Some Notes:

The English language has no gender-neutral pronouns. So when the words man, he, him, etc are used, they mean "Generic human being" unless the context specifically says otherwise. Only women get words devoted just to them.

Thou, Thee, and Thine are singular pronouns. You and Your are plural in the 16th Century English the King James Bible was translated into. This actually makes the message clearer than our habit of using "you" as both a singular and a plural. So I have left them.

I have started with the King James and put each verse into my own words, checking the original meanings to many words in the Strong's Concordance. I do check other translations for wording when my own prose seems inadequate, but only if they say the same thing I believe the KJV says. Spelling and Grammar rules were not yet solidified when the KJV was translated, so most of my differences are actually just using American spelling, and adding in the right state of being verbs. I also switched out archaic words for modern equivalents.

Exodus 27- The Alter and the Court


1 Thou will make an altar of cedar wood, 7 1/2 feet long, and 7 1/2 feet wide. The alter will be square. It will be 4 1/2 feet tall.

2 Make the horns of it on the four corners. Its horns will all be the same and be covered with brass.

3 Make its pans to catch ashes, shovels, basins, meat-hooks, firepans out of brass.

They will know what tools go where with the Tabernacle things of gold and the alter things of brass.

4 Make it a grate of woven brass with four brass rings in the four corners. 

The alter has a grate on top to lay the meat as it is burnt, and a pan underneath to catch all the ashes. The grate has rings in each corner so it's easy to lift.

5 And put it below the edge of the alter so it is half way up. 

6 Make staves for the altar our to cedar wood, and cover them with brass.

7 And the staves shall be put in the rings, and the staves will be on the two sides of the altar to carry it. 

Everything was made to move easily.

8 Make the alter hollow, out of boards, just like it was shown thee in the mountain. 


The Court

9 Thou will make a court for the tabernacle. For the south side the wall will be curtains of fine twined linen of an hundred and fifty feet long for one side.

10 And the twenty support pillars and their twenty bases will be of brass. The hooks of the pillars and their pegs will be of silver.

The "fence posts" are to be held together with brass and silver.

11 And the north side will be the same; 159 feet long with twenty pillars and bases of brass with hooks and pegs of silver. 

12 The west side will be 75 feet long with ten pillars and bases. 

13 The east side will also be 75 feet long. 

14 The curtains on one side of the gate will be 22 1/2 feet with three pillars and three bases. 


15 And on the other side will be curtains of 22 1/2 feet with three pillars and three bases. 

The gate will be centered, with 22 1/2 feet on either side.


16 And the gate of the court will be a curtain of thirty feet made with of blue, purple, and scarlet fine twined linen, all embroidered. And their will be four pillars with four bases.

The gate itself will be 30 feet wide.

17 All the pillars around the court will be banded with silver. Their hooks will be of silver, and their bases of brass.

18 The court will be 150 feet long and 75 feet wide, and 7 1/2 feet tall, made of fine twined linen, with bases of brass.

19 Everything used in the tabernacle, including the tent pegs, will be made of brass.

20 Tell the children of Israel to bring thee pure beaten olive oil   for the light, so the lamp can always burn.

21 Aaron and his sons will keep the lamp burning all day long before the I AM, outside the veil that covers the Ark of the Testimony. This shall be a law forever to their descendants on the behalf of the children of Israel.