The Lampstand and the Holy Bread
1The Lord said to Moses, 2“Command the Israelites to bring to you pure oil from crushed olives. That oil is for the lamps that must burn without stopping. 3Aaron will keep the light burning in the Meeting Tent before the Lord from evening until morning. This light will be outside the curtain that hangs in front of the Box that holds the Agreement.#24:3 Box that holds the Agreement Literally, “Testimony.” See “Agreement” in the Word List. This law will continue forever. 4Aaron must always keep the lamps burning on the lampstand of pure gold before the Lord.
5“Take fine flour and bake twelve loaves with it. Use 16 cups#24:5 16 cups Literally, “2/10 of an ephah” (4.4 l). of flour for each loaf. 6Put them in two rows on the golden table before the Lord. Six loaves will be in each row. 7Put pure frankincense on each row. This will help the Lord remember the gift. 8Every Sabbath day Aaron will put the bread in order before the Lord. This must be done forever. This agreement with the Israelites will continue forever. 9That bread will belong to Aaron and his sons. They will eat the bread in a holy place, because that bread is one of the special gifts to the Lord. It is Aaron’s share forever.”
The Man Who Cursed God
10There was a son of an Israelite woman and an Egyptian father. He was walking among the Israelites, and he started fighting in camp. 11The Israelite woman’s son began cursing, using the Lord’s name in a bad way, so the people brought him to Moses. (The name of the man’s mother was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, from the tribe of Dan.) 12The people held him as a prisoner and waited for the Lord’S command to be made clear to them.
13Then the Lord said to Moses, 14“Bring the man who cursed to a place outside the camp. Then bring together everyone who heard him curse. They will put their hands on his head.#24:14 put their hands on his head To show that all these people were sharing in punishing the man. And then all the people must throw stones at him and kill him. 15You must tell the Israelites: Anyone who curses their God must be punished. 16Anyone who speaks against the name of the Lord must be put to death. All the people must stone him. Any foreigner or anyone born in Israel who uses the Lord’s name in a bad way must be put to death.
17“And whoever kills another person must be put to death. 18Whoever kills an animal that belongs to another person must give another animal to take its place.#24:18 give … its place Literally, “pay for it, life for life.”
19“And whoever causes an injury to their neighbor must be given the same kind of injury: 20a broken bone for a broken bone, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. The same kind of injury a person gives another person must be given that person. 21Whoever kills an animal must pay for the animal. But whoever kills another person must be put to death.
22“The law will be the same for foreigners and for people from your own country. This is because I am the Lord your God.”
23Then Moses spoke to the Israelites, and they took the man who cursed to a place outside the camp. Then they killed him with stones. So the Israelites did just what the Lord had commanded Moses.