So the LORDsaid to Aaron, "You and your sons and your father'shousehold with you shall 1bear the guiltain connection with the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the guiltbin connection with your priesthood.
"But bring with you also your brothers, the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, that they may be 2joined with you and serve you, while you and your sons with you are before the tent of the testimony.
"And they shall thus attend to your obligation and the obligation of all the tent, but 3they shall not comenear to the furnishings of the sanctuary and 4the altar, orboth they and you will die.
"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 coutsider may not comenear you.
"So you shall attend to the 5obligations of the sanctuary and the obligations of the altar, 6so that there will nolonger be wrath on the sons of Israel.
6"Behold, I Myself7have taken your dfellowLevites from among the sons of Israel ; they are 8a gift to you, ededicated to the LORD, to perform the service for the tent of meeting.
"But you and your sons with you shall 9attend to your priesthood for everythingconcerning the altar and inside the veil, and you are to performservice. I am giving you the priesthood as 10a fbestowedservice, but 11the goutsider who comesnear shall be put to death."
Then the LORDspoke to Aaron, "Now behold, I Myself have given you charge of My h12offerings, 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 perpetualallotment.
9"This shall be yours from the mostholy gifts reserved from the fire ; everyoffering of theirs, even 13every grain offering and every14sinoffering and everyguiltoffering, which they shall render to Me, shall be mostholy for you and for your sons.
"As the mostholy gifts you shall eat it; everymale shall eat it. It shall be holy to you.
11"This also is yours, 15the offering of their gift, even all the waveofferings of the sons of Israel ; I have 16given them to you and to your sons and daughters with you as a perpetualallotment. Everyone of your household who is clean may eat it.
"17All the ibest of the freshoil and all the jbest of the freshwine and of the grain, the firstfruits of those which they give to the LORD, I give them to you.
"18The firstripefruits 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.
"19Everydevotedthing in Israel shall be yours.
"k20Everyfirstissue of the womb of allflesh, whether man or animal, which they offer to the LORD, shall be yours; nevertheless the firstborn of man you shall surelyredeem, and the firstborn of uncleananimals you shall redeem.
"As to their redemptionprice, from a monthold you shall redeem them, by your valuation, fivelshekels in silver, according to the mshekel of the sanctuary, which is twentygerahs.
"But 21the firstborn of an oxor the firstborn of a sheepor the firstborn of a goat, you shall not redeem ; they are holy. 22You shall sprinkle their blood on the altar and shall offer up their fat in smoke as an offering by fire, for a soothingaroma to the LORD.
"Their nmeat shall be yours; it shall be yours like the 23breast of a waveoffering and like the rightthigh.
"24All the offerings of the holy gifts, which the sons of Israeloffer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and your daughters with you, as a perpetualallotment. It is 25an everlastingcovenant of saltbefore the LORD to you and your odescendants with you."
Then the LORDsaid to Aaron, "26You shall have noinheritance in their landnorown any portionamong them; 27I am your portion and your inheritanceamong the sons of Israel.
"To the sons of Levi, behold, I have givenall the 28tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their servicewhich they perform, the service of the tent of meeting.
"29The sons of Israel shall not comenear the tent of meetingagain, or they will bearsin and die.
"Only the Levites shall perform the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall 30bear their iniquity ; it shall be a perpetualstatute throughout your generations, and among the sons of Israel31they shall havenoinheritance.
"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, '32They shall havenoinheritanceamong the sons of Israel.' "
Then the LORDspoke to Moses, saying,
"Moreover, you shall speak to the Levites and say to them, 'When you take from the sons of Israel33the tithewhich I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present an offering from it to the LORD, a 34tithe of the tithe.
'Your offering shall be reckoned to you as the grain from the threshingfloor or the fullproduce from the winevat.
28'So you shall alsopresent an offering to the LORD from your tithes, which you receive from the sons of Israel ; and from it you shall give the LORD'Soffering to Aaron the priest.
'Out of all your gifts you shall presenteveryoffering due to the LORD, from all the pbest of them, qthe sacredpart from them.'
"You shall say to them, 'When you have roffered from it the best of it, then the rest shall be reckoned to the Levites as the product of the threshingfloor, and as the product of the winevat.
'You may eat it anywhere , you and your households, for it is your compensation in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
'You will bearnosin by reason of it when you have soffered the tbest of it. But you shall not 35profane the sacredgifts of the sons of Israel, or you will die.' "