Numbers 8
The lampstand
1The LORD spoke to Moses: 2Speak to Aaron and say to him: When you set them up, the seven lamps will give light in front of the lampstand.
3Aaron did so. He set up its lamps in front of the lampstand as the LORD commanded Moses. 4This is how the lampstand was made: it was hammered gold; from its base to its flower it was hammered. Moses made the lampstand according to the vision that the LORD had shown Moses.
Dedication of the Levites
5The LORD spoke to Moses: 6Separate the Levites from the Israelites and cleanse them. 7This is what you will do to them to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purification on them, have them shave their bodies, wash their clothes, and cleanse themselves. 8They will take a bull from the herd, with its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil. You will take a second bull from the herd for a purification offering. 9You will bring the Levites before the meeting tent and gather the entire Israelite community. 10Then you will bring the Levites into the LORD’s presence, and the Israelites will lay their hands on the Levites. 11Aaron will present the Levites as an uplifted offering in the LORD’s presence from the Israelites so that they may do the LORD’s service. 12Then the Levites will lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, and Aaron will offer one as a purification offering and the other as an entirely burned offering to the LORD in order to seek reconciliation for the Levites.
13You will have the Levites stand before Aaron and his sons and you will present them as an uplifted offering to the LORD. 14You will separate the Levites from the Israelites, and the Levites will be mine. 15The Levites will enter to serve the meeting tent, after you have cleansed them and presented them as an uplifted offering. 16They are given over to me from the Israelites in place of all the newborn, the oldest of all the Israelites. I take them for myself. 17Every oldest male among the Israelites is mine, whether human or animal. When I killed all the oldest males in the land of Egypt, I dedicated them to myself. 18I have taken the Levites in place of all the oldest among the Israelites. 19I have selected the Levites from the Israelites for Aaron and his sons to perform the service of the Israelites in the meeting tent and to seek reconciliation for the Israelites so that there will not be a plague when the Israelites approach the sanctuary.
20Moses, Aaron, and the entire Israelite community carried out for the Levites everything the LORD had commanded Moses. That is what the Israelites did for the Levites. 21The Levites purified themselves and washed their clothes. Aaron presented them as an uplifted offering in the LORD’s presence, and he sought reconciliation for them in order to cleanse them. 22After this the Levites went in to perform their service in the meeting tent before Aaron and his sons. They did for the Levites just as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning them.
23The LORD spoke to Moses: 24This rule applies#Heb lacks rule applies. to the Levites: Everyone 25 years old and above will enter into service, performing the duties for the meeting tent. 25At 50 years old each will retire from service. They will perform their duties no longer. 26Each may assist his fellow Levites in the meeting tent with some responsibilities, but he may not perform service. This is how you should assign responsibilities to the Levites.
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