Exodus 28

VIN(i) 1 the LORD continued: "Bring your brother Aaron and his sons Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar to you from all the Israelites. They will serve me as priests. 2 "Make sacred clothes for your brother Aaron to give him dignity and honor. 3 "Tell all the skilled men whom I have given this ability to make Aaron's clothes. These clothes will set him apart as holy when he serves me as priest. 4 These are the garments that they shall make: a breast piece, an ephod, a robe, a checkered tunic, a turban, and a sash. They shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and for his sons to serve me as priests. 5 And they shall take gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen. 6 and they will make the ephod of gold, blue and purple, and crimson yarns, and finely twisted linen, the work of a skilled craftsman. 7 "It should have two shoulder straps attached at the top corners so it can be fastened. 8 The skillfully woven band that is on it shall be made like it, of one piece with it: of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet material, and fine woven linen. 9 And take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Yisra El: 10 "Engrave them in order of their birth. Place six names on each stone. 11 "Engrave the names of the sons of Israel on the two stones the same way a jeweler engraves a signet ring. Mount them in gold settings. 12 "Then fasten them on the shoulder straps of the ephod as reminders of who the Israelites are. In this way Aaron will carry their names on his shoulders as a reminder in the LORD's presence. 13 "Make gold settings. 14 And you shall make two chains of pure gold like braided cords, and fasten the braided chains to the settings. 15 "Prepare the breast piece for decision-making using a skilled craftsman. Make it like the ephod out of gold, violet, purple, and bright red yarn and out of fine linen yarn. 16 it is square, doubled, a span its length, and a span its breadth. 17 »Fasten four rows of precious stones on it. Put red quartz, topaz, and emerald in the first row. 18 and the second row a turquoise, a sapphire, and an emerald; 19 and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 20 and the fourth row a chrysolite, an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be enclosed in gold in their settings. 21 "The stones represent the twelve sons of Israel, by name, each stone engraved like a signet ring with the name of one of the twelve tribes. 22 And on the breastplate work twisted chains of wreathen work of pure gold: 23 "Make two gold rings for the breastplate. Attach them to the two top corners of the breastplate. 24 "Fasten the two gold ropes to the rings at the top corners of the breastplate. 25 and give the two ends of the two wreaths in the two brocades; and give them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod at the face of the front: 26 "Make two gold rings, and connect them to the other two corners of the breastplate on the inside edge next to the ephod. 27 "Make two more gold rings, and fasten them to the bottom of the shoulder straps on the front of the ephod. This will be close to the seam just above the belt of the ephod. 28 And they will tie the breast piece by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a blue cord to be on the waistband of the ephod, and the breast piece will not come loose from the ephod. 29 And Aaron shall receive the names of the sons of Israel upon the oracle of the judgment, upon the breast, entering into the holy place, as a memorial before God. 30 You will put the Urim and the Thummim into the breastplate of judgment, and they will come to be on Aaron's heart when he enters before the LORD. Thus Aaron will bear the judgment of the sons of Israel on his heart before the LORD continually. 31 "You shall make the robe of the ephod entirely of blue. 32 "Provide an opening for the head in the center with a reinforced edge like a leather collar all around it to keep it from tearing. 33 On its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, all around its hem; with bells of gold between and around them: 34 a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, around the hem of the robe. 35 And it will be upon Aaron to minister. And the sound of it will be heard when he goes in to the holy place before the LORD and when he comes out, that he does not die. 36 And make a plate of pure gold, and engrave upon it the engravings of a seal, HOLINESS TO the LORD. 37 "Fasten it on a blue cord and on the turban. It should be at the front of the turban. 38 and worn on Aaron's forehead in order to take away any guilt contained in the holy things which the Israelites consecrate as holy gifts. It shall remain on his forehead continually, so they may be accepted in the LORD's presence. 39 You shall weave the tunic with fine linen. You shall make a turban of fine linen. You shall make a sash, the work of the embroiderer. 40 "Make linen robes, belts, and turbans for Aaron's sons. These clothes will give them dignity and honor. 41 »Dress your brother Aaron and his sons in these clothes and anoint them, ordain them, and set them apart to serve me as priests. 42 "Make linen undergarments to cover them down to their thighs. 43 They shall be on Aaron and his sons when they enter the Tent of Meeting or when they approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place so they don't incur guilt and die. This shall be a perpetual ordinance for him and his descendants after him."