Then the LORD said to Aaron, "I myself have put you in charge of the offerings presented to me; all the holy offerings the Israelites give me I give to you and your sons as your portion1 and regular share.29
You are to have the part of the most holy offerings3 that is kept from the fire. From all the gifts they bring me as most holy offerings, whether grain4 or sin5 or guilt offerings,6 that part belongs to you and your sons.
Eat it as something most holy; every male shall eat it.7 You must regard it as holy.811
"This also is yours: whatever is set aside from the gifts of all the wave offerings9 of the Israelites. I give this to you and your sons and daughters as your regular share.10 Everyone in your household who is ceremonially clean11 may eat it.
"I give you all the finest olive oil and all the finest new wine and grain12 they give the LORD13 as the firstfruits of their harvest.1413
All the land's firstfruits that they bring to the LORD will be yours.15 Everyone in your household who is ceremonially clean may eat it.1614
"Everything in Israel that is devoteda to the LORD17 is yours.
The first offspring of every womb, both man and animal, that is offered to the LORD is yours.18 But you must redeem19 every firstborn20 son and every firstborn male of unclean animals.2116
When they are a month old,22 you must redeem them at the redemption price set at five shekelsb23 of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel,24 which weighs twenty gerahs.2517
"But you must not redeem the firstborn of an ox, a sheep or a goat; they are holy.26 Sprinkle their blood27 on the altar and burn their fat28 as an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.2918
Their meat is to be yours, just as the breast of the wave offering30 and the right thigh are yours.3119
Whatever is set aside from the holy32 offerings the Israelites present to the LORD I give to you and your sons and daughters as your regular share. It is an everlasting covenant of salt33 before the LORD for both you and your offspring."
The LORD said to Aaron, "You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them;34 I am your share and your inheritance35 among the Israelites.
"I give to the Levites all the tithes36 in Israel as their inheritance37 in return for the work they do while serving at the Tent of Meeting.3822
From now on the Israelites must not go near the Tent of Meeting, or they will bear the consequences of their sin and will die.3923
It is the Levites who are to do the work at the Tent of Meeting and bear the responsibility for offenses against it. This is a lasting ordinance40 for the generations to come.41 They will receive no inheritance42 among the Israelites.4324
Instead, I give to the Levites as their inheritance the tithes that the Israelites present as an offering to the LORD.44 That is why I said concerning them: 'They will have no inheritance among the Israelites.' "
The LORD said to Moses,
"Speak to the Levites and say to them: 'When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you45 as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the LORD's offering.4627
Your offering will be reckoned47 to you as grain from the threshing floor48 or juice from the winepress.4928
In this way you also will present an offering to the LORD from all the tithes50 you receive from the Israelites. From these tithes you must give the LORD's portion to Aaron the priest.
You must present as the LORD's portion the best and holiest part of everything given to you.'
"Say to the Levites: 'When you present the best part, it will be reckoned to you as the product of the threshing floor or the winepress.5131
You and your households may eat the rest of it anywhere, for it is your wages for your work at the Tent of Meeting.5232
By presenting the best part53 of it you will not be guilty in this matter;54 then you will not defile the holy offerings55 of the Israelites, and you will not die.' "