The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 18:20–32

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20  And YHWH said unto Aaron: 'Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any portion among them; I am thy portion and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.

20  And the Lord said to Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any portion among them; for I am thy portion and thine inheritance in the midst of the children of Israel.

20  And the Lord said to Aaron: “In their land, you shall possess nothing; neither shall you have a portion among them. I am your portion and your inheritance in the midst of the sons of Israel.

21  And unto the 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.

21  And, behold, I have given to the sons of Levi every tithe in Israel for an inheritance for their services, whereinsoever they perform ministry in the tabernacle of witness.

21  But I have given, to the sons of Levi, all the tithes of Israel as a possession, for the ministry by which they serve me in the tabernacle of the covenant,

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22  And henceforth the children of Israel shall not come nigh the tent of meeting, lest they bear sin, and die.

22  And the children of Israel shall no more draw nigh to the tabernacle of witness to incur fatal guilt.

22  so that the sons of Israel may no longer approach to the tabernacle, nor commit deadly sin.

23  But the Levites alone shall do the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, and among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

23  And the Levite himself shall perform the service of the tabernacle of witness; and they shall bear their iniquities, it is a perpetual statute throughout their generations; and in the midst of the children of Israel they shall not receive an inheritance.

23  Only the sons of Levi may serve me in the tabernacle and may carry the sins of the people. It shall be an everlasting ordinance in your generations. They shall possess nothing else;

24  For the tithe of the children of Israel, which they set apart as a gift unto YHWH, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance; therefore I have said unto them: Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.'

24  Because I have given as a distinct portion to the Levites for an inheritance the tithes of the children of Israel, whatsoever they shall offer to the Lord; therefore I said to them, In the midst of the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

24  being content with the oblation of tithes, which I have separated for their uses and necessities.”

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25  And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

25  And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

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26  'Moreover thou shalt speak unto the Levites, and say unto them: When ye take of the children of Israel the tithe which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall set apart of it a gift for YHWH, even a tithe of the tithe.

26  “Instruct the Levites, and also declare to them: When you will receive, from the sons of Israel, the tithes, which I have given to you, offer their first-fruits to the Lord, that is, the tenth part of a tenth,

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27  And the gift which ye set apart shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshing-floor, and as the fulness of the wine-press.

27  And your heave-offerings shall be reckoned to you as corn from the floor, and an offering from the wine-press.

27  so that it may be accounted to you as an oblation of the first-fruits, as much from the threshing floors as from the oil and wine presses.

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28  Thus ye also shall set apart a gift unto YHWH of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and thereof ye shall give the gift which is set apart unto the YHWH to Aaron the priest.

28  So shall ye also separate them from all the offerings of the Lord out of all your tithes, whatsoever ye shall receive from the children of Israel; and ye shall give of them an offering to the Lord to Aaron the priest.

28  And offer the first-fruits of everything, from which you receive tithes, to the Lord, and give them to Aaron the priest.

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29  Out of all that is given you ye shall set apart all of that which is due unto YHWH, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.

29  Of all your gifts ye shall offer an offering to the Lord, and of every first-fruit the consecrated part from it.

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30  Therefore thou shalt say unto them: When ye set apart the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshing-floor, and as the increase of the wine-press.

30  And thou shalt say to them, When ye shall offer the first-fruits from it, then shall it be reckoned to the Levites as produce from the threshing-floor, and as produce from the wine-press.

30  And you shall say to them: ‘If you offer the noble and the better of the tithes, it shall be accounted to you as if you had given from the first-fruits of the threshing floor and of the oil and wine presses.’

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31  And ye may eat it in every place, ye and your households; for it is your reward in return for your service in the tent of meeting.

31  And you shall eat these in all your places, both you and your families, because it is your price for the ministry, by which you serve in the tabernacle of the testimony.

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32  And ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, seeing that ye have set apart from it the best thereof; and ye shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, that ye die not.'

32  And ye shall not bear sin by reason of it, for ye shall have offered an offering of first-fruits from it, and ye shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, that ye die not.

32  And you shall not sin in this way: by reserving the excellent and fat things for yourselves, lest you pollute the oblations of the sons of Israel, and lest you die.”