Duties of Levites
1 So the LORD° said° to Aaron°, “You and your sons° and your father’s° household° with you shall abear° the guilt° Iin connection with the sanctuary°, and you and your sons° with you shall bear° the guilt° IIin connection with your priesthood°. 2 But bring° with you also° your brothers°, the tribe° of Levi°, the tribe° of your father°, that they may be ajoined° with you and serve° you, while you and your sons° with you are before° the tent° of the testimony°. 3 And they shall thus attend° to your obligation° and the obligation° of all° the tent°, but athey shall not come° near° to the furnishings° of the sanctuary° and bthe altar°, or° both° they and you will die°. 4 They shall be joined° with you and attend° to the obligations° of the tent° of meeting°, for all° the service° of the tent°; but an Ioutsider° may not come° near° you. 5 So you shall attend° to the aobligations° of the sanctuary° and the obligations° of the altar°, bso that there will no° longer° be wrath° on the sons° of Israel°. 6 Behold°, I Myself° ahave taken° your Ifellow° Levites° from among° the sons° of Israel°; they are ba gift° to you, IIdedicated° to the LORD°, to perform° the service° for the tent° of meeting°. 7 But you and your sons° with you shall aattend° to your priesthood° for everything° concerning° the altar° and inside°° the veil°, and you are to perform° service°. I am giving° you the priesthood° as ba Ibestowed° service°, but cthe IIoutsider° who comes° near° shall be put° to death°.”
 ILit of the sanctuary IILit of your priesthood aEx 28:38; Lv 10:17; 22:16
 aNu 3:5-10
 aNu 4:15-20 bNu 1:51; 18:7
 ILit a stranger
 aEx 27:21; Lv 24:3 bNu 16:46
 ILit brethren the IILit given aNu 3:12, 45 bNu 3:9
 ILit service of gift IILit stranger aEx 29:9 bNu 18:20; Dt 18:2; Mt 10:8; 1P 5:2, 3 cNu 1:51
The Priests’ Portion
8 ¶ Then the LORD° spoke° to Aaron°, “Now behold°, I Myself° have given° you charge° of My Iaofferings°, even all° the holy° gifts of the sons° of Israel° I have given° them to you as a portion° and to your sons° as a perpetual° allotment°. 9 This° shall be yours from the most° holy° [gifts reserved] from the fire°; every° offering° of theirs, even aevery° grain offering° and every° bsin° offering° and every° guilt° offering°, which° they shall render° to Me, shall be most° holy° for you and for your sons°. 10 As the most° holy° [gifts] you shall eat° it; every° male° shall eat° it. It shall be holy° to you. 11 This° also is yours, athe offering° of their gift°, even all° the wave° offerings° of the sons° of Israel°; I have bgiven° them to you and to your sons° and daughters° with you as a perpetual° allotment°. Everyone° of your household° who is clean° may eat° it. 12 aAll° the Ibest° of the fresh° oil° and all° the Ibest° of the fresh° wine° and of the grain°, the first° fruits° of those which° they give° to the LORD°, I give° them to you. 13 aThe first° ripe° fruits° of all° that is in their land°, which° they bring° to the LORD°, shall be yours; everyone° of your household° who is clean° may eat° it. 14 aEvery° devoted° thing° in Israel° shall be yours. 15 IaEvery° first° issue° of the womb° of all° flesh°, whether man° or animal°, which° they offer° to the LORD°, shall be yours; nevertheless° the firstborn° of man° you shall surely° redeem°, and the firstborn° of unclean° animals° you shall redeem°. 16 As to their redemption° price°, from a month° old° you shall redeem° them, by your valuation°, five° Ishekels° in silver°, according to the Ishekel° of the sanctuary°, which° is twenty° gerahs°. 17 But athe firstborn° of an ox° or° the firstborn° of a sheep° or° the firstborn° of a goat°, you shall not redeem°; they are holy°. bYou shall sprinkle° their blood° on the altar° and shall offer° up their fat° in smoke° [as] an offering° by fire°, for a soothing° aroma° to the LORD°. 18 Their Imeat° shall be yours; it shall be yours like the abreast° of a wave° offering° and like the right° thigh°. 19 aAll° the offerings° of the holy° [gifts], which° the sons° of Israel° offer° to the LORD°, I have given° to you and your sons° and your daughters° with you, as a perpetual° allotment°. It is ban everlasting° covenant° of salt° before° the LORD° to you and your Idescendants° with you.” 20 Then the LORD° said° to Aaron°, “aYou shall have no° inheritance° in their land° nor° own° any portion° among° them; bI am your portion° and your inheritance° among° the sons° of Israel°.
