24 The Lord spoke to Moses. He said, 2“Command the people of Israel to bring you clear oil that is made from pressed olives. Use it to keep the lamps burning and giving light all the time.
3“Aaron must take care of the lamps in my sight from evening until morning all the time. That is a law that will last for all time to come. The lamps are outside the curtain that is in front of the tablets of the covenant in the Tent of Meeting. 4The lamps are on the pure gold lampstand in front of me. They must be taken care of all the time.
5“Get fine flour and bake 12 loaves of bread. Use 16 cups of flour for each loaf. 6Place them in two rows. Put six loaves in each row on the table that is made out of pure gold. The table stands in front of me.
7“Along each row put some pure incense. It will remind you that all good things come from me. Burn the incense in place of the bread. The incense is an offering that is made to me with fire.
8“The bread must be set out in front of me regularly. Do it every Sabbath day. It will be Israel’s duty to provide it for all time to come.
9“The bread belongs to Aaron and his sons. They must eat it in a holy place. It is a very holy part of their regular share of the offerings that are made to me with fire.”
A Person Who Speaks Evil Is Put to Death
10There was a man who had an Israelite mother. His father was born in Egypt. The man went out among the people of Israel. A fight broke out in the camp between him and an Israelite. 11The son of the Israelite woman spoke evil things against the Lord by using a curse. So the people brought him to Moses. The name of the man’s mother was Shelomith. She was the daughter of Dibri. Dibri was from the tribe of Dan. 12The people kept her son under guard until they could find out what the Lord wanted them to do.
13Then the Lord spoke to Moses. He said, 14“Get the man who spoke evil things against me. Take him outside the camp. All those who heard him say those things must place their hands on his head. Then the whole community must kill him by throwing stones at him.
15“Say to the people of Israel, ‘If anyone calls down a curse on me, he will be held accountable. 16If anyone speaks evil things against my Name, he must be put to death. The whole community must kill him by throwing stones at him. It does not matter whether he is an outsider or an Israelite. When he speaks evil things against my Name, he must be put to death.
17“ ‘If anyone kills another human being, he must be put to death. 18If anyone kills someone’s animal, he must pay its owner. A life must be taken for a life.
19“ ‘Suppose someone hurts his neighbor. Then what he has done must be done to him. 20A bone must be broken for a bone. An eye must be put out for an eye. A tooth must be knocked out for a tooth. He must be hurt in the same way he hurt someone else.
21“ ‘If anyone kills an animal, he must pay its owner. But if he kills a human being, he must be put to death. 22The same law applies whether he is an outsider or an Israelite. I am the Lord your God.’ ”
23Then Moses spoke to the people of Israel. They got the man who had spoken evil things against the Lord. They took him outside the camp. There they killed him by throwing stones at him. The people of Israel did just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
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