This chapter is about the priestly garments, the ephod, the breastpiece, & Moses inspects the tabernacle. This chapter gets into more description about these items. Plus Moses goes through the tabernacle & inspects it. Like he’s freaking Gen. Patton inspecting his troops! Well, I hope you enjoy this read!
The workers made woven garments made from blue, purple, & scarlet yarn. These were the garments that the priests wore for ministering in the sanctuary. They also made the sacred garments for Aaron, just like God had told Moses.
Then they made the ephod out of gold, & blue, purple, & scarlet yarn & finely twisted linen. They hammered out thin sheets of gold & cut strands that were worked into the blue, purple, & scarlet yarn & fine linen. These were done by a skilled craftsmen, but under the supervision of Bezalel & Oholiab. They made the shoulder pieces for the ephod, that was attached at its 2 corners, so it could be fastened. It had a skillfully woven waistband, made out of 1 piece with the ephod. This waistband was made out of gold, with blue, purple, scarlet yarn & the finely twisted linen. (This was like a fancy curtain puller. I’m unsure of the technical term.) They made everything just like Moses had told them to make them.
They also made the breastpiece. They made it just like the ephod. It was fashioned into a square shape, about 9″ (about 22 cm) long & about 9″ (about 22 cm) wide. It was double folded. Then they mounted 4 rows of precious stones on to it. In the 1st row, was a ruby, a topaz & a beryl. The 2nd row had a turquoise, a lapis lazuli, & an emerald. In the 3rd row was a jacinth, an agate, & an amethyst. The 4th, & final, row had a chrysolite, an onyx, & a jasper. They were mounted in gold filigree settings. The total of the stones is 12, it’s for the 12 tribes/sons of Israel. Each were engraved like a seal with the name of 1 of the 12 tribes.
The metal-workers made a braided chains or pure gold, like some Mr. T stuff going on. The text says that it was like a rope. They made 2 gold filigree settings & 2 gold rings. They fastened the rings to 2 of the corners of the breastpiece. The other ends of the chains to the other settings. This made the ephod attach to the shoulder pieces, at the front. Then they made 2 gold rings & attached them to the other 2 corners of the breastpiece on the inside edge of the ephod. There were 2 more gold rings & attached them to the bottom of the shoulder pieces on the ephod’s front, this was close to the seam, just above the waistband of the ephod.
They tied the rings of the breastpiece to the rings of the ephod with a blue cord. This was done so that the breastpiece wouldn’t swing out from the ephod.
They made the robe for the ephod entirely out of blue cloth. This was the work of an expert weaver. There was an opening in the center of the robe, like a poncho. There was a band around the opening, so that the robe wouldn’t tear.
They made decorations of pomegranates that were blue, purple, & scarlet yarn & finely twisted linen. This was around the hem of the robe. They also made bells out of pure gold. They put the bells between the pomegranates on the hem. The bells & pomegranates were alternated around the hem of the robe. This was the robe for ministering.
Aaron & his sons had tunics made for them out of fine linen. These tunics were made by the work of a weaver. The turban, headbands, & undergarments was made out of fine linen also. The sash was made of finely twisted linen & blue, purple, & scarlet yarn (made by an embroider). They made the plate & sacred diadem out of pure gold. On the plate & sacred diadem they engraved on it. This was like an inscription on a seal: “Holy to the Lord.” Then they attached a blue cord to it to attach to the turban.
Now here comes the inspection of the tabernacle. Gen. Patton time!
So the work on the tabernacle & the Tent of Meeting was all done. The Israelites did everything that God had told Moses for them to do. The workers then brought the tabernacle, & all of its furnishings, plus all of the clasps, frames, etc. to Moses. They also brought all of the textiles to Moses also, like the tunic & robes to be worn by Aaron & the priests. The workers brought to Moses the Ark of the Covenant, things for the courtyard. They brought everything they had worked on for the religious services & worship to Moses.
Moses inspected all of the work that they had done. He saw that they had done everything the way that God had commanded them to. So Moses blessed them.