Numbers

Numbers 18 ©

1The charge of the priests and Levites. 8The portion of the priests. 21The portion of the Levites. 25The heave offering to the priests out of the portion of the Levites.

1

AND the LORD said unto Aaron, aThou and thy sons and thy father's house with thee shall bbear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.

a ch. 17.13.
2

And thy cbrethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but dthou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness.

d ch. 3.10.
3

And they shall keep thy charge, and ethe charge of all the tabernacle: fonly they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.

e ch. 3.25,31,36.
4

And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a gstranger shall not come nigh unto you.

g ch. 3.10; 1.51. 1Sa. 6.19. v.6. ch. 17.13.
5

And hye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that ithere be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.

6

And I, behold, I have jtaken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

j ch. 3.9,12,45; 8.16,19.
7

Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest's office for every thing of the altar, and kwithin the *vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest's office unto you as a service of gift: and lthe stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

k He. 9.3,6.
8

¶And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee mthe charge of mine heave offerings of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have I given them nby reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance for ever.

9

This shall be thine of the omost holy things, reserved from the fire: every *oblation of theirs, every meat offering of theirs, and every sin offering of theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs, which they shall render unto me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons.

10

In the pmost holy place shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee.

11

And this is thine; the qheave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: every one that is clean in thy house shall eat of it.

12

All rthe 1best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat, sthe firstfruits of them which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee.

13

And whatsoever is tfirst ripe in the land, which they shall bring unto the LORD, shall be thine; uevery one that is clean in thine house shall eat of it.

t De. 26.2. Ex. 23.19; 34.26. Le. 2.14. ch. 15.19.
u v.11.
14

vEvery thing devoted in Israel shall be thine.

15

Every wthing that openeth the *matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the *firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.

16

And xthose that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, ywhich is twenty gerahs.

x Le. 27.2,6,25,29. ch. 3.47.
17

But zthe *firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they are holy: athou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shalt burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

a Le. 3.2,5.
18

And the flesh of them shall be thine, as the bwave breast and as the right shoulder are thine.

19

All cthe heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it is a dcovenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.

20

¶And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou eshalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: fI am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.

21

And, behold, I ghave given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even hthe service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

h ch. 3.7,8.
22

Neither must the children of Israel henceforth icome nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, jlest they bear sin, and 2die.

i ch. 3.10; 1.51. v.4. 1Sa. 6.19. ch. 17.13.
23

But the Levites shall kdo the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and lthey shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, mthat among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

k ch. 3; 4; 8; 1.53. v.6.
l v.1. Ex. 28.38.
24

But nthe tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

25

¶And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

26

Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up oan heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.

27

And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress.

28

Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and pye shall give thereof the LORD's heave offering to Aaron the priest.

p v.11,12.
29

Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of qall the 3best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.

30

Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have heaved the 4best thereof from it, then rit shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress.

r v.27.
31

And sye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it is tyour reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.

32

And ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved from it the best of it: neither shall ye upollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die.