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Numbers 18 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Responsibilities of the Levites

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So Yahweh said to Aaron, “You and your sons and your father’s household with you shall bear the guilt [fn]in connection with the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the guilt [fn]in connection with your priesthood.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:2 - “But bring near with you also your brothers, the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, that they may be joined with you and minister to you, while you and your sons with you are before the tent of the testimony.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:3 - “And they shall thus keep your responsibility and the responsibility of all the tent, but they shall not come near to the furnishings of the sanctuary and the altar, so that neither they nor you will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:4 - “And they shall be joined with you and keep the responsibility of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the tent; but [fn]an outsider may not come near you.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:5 - “So you shall keep the responsibility of the sanctuary and the responsibility of the altar, so that there will no longer be wrath on the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:6 - “And behold, I Myself have taken your brothers the Levites from among the sons of Israel; they are a gift to you, given to Yahweh, to perform the service for the tent of meeting.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:7 - “But you and your sons with you shall keep your priesthood in everything that concerns the altar and inside the veil, and you are to perform service. I am giving you the priesthood as a [fn]bestowed service, but the [fn]outsider who comes near shall be put to death.”

The Priests’ Portion

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Then Yahweh spoke to Aaron, “Now behold, I Myself have given you the responsibility of My [fn]contributions, even all the holy gifts of the sons of Israel I have given them to you as a portion and to your sons as a perpetual statute.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:9 - “This shall be yours from the most holy gifts reserved from the fire; every offering of theirs, even every grain offering and every sin offering and every guilt offering, which they shall render to Me, shall be most holy for you and for your sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:10 - “As the most holy gifts you shall eat it; every male shall eat it. It shall be holy to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:11 - “This also is yours, the contribution from their gift, even all the wave offerings of the sons of Israel; I have given them to you and to your sons and daughters with you as a perpetual statute. Everyone of your household who is clean may eat it.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:12 - “All the [fn]best of the fresh oil and all the [fn]best of the fresh wine and of the grain, the first fruits of those which they give to Yahweh, I give them to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:13 - “The first ripe fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring to Yahweh, shall be yours; everyone of your household who is clean may eat it.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:14 - “Every devoted thing in Israel shall be yours.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:15 - [fn]Every first issue of the womb of all flesh, whether man or animal, which they bring near to Yahweh, shall be yours; nevertheless the firstborn of man you shall surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:16 - “Now as to their redemption price, from a month old you shall redeem them, by your valuation, five [fn]shekels in silver, according to the [fn]shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:17 - “But the firstborn of an ox or the firstborn of a sheep or the firstborn of a goat, you shall not redeem; they are holy. You shall splash their blood on the altar and shall offer up their fat in smoke as an offering by fire, for a soothing aroma to Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:18 - “And their [fn]meat shall be yours; it shall be yours like the breast of a wave offering and like the right thigh.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:19 - “All the contributions of the holy gifts, which the sons of Israel raise up to Yahweh, I have given to you and your sons and your daughters with you, as a perpetual statute. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before Yahweh to you and your seed with you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:20 - Then Yahweh said to Aaron, “You shall have no inheritance in their land nor own any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the sons of Israel.
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“Now to the sons of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they perform, the service of the tent of meeting.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:22 - “And the sons of Israel shall not come near the tent of meeting again, or they will bear sin and die.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:23 - “Only the Levites shall perform the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, and among the sons of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:24 - “For the tithe of the sons of Israel, which they raise up as a contribution offering to Yahweh, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance; therefore I have said concerning them, ‘They shall have no inheritance among the sons of Israel.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:25 -

Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:26 - “Moreover, you shall speak to the Levites and say to them, ‘When you take from the sons of Israel the tithe which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall raise up a contribution offering from it to Yahweh, a tithe of the tithe.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:27 - ‘And your contribution offering shall be reckoned to you as the grain from the threshing floor or the full produce from the wine vat.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:28 - ‘So you shall also raise up a contribution offering to Yahweh from all your tithes, which you receive from the sons of Israel; and from it you shall give the contribution offering of Yahweh to Aaron the priest.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:29 - ‘Out of all your gifts you shall raise up every contribution offering due to Yahweh, from all the [fn]best of them, [fn]the sacred part from them.’
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:30 - “And you shall say to them, ‘When you have raised up from it the best of it, then the rest shall be accounted to the Levites as the product of the threshing floor and as the product of the wine vat.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:31 - ‘And you may eat it anywhere, you and your households, for it is your compensation in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:32 - ‘And you will bear no sin by reason of it when you have raised up the [fn]best of it. But you shall not profane the sacred gifts of the sons of Israel, so that you will not die.’”
LSB Footnotes
Lit of the sanctuary
Lit of your priesthood
Lit a stranger
Lit service of gift
Lit stranger
Or heave offerings, so in ch
Lit fat
Lit fat
Lit Everything that opens
A shekel was approx. 0.4 oz. or 11 gm
A shekel was approx. 0.4 oz. or 11 gm
Lit flesh
Lit fat
Lit its
Lit fat
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