The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 8:23–26

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23  And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

23  And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

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24  'This is that which pertaineth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to perform the service in the work of the tent of meeting;

24  This is the ordinance for the Levites; From five and twenty years old and upward, they shall go in to minister in the tabernacle of witness.

24  “This is the law of the Levites: From twenty-five years and above, they shall enter to minister in the tabernacle of the covenant.

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25  and from the age of fifty years they shall return from the service of the work, and shall serve no more;

25  And from fifty years old the Levites shall cease from the ministry, and shall not work any longer.

25  And when they will have completed the fiftieth year of age, they shall cease to serve.

26  but shall minister with their brethren in the tent of meeting, to keep the charge, but they shall do no manner of service. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charges.'

26  And his brother shall serve in the tabernacle of witness to keep charges, but he shall not do works: so shalt thou do to the Levites in their charges.

26  And they shall be the ministers of their brothers in the tabernacle of the covenant, in order to care for the things that have been commended to them, but not to perform the works themselves. So shall you assign the Levites in their duties.”