1 “Then bring nearI to you your brotherII AaronIII and his sonsIV with him,
from amongV the Israelites,VI to serve me as priestsVII—
Aaron and Aaron’s sons: NadabVIII and Abihu,IX EleazarX and Ithamar.XI
2 You shall makeXII sacredXIII vestmentsXIV for the gloriousXV adornmentXVI of your brother Aaron.
3 And you shall speakXVII to allXVIII who are skillful,XIX
whom I have endowedXX with skill,XXI so that they make Aaron’s vestments to consecrateXXII him for my priesthood.XXIII
4 These are the vestments that they shall make: a breastpiece,XXIV an ephod,XXV a robe,XXVI
a checkeredXXVII tunic,XXVIII a turban,XXIX and a sash.XXX When they make these sacred vestments for your brother Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests,
5 they shall useXXXI gold,XXXII blue,XXXIII
purple,XXXIV and crimson yarnsXXXV and fine linen.XXXVI
6 “They shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twistedXXXVII linen, skillfullyXXXVIII worked.XXXIX 7 It shall haveXL twoXLI
shoulder piecesXLII attachedXLIII to its two edges,XLIV so that it may be joined together.XLV
8 The decorated bandXLVI onXLVII it shall be of the same workmanshipXLVIII and materials,XLIX of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen.
9 You shall takeL two onyxLI stonesLII and engraveLIII on them the namesLIV of the sons of Israel,
10 sixLV of their names on the oneLVI stone and the names of the remainingLVII six on the otherLVIII stone, in the order of their birth.LIX
11 As aLX gemLXI cutterLXII engravesLXIII signets,LXIV
so you shall engraveLXV the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel; you shallLXVI mountLXVII them in settingsLXVIII of gold filigree.
12 You shall setLXIX the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, as stones of remembranceLXX for the sons of Israel, and Aaron shall bearLXXI their names beforeLXXII the LordLXXIII on his two shouldersLXXIV for remembrance.
13 You shall make settings of gold filigree 14 and two chainsLXXV of pureLXXVI gold, twistedLXXVII
like cords,LXXVIII and you shall attachLXXIX the cordedLXXX chains to the settings.
15 “You shall make a breastpiece of judgment,LXXXI
in skilledLXXXII work;LXXXIII you shall make it in the styleLXXXIV of the ephod;LXXXV of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen you shall make it.
16 It shall be squareLXXXVI and doubled,LXXXVII a spanLXXXVIII in lengthLXXXIX and a span in width.XC
17 You shall setXCI in it fourXCII rowsXCIII of stones.
A row of carnelian,XCIV chrysolite,XCV and emeraldXCVI shall be the firstXCVII row;
18 and the secondXCVIII row a turquoise,XCIX a sapphire,C and a moonstone;CI
19 and the thirdCII row a jacinth,CIII an agate,CIV and an amethyst;CV
20 and the fourthCVI row a beryl,CVII an onyx, and a jasper;CVIII they shall beCIX setCX in gold filigree.
21 There shall be twelveCXI stones with names corresponding to the names of the sons of Israel; they shall be like signets, eachCXII engravedCXIII with its name,CXIV for the twelve tribes.CXV
22 You shall make for the breastpiece chainsCXVI of pure gold, twistedCXVII like cords, 23 and you shall make for the breastpiece two ringsCXVIII of gold and putCXIX the two rings on the two edges of the breastpiece. 24 You shall put the two cords of gold in the two rings at the edges of the breastpiece; 25 the two ends of the two cords you shall attachCXX to the two settings
and so attachCXXI it in frontCXXII to the shoulder pieces of the ephod.CXXIII 26 You shall make two rings of gold and putCXXIV them at the two ends of the breastpiece, on its insideCXXV edgeCXXVI
nextCXXVII to the ephod.CXXVIII 27 You shall make two rings of gold and attachCXXIX them in front to the lower partCXXX of the two shoulder pieces of the ephod,CXXXI
atCXXXII its joiningCXXXIII aboveCXXXIV the decorated band of the ephod.CXXXV
28 The breastpiece shall be boundCXXXVI by its rings to the rings of the ephodCXXXVII with a blue cord,CXXXVIII so that it may lieCXXXIX on the decorated band of the ephodCXL and so that the breastpiece shall not come looseCXLI from the ephod.CXLII
29 So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment on his heartCXLIII when he goesCXLIV into the holyCXLV place, for a continualCXLVI remembrance before the Lord.
30 In the breastpiece of judgment you shall putCXLVII the UrimCXLVIII and the Thummim,CXLIX and they shall be on Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the Lord; thus Aaron shall bear the judgment of the Israelites on his heart before the Lord continually.
31 “You shall make the robe of the ephodCL allCLI of blue. 32 It shall have an openingCLII for the headCLIII in the middleCLIV of it,
with a wovenCLV bindingCLVI, CLVII aroundCLVIII its edge,
like the opening in a garment,CLIX so that it mayCLX not be torn.CLXI 33 On its lower hemCLXII you shall make pomegranatesCLXIII of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, all around the lower hem, with bellsCLXIV of gold betweenCLXV them all around— 34 a golden bell and a pomegranate alternating all around the lower hem of the robe.
35 Aaron shall wearCLXVI it when he ministers,CLXVII and its soundCLXVIII shall be heardCLXIX when he goes into the holy place before the Lord and when he comes out,CLXX so that he may not die.CLXXI
36 “You shall make a rosetteCLXXII of pure gold and engraveCLXXIII on it, like the engravingCLXXIV of a signet, ‘Holy to the Lord.’ 37 You shall fastenCLXXV it on the turban with a blue cord;CLXXVI it shall be on the front of the turban. 38 It shall be on Aaron’s forehead,CLXXVII
and Aaron shall takeCLXXVIII on himself any guiltCLXXIX incurred in the holy offerings that the Israelites consecrate asCLXXX their sacred donations;CLXXXI it shall alwaysCLXXXII be on his forehead, in order that they may find favorCLXXXIII before the Lord.
39 “You shall make the checkeredCLXXXIV tunic of fine linen, and you shall make a turban of fine linen, and you shall make a sash embroidered with needlework.CLXXXV
40 “For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics andCLXXXVI sashes and headdresses;CLXXXVII you shall make them for their glorious adornment.
41 You shall putCLXXXVIII them on your brother Aaron and on his sons with him and shall anointCLXXXIX them and ordainCXC themCXCI and consecrate them, so that they may serve me as priests.
42 You shall make for them linenCXCII undergarmentsCXCIII to coverCXCIV their nakedCXCV flesh;CXCVI
they shall reachCXCVII from the hipsCXCVIII to the thighs;CXCIX 43 They shall be worn by Aaron and his sons when they go into the tentCC of meetingCCI or when they come nearCCII the altarCCIII
to minister in the holy place, so that they do not bringCCIV guilt on themselves and die. This shall be a perpetualCCV ordinanceCCVI for him and for his descendantsCCVII afterCCVIII him.
Image credit: “Moses and Joshua in the Tabernacle” by James Jacques Joseph Tissot, between circa 1896 and circa 1902.