Leviticus 10

The Sin of Nadab and Abihu

Now a Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective b firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the  Lord, which He had not commanded them. c And fire came out from the presence of the  Lord and consumed them, and they died before the  Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the  Lord spoke, saying, ‘By those who d come near Me I
Or will show Myself holy
f will be treated as holy,
And before all the people I will g be honored.’”
So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.

Moses called also to h Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and said to them, “Come forward, carry your
Lit brothers
relatives away from the front of the sanctuary to the outside of the camp.”
So they came forward and carried them still in their j tunics to the outside of the camp, as Moses had said. Then Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar k “Do not
Lit unbind
uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, so that you will not die and that He will not m become wrathful against all the congregation. But your
Lit brothers
kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, shall bewail the burning which the  Lord has
Lit burned
brought about.
You shall not even go out from the doorway of the tent of meeting, or you will die; for p the  Lord’s anointing oil is upon you.” So they did according to the word of Moses.

The  Lord then spoke to Aaron, saying, q Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not dieit is a perpetual statute throughout your generations 10 and r so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean, 11 and s so as to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the  Lord has spoken to them through Moses.”

12 Then Moses spoke to Aaron, and to his surviving sons t Eleazar and Ithamar u Take the grain offering that is left over from the  Lord’s offerings by fire and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy. 13 You shall eat it, moreover, in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons’ due out of the  Lord’s offerings by fire; for thus I have been commanded. 14  v The breast of the wave offering, however, and the thigh of the offering you may eat in a clean place, you and your sons and your daughters with you; for they have been given as your due and your sons’ due out of the sacrifices of the peace offerings of the sons of Israel. 15  w The thigh offered by lifting up and the breast offered by waving they shall bring along with the offerings by fire of the portions of fat, to present as a wave offering before the  Lord; so it shall be a thing perpetually due you and your sons with you, just as the  Lord has commanded.”

16 But Moses searched carefully for the x goat of the sin offering, and behold, it had been burned up! So he was angry with Aaron’s surviving sons Eleazar and Ithamar, saying, 17 Why y did you not eat the sin offering at the holy place? For it is most holy, and
Or was given
He gave it to you to bear away aa the guilt of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the  Lord.
18 Behold, ab since its blood had not been brought inside, into the sanctuary, you should certainly have ac eaten it in the sanctuary, just as I commanded.” 19 But Aaron spoke to Moses, “Behold, this very day they ad presented their sin offering and their burnt offering before the  Lord. When things like these happened to me, if I had eaten a sin offering today, would it have been good in the sight of the  Lord?” 20 When Moses heard that, it seemed good in his sight.
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