Numbers 8:5-26 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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5 The Lord spoke to Moses: 5 The LORD said to Moses:
6 "Take the Levites from among the Israelites and ceremonially cleanse them. 6 "Take the Levites from among the other Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.
7 This is what you must do to them for their purification: Sprinkle them with the purification water. Have them shave their entire bodies and wash their clothes, and so purify 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 "They are to take a young bull and its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, and you are to take a second 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 Bring the Levites before the tent of meeting and assemble the entire Israelite community. 9 Bring the Levites to the front of the Tent of Meeting and assemble the whole Israelite community.
10 Then present the Levites before the Lord, and have the Israelites 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 is to present the Levites before the Lord as a presentation offering from the Israelites, so that they may perform the Lord'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 Next the Levites are to lay their hands on the heads of the bulls. Sacrifice one as a sin offering and the other as 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 "You are to have the Levites stand before Aaron and his sons, and you are to present them before the Lord as a presentation offering. 13 Have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and then present them as a wave offering to the LORD.
14 In this way you are to separate the Levites from the rest of the Israelites so that the Levites will belong to Me. 14 In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.
15 After that the Levites may come to serve [at] the tent of meeting, once you have ceremonially cleansed them and presented them as a presentation 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 have been exclusively assigned to Me from the Israelites. I have taken them for Myself in place of all who come first from the womb, every Israelite firstborn. 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 every firstborn among the Israelites is Mine, both man and animal. I consecrated them to Myself on the day I struck down every firstborn in the land of Egypt. 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 every firstborn among the Israelites. 18 And I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons in Israel.
19 From the Israelites, I have given the Levites exclusively to Aaron and his sons to perform the work for the Israelites at the tent of meeting and to make atonement on their behalf, so that no plague will come against the Israelites 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 Israelite community did [this] to the Levites. The Israelites did everything to them the Lord commanded Moses regarding the Levites. 20 Moses, Aaron and the whole Israelite community did with the Levites just as the LORD commanded Moses.
21 The Levites purified themselves and washed their clothes; then Aaron presented them before the Lord as a presentation offering. Aaron also made atonement for them to ceremonially 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 After that, the Levites came to do their work at the tent of meeting in the presence of Aaron and his sons. So they did to them as the Lord had commanded Moses concerning the Levites. 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: 23 The LORD said to Moses,
24 "In regard to the Levites: From 25 years old or more, a man enters the service in the work at 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 But at 50 years old he is to retire from his service in the work and no longer serve. 25 but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer.
26 He may assist his brothers to fulfill responsibilities at the tent of meeting, but he must not do the work. This is how you are to deal with the Levites regarding 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."