimony and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furniture of the tabernacle–8 “The table and its utensils, the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of intense”. 9 “The altar of burnt offering with all its utensils and the laver and its base–10 “The garments of ministry (woven garments), the qodesh garments for Aharon on the priest and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests”. 11 “And the anointing oil and sweet incense for the qodesh place, according to all that I have commanded you they shall do”.
The Shabbat Law
12 “And Yah spoke to Moshe saying: 13 “Speak also to the children of Ysrayl saying: “Surely My Shabbats you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am Yah who sanctifies you”. 14 “You shall keep the Shabbat, therefore, for it is set-apart to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death. For whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people”. 15 “Work shall be done for six days but the seventh is the Shabbat of rest, qodesh to Yah. Whoever does any work on the Shabbat day, he shall surely be put to death”. 16 “Therefore, the children of Ysrayl shall keep the Shabbat to observe the Shabbat throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant”. 17 “It is a sign between Me and the children of Ysrayl forever. For in six days Yah made the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed”. 18 “And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moshe two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of Yah”.
Chapter 32: The Gold Calf
1 “Now when the people saw that Moshe delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aharon and said to him, “Come make us gods that shall go before us. For as for this Moshe, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him”. 2 And Aharon said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons and your daughters and bring them to me”. 3 So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears and brought them to Aharon. 4 And he received the gold from their hand and he fashioned it with an engraving tool and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Ysrayl that brought you out of the land of Egypt”. 5 So when Aharon saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aharon made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the god”. 6 Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings and the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. 7 And Yah said to Moshe, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves”. 8 “They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf and worshipped it and sacrificed to it and said, “This is your god, O Ysrayl, that brought you out of the land of Egypt”! 9 And Yah said to Moshe, “I have seen this people and indeed it is a stiff-necked people”! 10 “Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation”. 11 Then Moshe pleaded with Yah, his Almighty and said: Yah, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand”? 12 “Why should the Egyptians speak and say, “He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from Your fierce wrath and relent from this harm to Your people”. 13 “Remember Abraham, Yitzshaq and Ysrayl, Your servants to whom You swore by Your own self and said to them, “I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants and they shall inherit it forever” (Genesis 13:15 and 22:17). 14 So Yah relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people. 15 And Moshe turned and went down from the mountain and the two tablets of the Testimony were in his hand. The tablets were written on both sides, on the one side and on the other they were written.
16 Now the tablets were the work of Yah and the writing was the writing of Yah engraved on the tablets. 17 And when Yahoshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moshe, “There is a noise of war in the camp”. 18 But he said, “It is not the noise of the shout of triumph nor the noise of the cry of defeat but the sound of singing I hear”. 19 So it was, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. So Moshe’s anger became hot and he cast the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. 20 Then he took the calf which they had made, burned it in the fire and ground it to powder and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Ysrayl drink it”. 21 “And Moshe said to Aharon, “What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them”? 22 So Aharon said, “Do not let the anger of my master become hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil”. 23 “For they said to me, “Make us gods that shall go before us, as for Moshe, the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him”. 24 “And I said to them, “Whoever has any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it to me and I cast it into the fire and this calf came out”. 25 Now when Moshe saw that the people were unrestrained (loose, wild), for Aharon had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies. 26 Then Moshe stood in the entrance of the camp and said, “Whoever is on Yah’s side–come to me”! And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. 27 And he said to them, “Thus says Yah of Ysrayl: Let every man put his sword on his side and go in and out from entrance to entrance throughout the camp and let every man kill his brother, every man his companion (friend) and every man his neighbor”. 28 So the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moshe. And about three thousand men of the people fell that day. 29 Then Moshe said, “Consecrate yourselves today to Yah, that He may bestow on you a blessing this day, for every man has opposed his son and his brother”. 30 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moshe said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to Yah, perhaps I can make atonement for your sin”. 31 Then Moshe returned to Yah and said, “Oh, these people have committed a great sin and have made for themselves a god of gold”! 32 “Yet now, if You will forgive their sin–but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written”. 33 “And Yah said to Moshe, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book”. 34 “Now therefore, go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you. Behold, My angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit for punishment, I will visit punishment upon them for their sin”. 35 So Yah plagued the people because of what they did with the calf which Aharon made.