NASB — Exodus 30 — KJV

The Altar of Incense

1 “Moreover, you shall make aan altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. 2 Its length [shall be] a Icubit, and its width a cubit, it shall be square, and its height [shall be] two cubits; its horns [shall be] IIof one piece with it. 3 You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and its Isides all around, and its horns; and you shall make a gold molding all around for it. 4 You shall make two gold rings for it under its molding; you shall make [them] on its two side walls—on Iopposite sides—and IIthey shall be holders for poles with which to carry it. 5 You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 6 You shall put Ithis altar in front of the veil that is IInear the ark of the testimony, in front of the IIIamercy seat that is over [the ark of] the testimony, where I will meet with you. 7 Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. 8 When Aaron Itrims the lamps at IItwilight, he shall burn incense. [There shall be] perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations. 9 You shall not offer any strange incense on Ithis altar, or burnt offering or meal offering; and you shall not pour out a drink offering on it. 10 Aaron shall amake atonement on its horns once a year; he shall make atonement on it with the blood of the sin offering of atonement once a year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the LORD.”

[1] aEx 37:25-29
[2] II.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in. IILit from itself
[3] ILit walls
[4] ILit its two IILit it
[6] ILit it IILit upon or over IIILit propitiatory aEx 25:21f
[8] ILit causes to ascend IILit between the two evenings
[9] ILit it
[10] aLv 16:18

11 ¶ The LORD also spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “When you take aa Icensus of the sons of Israel IIto number them, then each one of them shall give ba ransom for IIIhimself to the LORD, when you IVnumber them, so that there will be no plague among them when you IVnumber them. 13 This is what everyone who Iis numbered shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (athe shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as a IIcontribution to the LORD. 14 Everyone who Iis numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the IIcontribution to the LORD. 15 The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the Icontribution to the LORD to make atonement for IIyourselves. 16 You shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the LORD, to make atonement for Iyourselves.”

[12] ILit sum IILit for their being mustered IIILit his soul IVLit muster aEx 38:25, 26; Nu 1:2; 26:2 bNu 31:50
[13] ILit passes over to those who are mustered IILit heave offering aLv 27:25; Nu 3:47; Ezk 45:12
[14] IV 13, note 1 IILit heave offering of the LORD
[15] ILit heave offering of the LORD IILit your souls
[16] ILit your souls

17 ¶ The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 18 “You shall also make aa laver of Ibronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall bput it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. 19 Aaron and his sons shall awash their hands and their feet from it; 20 when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire [sacrifice] to the LORD. 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and ait shall be a perpetual statute for them, for IAaron and his IIdescendants throughout their generations.”

[18] IOr copper aEx 38:8 bEx 40:30
[19] aEx 40:31f; Is 52:11
[21] ILit him IILit seed aEx 28:43

The Anointing Oil

22 ¶ Moreover, the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred [shekels], and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty, 24 and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin. 25 You shall make Iof these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be aa holy anointing oil. 26 With it ayou shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, 27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, 28 and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand. 29 You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them shall be holy. 30 aYou shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me. 31 You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. 32 It shall not be poured on Ianyone’s body, nor shall you make [any] like it in IIthe same proportions; ait is holy, [and] it shall be holy to you. 33 aWhoever shall mix [any] like it or whoever puts any of it on a Ilayman IIbshall be cut off from his people.’”

[25] ILit it aEx 37:29; 40:9; Lv 8:10
[26] aEx 40:9; Lv 8:10; Nu 7:1
[30] aEx 29:7; Lv 8:12
[32] ILit the flesh of man IILit its proportion aEx 30:25, 37
[33] ILit stranger IILit even he shall aEx 30:38 bGn 17:14; Ex 12:15; Lv 7:20f

The Incense

34 ¶ Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each. 35 With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, [and] holy. 36 You shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting awhere I will meet with you; it shall be most holy to you. 37 The incense which you shall make, ayou shall not make in Ithe same proportions for yourselves; it shall be holy to you for the LORD. 38 aWhoever shall make [any] like it, to Iuse as perfume, IIshall be cut off from his people.”

[36] aEx 29:42
[37] ILit its proportion aEx 30:32
[38] ILit smell of it IILit even he shall aEx 30:33


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The altar of incense.

1 ¶ And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: [of] shittim wood shalt thou make it. 2 A cubit [shall be] the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits [shall be] the height thereof: the horns thereof [shall be] of the same. 3 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. 4 And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make [it]; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. 5 And thou shalt make the staves [of] shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 6 And thou shalt put it before the vail that [is] by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that [is] over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. 7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. 8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations. 9 Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon. 10 And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it [is] most holy unto the LORD.

