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I’ve been tagged by Tim Mills at The Friendly Humanist with the 1-2-3 blogmeme. Because memetics is one of the founding concepts and namesake of this blog (and because it’s quick), I’ll dood it!

The rules are these:

1. Pick up the book nearest you with at least 123 pages. (No cheating!)
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Count the first five sentences.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five other bloggers.

Ladies and gentlemen, the nearest book at the moment is none other than the NIV Study Bible, 10th Anniversary Edition.

*flip flip flip*

Page 123 is in the heart of Exodus. Moses has received the Ten Commandments (and then some); now the question is where to put them. God gives very precise instructions for building the Ark of the Covenant, the table for the bread of the Presence, and the tabernacle (“Make loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and do the same with the end curtain in the other set”). The three sentences I am supposed to quote relate to the building of the table:

Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding around it. Also make around it a rim a handbreadth wide and put a gold molding on the rim. Make four gold rings for the table and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are.

Words to live by.

(I’ll tag others in a few days.)

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Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.