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The Duties of the Priests and Levities
1Yahweh said to Aaron, “You, your sons, and your family with you will bear the guilt of the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you will bear the guilt of your priesthood. 2Moreover, bring your brothers with you, the tribe of Levi the tribe of your father, that they may be joined to you and minister to you, you and your sons with you before the tent of testimony. 3They will keep your responsibility and the responsibility of all the tent, only they may not come near the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, so both you and they will not die. 4They will be joined to you, and they will keep the responsibility of the tent of assembly for the entire service of the tent; a stranger may not come near you. 5You will keep the responsibility of the sanctuary and the responsibility of the altar, and there will no longer be wrath on the Israelites.#Literally “sons/children of Israel” 6Look, I myself have chosen your brothers the Levites from the midst of the children. They are a gift to you given from Yahweh to perform the work of the tent of assembly. 7But you with your sons will keep your priesthood to perform your priestly duties for everything at the altar#Or “for all the things of the altar” and for the area behind the curtain.#Literally “the house of the curtain” I give you the priesthood as a gift, but the stranger who approaches will be put to death.”
Portions for the Priests
8Yahweh spoke to Aaron, “Behold, I myself have given to you the responsibility of my contributions for all the holy objects of the Israelites;#Literally “sons/children of Israel” I have given them as a portion to you and your sons as an eternal decree. 9This will be for you from the sanctuary of the holy things from the fire; all of their offerings, from every grain offering, from every sin offering, and from every guilt offering which they will bring to me is a most holy thing#Literally “a holy object of holiness” for you and your sons. 10You will eat it in the most holy place;#Alternatively “as a holy object of holiness” every male will eat it. It will be a holy object to you. 11This is also for you: the contribution of their gift of the wave offerings of the children Israel. I have given them to you and your sons and your daughters with you as an eternal decree; whoever is clean in your house may eat it. 12All the finest olive oil and all the finest new wine and their best grain that they have given to Yahweh, I have given them to you. 13The firstfruits of all that is in their land that they present to Yahweh will be for you; whoever is clean in your house may eat it. 14All consecrated possessions#Hebrew “possession” in Israel will be for you. 15All the first offspring of a womb of any creature that they offer to Yahweh, whether human or animal, will be yours; you will surely redeem the firstborn of the human and the unclean firstborn of the animal. 16As to their price of redemption, from a one-month-old#Literally “a son of a month” you will redeem them according to your proper value, five shekels of silver according to the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerah. 17Only the firstborn of an ox or the firstborn of a sheep or the firstborn of a goat you will not redeem; they are holy. Their blood you will sprinkle over the altar, and their fat you will turn into smoke as an offering made by fire, a fragrance of appeasement for Yahweh. 18But their flesh will be for you like the breast section of the wave offering, and it will be for you like the right upper thigh. 19All the contributions of holiness that the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” offer to Yahweh I have given to you and your sons and your daughters with you as an eternal decree; it is an eternal covenant of salt before#Literally “in the presence of” Yahweh to you and your offspring with you.” 20Then Yahweh said to Aaron, “You will not receive an inheritance in their land, and there will not be a plot of ground for you in the midst of the Israelites.#Literally “sons/children of Israel”
21“Behold, I have given to the descendants#Or “sons” of Levi every tithe in Israel as an inheritance in return for their service, which they are doing, the work of the tent of assembly. 22The Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” will not come near again to the tent of assembly, or they will bear sin#The NRSV translates “they will incur guilt” and die. 23The Levites#Hebrew “Levite” will perform the service of the tent of assembly, and they will bear their guilt, an eternal decree for all your generations. But they will not receive an inheritance in the midst of the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” 24because the tithes#Hebrew “tithe” of the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” that are offered#Hebrew “raised up” to Yahweh as a contribution, I have given to the Levites as an inheritance; therefore I said to them, ‘They will not receive an inheritance in the midst of the Israelites.’ ”#Literally “sons/children of Israel”
25Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 26“You will speak to the Levites and say to them, ‘When you receive the tithe from the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” that I have given to you from them for your inheritance, you will present#Literally “you will raise up” a contribution from it to Yahweh, a tithe from a tithe. 27Your contribution will be credited to you like the grain from the threshing floor and like the produce from the press. 28So you will present#Literally “you will raise up” your own contribution to Yahweh from all your tithes that you receive from the Israelites;#Literally “sons/children of Israel” from it you will give the contribution of Yahweh to Aaron the priest. 29From all your gifts you will present#Literally “you will raise up” every contribution of Yahweh, from all its fat, the part that is sacred.’ 30You will say to them, ‘When you are presenting#Literally “you are raising up” its fat, the rest will be credited to the Levites like a yield of the threshing floor and like a yield from the press. 31You may eat it anywhere, you and your household, because it is a wage in return for your service in the tent of assembly. 32You will not bear any sin because you have presented#Literally “you have raised up” its fat; you will not defile the holy objects of the Israelites,#Literally “sons/children of Israel” or you will die.’ ”
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