Setting Up the Lamps
8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
8:2 Speak unto Aaron and say unto him, When thou lightest
the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the
8:3 And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof over
against the candlestick, as the LORD commanded Moses.
8:4 And this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold,
unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was beaten
work: according unto the pattern which the LORD had showed
Moses, so he made the candlestick.
The Setting Apart of the
8:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
8:6 Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and
8:7 And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them:
Sprinkle water of purifying upon them, and let them shave
all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so
make themselves clean.
8:8 Then let them take a young bullock with his meat
offering, even fine flour mingled with oil, and another
young bullock shalt thou take for a sin offering.
8:9 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the tabernacle
of the congregation: and thou shalt gather the whole
assembly of the children of Israel together:
8:10 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and
the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the
8:11 And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for
an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute
the service of the LORD.
8:12 And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads
of the bullocks: and thou shalt offer the one for a sin
offering, and the other for a burnt offering, unto the LORD,
to make an atonement for the Levites.
8:13 And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and
before his sons, and offer them for an offering unto the
8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the
children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.
8:15 And after that shall the Levites go in to do the
service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou
shalt cleanse them, and offer them for an offering.
8:16 For they are wholly given unto me from among the
children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even
instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have
I taken them unto me.
8:17 For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are
mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every
firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.
8:18 And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of
the children of Israel.
8:19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to
his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the
service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the
congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of
Israel: that there be no plague among the children of
Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the
8:20 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.
8:21 And the Levites were purified, and they washed their
clothes; and Aaron offered them as an offering before the
LORD; and Aaron made an atonement for them to cleanse them.
8:22 And after that went the Levites in to do their service
in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron, and
before his sons: as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning
the Levites, so did they unto them.
8:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
8:24 This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from
twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to
wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:
8:25 And from the age of fifty years they shall cease
waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more:
8:26 But shall minister with their brethren in the
tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge, and
shall do no service. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites
touching their charge.