Setting Up the Lamps

1 The LORD said to Moses,
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      2 “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.’ ”
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      3 Aaron did so; he set up the lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand, just as the LORD commanded Moses.
      4 This is how the lampstand was made: It was made of hammered gold—from its base to its blossoms. The lampstand was made exactly like the pattern the LORD had shown Moses.
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          The Setting Apart of the Levites

          5 The LORD said to Moses:
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              6 “Take the Levites from among all the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.
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              7 To purify them, do this: Sprinkle the water of cleansing on them; then have them shave their whole bodies and wash their clothes. And so they will purify themselves.
              8 Have them take a young bull with its grain offering of the finest flour mixed with olive oil; then you are to take a second young bull for a sin offering.a
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                • s 8:8 - Or "purification offering" ; also in verse 12
                  9 Bring the Levites to the front of the tent of meeting and assemble the whole Israelite community.
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