Numbers 18

CHAPTER 18

Aaron and His Sons Officiate

And the  lord said to Aaron, You and your sons, and the house of your father with you shall take the sins associated with the holies; and you and your sons with you shall take the sins associated with your priesthood. And your brethren the tribe of Levi, the people of your father, you lead them to yourself, and let them be added to you, and let them officiate to you! even you and your sons with you before the tent of the testimony. And they shall guard your watches, and the watches of the tent; except for the items of the holies and for the altar they shall not draw near, so that they shall not die, even these and you. And they shall be added to you, and shall guard the watches of the tent of the testimony, concerning all the ministrations of the tent. And the foreigner shall not draw near to you. And you shall guard the watches of the holy places, and the watches of the altar. And there shall not be yet rage among the sons of Israel. And behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from the midst of the sons of Israel as a gift being given to the  lord, to officiate the ministrations of the tent of the testimony. And you and your sons after you shall observe your priesthood according to every manner of the altar, and the thing within the veil; and you shall officiate the ministrations as a gift of your priesthood. And the foreigner going to it shall die. And the  lord spoke to Aaron, And behold, I give to you the preservation of my first-fruits of all the things having been sanctified by the sons of Israel. To you I give them as an honor, and to your sons [2law 1for an eternal]. And let this be to you from the [2having been sanctified 1holy things] of the yield offerings, from all their gifts, and from all their sacrifices, and from all their trespass offerings, and from all their sin offerings! as many as they give back to me of all of the holy things, it shall be to you and to your sons. 10 In the holy of the holies, you eat them! Let every male eat them! They shall be holy to you. 11 And this will be to you of the first-fruits of their gifts, from all the increase offerings of the sons of Israel. To you I have given them, and to your sons, and to your daughters after you -- [2law 1an eternal]. Every clean person in your house shall eat them. 12 Every first-fruit of olive oil, and every first-fruit of wine, and [2of grain 1of their first-fruit], as many things as they should give to the  lord, to you I have given them. 13 [2the 3first produce 1All], as many things as are in their land, as many things as they should bring to the  lord, it will be yours; every clean person in your house shall eat them. 14 Every thing being devoted to consumption by the sons of Israel shall be to you. 15 And every thing opening wide the womb of all flesh, as many things as they offer to the  lord, from man unto beast, it will be to you; only with ransoms you shall ransom the first-born of men; and the first-born of the [2cattle 1unclean] you shall ransom. 16 And the ransoming of him from a month old -- the price is five shekels, according to the [2shekel 1holy] -- twenty oboli they are worth. 17 Except the first-born of calves, and the first-born of sheep, and the first-born of goats you shall not ransom, [2holy 1they are]. And their blood you shall pour upon the altar, and the fat you shall offer as a yield offering for a scent of pleasant aroma to the  lord. 18 And the meats will be yours, as also the breast of the increase offering. And accordingly the [2shoulder 1right] will be yours. 19 Every cut-away portion of the holy things, as many things as [4should remove 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to the  lord, to you I have given, and to your sons, and to your daughters after you -- [2law 1an eternal]. [2covenant 3of salt 1It is an eternal] before the  lord to you and to your seed after you. 20 And the  lord spoke to Aaron, In their land you shall not be an heir, and a portion shall not be to you among them; for I am your portion and your inheritance in the midst of the sons of Israel. 21 And to the sons of Levi, behold, I have given every tenth part in Israel by lot for their ministrations, as much as they shall officiate the ministration in the tent of the testimony. 22 And [4shall not 5come forward 6still 1the 2sons 3of Israel] into the tent of the testimony, so as to take on sin causing death. 23 And [4shall officiate 1the 2Levite 3himself] the ministration of the tent of the testimony; and they shall take their sins. [2law 1It is an eternal] into their generations. And in the midst of the sons of Israel they shall not be an heir of an inheritance, 24 for the tenth parts of the sons of Israel, as many things as they should separate to the  lord, a cut-away portion I give to the Levites by lot. On account of this I have said to them, Among the midst of the sons of Israel they shall not be an heir of a lot. 25 And the  lord spoke to Moses, saying, 26 And to the Levites you shall speak, and you shall say to them, If you should take from the sons of Israel the tenth part, which I have given to you from them for a lot, then you shall remove to yourselves from it a cut-away portion to the  lord, a tenth of the tenth part. 27 And [2shall be considered 3for you 1your cut-away portions] as grain from the threshing-floor, and as a cut-away portion from the wine-vat. 28 So you shall remove, even you yourselves, from all the cut-away portions of the  lord, from all your tenth parts; as many things as you should take from the sons of Israel; and you shall give of them a cut-away portion to the  lord, through Aaron the priest. 29 From all your gifts you shall remove a cut-away portion to the  lord, from all the first-fruits having been sanctified of it. 30 And you shall say to them, Whenever you should remove the first-fruit from it, then shall it be considered the Levites as produce from the threshing-floor, and as produce from the wine-vat. 31 And you shall eat it in any place, you and your households; for [3the wage 1this 4to you 2is] for your ministrations of the things in the tent of the testimony. 32 And you shall not take [2because of 3it 1sin], in that you should remove the first-fruit from it. And the holy things of the sons of Israel you shall not profane, that you should not die.
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