The Levites purified themselves and washed their clothes.1 Then Aaron presented them as a wave offering before the LORD and made atonement2 for them to purify them.322
After that, the Levites came to do their work4 at the Tent of Meeting under the supervision of Aaron and his sons. They did with the Levites just as the LORD commanded Moses.
The LORD said to Moses,
"This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years old or more5 shall come to take part in the work at the Tent of Meeting,625
but at the age of fifty,7 they must retire from their regular service and work no longer.
They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the Tent of Meeting, but they themselves must not do the work.8 This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites."