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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Numbers 8:1–9:21

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The Seven Lamps

1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

2 “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you 1mount the lamps, the seven lamps will agive light in the front of the lampstand.’ ”

3 Aaron therefore did so; he 1mounted its lamps at the front of the lampstand, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

4 aNow this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammered work of gold; from its base to its flowers it was hammered work; baccording to the pattern which the Lord had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.

Cleansing the Levites

5 Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

6 “Take the Levites from among the sons of Israel and acleanse them.

7 “Thus you shall do to them, for their 1cleansing: sprinkle 2purifying awater on them, and let them 3buse a razor over their whole 4body and cwash their clothes, and they will be clean.

8 “Then let them take a 1bull with aits grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil; and a second 1bull you shall take for a sin offering.

9 “So ayou shall present the Levites before the tent of meeting. bYou shall also assemble the whole congregation of the sons of Israel,

10 and present the Levites before the Lord; and the sons of Israel ashall lay their hands on the Levites.

11 “Aaron then shall 1present the Levites before the Lord as a awave offering from the sons of Israel, that they may 2qualify to perform the service of the Lord.

12 “Now athe Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls; then offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the Lord, to make atonement for the Levites.

13 “You shall have the Levites stand before Aaron and before his sons so as to present them as a wave offering to the Lord.

14 “Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the sons of Israel, and athe Levites shall be Mine.

15 “Then after that the Levites may go in to serve the tent of meeting. But you shall cleanse them and apresent them as a wave offering;

16 for they are awholly given to Me from among the sons of Israel. I have taken them for Myself binstead of every first issue of the womb, the firstborn of all the sons of Israel.

17 “For aevery firstborn among the sons of Israel is Mine, among the men and among the animals; on the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself.

18 “But I have taken the Levites instead of every firstborn among the sons of Israel.

19 “aI have given the Levites as 1a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the sons of Israel, to perform the service of the sons of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement on behalf of the sons of Israel, so that there will be no bplague among the sons of Israel by 2their coming near to the sanctuary.”

20 Thus did Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the sons of Israel to the Levites; according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so the sons of Israel did to them.

21 aThe Levites, too, purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes; and Aaron presented them as a wave offering before the Lord. Aaron also made atonement for them to cleanse them.

22 Then after that the Levites went in to perform their service in the tent of meeting before Aaron and before his sons; just as the Lord had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them.

Retirement

23 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

24 “This is what applies to the Levites: from atwenty-five years old and upward 1they shall enter to perform service in the work of the tent of meeting.

25 “But at the age of fifty years they shall 1retire from service in the work and not work any more.

26 “They may, however, 1assist their brothers in the tent of meeting, ato keep an obligation, but they themselves shall do no work. Thus you shall deal with the Levites concerning their obligations.”

Chapter 9

The Passover

1 Thus the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in athe first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying,

2 “Now, let the sons of Israel observe the Passover at aits appointed time.

3 “On the fourteenth day of this month, 1at twilight, you shall observe it at its appointed time; you shall observe it according to all its statutes and according to all its ordinances.”

4 So Moses 1told the sons of Israel to observe the Passover.

5 aThey observed the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, in the wilderness of Sinai; baccording to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the sons of Israel did.

6 But there were some men who were aunclean because of the 1dead person, so that they could not observe Passover on that day; so bthey came before Moses and Aaron on that day.

7 Those men said to him, “Though we are unclean because of the 1dead person, why are we restrained from presenting the offering of the Lord at its appointed time among the sons of Israel?”

8 Moses therefore said to them, “1aWait, and I will listen to what the Lord will command concerning you.”

9 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

10 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If any one of you or of your generations becomes unclean because of a dead 1person, or is on a distant journey, he may, however, observe the Passover to the Lord.

11 ‘In the second month on the afourteenth day at twilight, they shall observe it; they bshall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

12 ‘They ashall leave none of it until morning, bnor break a bone of it; according to all the statute of the Passover they shall observe it.

13 ‘aBut the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and yet 1neglects to observe the Passover, that 2person shall then be cut off from his people, for he did not present the offering of the Lord at its appointed time. That man bwill bear his sin.

14 ‘aIf an alien sojourns among you and 1observes the Passover to the Lord, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its ordinance, so he shall do; you shall have bone statute, both for the alien and for the native of the land.’ ”

The Cloud on the Tabernacle

15 Now on athe day that the tabernacle was erected bthe cloud covered the tabernacle, the ctent of the testimony, and din the evening it was like the appearance of fire over the tabernacle, until morning.

16 So it was continuously; athe cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

17 aWhenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterward the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel would camp.

18 At the 1command of the Lord the sons of Israel would set out, and at the 1command of the Lord they would camp; aas long as the cloud settled over the tabernacle, they remained camped.

19 Even when the cloud lingered over the tabernacle for many days, 1the sons of Israel would keep the Lord’s charge and not set out.

20 If 1sometimes the cloud remained a few days over the tabernacle, aaccording to the 2command of the Lord they remained camped. Then according to the 2command of the Lord they set out.

21 If 1sometimes the cloud 2remained from evening until morning, when the cloud was lifted in the morning, they would move out; or if it remained in the daytime and at night, whenever the cloud was lifted, they would set out.

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