[1] Ex 26:32; 30:7, 10; 37:25; 40:5; Lv 4:7, 18; Nu 4:11; 1K 6:20; 2Ch 26:16; Rv 8:3.
[2] Ex 27:2.
[3] Ex 25:11, 24.
[4] Ex 25:12, 14, 27; 26:29; 27:4, 7.
[5] Ex 25:13, 27.
[6] Ex 25:21; 26:31; 29:42; 30:36; 40:3, 5, 26; Lv 16:13; Nu 17:4; 1Ch 28:11; Mt 27:51; He 4:16; 9:3, 5.
[7] Ex 27:20; 30:34; 1S 2:28; 3:3; 1Ch 23:13; Lk 1:9; Ac 6:4.
[8] Ex 12:6; Ro 8:34; 1Th 5:17; He 7:25; 9:24.
[9] Lv 10:1.
[10] Ex 29:36; Lv 16:5, 18, 29; 23:27; He 1:3; 9:7, 22, 25.

The ransom of souls.

11 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 12 When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when [thou] numberest them. 13 This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel [is] twenty gerahs:) an half shekel [shall be] the offering of the LORD. 14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD. 15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when [they] give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls. 16 And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

[12] Ex 38:25; Nu 1:2; 26:2; 31:50; 2S 24:1, 2; 1Ch 21:12, 14; 27:24; 2Ch 24:6; Jb 33:24; 36:18; Ps 49:7; Mt 20:28; Mk 10:45; 1Ti 2:6; 1P 1:18.
[13] Ex 38:26; Lv 27:25; Nu 3:47; Ezk 45:12; Mt 27:24.
[14] Nu 1:3, 18, 20; 14:29; 26:2; 32:11.
[15] Ex 30:12; Lv 17:11; Nu 31:50; 2S 21:3; Jb 34:19; Pv 22:2; Ep 6:9; Col 3:25.
[16] Ex 12:14; 38:25; Nu 16:40; Ne 10:32; Lk 22:19.

The brasen laver.

17 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 18 Thou shalt also make a laver [of] brass, and his foot [also of] brass, to wash [withal]: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. 19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: 20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, [even] to him and to his seed throughout their generations.

[18] Ex 31:9; 38:8; 40:7, 30; Lv 8:11; 1K 7:23, 38; 2Ch 4:2, 6, 14; Zc 13:1; Tit 3:5; 1Jn 1:7.
[19] Ex 40:31; Ps 26:6; Is 52:11; Jn 13:8; 1Co 6:9; Tit 3:5; He 9:10; 10:22; Rv 1:5.
[20] Ex 12:15; Lv 10:1; 16:1; 1S 6:19; 1Ch 13:10; Ps 89:7; Ac 5:5, 10; He 12:28.
[21] Ex 28:43.

The holy anointing oil.

22 ¶ Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred [shekels], and of sweet cinnamon half so much, [even] two hundred and fifty [shekels], and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty [shekels], 24 And of cassia five hundred [shekels], after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. 30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that [they] may minister unto me in the priest's office. 31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations. 32 Upon man's flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make [any other] like it, after the composition of it: it [is] holy, [and] it shall be holy unto you. 33 Whosoever compoundeth [any] like it, or whosoever putteth [any] of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.

[23] Ex 37:29; Ps 45:8; Pv 7:17; So 1:3, 13; 4:14; Jr 6:20; Ezk 27:19, 22.
[24] Ex 29:40; Lv 19:36; Nu 3:47; 15:5; Ps 45:8; Ezk 45:12.
[25] Ex 37:29; Nu 35:25; 1Ch 9:30; Ps 89:20; 133:2; He 1:9.
[26] Ex 40:9; Lv 8:10; Nu 7:1, 10; Is 61:1; Ac 10:38; 2Co 1:21; 1Jn 2:20, 27.
[29] Ex 29:37; Lv 6:18; Mt 23:17, 19.
[30] Ex 28:3; 29:7, 9, 35; 40:15; Lv 8:12, 30; Nu 3:3.
[31] Ex 37:29; Lv 8:12; 21:10; Ps 89:20.
[32] Ex 30:25, 37; Lv 21:10; Mt 7:6.
[33] Gn 17:14; Ex 12:15, 19; 29:33; 30:38; Lv 7:20; 17:4, 9; 19:8; 23:29; Nu 9:13; Lk 12:1; He 10:26.

The composition of the perfume.

34 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; [these] sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like [weight]: 35 And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure [and] holy: 36 And thou shalt beat [some] of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy. 37 And [as for] the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD. 38 Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.

[34] Ex 25:6; 30:23; 37:29; Lv 2:1, 15; 5:11; 24:7; 1Ch 9:29; Ne 13:5; So 3:6; Mt 2:11.
[35] Ex 30:25; Lv 2:13; Pv 27:9; So 1:3; 3:6; Jn 12:3.
[36] Ex 16:34; 25:22; 29:42; 30:6; Lv 16:2.
[37] Ex 29:37; 30:32; Lv 2:3.
[38] Ex 30:33.


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