Numbers 3:7-17 (New International Version)

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7 They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community1 at the Tent of Meeting by doing the work2 of the tabernacle. 8 They are to take care of all the furnishings of the Tent of Meeting, fulfilling the obligations of the Israelites by doing the work of the tabernacle. 9 Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons;3 they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him.a 10 Appoint Aaron4 and his sons to serve as priests;5 anyone else who approaches the sanctuary must be put to death."6 11 The LORD also said to Moses, 12 "I have taken the Levites7 from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring8 of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine,9 13 for all the firstborn are mine.10 When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether man or animal. They are to be mine. I am the LORD."11 14 The LORD said to Moses in the Desert of Sinai,12 15 "Count13 the Levites by their families and clans. Count every male a month old or more."14 16 So Moses counted them, as he was commanded by the word of the LORD. 17 These were the names of the sons of Levi:15 Gershon,16 Kohath17 and Merari.18
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