Cleansing and Dedication of the Levites
5 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 6 “Take the Levites from among the children of Israel and cleanse them ceremonially. 7 Thus you shall do to them to cleanse them: Sprinkle fwater of purification on them, and glet 1them shave all their body, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean. 8 Then let them take a young bull with hits grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, and you shall take another young bull as a sin offering. 9 iAnd you shall bring the Levites before the tabernacle of meeting, jand you shall gather together the whole congregation of the children of Israel. 10 So you shall bring the Levites before the Lord and the children of Israel kshall lay their hands on the Levites; 11 and Aaron shall 2offer the Levites before the Lord, like a lwave offering from the children of Israel, that they may perform the work of the Lord. 12 mThen the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the young bulls, and you shall offer one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering to the Lord, to make atonement for the Levites.
13 “And you shall stand the Levites before Aaron and his sons, and then offer them like a wave offering to the Lord. 14 Thus you shall nseparate the Levites from among the children of Israel, and the Levites shall be oMine. 15 After that the Levites shall go in to service the tabernacle of meeting. So you shall cleanse them and poffer them like a wave offering. 16 For they are qwholly given to Me from among the children of Israel; I have taken them for Myself rinstead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the children of Israel. 17 sFor all the firstborn among the children of Israel are Mine, both man and beast; on the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I 3sanctified them to Myself. 18 I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn of the children of Israel. 19 And tI have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the work for the children of Israel in the tabernacle of meeting, and to make atonement for the children of Israel, uthat there be no plague among the children of Israel when the children of Israel come near the sanctuary.”
20 Thus Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel did to the Levites; according to all that the Lord commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so the children of Israel did to them. 21 vAnd the Levites purified themselves and washed their clothes; then Aaron presented them like a wave offering before the Lord, and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them. 22 wAfter that the Levites went in to do their work in the tabernacle of meeting before Aaron and his sons; xas the Lord commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them.
23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “This is what pertains to the Levites: yFrom twenty-five years old and above one may enter to perform service in the work of the tabernacle of meeting; 25 and at the age of fifty years they must cease performing this work, and shall work no more. 26 They may minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of meeting, zto attend to needs, but they themselves shall do no work. Thus you shall do to the Levites regarding their duties.”
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