 ILit heave offerings, and so throughout the ch aLv 6:16, 18; 7:28-34
 aLv 2:1-16 bLv 6:30
 aNu 18:1; Dt 18:3 bLv 22:1-16
 ILit fat aDt 18:4; 32:14; Ps 81:16; 147:14
 aEx 22:29; 23:19; 34:26
 aLv 27:1-33
 ILit Everything that opens aEx 13:13, 15; Nu 3:46
 II.e. A shekel equals approx one-half oz
 aDt 15:19 bLv 3:2
 ILit flesh aLv 7:31
 ILit seed aNu 18:11 b2Ch 13:5
 aDt 10:9; 12:12; 14:27, 29 bDt 18:2; Jsh 13:33; Ezk 44:28
21 ¶ “To the sons° of Levi°, behold°, I have given° all° the atithe° in Israel° for an inheritance°, in return° for their service° which° they perform°, the service° of the tent° of meeting°. 22 aThe sons° of Israel° shall not come° near° the tent° of meeting° again°, or they will bear° sin° and die°. 23 Only the Levites° shall perform° the service° of the tent° of meeting°, and they shall abear° their iniquity°; it shall be a perpetual° statute° throughout your generations°, and among° the sons° of Israel° bthey shall have° no° inheritance°. 24 For the tithe° of the sons° of Israel°, which° they offer° as an offering° to the LORD°, I have given° to the Levites° for an inheritance°; therefore°° I have said° concerning them, ‘aThey shall have° no° inheritance° among° the sons° of Israel°.’”
25 ¶ Then the LORD° spoke° to Moses°, saying°, 26 “Moreover, you shall speak° to the Levites° and say° to them, ‘When° you take° from the sons° of Israel° athe tithe° which° I have given° you from them for your inheritance°, then you shall present° an offering° from it to the LORD°, a btithe° of the tithe°. 27 Your offering° shall be reckoned° to you as the grain° from the threshing° floor° or the full° produce° from the wine° vat°. 28 So° you shall also° present° an offering° to the LORD° from your tithes°, which° you receive° from the sons° of Israel°; and from it you shall give° the LORD’S° offering° to Aaron° the priest°. 29 Out of all° your gifts° you shall present° every° offering° due to the LORD°, from all° the Ibest° of them, IIthe sacred° part° from them.’ 30 You shall say° to them, ‘When you have Ioffered° from it the best° of it, then [the rest] shall be reckoned° to the Levites° as the product° of the threshing° floor°, and as the product° of the wine° vat°. 31 You may eat° it anywhere°°, you and your households°, for it is your compensation° in return° for your service° in the tent° of meeting°. 32 You will bear° no° sin° by reason° of it when you have Ioffered° the IIbest° of it. But you shall not aprofane° the sacred° gifts° of the sons° of Israel°, or° you will die°.’”
 aNu 18:21 bNe 10:38
 ILit fat IILit its
 ILit lifted
 ILit lifted IILit fat aLv 22:15, 16
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The charge of the priests and Levites.
1 ¶ And the LORDº saidºª unto² Aaron,º Thou² and thy sonsº and thy father'sº houseº with² thee shall bearºª² the iniquityº of the sanctuary:º and thou² and thy sonsº with² thee shall bearºª² the iniquityº of your priesthood.º 2 And² thy brethrenº also² of the tribeº of Levi,º the tribeº of thy father,º bringºª thou with² thee, that they may be joinedºª unto² thee, and ministerºª unto thee: but thou² and thy sonsº with² thee [shall minister] beforeº the tabernacleº of witness.º 3 And they shall keepºª thy charge,º and the chargeº of all² the tabernacle:º only² they shall not² come nighºª² the vesselsº of the sanctuaryº and the altar,º that neither²² they,² nor ye² also,² die.ºª 4 And they shall be joinedºª unto² thee, and keepºª² the chargeº of the tabernacleº of the congregation,º for all² the serviceº of the tabernacle:º and a strangerºª shall not² come nighºª unto² you. 5 And ye shall keepºª² the chargeº of the sanctuary,º and the chargeº of the altar:º that there be² no² wrathº any more² upon² the childrenº of Israel.º 6 And I,² behold,² I have takenºª² your brethrenº the Levitesº from amongº² the childrenº of Israel:º to you [they are] givenºª [as] a giftº for the LORD,º to doºª² the serviceº of the tabernacleº of the congregation.º 7 Therefore thou² and thy sonsº with² thee shall keepºª² your priest's officeº for every² thingº of the altar,º and withinº² the vail;º and ye shall serve:ºª I have givenºª² your priest's officeº [unto you] as a serviceº of gift:º and the strangerºª that cometh nighº shall be put to death.ºª
 Ex 28:38; Lv 22:9; Nu 14:34; 17:3, 7, 13; 18:22; Is 53:6, 11; Ezk 3:18; Ac 20:26; He 4:15; 13:17; 1P 2:24.
