The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 8:5–22

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And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

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'Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

Take the Levites out of the midst of the children of Israel, and thou shalt purify them.

“Take the Levites from the midst of the sons of Israel, and you shall purify them

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And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of purification upon them, and let them cause a razor to pass over all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and cleanse themselves.

according to this ritual: Let them be sprinkled with the water of illumination, and let them shave off all the hairs of their body. And when they have washed their garments and have been cleansed,

And thus you shall do to them to cleanse them: Sprinkle purifying water upon them, and let them shave all the body, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean.

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Then let them take a young bullock, and its meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil, and another young bullock shalt thou take for a sin-offering.

And they shall take one calf of the herd, and its meat-offering, fine flour mingled with oil: and thou shalt take a calf of a year old of the herd for a sin-offering.

they shall take an ox from the herd, with its libation of fine wheat flour sprinkled with oil; then you shall receive another ox from the herd for sin.

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And thou shalt present the Levites before the tent of meeting; and thou shalt assemble the whole congregation of the children of Israel.

And you shall bring forward the Levites before the tabernacle of the covenant, calling together all the multitude of the sons of Israel.

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10  And thou shalt present the Levites before YHWH; and the children of Israel shall lay their hands upon the Levites.

10  And when the Levites are before the Lord, the sons of Israel shall place their hands upon them.

10  Then you shall bring the Levites before the LORD; and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites;

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11  And Aaron shall offer the Levites before YHWH for a wave-offering from the children of Israel, that they may be to do the service of the YHWH.

11  And Aaron shall separate the Levites for a gift before the Lord from the children of Israel: and they shall be prepared to perform the works of the Lord.

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12  And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks; and offer thou the one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering, unto YHWH, to make atonement for the Levites.

12  Likewise, the Levites shall place their hands upon the heads of the oxen; you shall make use of one of these for sin, and the other as a holocaust to the Lord, so that you may intercede for them.

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13  And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them for a wave-offering unto YHWH.

13  And you shall set the Levites in the sight of Aaron and his sons, and you shall consecrate those being offered to the Lord,

13  And you shall make the Levites stand before Aaron and before his sons, and offer them for an offering to the LORD.

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14  Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel; and the Levites shall be Mine.

14  And thou shalt separate the Levites from the midst of the sons of Israel, and they shall be mine.

14  and you shall separate them from the midst of the sons of Israel, so that they may be for me.

15  And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tent of meeting; and thou shalt cleanse them, and offer them for a wave-offering.

15  And afterwards the Levites shall go in to perform the works of the tabernacle of witness; and thou shalt purify them, and present them before the Lord.

15  And after this, they shall enter the tabernacle of the covenant, in order to serve me. And so shall you purify and consecrate them as an oblation to the Lord. For they were given to me as a gift from the sons of Israel.

16  For they are wholly given unto Me from among the children of Israel; instead of all that openeth the womb, even the first-born of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto Me.

16  For these are given to me for a present out of the midst of the children of Israel: I have taken them to myself instead of all the first-born of the sons of Israel that open every womb.

16  I have accepted them in place of the firstborn which open every womb in Israel.

17  For all the first-born among the children of Israel are Mine, both man and beast; on the day that I smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself.

17  For every first-born among the children of Israel is mine, whether of man or beast: in the day in which I smote every first-born in the land of Egypt, I sanctified them to myself.

17  For all the firstborn of the sons of Israel, as much from men as from beasts, are mine. From the day when I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I have sanctified them to myself.

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18  And I have taken the Levites instead of all the first-born among the children of Israel.

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19  And I have given the Levites--they are given to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tent of meeting, and to make atonement for the children of Israel, that there be no plague among the children of Israel, through the children of Israel coming nigh unto the sanctuary.'

19  And I gave the Levites presented as a gift to Aaron and his sons out of the midst of the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of witness, and to make atonement for the children of Israel: thus there shall be none among the sons of Israel to draw nigh to the holy things.

19  And I have delivered them as a gift to Aaron and his sons, from the midst of the people, in order to serve me, for Israel, in the tabernacle of the covenant, and in order to pray for them, lest there be a scourge among the people, if they were to dare to approach to my Sanctuary.”

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20  Thus did Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the Levites; according unto all that YHWH commanded Moses touching the Levites, so did the children of Israel unto them.

20  And Moses and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, did to the Levites as the Lord commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so the sons of Israel did to them.

20  And Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, did to the Levites according unto all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did the children of Israel unto them.

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21  And the Levites purified themselves, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them for a sacred gift before YHWH; and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them.

21  So the Levites purified themselves and washed their garments; and Aaron presented them as a gift before the Lord, and Aaron made atonement for them to purify them.

21  And they were purified, and they washed their garments. And Aaron lifted them up in the sight of the Lord, and he prayed for them,

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22  And after that went the Levites in to do their service in the tent of meeting before Aaron, and before his sons; as YHWH had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them.

22  so that, having been purified, they might enter to their duties in the tabernacle of the covenant before Aaron and his sons. Just as the Lord had instructed Moses about the Levites, so was it done.