The Sin of Nadab and Abihu
1 Now aNadab° and Abihu°, the sons° of Aaron°, took° their respective° bfirepans°, and after putting° fire° in them, placed° incense° on it and offered° strange° fire° before° the LORD°, which° He had not commanded° them.
2 aAnd fire° came° out from the presence° of the LORD° and consumed° them, and they died° before° the LORD°.
3 Then Moses° said° to Aaron°, “It is what° the LORD° spoke°, saying°,
 aEx 24:1, 9; Nu 3:2; 26:61 bLv 16:12
 aNu 3:4; 16:35; 26:61
 IOr will show Myself holy aEx 19:22; Lv 21:6 bEx 30:30; Ezk 38:16 cEx 14:4, 17; Is 49:3; Ezk 28:22
4 ¶ Moses° called° also to aMishael° and Elzaphan°, the sons° of Aaron’s° uncle° Uzziel°, and said° to them, “Come° forward°, carry° your Irelatives° away° from the front° of the sanctuary° to the outside°° of the camp°.” 5 So they came° forward° and carried° them still in their atunics° to the outside°° of the camp°, as Moses° had said°. 6 Then Moses° said° to Aaron° and to his sons° Eleazar° and Ithamar°, “aDo not Iuncover° your heads° nor° tear° your clothes°, so that you will not die° and that He will not bbecome° wrathful° against° all° the congregation°. But your IIkinsmen°, the whole° house° of Israel°, shall bewail° the burning° which° the LORD° has IIIbrought° about. 7 You shall not even go° out from the doorway° of the tent° of meeting°, or° you will die°; for athe LORD’S° anointing° oil° is upon you.” So they did° according to the word° of Moses°.
 ILit brothers aEx 6:22
 aEx 29:5; Lv 8:13
 ILit unbind IILit brothers IIILit burned aLv 21:1-5, 10-12 bNu 1:53; 16:22, 46; 18:5; Jsh 7:1; 22:18, 20; 2S 24:1
 aEx 28:41; Lv 21:12
8 ¶ The LORD° then spoke° to Aaron°, saying°, 9 “aDo not drink° wine° or strong° drink°, neither you nor° your sons° with you, when you come° into the tent° of meeting°, so that you will not die°it is a perpetual° statute° throughout your generations° 10 and aso as to make° a distinction° between° the holy° and the profane°, and between° the unclean° and the clean°, 11 and aso as to teach° the sons° of Israel° all° the statutes° which° the LORD° has spoken° to them through° Moses°.”
 aPv 20:1; 31:5; Is 28:7; Ezk 44:21; Ho 4:11; Lk 1:15; Ep 5:18; 1Ti 3:3; Tit 1:7
 aLv 11:47; 20:25; Ezk 22:26
 aDt 17:10, 11; 33:10
12 ¶ Then Moses° spoke° to Aaron°, and to his surviving° sons°, aEleazar° and Ithamar°, “bTake° the grain offering° that is left° over° from the LORD’S° offerings° by fire° and eat° it unleavened° beside° the altar°, for it is most° holy°. 13 You shall eat° it, moreover, in a holy° place°, because° it is your due° and your sons’° due° out of the LORD’S° offerings° by fire°; for thus° I have been commanded°. 14 aThe breast° of the wave° offering°, however, and the thigh° of the offering° you may eat° in a clean° place°, you and your sons° and your daughters° with you; for they have been given° as your due° and your sons’° due° out of the sacrifices° of the peace° offerings° of the sons° of Israel°. 15 aThe thigh° offered° by lifting° up and the breast° offered° by waving° they shall bring° along° with the offerings° by fire° of the portions° of fat°, to present° as a wave° offering° before° the LORD°; so it shall be a thing° perpetually° due° you and your sons° with you, just° as the LORD° has commanded°.”
16 ¶ But Moses° searched° carefully° for the agoat° of the sin° offering°, and behold°, it had been burned° up! So he was angry° with Aaron’s° surviving° sons° Eleazar° and Ithamar°, saying°, 17 “Why° adid you not eat° the sin° offering° at the holy° place°? For it is most° holy°, and IHe gave° it to you to bear° away bthe guilt° of the congregation°, to make° atonement° for them before° the LORD°. 18 Behold°, asince its blood° had not been brought° inside°, into the sanctuary°, you should certainly° have beaten° it in the sanctuary°, just° as I commanded°.” 19 But Aaron° spoke° to Moses°, “Behold°, this very day° they apresented° their sin° offering° and their burnt° offering° before° the LORD°. When things like these° happened° to me, if I had eaten° a sin° offering° today°, would it have been good° in the sight° of the LORD°?” 20 When Moses° heard° [that], it seemed° good° in his sight°.
 aLv 9:3, 15
 IOr was given aLv 6:24-30 bEx 28:38; Lv 22:16; Nu 18:1
 aLv 6:30 bLv 6:26
 aLv 9:8, 12
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Nadab and Abihu, for offering of strange fire, are burnt by fire.
