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Exodus 28 – The Jewish Priestly Garments


And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother,
and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in
the priest’s office. And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron
thy brother for glory and for beauty. And these are the garments which they shall
make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle:
and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister
unto me in the priest’s office. And they shall make the ephod of gold, of
blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work. It shall have the two shoulderpieces thereof
joined at the two edges thereof; and so it shall be joined together. And the curious girdle of the ephod, which
is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work thereof; even of gold, of blue,
and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen. And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave
on them the names of the children of Israel: Six of their names on one stone, and the other
six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth. With the work of an engraver in stone, like
the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children
of Israel: thou shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold. And thou shalt put the two stones upon the
shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall
bear their names before the Lord upon his two shoulders for a memorial. And thou shalt make ouches of gold; And two chains of pure gold at the ends; of
wreathen work shalt thou make them, and fasten the wreathen chains to the ouches. And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment
with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and
of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span
shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. And thou shalt set in it settings of stones,
even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this
shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a
sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an agate, and
an amethyst. And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and
a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. And the stones shall be with the names of
the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet;
every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes. And thou shalt make upon the breastplate chains
at the ends of wreathen work of pure gold. And thou shalt make upon the breastplate two
rings of gold, and shalt put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate. And thou shalt put the two wreathen chains
of gold in the two rings which are on the ends of the breastplate. And the other two ends of the two wreathen
chains thou shalt fasten in the two ouches, and put them on the shoulderpieces of the
ephod before it. And thou shalt make two rings of gold, and
thou shalt put them upon the two ends of the breastplate in the border thereof, which is
in the side of the ephod inward. And two other rings of gold thou shalt make,
and shalt put them on the two sides of the ephod underneath, toward the forepart thereof,
over against the other coupling thereof, above the curious girdle of the ephod. And they shall bind the breastplate by the
rings thereof unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it may be above
the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate be not loosed from the ephod. And Aaron shall bear the names of the children
of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy
place, for a memorial before the Lord continually. And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment
the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before
the Lord: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before
the Lord continually. And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod
all of blue. And there shall be an hole in the top of it,
in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it,
as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent. And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt
make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof;
and bells of gold between them round about: A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden
bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about. And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and
his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the Lord, and when
he cometh out, that he die not. And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold,
and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that
it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that
Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow
in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted
before the Lord. And thou shalt embroider the coat of fine
linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework. And for Aaron’s sons thou shalt make coats,
and thou shalt make for them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for glory
and for beauty. And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother,
and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that
they may minister unto me in the priest’s office And thou shalt make them linen breeches to
cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach: And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his
sons, when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near
unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die: it shall
be a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him.

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