Exodus 30

Make an incense altar out of shittim wood.

30:1 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it.

30:2 A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same.

30:3 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about.

30:4 And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal.

30:5 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.

(30:1-14) And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood....

Put the incense altar in front of the veil by the ark
in front of the mercy seat that is over the testimony.
(Where God will meet with you.)

30:6 And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee.

Aaron will burn sweet incense every morning and evening,
perpetually throughout your generations.

30:7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.

30:8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.

Don't offer any strange incense,
or burnt, meat, or drink offerings on the incense altar.

30:9 Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon.

Once a year Aaron will make an atonement on incense altar's horns.
This shall be done throughout your generations. It is most holy to God.

30:10 And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD.

Moses told Aaron to number the people,
collecting half a shekel from each person.

30:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

30:12 When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.

30:13 This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD.

Everyone who is at least twenty must pay half a shekel.
The rich shall not give more, the poor shall not give less.

30:14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD.

30:15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

30:16 And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

(30:15)
The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel.
The Christian Right uses this verse to justify an absolute flat tax, where everyone, rich or poor, pays the same dollar amount in taxes.

God tells Moses to make a laver of brass
for people to wash their feet in.

30:17 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

30:18 Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.

Aaron and his sons must wash
their hands and feet in the laver -- or die.
This is a statute forever.

30:19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:

30:20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD:

(30:20-21) Wash up or die.
This is a good verse to use when reminding children to wash their hands before supper.

(30:20) They shall wash with water, that they die not.

30:21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.

(30:21) They shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not.

God tells Moses to get four spices:
500 shekels of myrrh and cassia,
250 shekels of cinnamon and calamus,
and a hinn of olive oil.

30:22 Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

30:23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,

30:24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin:

(30:22-32) Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take thou also unto thee principal spices....

Make a holy oil from this recipe.

30:25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.

Anoint the tabernacle, ark, table, vessels, candlestick, incense and burnt offering altars, and laver with this holy anointing oil.

30:26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony,

30:27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense,

30:28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot.

After anointing these things with the holy anointing oil,
they become most holy, and whoever touches them becomes holy.

30:29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.

30:30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.

This is God's holy anointing oil. Don't pour it on man's flesh
and don't make any with the same recipe.

30:31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.

30:32 Upon man's flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.

Whoever makes any holy anointing oil,
or puts it on a stranger, will be cut off from his people.

30:33 Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.

(30:33) Don't put holy oil on strangers.
Whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.

God told Moses to make a perfume using equal amounts
of stacte, onycha, galbanum, and frankincense.

30:34 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight:

This perfume is most holy;
don't make it for, or use it on, yourselves.

30:35 And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy:

30:36 And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy.

30:37 And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD.

(30:37-38) Don't use God's special perfume.

(30:37) As for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves ... it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD.
Is it OK to use perfume?

Whoever makes any to use or smell
shall be cut off from his people.

30:38 Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.

(30:38) Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.