Numbers 8

VIN(i) 1 the LORD said to Moses: 2 Speak to Aaron, and say to him, When you bring the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand. 3 Aaron did so. He lit its lamps to light the area in front of the lampstand, as the LORD commanded Moses. 4 This is how the lamp stand was made: The whole lamp stand, from top to bottom, was hammered out of gold. It was made exactly like the one the LORD had shown Moses. 5 the LORD said to Moses: 6 Take the Levites out from among the children of Israel and make them clean. 7 You shall do this to them, to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of cleansing on them, let them shave their whole bodies with a razor, let them wash their clothes, and cleanse themselves. 8 They take a young bull along with its meal offering of flour mixed with oil. Then you take a second young bull as sin offering. 9 "Bring the Levites to the front of the tent of meeting. Assemble the whole congregation of Israel. 10 And you will bring the Levites before the LORD, and the Israelites will lay their hands on the Levites, 11 "Aaron will present the Levites to the LORD as an offering from the Israelites. Then they will be ready to do the LORD’s work. 12 And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks, and offer thou the one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering, to LORD, to make atonement for the Levites. 13 "Make the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons, and present them as an offering to the LORD. 14 "In this way you will separate the Levites from the other Israelites. The Levites will be mine. 15 "Once you have made them clean and presented them as an offering, the Levites may come and do their work at the tent of meeting. 16 "They will be the only Israelites given to me. I have taken them to be mine as substitutes for every firstborn male offspring of the Israelites. 17 For all the first-born of the sons of Israel are Mine, both man and animal. On the day that I struck every first-born in the land of Egypt I set them apart for Myself. 18 And I have taken the Levites instead of all the first-born among the sons of Israel. 19 And I have given the Levites; they are given to Aaron and his sons from the midst of the Israelites to do the work of the Israelites in the tent of the assembly and to make atonement for the Israelites, so a plague will not be among the Israelites when the Israelites come near the sanctuary." 20 Moses, Aaron, and all the people of Israel dedicated the Levites, as the LORD commanded Moses. 21 And the Levites purified themselves, and they washed their garments, and Aaron offered them as a wave offering before the LORD; and Aaron made atonement for them to purify them. 22 After this the Levites came to do their work in the tent of assembly before Aaron and his sons. Just as Yahweh commanded Moses concerning the Levities, so they did to them. 23 the LORD said to Moses: 24 This is the rule for the Levites: those of twenty-five years old and over are to go in and do the work of the Tent of meeting; 25 but after fifty years of age, they are to be withdrawn from the service, and work no more. 26 "They may assist the other Levites in their duties at the tent of meeting. But they may not do any regular work. This is how you will handle the Levites' duties."