Then the LORDspoke to Moses, saying,
2"Speak to Aaron and say to him, 'When you amount the lamps, the sevenlamps will 1givelight in the front of the lampstand.' "
3Aaron therefore didso; he bmounted its lamps at the front of the lampstand, just as the LORD had commandedMoses.
42Now this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammeredwork of gold; from its base to its flowers it was hammeredwork; 3according to the patternwhich the LORD had showedMoses, so he made the lampstand.
Again the LORDspoke to Moses, saying,
6"Take the Levites from among the sons of Israel and 4cleanse them.
7"Thus you shall do to them, for their ccleansing: sprinkle dpurifying5water on them, and let them e6use a razorover their wholefbody and 7wash their clothes, and they will be clean.
"Then let them take a gbull with 8its grain offering, fineflourmixed with oil; and a secondhbull you shall take for a sinoffering.
"So 9you shall present the Levitesbefore the tent of meeting. 10You shall also assemble the wholecongregation of the sons of Israel,
and present the Levitesbefore the LORD; and the sons of Israel11shall lay their hands on the Levites.
11"Aaron then shall ipresent the Levitesbefore the LORD as a 12waveoffering from the sons of Israel, that they may jqualify to perform the service of the LORD.
"Now 13the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls; then offer the one for a sinoffering and the other for a burntoffering to the LORD, to makeatonement for the Levites.
"You shall have the LevitesstandbeforeAaron and before his sons so as to present them as a waveoffering to the LORD.
"Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the sons of Israel, and 14the Levites shall be Mine.
"Then after that the Levites may go in to serve the tent of meeting. But you shall cleanse them and 15present them as a waveoffering;
for they are 16whollygiven to Me from among the sons of Israel. I have taken them for Myself 17instead of everyfirstissue of the womb, the firstborn of all the sons of Israel.
"For 18everyfirstborn among the sons of Israel is Mine, among the men and among the animals; on the day that I struckdownall the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself.
"But I have taken the Levitesinstead of everyfirstborn among the sons of Israel.
"19I have given the Levites as ka gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the sons of Israel, to perform the service of the sons of Israel at the tent of meeting and to makeatonement on behalf of the sons of Israel, so that there will be no20plague among the sons of Israel by ltheir comingnear to the sanctuary."
Thus didMoses and Aaron and all the congregation of the sons of Israel to the Levites; according to all that the LORD had commandedMoses concerning the Levites, so the sons of Israeldid to them.
2121The Levites, too, purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes; and Aaronpresented them as a waveofferingbefore the LORD. Aaron also madeatonement for them to cleanse them.
Then after that the Leviteswent in to perform their service in the tent of meetingbeforeAaron and before his sons; just as the LORD had commandedMosesconcerning the Levites, so they did to them.
Now the LORDspoke to Moses, saying,
24"This is what applies to the Levites: from 22twenty-fiveyearsold and upwardmthey shall enter to performservice in the work of the tent of meeting.
"But at the age of fiftyyears they shall nretire from service in the work and not workanymore.
"They may, however, oassist their brothers in the tent of meeting, 23to keep an obligation, but they themselves shall donowork. Thus you shall deal with the Levites concerning their obligations."