The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 3:5–10

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And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

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'Bring the tribe of Levi near, and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him.

Take the tribe of Levi, and thou shalt set them before Aaron the priest, and they shall minister to him,

“Bring forward the tribe of Levi, and cause them to stand in the sight of Aaron the priest, in order to minister to him. And let them keep watch outside,

And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.

and shall keep his charges, and the charges of the children of Israel, before the tabernacle of witness, to do the works of the tabernacle.

and let them observe whatever pertains to the ritual for the multitude, in front of the tabernacle of the testimony,

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And they shall keep all the furniture of the tent of meeting, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.

and let them take care of the vessels of the tabernacle, serving in its ministry.

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And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons; they are wholly given unto him from the children of Israel.

And you shall give the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons; for they have been delivered to them by the sons of Israel.

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10  And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, that they may keep their priesthood; and the common man that draweth nigh shall be put to death.'

10  But you shall appoint Aaron and his sons over the service of priesthood. The outsider who approaches to minister shall be put to death.”