The sanctuary’s lamp and bread
1The Lord said to Moses: 2Command the Israelites to bring pure, pressed olive oil to you for the lamp, to keep a light burning constantly. 3Aaron will tend the lamp, which will be inside the meeting tent but outside the inner curtain of the covenant document, from evening until morning before the Lord. This is a permanent rule throughout your future generations. 4Aaron must continually tend the lights on the pure lampstand#Perhaps pure gold lampstand before the Lord.
5You will take choice flour and bake twelve loaves of flatbread, two-tenths of an ephah#Approximately four quarts dry for each loaf. 6You must place them in two stacks, six in a stack, on the pure table#Perhaps pure gold table before the Lord. 7Put pure frankincense on each stack, as a token portion for the bread; it is a food gift for the Lord. 8Aaron will always set it out before the Lord, Sabbath after Sabbath, on behalf of#Or from or as a gift of; Heb uncertain the Israelites, as a permanent covenant. 9It will belong to Aaron and his sons. They must eat it in a holy place because it is the most holy part of their share of the Lord’s food gifts, a permanent portion.
Assault and blasphemy
10The son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father came out among the Israelites. A fight broke out between this half-Israelite#Or Israelite woman’s son; also in 24:11 and another Israelite man in the camp, 11during which the half-Israelite blasphemed the Lord’s name and cursed. So he was brought to Moses. (His mother’s name was Shelomith, Dibri’s daughter from the tribe of Dan.) 12He was put under guard until they could determine the Lord’s verdict.
13Then the Lord said to Moses: 14Take the one who cursed outside the camp. All who heard him will press their hands on his head. Then the whole community will stone him. 15Tell the Israelites: Anyone who curses God will be liable to punishment. 16And anyone who blasphemes the Lord’s name must be executed. The whole community will stone that person. Immigrant and citizen alike: whenever someone blasphemes the Lord’s name, that person will be executed.
17If anyone kills another person, they must be executed. 18Someone who kills an animal may make amends for it: a life for a life. 19If someone injures a fellow citizen, they will suffer the same injury they inflicted: 20broken bone for broken bone, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. The same injury the person inflicted on the other will be inflicted on them. 21Someone who kills an animal must make amends for it, but whoever kills a human being must be executed. 22There is but one law on this matter for you, immigrant or citizen alike, because I am the Lord your God.
23Moses told this to the Israelites. So they took the one who had cursed outside the camp and stoned him. The Israelites did just as the Lord commanded Moses.
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