Numbers 8:3-13 NIV

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 gold1--from its base to its blossoms. The lampstand was made exactly like the pattern2 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 the other Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.3

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          7 To purify them, do this: Sprinkle the water of cleansing4 on them; then have them shave their whole bodies5 and wash their clothes,6 and so purify themselves.7

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          8 Have them take a young bull with its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil;8 then you are to take a second young bull for a sin offering.9

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          9 Bring the Levites to the front of the Tent of Meeting10 and assemble the whole Israelite community.11

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          10 You are to bring the Levites before the LORD, and the Israelites are to lay their hands on them.12

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          11 Aaron is to present the Levites before the LORD as a wave offering13 from the Israelites, so that they may be ready to do the work of the LORD.

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          12 "After the Levites lay their hands on the heads of the bulls,14 use the one for a sin offering15 to the LORD and the other for a burnt offering,16 to make atonement17 for the Levites.

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          13 Have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and then present them as a wave offering18 to the LORD.

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