Numbers 8 (New American Standard)

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The Seven Lamps

1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to Aaron and say to him, 'When you amount the lamps, the seven lamps will 1give light in the front of the lampstand.' " 3 Aaron therefore did so; he bmounted its lamps at the front of the lampstand, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. 4 2Now this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammered work of gold; from its base to its flowers it was hammered work; 3according to the pattern which the LORD had showed Moses, so he made the lampstand.

Cleansing the Levites

5 Again the LORD spoke 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 dpurifying 5water on them, and let them e6use a razor over their whole fbody and 7wash their clothes, and they will be clean. 8 "Then let them take a gbull with 8its grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil; and a second hbull you shall take for a sin offering. 9 "So 9you shall present the Levites before the tent of meeting. 10You shall also assemble the whole congregation of the sons of Israel, 10 and present the Levites before the LORD; and the sons of Israel 11shall lay their hands on the Levites. 11 "Aaron then shall ipresent the Levites before the LORD as a 12wave offering from the sons of Israel, that they may jqualify to perform the service of the LORD. 12 "Now 13the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls; then offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the LORD, to make atonement for the Levites. 13 "You shall have the Levites stand before Aaron and before his sons so as to present them as a wave offering to the LORD. 14 "Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the sons of Israel, and 14the Levites shall be Mine. 15 "Then after that the Levites may go in to serve the tent of meeting. But you shall cleanse them and 15present them as a wave offering; 16 for they are 16wholly given to Me from among the sons of Israel. I have taken them for Myself 17instead of every first issue of the womb, the firstborn of all the sons of Israel. 17 "For 18every firstborn among the sons of Israel is Mine, among the men and among the animals; on the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself. 18 "But I have taken the Levites instead of every firstborn among the sons of Israel. 19 "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 make atonement on behalf of the sons of Israel, so that there will be no 20plague among the sons of Israel by ltheir coming near to the sanctuary." 20 Thus did Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the sons of Israel to the Levites; according to all that the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so the sons of Israel did to them. 21 21The Levites, too, purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes; and Aaron presented them as a wave offering before the LORD. Aaron also made atonement for them to cleanse them. 22 Then after that the Levites went in to perform their service in the tent of meeting before Aaron and before his sons; just as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them.

Retirement

23 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 "This is what applies to the Levites: from 22twenty-five years old and upward mthey shall enter to perform service in the work of the tent of meeting. 25 "But at the age of fifty years they shall nretire from service in the work and not work any more. 26 "They may, however, oassist their brothers in the tent of meeting, 23to keep an obligation, but they themselves shall do no work. Thus you shall deal with the Levites concerning their obligations."
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