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Priestly garments.  Ex.28.1-14 - Ex.39.1-7

1You yourself are to summon to your presence your brother Aaron and his sons out of all the Israelites to serve as my priests: Aaron and his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2For your brother Aaron make sacred vestments, to give him dignity and grandeur. 3Tell all the craftsmen whom I have endowed with skill to make the vestments for the consecration of Aaron as my priest. 4These are the vestments they shall make: a breast-piece, an ephod, a mantle, a chequered tunic, a turban, and a sash. They shall make sacred vestments for Aaron your brother and his sons to wear when they serve as my priests, 5using gold; violet, purple, and scarlet yarn; and fine linen.

6The ephod shall be made of gold, and with violet, purple, and scarlet yarn, and with finely woven linen worked by a seamster. 7It shall have two shoulder-pieces joined back and front. 8The waist-band on it shall be of the same workmanship and material as the fabric of the ephod, and shall be of gold, with violet, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely woven linen. 9You shall take two cornelians and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel: 10six of their names on the one stone, and the six other names on the second, all in order of seniority. 11With the skill of a craftsman, a seal-cutter, you shall engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel; you shall set them in gold rosettes, 12and fasten them on the shoulders of the ephod, as reminders of the sons of Israel. Aaron shall bear their names on his two shoulders as a reminder before the LORD.

13Make gold rosettes 14and two chains of pure gold worked into the form of ropes, and fix them on the rosettes.

The High-priest's breastplate.  Ex.28.15-30 - Ex.39.8-21

15Make the breast-piece of judgement; it shall be made, like the ephod, by a seamster in gold, with violet, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely woven linen. 16It shall be a square folded, a span long and a span wide. 17Set in it four rows of precious stones: the first row, sardin, chrysolite and green felspar; 18the second row, purple garnet, lapis lazuli and jade; 19the third row, turquoise, agate and jasper; 20the fourth row, topaz, cornelian and green jasper, all set in gold rosettes. 21The stones shall correspond to the twelve sons of Israel name by name; each stone shall bear the name of one of the twelve tribes engraved as on a seal.

22Make for the breast-piece chains of pure gold worked into a rope. 23Make two gold rings, and fix them on the two upper corners of the breast-piece. 24Fasten the two gold ropes to the two rings at those corners of the breast-piece, 25and the other ends of the ropes to the two rosettes, thus binding the breast-piece to the shoulder-pieces on the front of the ephod. 26Make two gold rings and put them at the two lower corners of the breast-piece on the inner side next to the ephod. 27Make two gold rings and fix them on the two shoulder-pieces of the ephod, low down in front, along its seam above the waist-band of the ephod. 28Then the breast-piece shall be bound by its rings to the rings of the ephod with violet braid, just above the waist-band of the ephod, so that the breast-piece will not be detached from the ephod. 29Thus, when Aaron enters the Holy Place, he shall carry over his heart in the breast-piece of judgement the names of the sons of Israel, as a constant reminder before the LORD.

30Finally, put the Urim and the Thummim into the breast-piece of judgement, and they will be over Aaron's heart when he enters the presence of the LORD. So shall Aaron bear these symbols of judgement upon the sons of Israel over his heart constantly before the LORD.

Other priestly garments.  Ex.28.31-43 - Ex.39.22-31

31Make the mantle of the ephod a single piece of violet stuff. 32There shall be a hole for the head in the middle of it. All round the hole there shall be a hem of woven work, with an oversewn edge, so that it cannot be torn. 33All round its skirts make pomegranates of violet, purple, and scarlet stuff, with golden bells between them, 34a golden bell and a pomegranate alternately the whole way round the skirts of the mantle. 35Aaron shall wear it when he ministers, and the sound of it shall be heard when he enters the Holy Place before the LORD and when he comes out; and so he shall not die.

36Make a rosette of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal, 'Holy to the LORD' as ... LORD: or 'JEHOVAH' as on a seal in sacred characters. 37Fasten it on a violet braid and set it on the very front of the turban. 38It shall be on Aaron's forehead; he has to bear the blame for shortcomings in the rites with which the Israelites offer their sacred gifts, and the rosette shall be always on his forehead so that they may be acceptable to the LORD.

39Make the chequered tunic and the turban of fine linen, but the sash of embroidered work. 40For Aaron's sons make tunics and sashes; and make tall head-dresses to give them dignity and grandeur. 41With these invest your brother Aaron and his sons, anoint them, install them and consecrate them ; so shall they serve me as priests. 42Make for them linen drawers reaching to the thighs to cover their private parts; 43and Aaron and his sons shall wear them when they enter the Tent of the Presence or approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place. Thus they will not incur guilt and die. This is a rule binding on him and his descendants for all time.


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