Exodus 30

VIN(i) 1 "Build an altar out of acacia wood for burning incense. 2 The altar is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high, and its horns are to be made of the same. 3 "Cover it all with pure gold, the top, the sides, and the horns. Put a gold molding around it. 4 "Make two gold rings. Place them below the molding on opposite sides to hold the poles for carrying it. 5 You will make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold; 6 You shall put the altar in front of the curtain that is over the Ark of the Testimony, in front of the Mercy Seat that is over the Testimony where I'll meet with you. 7 "Aaron must burn sweet incense on this altar every morning when he takes care of the lamps. 8 and likewise at even when he setteth up the lamps he shall burn cense perpetually before the LORD throughout your generations. 9 You will offer no strange incense on it, nor burnt offering, nor meal offering. And you will pour no drink offering on it. 10 And once in the year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns, he shall purge it with the blood of purification for their generations: it is most holy to the Lord. 11 The LORD said to Moses, 12 "When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, they will each give the ransom of his life for the LORD when counting them, and a plague will not be among them when counting them. 13 This they will give, everyone who is counted, the half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, which is twenty gerahs per shekel. The half shekel is a contribution for the LORD. 14 Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, is to give an offering to the Lord. 15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, to give the offering of the LORD, to make atonement for your souls. 16 You shall take the atonement money from the Israelites and give it for the service of the Tent of Meeting, and it shall be a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD to make atonement for yourselves." 17 The LORD said to Moses, 18 "Make a copper basin with a bronze stand for washing. Put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and fill it with water. 19 And Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet with water from it. 20 When they enter the tent of meeting, they shall bathe with water so shall they not die,—or when they approach unto the altar to minister, to burn as incense an altar-flame to the LORD: 21 "They must wash their hands and feet, so that they will not die. This is a long lasting rule that they and their descendants are to observe." 22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 "You shall take for yourself the finest spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much fragrant cinnamon (250 shekels), 250 shekels of fragrant reeds, 24 and five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the sanctuary shekel, and a hin of olive oil. 25 You shall make them into a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture made by a perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil. 26 You shall use it to anoint the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the testimony, 27 the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, 28 the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its base. 29 You shall consecrate them and they shall be most holy. Whatever touches them shall be holy. 30 And anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them to minister unto me. 31 You shall speak to the Israelites saying, 'This shall be holy anointing oil for me from generation to generation. 32 It is not to be used for man's flesh, and no other is to be made like it: holy it is, and you are to keep it holy. 33 Whoever makes any like it, or puts it on one who is not a priest, will be cut off from his people. 34 The LORD said to Moses, "Take for yourself spices: stacte, onycha, galbanum, and spices with pure frankincense, all in equal amounts. 35 and make it into a compound of incense, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, holy. 36 You shall grind some of it fine, and put some before the Testimony in the Tent of Meeting where I shall meet with you. It shall be most holy to you. 37 "Do not make any incense for yourselves using this formula. Treat it as holy to the LORD. 38 Whoever makes any like it, for its sweet smell, will be cut off from his people.