The lighting of the lamps. The consecration of the Levites. Their age and time of service.
1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him, When thou 1lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick.
3 And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof over against the candlestick, as the Lord commanded Moses.
4 And 1this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was 2beaten work: 3according unto the pattern which the Lord had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick.
5 ¶ And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
6 Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and 1cleanse them.
7 And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: Sprinkle 1water of purifying upon them, and alet them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean.
8 Then let them 1take a young bullock with 2his meat offering, even fine flour mingled with oil, and another young bullock shalt thou take for a sin offering.
9 And thou shalt 1bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt gather the whole assembly of the children of Israel together:
10 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the Lord: and the children of Israel shall 1put their hands upon the Levites:
11 And Aaron shall aoffer the Levites before the Lord for an boffering of the children of Israel, that cthey may execute the service of the Lord.
12 And the Levites shall 1lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks: and thou shalt offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, unto the Lord, to make an atonement for the Levites.
13 And thou shalt set the Levites 1before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them for an offering unto the Lord.
14 Thus shalt 1thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.
15 And after that shall the Levites go in to do 1the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt 2cleanse them, and offer them for an offering.
16 For they 1are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.
17 For 1all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.
18 And I have taken the Levites 1for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.
19 And I 1have given the Levites as a agift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be 2no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.
20 And Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, did to the Levites 1according unto all that the Lord commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did the children of Israel unto them.
21 And the Levites were 1purified, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them as an offering before the Lord; and Aaron made an atonement for them to cleanse them.
22 And after that went the Levites in 1to do their service in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron, and before his sons: as the Lord had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them.
23 ¶ And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
24 This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from 1twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in ato wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:
25 And from the age of fifty years they shall acease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more:
26 But shall minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of the congregation, 1to keep the charge, and shall do no service. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charge.