Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Exodus 28

Aaron and his sons are set apart for the priests' office.

Exodus 28:1 Thou thyself, therefore, bring near unto thee—Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, out of the midst of the sons of Israel, that they may minister as priests unto me,—Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, sons of Aaron.

Holy garments are appointed.

Exodus 28:2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother,—for glory and for beauty. Exodus 28:3 Thou thyself, therefore, shalt speak unto all the wise-hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom,—and they shall make Aaron's garments, to hallow him for ministering as priest unto me. Exodus 28:4 These, therefore, are the garments which they shall make—a breastpiece, and an ephod, and a robe, and a tunic of checker work, a turban and a girdle,—so shall they make holy garments, for Aaron thy brother, and for his sons, for ministering as priests unto me. Exodus 28:5 They themselves, therefore, shall take the gold, and the blue, and the purple,—and the crimson, and the fine linen.

The ephod.

Exodus 28:6 And they shall make the ephod,—of gold, blue and purple, crimson and fine-twined linen, the work of a skilful weaver. Exodus 28:7 Two joining shoulderpieces, shall there be to it, upon the two extremities thereof, that it may be joined together. Exodus 28:8 And, the curious band for fastening it, that is upon it, like the work thereof, of the same, shall it be,—of gold, blue and purple and crimson, and fine-twined linen. Exodus 28:9 And thou shalt take two onyx stones,—and engrave upon them, the names of the sons of Israel: Exodus 28:10 six of their names, on the one stone,—and, the names of the six that remain, on the second stone, according to their births: Exodus 28:11 with the work of a stone engraver, like seal-ring engravings, shalt thou engrave the two stones, after the names of the sons of Israel,—to be encircled with settings of gold, shalt thou make them. Exodus 28:12 And thou shalt put the two stones, upon the shoulderpieces of the ephod, as stones of memorial, for the sons of Israel,—so shall Aaron bear their names before Yahweh, upon his two shoulders, for a memorial.

Exodus 28:13 And thou shalt make ouches of gold; Exodus 28:14 and two chains of pure gold, like cord, shalt thou make them, of wreathen work,—and thou shalt put the wreathen chains on the ouches.

The breastplate with twelve precious stones.

Exodus 28:15 And thou shalt make a breastpiece for giving sentence, the work of a skilful weaver, like the work of the ephod, shalt thou make it, of gold, blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine-twined linen, shalt thou make it. Exodus 28:16 Four-square, shall it be, double,—a span the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof. Exodus 28:17 And thou shalt set therein, a setting of stones, four rows of stones,—one row—a sardius, a topaz, and an emerald, the first row; Exodus 28:18 and, the second row, a carbuncle, a sapphire, and a diamond; Exodus 28:19 and, the third row, an opal, an agate, and an amethyst; Exodus 28:20 and, the fourth row, a Tarshish stone, a sardonyx, and a jasper,—enclosed with gold, shall they be when they are set. Exodus 28:21 And, the stones, shall be, after the names of the sons of Israel—twelve, after their names,—as the engravings of a seal-ring—every one, after his name, shall they be, for the twelve tribes.

Exodus 28:22 And thou shalt make, upon the breastpiece, chains like cords, of wreathen work,—of pure gold. Exodus 28:23 And thou shalt make, upon the breastpiece, two rings of gold,—and thou shalt place the two rings, upon the two ends of the breastpiece. Exodus 28:24 And thou shalt hang the two wreathen chains of gold upon the two rings,—upon the ends of the breastpiece; Exodus 28:25 and, the other two ends of the two wreathen chains, shalt thou fasten upon the two ouches, so shalt thou hang them upon the shoulderpieces of the ephod, in the forefront thereof.

Exodus 28:26 And thou shalt make two rings of gold, and put them on the two ends of the breastpiece—upon the border thereof, which is on the side of the ephod, inwards. Exodus 28:27 And thou shalt make two rings of gold, and place them upon the two shoulderpieces of the ephod, beneath, on the front of the face thereof, over against its joining,—above the curious band of the ephod: Exodus 28:28 that they may bind the breastpiece, by the rings thereof, unto the rings of the ephod, with a cord of blue, so that it may remain upon the curious band of the ephod,—and the breastpiece not be removed from of the ephod. Exodus 28:29 So shall Aaron bear the names of the sons of Israel, in the breastpiece for giving sentence, upon his heart, when he goeth into the holy place,—for a memorial before Yahweh, continually.

The Urim and Thummim.

Exodus 28:30 Thus shalt thou place, in the breastpiece for giving sentence, the lights and the perfections, so shall they be upon the heart of Aaron, when he goeth in before Yahweh,—so shall Aaron bear the sentence of the sons of Israel, upon his heart, before Yahweh, continually.

The robe of the ephod, with pomegranates and bells.

Exodus 28:31 And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod, wholly of blue; Exodus 28:32 and the opening for his head shall be in the midst thereof,—a border, shall there be to the opening thereof round about, the work of a weaver, like the opening of a coat of mail, shall there be to it, it must not be rent.

Exodus 28:33 And thou shalt make upon the skirts thereof, pomegranates of blue and purple and crimson, upon the skirts thereof, round about,—and bells of gold in the midst of them, round about: Exodus 28:34 a bell of gold, and a pomegranate, a bell of gold, and a pomegranate,—upon the skirts of the robe, round about. Exodus 28:35 And it shall be upon Aaron, for ministering,—so shall be heard the sound of him—when he goeth into the holy place, before Yahweh, and cometh out, and dieth not.

The plate of the mitre.

Exodus 28:36 And thou shalt make a burnished plate, of pure gold,—and shalt engrave thereupon, like the engravings of a seal-ring, Holiness to Yahweh. Exodus 28:37 And thou shalt put it upon a cord of blue, so shall it be upon the turban,—upon the forefront of the turban, shall it be. Exodus 28:38 So shall it be upon the forehead of Aaron, and Aaron shall bear the iniquity of the hallowed things, which the sons of Israel shall hallow, for all their hallowed gift,—and it shall be upon his forehead continually, that there may be acceptance for them, before Yahweh.

The embroidered coat.

Exodus 28:39 And thou shalt weave, in checker work, the tunic of fine linen, and shalt make a turban of fine linen,—and, a girdle, shalt thou make, the work of an embroiderer.

The garments of Aaron's sons.

Exodus 28:40 And, for the sons of Aaron, shalt thou make tunics, and shalt make for them girdles,—and, caps, shalt thou make for them, for glory and for beauty. Exodus 28:41 And thou shalt clothe therewith, Aaron thy brother, and his sons, with him,—and shalt anoint them, and install them, and hallow them, so shall they minister as priests unto me. Exodus 28:42 And thou shalt make for them, breeches of linen, to cover their unseemliness, from the loins even unto the thighs, shall they be; Exodus 28:43 so shall they be upon Aaron and upon his sons, when they go into the tent of meeting, or when they approach unto the altar, to minister in the holy place, lest they bear iniquity, and die,—a statute age-abiding, to him, and to his seed after him.

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