1 ¶ And Nadabº and Abihu,º the sonsº of Aaron,º tookºª eitherº of them his censer,º and putºª fireº therein,º and putºª incenseº thereon,² and offeredºª strangeºª fireº beforeº the LORD,º which² he commandedºª them not.² 2 And there went outºª fireº from²² the LORD,º and devouredºª them, and they diedºª beforeº the LORD.º 3 Then Mosesº saidºª unto² Aaron,º This² [is it] that² the LORDº spake,ºª saying,ºª I will be sanctifiedºª in them that come nighº me, and beforeº² all² the peopleº I will be glorified.ºª And Aaronº held his peace.ºª 4 And Mosesº calledºª² Mishaelº and Elzaphan,º the sonsº of Uzzielº the uncleº of Aaron,º and saidºª unto² them, Come near,ºª carryºª² your brethrenº from²² beforeº the sanctuaryº out¹ of²²² the camp.º 5 So they went near,ºª and carriedºª them in their coatsº out¹ of²²² the camp;º as² Mosesº had said.ºª
 Ex 6:23; 24:1, 9; 27:3; 28:1; 30:1, 9, 34; 31:11; 37:29; 38:3; 40:27; Lv 9:24; 16:1, 12; 22:9; Nu 3:3; 16:6, 16, 18, 46; 26:61; Dt 4:2; 12:32; 17:3; 1K 13:1; 2Ch 26:16; Ps 141:2; Jr 7:31; 19:5; 32:35; 44:8, 15, 19; Lk 1:9; He 9:4; Rv 8:3.
 Lv 9:24; 10:5; 16:1; Nu 3:3; 16:32, 35, 49; 26:61; 1S 6:19; 2S 6:7; 2K 1:10, 12; 1Ch 13:10; 15:13; 24:2; Is 30:33; Ac 5:5, 10; 1Co 10:11.
 Gn 18:25; Ex 14:4; 19:22; 29:43; Lv 8:35; 21:6, 8, 15, 17, 21; 22:9; Nu 20:12; Dt 32:51; 1S 2:30; 3:18; 6:20; 1Ch 15:12; Jb 1:20; 2:10; Ps 39:9; 46:10; 89:7; 119:120; Is 39:8; 49:3; 52:11; Ezk 20:41; 28:22; 42:13; Mt 10:37; Jn 12:28; 13:31; 14:13; Ac 5:11; 2Th 1:10; He 12:28; 1P 4:17.
 Ex 6:18, 22; Nu 3:19, 30; 1Ch 6:2; Lk 7:12; Ac 5:6, 9; 8:2.
Aaron and his sons are forbidden to mourn for them.
6 And Mosesº saidºª unto² Aaron,º and unto Eleazarº and unto Ithamar,º his sons,º Uncoverºª not² your heads,º neither² rendºª your clothes;º lest² ye die,ºª and lest wrath¹ª come² upon² all² the people:º but let your brethren,º the whole² houseº of Israel,º bewailºª² the burningº which² the LORDº hath kindled.ºª 7 And ye shall not² go outºª from the doorº² of the tabernacleº of the congregation,º lest² ye die:ºª for² the anointingº oilº of the LORDº [is] upon² you. And they didºª according to the wordº of Moses.º
 Ex 33:5; Lv 13:45; 21:1; Nu 5:18; 6:6; 14:6; 16:22, 41; Dt 33:9; Jsh 7:1, 11; 22:18, 20; 2S 24:1, 15; Jr 7:29; Ezk 24:16; Mi 1:16.
 Ex 28:41; 30:30; 40:13; Lv 8:12, 30; 21:12; Mt 8:21; Lk 9:60; Ac 10:38; 2Co 1:21.
The priests are forbidden wine when they are to go into the Tabernacle.
