29.5. The People Bring Their Contributions (35:20-29)

(20) So the whole community of the Israelites left Moses’ presence.

(21) And everyone who excelled in ability and everyone whose spirit moved him came, bringing to the Lord his offering for the work of the Tent of Meeting and for all its service and for the sacral vestments.

(22) Men and women, all whose hearts moved them, all who would make an elevation offering of gold to the Lord, came bringing brooches, earrings, rings, and pendants — gold objects of all kinds.

(23) And everyone who had in his possession blue, purple, and crimson yarns, fine linen, goats’ hair, tanned ram skins, and dolphin skins, brought them;

(24) everyone who would make gifts of silver or copper brought them as gifts for the Lord; and everyone who had in his possession acacia wood for any work of the service brought that.

(25) And all the skilled women spun with their own hands, and brought what they had spun, in blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and in fine linen.

(26) And all the women who excelled in that skill spun the goats’ hair.

(27) And the chieftains brought lapis lazuli and other stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece;

(28) and spices and oil for lighting, for the anointing oil, and for the aromatic incense.

(29) Thus the Israelites, all the men and women whose hearts moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord, through Moses, had commanded to be done, brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.

(20) So the whole community of the Israelites left Moses’ presence: The entire nation participated in the construction of the Tabernacle. Having taken upon themselves the task of building the Tabernacle, the people went to carry it out.

(21) And everyone who excelled in ability and everyone whose spirit moved him came: There was no need to impose a mandatory tax. Everyone brought their donations voluntarily.

(22) Men and women: The women too, although not obligated to contribute, decided that they too would participate in the construction of the Temple.

(29) Thus the Israelites, all the men and women … brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord: Here the Torah is reporting the end result. Everything that the people had been ordered to do was accomplished through voluntary contributions.

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