Now 1Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective2firepans, and after puttingfire in them, placedincense on it and offeredstrangefirebefore the LORD, which He had not commanded them.
23And firecame out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they diedbefore the LORD.
Then Mosessaid to Aaron, "It is what the LORDspoke, saying, 'By those who 4comenear Me I a5will be treated as holy, And beforeall the people I will 6be honored.' " So Aaron, therefore, keptsilent.
4Mosescalled also to 7Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Aaron'suncleUzziel, and said to them, "Comeforward, carry your brelativesaway from the front of the sanctuary to the outside of the camp."
So they cameforward and carried them still in their 8tunics to the outside of the camp, as Moses had said.
Then Mosessaid to Aaron and to his sonsEleazar and Ithamar, "9Do not cuncover your headsnortear your clothes, so that you will not die and that He will not 10becomewrathfulagainstall the congregation. But your dkinsmen, the wholehouse of Israel, shall bewail the burningwhich the LORD has ebrought about.
"You shall not even go out from the doorway of the tent of meeting, or you will die ; for 11the LORD'Sanointingoil is upon you." So they did according to the word of Moses.
The LORD then spoke to Aaron, saying,
"12Do not drinkwine or strongdrink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die -it is a perpetualstatute throughout your generations -
and 13so as to make a distinctionbetween the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean,
and 14so as to teach the sons of Israelall the statuteswhich the LORD has spoken to them throughMoses."
Then Mosesspoke to Aaron, and to his survivingsons, 15Eleazar and Ithamar, "16Take the grain offering that is leftover from the LORD'Sofferings by fire and eat it unleavenedbeside the altar, for it is mostholy.
"You shall eat it, moreover, in a holyplace, because it is your due and your sons'due out of the LORD'Sofferings by fire ; for thus I have been commanded.
"17The breast of the waveoffering, however, and the thigh of the offering you may eat in a cleanplace, 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 peaceofferings of the sons of Israel.
"18The thighoffered by lifting up and the breastoffered by waving they shall bringalong with the offerings by fire of the portions of fat, to present as a waveofferingbefore the LORD ; so it shall be a thingperpetuallydue you and your sons with you, just as the LORD has commanded."
But Mosessearchedcarefully for the 19goat of the sinoffering, and behold, it had been burned up! So he was angry with Aaron'ssurvivingsonsEleazar and Ithamar, saying,
17"Why20did you not eat the sinoffering at the holyplace ? For it is mostholy, and fHe gave it to you to bear away 21the guilt of the congregation, to makeatonement for them before the LORD.
18"Behold, 22since its blood had not been broughtinside, into the sanctuary, you should certainly have 23eaten it in the sanctuary, just as I commanded."
But Aaronspoke to Moses, "Behold, this very day they 24presented their sinoffering and their burntofferingbefore the LORD. When things like thesehappened to me, if I had eaten a sinoffering today, would it have been good in the sight of the LORD ?"
When Mosesheard that, it seemedgood in his sight.