 Gn 29:34; Nu 3:6, 10; 4:15; 8:19, 22; 16:40; 17:7; 18:4; 1Ch 16:39; 2Ch 30:16; Ezk 44:15.
 Nu 3:25, 31, 36; 4:15, 19; 16:40.
 Nu 1:51; 3:10; 1S 6:19; 2S 6:6.
 Ex 27:21; 30:7; Lv 24:3; Nu 8:2, 19; 16:46; 1Ch 9:19, 23, 33; 24:5; Jr 23:15; Zc 10:3; 1Ti 1:18; 3:15; 5:21; 6:20.
 Gn 6:17; 9:9; Ex 14:17; 31:6; Nu 3:9, 12, 45; 8:16; Is 48:15; 51:12; Ezk 34:11, 20.
 Lv 16:2, 12; Nu 3:10, 38; 16:5, 40; 18:4, 5; 1S 2:28; Jn 3:27; Ro 15:15; Ep 3:8; He 5:4; 9:3.
8 ¶ And the LORDº spakeºª unto² Aaron,º Behold,² I² also have givenºª thee² the chargeº of mine heave offeringsº of all² the hallowed thingsº of the childrenº of Israel;º unto thee have I givenºª them by reason of the anointing,º and to thy sons,º by an ordinanceº for ever.º
 Ex 29:21, 29; 40:13, 15; Lv 6:16, 18, 20, 26; 7:6, 32, 35; 8:30; 10:14; 21:10; Nu 18:9; Dt 12:6, 11; 26:13; Is 10:27; He 1:9; 1Jn 2:20, 27.
The priests' portion.
9 This² shall be² thine of the most¹ holy things,º² [reserved] from² the fire:º every² oblationº of theirs, every² meat offeringº of theirs, and every² sin offeringº of theirs, and every² trespass offeringº of theirs, which² they shall renderºª unto me, [shall be] most¹ holyº for thee and for thy sons.º 10 In the most¹ holyº [place] shalt thou eatºª it; every² maleº shall eatºª it: it shall be² holyº unto thee. 11 And this² [is] thine; the heave offeringº of their gift,º with all² the wave offeringsº of the childrenº of Israel:º I have givenºª them unto thee, and to thy sonsº and to thy daughtersº with² thee, by a statuteº for ever:º every one² that is cleanº in thy houseº shall eatºª of it. 12 All² the bestº of the oil,º and all² the bestº of the wine,º and of the wheat,º the firstfruitsº of them which² they shall offerºª unto the LORD,º them have I givenºª thee. 13 [And] whatsoever²² is first ripeº in the land,º which² they shall bringºª unto the LORD,º shall be² thine; every one² that is cleanº in thine houseº shall eatºª [of] it. 14 Every thing² devotedº in Israelº shall be² thine. 15 Every thing² that openethº the matrixº in all² flesh,º which² they bringºª unto the LORD,º [whether it be] of menº or beasts,º shall be² thine: nevertheless²² the firstbornº of manº shalt thou surely¹ª redeem,ºª and the firstlingº of uncleanº beastsº shalt thou redeem.ºª 16 And those that are to be redeemedºª from a monthº oldº² shalt thou redeem,ºª according to thine estimation,º for the moneyº of fiveº shekels,º after the shekelº of the sanctuary,º which² [is] twentyº gerahs.º 17 But² the firstlingº of a cow,º or² the firstlingº of a sheep,º or² the firstlingº of a goat,º thou shalt not² redeem;ºª they² [are] holy:º thou shalt sprinkleºª² their bloodº upon² the altar,º and shalt burnºª their fatº [for] an offering made by fire,º for a sweetº savourº unto the LORD.º 18 And the fleshº of them shall be² thine, as the waveº breastº and as the rightº shoulderº are² thine. 19 All² the heave offeringsº of the holy things,º which² the childrenº of Israelº offerºª unto the LORD,º have I givenºª thee, and thy sonsº and thy daughtersº with² thee, by a statuteº for ever:º it² [is] a covenantº of saltº for everº beforeº the LORDº unto thee and to thy seedº with² thee.
 Lv 2:2; 4:22, 27; 5:1, 6; 6:25; 7:1, 7; 10:12, 17; 14:13.
 Ex 29:31; Lv 6:16, 18, 26, 29; 7:6; 10:13, 17; 14:13; 21:22.
 Ex 29:27; Lv 7:14, 30; 10:14; 22:2, 11; Nu 18:8; Dt 18:3.
 Ex 22:29; 23:19; 34:26; Lv 2:14; 23:17, 20; Nu 15:19; 18:29; Dt 18:4; 26:2; Ne 10:35.
 Ex 22:29; Nu 18:11; Jr 24:2; Ho 9:10; Mi 7:1.
 Lv 27:28; Ezk 44:29.
 Ex 13:2, 12, 13; 22:29; 34:20; Lv 27:26, 27; Nu 3:13.
