1Yahweh said to Aaron, You and your sons and your fathers’ house
with you shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary; and you and your sons with
you shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.
2Your brothers also, the
tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, bring you near with you, that they
may be joined to you, and minister to you: but you and your sons with you
shall be before the tent of the testimony.
3They shall keep your charge,
and the charge of all the Tent: only they shall not come near to the vessels
of the sanctuary and to the altar, that they not die, neither they, nor
4They shall be joined to you, and keep the charge of the tent
of meeting, for all the service of the Tent: and a stranger shall not come
near to you.
5You shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the
charge of the altar; that there be wrath no more on the children of Israel.
6I, behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the
children of Israel: to you they are a gift, given to Yahweh, to do the
service of the tent of meeting.
7You and your sons with you shall keep
your priesthood for everything of the altar, and for that within the veil;
and you shall serve: I give you the priesthood as a service of gift: and
the stranger who comes near shall be put to death.
8Yahweh spoke to
Aaron, I, behold, I have given you the charge of my wave offerings, even all
the holy things of the children of Israel; to you have I given them by reason
of the anointing, and to your sons, as a portion forever.
9This shall be
your of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every offering
of theirs, even every meal offering of theirs, and every sin offering of
theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs, which they shall render to me,
shall be most holy for you and for your sons.
10As the most holy things
shall you eat of it; every male shall eat of it: it shall be holy to you.
11This is your: the wave offering of their gift, even all the
wave offerings of the children of Israel; I have given them to you, and to
your sons and to your daughters with you, as a portion forever; everyone who
is clean in your house shall eat of it.
12All the best of the oil, and
all the best of the vintage, and of the grain, the first fruits of them which
they give to Yahweh, to you have I given them.
13The first-ripe fruits of
all that is in their land, which they bring to Yahweh, shall be yours;
everyone who is clean in your house shall eat of it.
in Israel shall be yours.
15Everything that opens the womb, of all flesh
which they offer to Yahweh, both of man and animal shall be yours:
nevertheless the firstborn of man shall you surely redeem, and the firstborn
of unclean animals shall you redeem.
16Those who are to be redeemed of
them from a month old shall you redeem, according to your estimation, for the
money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary (the same is twenty
17But the firstborn of a cow, or the firstborn of a sheep, or
the firstborn of a goat, you shall not redeem; they are holy: you shall
sprinkle their blood on the altar, and shall burn their fat for an offering
made by fire, for a sweet savor to Yahweh.
18The flesh of them shall be
your, as the wave offering breast and as the right thigh, it shall be yours.
the wave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to
Yahweh, have I given you, and your sons and your daughters with you, as a
portion forever: it is a covenant of salt forever before Yahweh to you and to
your seed with you.
20Yahweh said to Aaron, You shall have no inheritance
in their land, neither shall you have any portion among them: I am your
portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.
children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an
inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service
of the tent of meeting.
22Henceforth the children of Israel shall not
come near the tent of meeting, lest they bear sin, and die.
Levites shall do the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall bear
their iniquity: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations;
and among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
the tithe of the children of Israel, which they offer as a wave offering to
Yahweh, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance: therefore I have said
to them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
25Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
26Moreover you shall speak to the
Levites, and tell them, When you take of the children of Israel the
tithe which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you
shall offer up a wave offering of it for Yahweh, a tithe of the tithe.
27Your wave offering shall be reckoned to you, as though it were the
grain of the threshing floor, and as the fullness of the winepress.
28Thus you also shall offer a wave offering to Yahweh of all your
tithes, which you receive of the children of Israel; and of it you
shall give Yahweh’s wave offering to Aaron the priest.
29Out of all your
gifts you shall offer every wave offering of Yahweh, of all the best of
it, even the holy part of it out of it.
30Therefore you shall tell them,
When you heave the best of it from it, then it shall be reckoned to the
Levites as the increase of the threshing floor, and as the increase of the
31You shall eat it in every place, you and your
households: for it is your reward in return for your service in the tent of
32You shall bear no sin by reason of it, when you have
heaved from it the best of it: and you shall not profane the holy things
of the children of Israel, that you not die.