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Numbers 8:14-19 (New International Version)

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14 In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.1 15 "After you have purified the Levites and presented them as a wave offering,2 they are to come to do their work at the Tent of Meeting.3 16 They are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to me. I have taken them as my own in place of the firstborn,4 the first male offspring5 from every Israelite woman. 17 Every firstborn male in Israel, whether man or animal,6 is mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set them apart for myself.78 18 And I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons in Israel.9 19 Of all the Israelites, I have given the Levites as gifts to Aaron and his sons10 to do the work at the Tent of Meeting on behalf of the Israelites11 and to make atonement for them12 so that no plague will strike the Israelites when they go near the sanctuary."
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