 Ex 30:13; Lv 27:2, 25; Nu 3:47; 18:16; Ezk 45:12.
 Ex 29:16; Lv 3:2; Dt 15:19.
 Ex 29:26; Lv 7:31.
 Lv 2:13; 7:14; Nu 15:19; 18:8, 11; 31:29, 41; Dt 12:6; 2Ch 13:5; 31:4.
20 ¶ And the LORDº spakeºª unto² Aaron,º Thou shalt have no inheritanceºª² in their land,º neither² shalt thou have² any partº amongº them: I² [am] thy partº and thine inheritanceº amongº the childrenº of Israel.º
 Ex 4:20; Lv 5:8; 6:16, 17, 25; 7:1, 6, 8, 12, 31; 12:1; 14:10; 15:20; 18:13, 15; 23:10, 17, 19; 24:9; Nu 18:23; 26:62; Dt 10:9; 12:12; 14:27, 29; 18:1, 3, 4, 15; Jsh 13:14, 33; 14:3; 18:7; Ps 16:5; 73:26; 142:5; Lm 3:24; Ezk 44:28; 1Co 3:21; Rv 21:3.
The Levites' portion.
21 And, behold,² I have givenºª the childrenº of Leviº all² the tenthº in Israelº for an inheritance,º forº their serviceº which² they² serve,ºª [even]² the serviceº of the tabernacleº of the congregation.º 22 Neither² must the childrenº of Israelº henceforthº come nighºª² the tabernacleº of the congregation,º lest they bearºª sin,º and die.ºª 23 But the Levitesº shall doºª² the serviceº of the tabernacleº of the congregation,º and they² shall bearºª their iniquity:º [it shall be] a statuteº for everº throughout your generations,º that amongº the childrenº of Israelº they haveºª no² inheritance.º 24 But²² the tithesº of the childrenº of Israel,º which² they offerºª [as] an heave offeringº unto the LORD,º I have givenºª to the Levitesº to inherit:º therefore²² I have saidºª unto them, Amongº the childrenº of Israelº they shall haveºª no² inheritance.º
 Lv 27:30; Nu 3:7; 18:6, 24; Dt 12:17; 14:22; 2Ch 31:5, 12; Ne 10:37; 12:44; 13:12; 1Co 9:13; Ga 6:6.
 Lv 20:20; 22:9; Nu 1:52; 3:10, 38; 18:7.
 Nu 3:7; 18:20.
 Mal 3:8.
The heave offering to the priests out of the Levites' portion.
25 ¶ And the LORDº spakeºª unto² Moses,º saying,ºª 26 Thus speakºª unto² the Levites,º and sayºª unto² them, When² ye takeºª of²² the childrenº of Israelº² the tithesº which² I have givenºª you from²² them for your inheritance,º then ye shall offer¹ª up² an heave offeringº of² it for the LORD,º [even] a tenthº [part] of² the tithe.º 27 And [this] your heave offeringº shall be reckonedºª unto you, as though [it were] the cornº of² the threshingfloor,º and as the fulnessº of² the winepress.º 28 Thus² ye² also² shall offerºª an heave offeringº unto the LORDº of all²² your tithes,º which² ye receiveºª of²² the childrenº of Israel;º and ye shall giveºª thereof²² the LORD'Sº heave offeringº to Aaronº the priest.º 29 Out of all²² your giftsº ye shall offerºª² every² heave offeringº of the LORD,º of all²² the bestº thereof, [even]² the hallowed partº thereof out of² it. 30 Therefore thou shalt sayºª unto² them, When ye have heavedºª² the bestº thereof from² it, then it shall be countedºª unto the Levitesº as the increaseº of the threshingfloor,º and as the increaseº of the winepress.º 31 And ye shall eatºª it in every² place,º ye² and your households:º for² it² [is] your rewardº forº your serviceº in the tabernacleº of the congregation.º 32 And ye shall bearºª no² sinº by reason of² it, when ye have heavedºª from it² the bestº of² it: neither² shall ye polluteºª the holy thingsº of the childrenº of Israel,º lest² ye die.ºª
 Nu 18:19; Ne 10:38.
 Lv 6:19; Nu 15:20; 18:30; Dt 15:14; 2K 6:27; Ho 9:1.
 Gn 14:18; He 6:20; 7:1.
 Nu 18:12.
 Gn 43:11; Nu 18:27, 28; Dt 6:5; Pv 3:9; Mal 1:8; Mt 6:33; 10:37; Php 3:8.
 Dt 14:22; Mt 10:10; Lk 10:7; 1Co 9:10; 2Co 12:13; Ga 6:6; 1Ti 5:17.
 Lv 19:8; 22:2, 15; Nu 18:22; Mal 1:7; 1Co 11:27, 29.
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