Duties of Priests and Levites
18:1 And the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons
and thy father's house with thee shall bear the iniquity of
the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear
the iniquity of your priesthood.
18:2 And thy brethren 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 thou and thy sons
with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness.
18:3 And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all
the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of
the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also,
18:4 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 stranger shall not come
nigh unto you.
18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the
charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon
the children of Israel.
18:6 And I, behold, I have taken 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
18:7 Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your
priest's office for everything of the altar, and within the
vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest's office
unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh
nigh shall be put to death.
Offerings for Priests
18:8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also
have given thee the charge of mine heave offerings of all
the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee
have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy
sons, by an ordinance for ever.
18:9 This shall be thine of the most 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.
18:10 In the most holy place shalt thou eat it; every male
shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee.
18:11 And this is thine; the heave 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.
18:12 All the best of the oil, and all the best of the
wine, and of the wheat, the firstfruits of them which they
shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee.
18:13 And whatsoever is first ripe in the land, which they
shall bring unto the LORD, shall be thine; every one that is
clean in thine house shall eat of it.
18:14 Every thing devoted in Israel shall be thine.
18:15 Every thing 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.
18:16 And those 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,
which is twenty gerahs.
18:17 But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a
sheep, or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not redeem;
they are holy: thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the
altar, and shalt burn their fat for an offering made by
fire, for a sweet savor unto the LORD.
18:18 And the flesh of them shall be thine, as the wave
breast and as the right shoulder are thine.
18:19 All the 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 covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto
thee and to thy seed with thee.
18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no
inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part
among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the
children of Israel.
18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all
the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service
which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the
18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come
nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin,
18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the
tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their
iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your
generations, that among the children of Israel they have no
18:24 But the 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.
18:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
18:26 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 an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth
part of the tithe.
18:27 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.
18:28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the
LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of
Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD's heave offering
to Aaron the priest.
18:29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave
offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the
hallowed part thereof out of it.
18:30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have
heaved the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted
unto the Levites as the increase of the threshingfloor, and
as the increase of the winepress.
18:31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your
households: for it is your reward for your service in the
tabernacle of the congregation.
18:32 And ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye
have heaved from it the best of it: neither shall ye pollute
the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die.