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1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 Speak to Aaron and say to him: When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give 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 so; he set up its lamps to give light in front of the lampstand, as the Lord had commanded 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 Now this was how the lampstand was made, out of hammered work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was hammered work; according to the pattern that the Lord had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand. 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 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 5 The LORD said to Moses:
6 Take the Levites from among the Israelites and cleanse them. 6 "Take the Levites from among the other Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.
7 Thus you shall do to them, to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of purification on them, have them shave their whole body with a razor and wash their clothes, and so cleanse 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 Then let them take a young bull and its grain offering of choice flour mixed with oil, and you shall take another young bull for a sin 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 You shall bring the Levites before the tent of meeting, and assemble the whole congregation of the Israelites. 9 Bring the Levites to the front of the Tent of Meeting and assemble the whole Israelite community.
10 When you bring the Levites before the Lord, the Israelites shall lay their hands on the Levites, 10 You are to bring the Levites before the LORD, and the Israelites are to lay their hands on them.
11 and Aaron shall present the Levites before the Lord as an elevation offering from the Israelites, that they may do the service of the Lord. 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 The Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, and he shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the Lord, 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 you shall have the Levites stand before Aaron and his sons, and you shall present them as an elevation offering to the Lord. 13 Have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and then present them as a wave offering to the LORD.
14 Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the other Israelites, and the Levites shall be mine. 14 In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.
15 Thereafter the Levites may go in to do service at the tent of meeting, once you have cleansed them and presented them as an elevation offering. 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 For they are unreservedly given to me from among the Israelites; I have taken them for myself, in place of all that open the womb, the firstborn of all the Israelites. 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 For all the firstborn among the Israelites are mine, both human and animal. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I consecrated them for myself, 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 I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn among the Israelites. 18 And I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons in Israel.
19 Moreover, I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the Israelites, to do the service for the Israelites at the tent of meeting, and to make atonement for the Israelites, in order that there may be no plague among the Israelites for coming too close to 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 and Aaron and the whole congregation of the Israelites did with the Levites accordingly; the Israelites did with the Levites just as the Lord had commanded Moses concerning them. 20 Moses, Aaron and the whole Israelite community did with the Levites just as the LORD commanded Moses.
21 The Levites purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes; then Aaron presented them as an elevation offering before the Lord, and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse 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 Thereafter the Levites went in to do their service in the tent of meeting in attendance on Aaron and his sons. As the Lord had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did with them. 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 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 The LORD said to Moses,
24 This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall begin to do duty in the service of 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 and from the age of fifty years they shall retire from the duty of the service and serve no more. 25 but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer.
26 They may assist their brothers in the tent of meeting in carrying out their duties, but they shall perform no service. Thus you shall do with the Levites in assigning their duties. 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."