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1 God spoke to Moses: 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Tell Aaron, Install the seven lamps so they will throw light in front of the Lampstand." 2 "Speak to Aaron and say to him, 'When you set up the seven lamps, they are to light the area in front of the lampstand.' "
3 Aaron did just that. He installed the lamps so they threw light in front of the Lampstand, as God had instructed Moses. 3 Aaron did so; he set up the lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand, just as the LORD commanded Moses.
4 The Lampstand was made of hammered gold from its stem to its petals. It was made precisely to the design God had shown Moses. Purifying the Levites 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.
5 God spoke to Moses: 5 The LORD said to Moses:
6 "Take the Levites from the midst of the People of Israel and purify them for doing God's work. 6 "Take the Levites from among the other Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.
7 This is the way you will do it: Sprinkle water of absolution on them; have them shave their entire bodies; have them scrub their clothes. Then they will have purified themselves. 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 purify themselves.
8 "Have them take a young bull with its accompanying Grain-Offering of fine flour mixed with oil, plus a second young bull for an Absolution-Offering. 8 Have them take a young bull with its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil; then you are to take a second young bull for a sin offering.
9 Bring the Levites to the front of the Tent of Meeting and gather the entire community of Israel. 9 Bring the Levites to the front of the Tent of Meeting and assemble the whole Israelite community.
10 Present the Levites before God as the People of Israel lay their hands on them. 10 You are to bring the Levites before the LORD, and the Israelites are to lay their hands on them.
11 Aaron will present the Levites before God as a Wave-Offering from the People of Israel so that they will be ready to do God's work. 11 Aaron is to present the Levites before the LORD as a wave offering from the Israelites, so that they may be ready to do the work of the LORD.
12 "Have the Levites place their hands on the heads of the bulls, selecting one for the Absolution-Offering and another for the Whole-Burnt-Offering to God to make atonement for the Levites. 12 "After the Levites lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, use the one for a sin offering to the LORD and the other for a burnt offering, to make atonement for the Levites.
13 Then have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and present them as a Wave-Offering to God. 13 Have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and then present them as a wave offering to the LORD.
14 This is the procedure for setting apart the Levites from the rest of the People of Israel; the Levites are exclusively for my use. 14 In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.
15 "After you have purified the Levites and presented them as a Wave-Offering to God, they can go to work in the Tent of Meeting. 15 "After you have purified the Levites and presented them as a wave offering, they are to come to do their work at the Tent of Meeting.
16 The Levites have been selected out of the People of Israel for my exclusive use; they function in place of every firstborn male born to an Israelite woman. 16 They are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to me. I have taken them as my own in place of the firstborn, the first male offspring from every Israelite woman.
17 Every firstborn male in Israel, animal or human, is set apart for my use. When I struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, I consecrated them for my holy uses. 17 Every firstborn male in Israel, whether man or animal, is mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set them apart for myself.
18 But now I take the Levites as stand-ins in place of every firstborn son in Israel, 18 And I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons in Israel.
19 selected out of the People of Israel, and I have given the Levites to Aaron and his sons to do all the work involved in the Tent of Meeting on behalf of all the People of Israel and to make atonement for them so that nothing bad will happen to them when they approach the Sanctuary." 19 Of all the Israelites, I have given the Levites as gifts to Aaron and his sons to do the work at the Tent of Meeting on behalf of the Israelites and to make atonement for them so that no plague will strike the Israelites when they go near the sanctuary."
20 Moses, Aaron, and the entire community of the People of Israel carried out these procedures with the Levites, just as God had commanded Moses. 20 Moses, Aaron and the whole Israelite community did with the Levites just as the LORD commanded Moses.
21 The Levites purified themselves and scrubbed their clothes. Then Aaron presented them as a Wave-Offering before God and made atonement for them to purify them. 21 The Levites purified themselves and washed their clothes. Then Aaron presented them as a wave offering before the LORD and made atonement for them to purify them.
22 Only then did the Levites go to work at the Tent of Meeting. Aaron and his sons supervised them following the directions God had given. 22 After that, the Levites came to do their work at the Tent of Meeting under the supervision of Aaron and his sons. They did with the Levites just as the LORD commanded Moses.
23 God spoke to Moses: 23 The LORD said to Moses,
24 "These are your instructions regarding the Levites: At the age of twenty-five they will join the work force in the Tent of Meeting; 24 "This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the Tent of Meeting,
25 at the age of fifty they must retire from the work. 25 but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer.
26 They can assist their brothers in the tasks in the Tent of Meeting, but they are not permitted to do the actual work themselves. These are the ground rules for the work of the Levites." 26 They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the Tent of Meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites."