Now I am sending you Huram Abi, 1 a skilled and capable man,
“Now send me a man who is skilled in working with gold, silver, bronze, and iron, as well as purple, crimson, and violet colored fabrics, and who knows how to engrave. He will work with my skilled craftsmen here in Jerusalem 1 and Judah, whom my father David provided.
You also have available many workers, including stonecutters, masons, carpenters, 1 and an innumerable array of workers who are skilled
“You are to make a breastpiece for use in making decisions, 1 the work of an artistic designer; you are to make it in the same fashion as the ephod; you are to make it of gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine twisted linen.
Every woman who was skilled 1 spun with her hands and brought what she had spun, blue, purple, or scarlet yarn, or fine linen,
All the skilled among those who were doing the work made the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet; they were made with cherubim that were the work of an artistic designer.
They hammered the gold into thin sheets and cut it into narrow strips to weave 1 them into the blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and into the fine linen, the work of an artistic designer.
I will pour out my anger on you; the fire of my fury I will blow on you. I will hand you over to brutal men, who are skilled in destruction.
He made the breastpiece, the work of an artistic designer, in the same fashion as the ephod, of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet, and fine twisted linen.
Hammered-out silver is brought from Tarshish 1 and gold is brought from Uphaz 2 to cover those idols. 3 They are the handiwork of carpenters and goldsmiths. 4 They are clothed in blue and purple clothes. 5 They are all made by skillful workers. 6
Every skilled person 1 among you is to come and make all that the Lord has commanded:
This Ezra is the one who came up from Babylon. He was a scribe who was skilled in the law of Moses which the Lord God of Israel had given. The king supplied him with everything he requested, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him.
The Lord answered, 1 “This will happen 2 because my people are foolish. They do not know me. They are like children who have no sense. 3 They have no understanding. They are skilled at doing evil. They do not know how to do good.”