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.

In many scriptures I have changed the King James (English) spelling to American spelling (labour=labor, for example. I understand those in England still spell it with a u). Also, in some scriptures I have changed the "-eth" to a simple "s." Spelling standards weren't set in English until the mid 1800's, well after the translating of the KJV. So I see no problem with making these simple changes that don't affect the meaning of the scripture but make it easier for our modern mouths and ears to deal with.

Exodus 35-Gifts for the Tabernacle


1 And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said to them, “These are the words which the I AM has commanded, that you should do them.”

Moses now tells Israel what God told him, the Laws they are to live by.

2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a sabbath of rest to the I AM. Whoever does work on it shall be put to death. 

The Sabbath had been covered in Exodus 20.

3 You will kindle no fire throughout your houses on the sabbath day.

Materials for the Tabernacle

4 And Moses spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, "This is what the I AM commanded, saying, 

5 Take you from among you an offering to the I AM. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering of the I AM; gold, and silver, and brass,


This was to be entirely a freewill offering. No one has to give who doesn't want to. 

6 And blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, and goats' hair,

7 And rams' skins dyed red, and goat-skin leather, and achia wood,

8 And oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense,

9 And onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate.


A list of the materiel they will need to build the Tabernacle and get ready for the type of worship God has told them He wants.


The Skilled Tabernacle Workmen


10 And every wise-hearted among you will come, and make all that the I AM has commanded. 

11 The tabernacle with its tent, covering, clasps, boards, bars, pillars, and his sockets, 

12 The ark, and its staves, with the mercy seat lid, and the veil of the covering,  

13 The table, its, and all its dishes, and the showbread,  

14 The candlestick also for the light, and its furniture, and lamps, with the oil for the light,  

15 And the incense altar, and its staves, the anointing oil, the sweet incense, and the hanging for the door at the entering in of the tabernacle,  

16 The altar of burnt offering, with his brass grate, staves, and all its tools, the basin and its foot,  

17 The hangings of the court, pillars, and their sockets, and the hanging for the door of the court, 

18 The pins of the tabernacle, and the court, and their cords,  

19 The cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons, to minister in the priest's office.

The People Offer Gifts


20 And all the congregation of the children of Israel left Moses presense. 

They went back to their tents after hearing what all was needed to build the Tabernacle.

21 And every one whose heart was stirred up came, and every one with a willing spirit, and they brought the I AM's offering to the work of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, for all its service, and for the holy garments. 

22 And they came, both men and women, as many as had willing hearts, and brought bracelets, earrings, rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold, and every man that offered, offered an offering of gold unto the I AM.  

23 And every man who had blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats' hair, red skins of rams, and goat-skin leather, brought them.  

24 Every one who offered an offering of silver and brass brought the I AM's offering, and every man who had achia wood for any work of the service, brought it.  

25 And all the women that were wise-hearted spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun, of blue, purple, scarlet, and fine linen.  

26 And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats' hair.  

27 And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate;  

28 And spice, and oil for the light, the anointing oil, and the sweet incense.  

29 The children of Israel brought a willing offering to the I AM, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all kinds of work, which the I AM had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.

Everyone cheerfully contributed to this building.

Bezelel and Oholiab

30 And Moses said to the children of Israel, "See, the I AM has called  Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, by name

31 And He has filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, and in all kinds of workmanship.  

32 And to devise artistic works in gold, silver, and brass, 

33 And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of artistic work. 

34 And He has put it in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  

35 He has filled them with wisdom in their hearts, to work all kinds of work, of the engraver, the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer in blue, purple, scarlet, and fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that create artistic work."

God gave Bezaleel and Aholiab special gifts to be able to do the fine work needed for the Tabernacle. It would not be just thrown together, but a work of art and fine craftmanship.