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Numbers 8 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Seven Lamps

1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to Aaron, and say to him: 'When you are setting up the lamps, the seven lamps will give light in front of the face of the lampstand.'" 3 And Aaron did so; he set up the lampstand in front of the face of its lamps, just as Yahweh commanded Moses. 4 And this [is] {how the lampstand was made},a a hammered-work of gold; from its base up to its blossom,b it [was] hammered-work according to the pattern that Yahweh showed Moses; so he made the lampstand.

Moses Consecrates the Levites

5 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 6 "Take the Levites from the midst of the {Israelites}c and purify them. 7 So you will do to them, to purify them: sprinkle on them waters of purification, and {they will shave their whole body}d and wash their garments. 8 And they will take a {young bull}e and its grain offering of finely milled flour mixed with oil, and you will take a second {young bull}f as a sin offering. 9 You will bring the Levites {before}g the tent of assembly, and you will summon the entire community of the {Israelites}.h 10 And you will bring the Levites {before Yahweh},i and the {Israelites}j will lay their hands on the Levites, 11 and {Aaron will offer}k the Levites [as] a wave offering {before Yahweh}l from the {Israelites},m and they will do the work of Yahweh. 12 And the Levites will lay their hands on the head of the one bull and offer [it] as a sin offering and the other one as a burnt offering to Yahweh, to make atonement for the Levites. 13 And you will present the Levites {before}n Aaron and {before}o his sons, and he {will offer}p them [as] a wave offering to Yahweh. 14 "And you will separate the Levites from the midst of the {Israelites},q and the Levites will be for me. 15 And after this the Levites will come to serve [at] the tent of assembly, and you will purify them, and you {will offer}r them [as] a wave offering. 16 For they [are] given to me exclusively from the midst of the {Israelites}.s I have taken them for myself in place of [the] firstborn of every womb, every firstborn from the {Israelites}.t 17 For every firstborn among the {Israelites}u [is] mine, both humankind and animal. On the day I destroyed every firstborn in the land of Egypt I consecrated them to me, 18 and I have taken the Levites in the place of every firstborn among the {Israelites}.v 19 And I have given the Levites; they are given to Aaron and his sons from the midst of the {Israelites}w to do the work of the {Israelites}x in the tent of the assembly and to make atonement for the {Israelites},y so a plague will not be among the {Israelites}z when the {Israelites}aa come near the sanctuary." 20 And Moses and Aaron and the entire community of the {Israelites}bb did to the Levites; everything that Yahweh commanded Moses concerning the Levites, the {Israelites}cc did to them. 21 And the Levites purified themselves, and they washed their garments, and {Aaron offered them}dd [as] a wave offering {before Yahweh};ee and Aaron made atonement for them to purify them. 22 After this the Levites came to do their work in the tent of assembly before Aaron and his sons. Just as Yahweh commanded Moses concerning the Levities, so they did to them. 23 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 24 "This [is] what is for the Levites: {those twenty-five years old}ff and above willgg come to help [with the] service in the work of the tent of assembly; 25 and {those fifty years old}hh willii return from the service of the work and will serve no longer. 26 Theyjj can attendkk their brothers in the tent of assembly to keep [their] responsibilities, but theyll will not do work. This is what you will do concerning the Levities and their responsibilities."
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