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Duties of the Sons of Kohath

4 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: “Take a census of the sons of aKohath from among the children of Levi, by their families, by their fathers’ house, 3 bfrom thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, all who enter the service to do the work in the tabernacle of meeting.

c“This is the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of meeting, relating to dthe most holy things: When the camp prepares to journey, Aaron and his sons shall come, and they shall take down ethe covering veil and cover the fark of the Testimony with it. Then they shall put on it a covering of badger skins, and spread over that a cloth entirely of gblue; and they shall insert hits poles.

“On the itable of showbread they shall spread a blue cloth, and put on it the dishes, the pans, the bowls, and the 1pitchers for pouring; and the jshowbread 2shall be on it. They shall spread over them a scarlet cloth, and cover the same with a covering of badger skins; and they shall insert its poles. And they shall take a blue cloth and cover the klampstand of the light, lwith its lamps, its wick-trimmers, its trays, and all its oil vessels, with which they service it. 10 Then they shall put it with all its utensils in a covering of badger skins, and put it on a carrying beam.

11 “Over mthe golden altar they shall spread a blue cloth, and cover it with a covering of badger skins; and they shall insert its poles. 12 Then they shall take all the nutensils of service with which they minister in the sanctuary, put them in a blue cloth, cover them with a covering of badger skins, and put them on a carrying beam. 13 Also they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it. 14 They shall put on it all its implements with which they minister there—the firepans, the forks, the shovels, the 3basins, and all the utensils of the altar—and they shall spread on it a covering of badger skins, and insert its poles. 15 And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is set to go, then othe sons of Kohath shall come to carry them; pbut they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die.

q“These are the things in the tabernacle of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry.

16 “The appointed duty of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest is rthe oil for the light, the ssweet incense, tthe daily grain offering, the uanointing oil, the oversight of all the tabernacle, of all that is in it, with the sanctuary and its furnishings.”

17 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: 18 “Do not cut off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the Levites; 19 but do this in regard to them, that they may live and not die when they approach vthe most holy things: Aaron and his sons shall go in and 4appoint each of them to his service and his task. 20 wBut they shall not go in to watch while the holy things are being covered, lest they die.”


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