"You are to make an altar for the burning of incense; make it of acacia wood.
It must be square, 18 inches long and 18 inches wide; it must be 36 inches high. Its horns must be of one piece.
Overlay its top, all around its sides, and its horns with pure gold; make a gold molding all around it.
Make two gold rings for it under the molding on two of its sides; put these on opposite sides of it to be holders for the poles to carry it with.
Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.
"You are to place the altar in front of the veil by the ark of the testimony-- in front of the mercy seat that is over the testimony-- where I will meet with you.
Aaron must burn fragrant incense on it; he must burn it every morning when he tends the lamps.
When Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he must burn incense. There is to be an incense [offering] before the LORD throughout your generations.
You must not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt or grain offering; you are not to pour a drink offering on it.
"Once a year Aaron is to perform the purification rite on the horns of the altar. Throughout your generations he is to perform the purification rite for it once a year, with the blood of the sin offering for atonement. The altar is especially holy to the LORD."
Solomon also made all the equipment in the LORD's temple: the gold altar; the gold table that the bread of the Presence was placed on;
Make two cherubim of gold; make them of hammered work at the two ends of the mercy seat.
Make one cherub at one end and one cherub at the other end. Make the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat at its two ends.
The cherubim are to have wings spread out above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and are to face one another. The faces of the cherubim should be toward the mercy seat.
Set the mercy seat on top of the ark and put the testimony that I will give you into the ark.
I will meet with you there above the mercy seat, between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the testimony; I will speak with you from there about all that I command you regarding the Israelites.
So the people sent [men] to Shiloh to bring back the ark of the covenant of the LORD of Hosts, who dwells [between] the cherubim. Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim 15 feet high out of olive wood.
One wing of the [first] cherub was seven and a half feet long, and the other wing was seven and a half feet long. The wingspan was 15 feet from tip to tip.
The second cherub also was 15 feet; both cherubim had the same size and shape.
The first cherub's height was 15 feet and so was the second cherub's.
Then he put the cherubim inside the inner temple. Since their wings were spread out, the first one's wing touched [one] wall while the second cherub's wing touched the other wall, and in the middle of the temple their wings were touching wing to wing.
He also overlaid the cherubim with gold.
He carved all the surrounding temple walls with carved engravings-- cherubim, palm trees and flower blossoms-- in both the inner and outer sanctuaries.
He overlaid the temple floor with gold in both the inner and outer sanctuaries.
He rode on a cherub and flew, soaring on the wings of the wind.
God's chariots are tens of thousands, thousands and thousands; the Lord is among them in the sanctuary as He was at Sinai.
[For the choir director: according to "The Lilies." A testimony of Asaph. A psalm.] Listen, Shepherd of Israel, who guides Joseph like a flock; You who sit enthroned [on] the cherubim, rise up
The LORD reigns! Let the peoples tremble. He is enthroned above the cherubim. Let the earth quake.
When I looked at the living creatures, there was one wheel on the ground beside each creature that had four faces.
The appearance of the wheels and their craftsmanship was like the gleam of beryl, and all four had the same form. Their appearance and craftsmanship was like a wheel within a wheel.
When they moved, they went in any of the four directions, without pivoting as they moved.
Their rims were large and frightening. Each of their four rims were full of eyes all around.
So when the living creatures moved, the wheels moved beside them, and when the creatures rose from the earth, the wheels also rose.
Wherever the Spirit wanted to go, the creatures went in the direction the Spirit was moving. The wheels rose alongside them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
When the creatures moved, the wheels moved; when the creatures stood still, the wheels stood still; and when the creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose alongside them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
The shape of an expanse, with a gleam like awe-inspiring crystal, was spread out over the heads of the living creatures.
And under the expanse their wings extended one toward another. Each of them also had two wings covering their bodies.
When they moved, I heard the sound of their wings like the roar of mighty waters, like the voice of the Almighty, and a sound of commotion like the noise of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.
The LORD spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, "Go inside the wheelwork beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with hot coals from among the cherubim and scatter [them] over the city." So he went in as I watched.
Now the cherubim were standing to the south of the temple when the man went in, and the cloud filled the inner court.
Then the glory of the LORD rose from above the cherubim to the threshold of the temple. The temple was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the brightness of the LORD's glory.
The sound of the cherubim's wings could be heard as far as the outer court; it was like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks.
After the LORD commanded the man clothed in linen, saying, "Take fire from inside the wheelwork, from among the cherubim," the man went in and stood beside a wheel.
Then one of the cherubim reached out his hand to the fire that was among them. He took [some], and put [it] into the hands of the man clothed in linen, who took it and went out.
The cherubim appeared to have the form of human hands under their wings.
I looked, and there were four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside each cherub. The luster of the wheels was like the gleam of beryl.
In appearance, all four had the same form, like a wheel within a wheel.
When they moved, they would go in any of the four directions, without pivoting as they moved. But wherever the head faced, they would go in that direction, without pivoting as they went.
Their entire bodies, including their backs, hands, wings, and the wheels that the four of them had, were full of eyes all around.
As I listened the wheels were called "the wheelwork."
Each one had four faces: the first face was that of a cherub, the second that of a man, the third that of a lion, and the fourth that of an eagle.
The cherubim ascended; these were the living creatures I had seen by the Chebar Canal.
When the cherubim moved, the wheels moved beside them, and when they lifted their wings to rise from the earth, even then the wheels did not veer away from them.
When the cherubim stood still, the wheels stood still, and when they ascended, the wheels ascended with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in them.
Then the glory of the LORD moved away from the threshold of the temple and stood above the cherubim.
The cherubim lifted their wings and ascended from the earth right before my eyes; the wheels were beside them as they went. The glory of the God of Israel was above them, and it stood at the entrance to the eastern gate of the LORD's house.
These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Chebar Canal, and I recognized that they were cherubim.
Each had four faces and each had four wings, with the form of human hands under their wings.
Their faces looked like the same faces I had seen by the Chebar Canal. Each creature went straight ahead.
The cherubim of glory were above it overshadowing the mercy seat. It is not possible to speak about these things in detail right now.