8 ¶ And the LORDº spakeºª unto² Aaron,º saying,ºª 9 Do not² drinkºª wineº nor strong drink,º thou,² nor thy sonsº with² thee, when ye goºª into² the tabernacleº of the congregation,º lest² ye die:ºª [it shall be] a statuteº for everº throughout your generations:º 10 And that ye may put differenceºª between² holyº and unholy,º and between² uncleanº and clean;º 11 And that ye may teachºª² the childrenº of Israelº² all² the statutesº which² the LORDº hath spokenºª unto² them by the handº of Moses.º
 Lv 3:17; Nu 6:3, 20; Pv 31:4; Is 28:7; Jr 35:5; Ezk 44:21; Lk 1:15; Ep 5:18; 1Ti 3:3, 8; 5:23; Tit 1:7.
 Lv 11:47; 20:25; Jr 15:19; Ezk 22:26; 44:23; Tit 1:15; 1P 1:14.
 Dt 24:8; 33:10; 2Ch 17:9; 30:22; Ne 8:2, 8; 9:13; Jr 2:8; 18:18; Mal 2:7; Mt 28:20; Ac 20:27; 1Th 4:2.
The law of eating the holy things.
12 ¶ And Mosesº spakeºª unto² Aaron,º and unto² Eleazarº and unto² Ithamar,º his sonsº that were left,ºª Takeºª² the meat offeringº that remainethºª of the offerings¹ª of the LORD¹ made by fire,º²² and eatºª it without leavenº besideº the altar:º for² it² [is] most¹ holy:º 13 And ye shall eatºª it in the holyº place,º because² it [is] thy due,º and thy sons'º due,º of the sacrifices¹ª of the LORD¹ made by fire:º²² for² so² I am commanded.ºª 14 And the waveº breastº and heaveº shoulderº shall ye eatºª in a cleanº place;º thou,² and thy sons,º and thy daughtersº with² thee: for² [they be] thy due,º and thy sons'º due,º [which] are givenºª out of the sacrificesº² of peace offeringsº of the childrenº of Israel.º 15 The heaveº shoulderº and the waveº breastº shall they bringºª with² the offerings made by fireº of the fat,º to waveºª [it for] a wave offeringº beforeº the LORD;º and it shall be² thine, and thy sons'º with² thee, by a statuteº for ever;º as² the LORDº hath commanded.ºª
 Ex 29:2; Lv 2:1; 6:15; 7:9; 21:22; Nu 18:9; Ezk 44:29.
 Lv 2:3; 6:16; Nu 18:10.
 Ex 29:24; Lv 7:29; 9:21; Nu 18:11; Jn 4:34.
 Gn 13:15; 17:8, 13, 17; Lv 7:29, 34; 1Co 9:13.
Aaron's excuse for transgressing thereof.
16 ¶ And Mosesº diligently¹ª soughtºª the goatº of the sin offering,º and, behold,² it was burnt:ºª and he was angryºª with² Eleazarº and Ithamar,º the sonsº of Aaronº [which were] leftºª [alive], saying,ºª 17 Wherefore² have ye not² eatenºª² the sin offeringº in the holyº place,º seeing² it² [is] most¹ holy,º and [God] hath givenºª it you to bearºª² the iniquityº of the congregation,º to make atonementºª for² them beforeº the LORD?º 18 Behold,º² the bloodº of it was not² brought¹ª in² withinº² the holyº [place]: ye should indeed¹ª have eatenºª it in the holyº [place], as² I commanded.ºª 19 And Aaronº saidºª unto² Moses,º Behold,² this dayº have they offeredºª² their sin offeringº and their burnt offeringº beforeº the LORD;º and such things² have befallenºª me: and [if] I had eatenºª the sin offeringº to day,º should it have been acceptedºª in the sightº of the LORD?º 20 And when Mosesº heardºª [that], he was content.ººª
 Ex 32:19; Lv 6:26, 30; 9:3, 15; Nu 12:3; Mt 5:22; Mk 3:5; 10:14; Ep 4:26.
 Ex 28:38, 43; Lv 6:26, 29; 7:6; 16:22; 22:16; Nu 18:1; Is 53:6; Ezk 4:4; 18:19; Jn 1:29; 2Co 5:21; He 9:28; 1P 2:24.
 Lv 6:26, 30.
 Lv 9:8, 12; Dt 12:7; 26:14; 1S 1:7; Is 1:11, 15; Jr 6:20; 14:12; Ho 9:4; Mal 1:10, 13; 2:13; Php 4:4; He 7:27; 9:8.
 2Ch 30:18; Zc 7:8; Mt 12:3, 20.
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