Leviticus 10:8-11

8 Then the LORD said to Aaron,
9 “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come,
10 so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean,
11 and so you can teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses.”

Leviticus 10:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying,
ESV
8 And the LORD spoke to Aaron, saying,
NLT
8 Then the LORD said to Aaron,
MSG
8 God instructed Aaron,
CSB
8 The Lord spoke to Aaron:

Leviticus 10:8-11 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO LEVITICUS 10

This chapter begins with the sin and punishment of two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Le 10:1-5 for whose death Aaron and his sons are commanded not to mourn, nor to depart from the tabernacle, Le 10:6,7 and an order is given, prohibiting the priests from drinking wine when they went into it, Le 10:8-11 the law of eating holy things, both those that were more, and those that were less holy, is enjoined, Le 10:12-15 and the flesh of the sin offering not being eaten, but burnt, Aaron's sons are blamed for it, for which he makes an apology to the satisfaction of Moses, Le 10:16-20.

Leviticus 10:8-11 In-Context

6 Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not let your hair become unkempt and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the LORD will be angry with the whole community. But your relatives, all the Israelites, may mourn for those the LORD has destroyed by fire.
7 Do not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting or you will die, because the LORD’s anointing oil is on you.” So they did as Moses said.
8 Then the LORD said to Aaron,
9 “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come,
10 so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean,
11 and so you can teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses.”
12 Moses said to Aaron and his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, “Take the grain offering left over from the food offerings prepared without yeast and presented to the LORD and eat it beside the altar, for it is most holy.
13 Eat it in the sanctuary area, because it is your share and your sons’ share of the food offerings presented to the LORD; for so I have been commanded.

Cross References 6

  • 1. Genesis 9:21; Exodus 29:40; Leviticus 23:13; Numbers 15:5; Deuteronomy 28:39; Isaiah 5:22; Isaiah 22:13; Isaiah 28:1; Isaiah 29:9; Isaiah 56:12; Jeremiah 35:6; Hosea 4:11; Habakkuk 2:15-16
  • 2. Numbers 6:3; Numbers 28:7; Deuteronomy 14:26; Deuteronomy 29:6; Judges 13:4; Proverbs 20:1; Proverbs 23:29-35; Proverbs 31:4-7; Isa Numbers 28:7; Ezekiel 44:21; Micah 2:11; Luke 1:15; S Ephesians 5:18; 1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7
  • 3. S Exodus 12:14
  • 4. S Genesis 7:2; S Leviticus 6:27; Leviticus 14:57; Leviticus 11:47; Leviticus 20:25; Ezekiel 22:26
  • 5. 2 Chronicles 15:3; 2 Chronicles 17:7; Ezra 7:25; Nehemiah 8:7; Malachi 2:7
  • 6. Deuteronomy 17:10,11; Deuteronomy 24:8; Deuteronomy 25:1; Deuteronomy 33:10; Proverbs 4:27; Haggai 2:11; Malachi 2:7
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