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The charge of the Levites. the children of Israel: and o looked, and took every man his rod. 10 *| And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept g for a token against the 2 rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not. 11 And Moses did so : as the LORD commanded him, so did he. 12 And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, We §. h we all perish. . . 13 Whosoever i cometh anything k near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consurned with dying? CHAPTER XVIII. 1 The charge of the priests and Levites, 9 The priests' and the Letwites’ portion. ND the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou, and thy sons, and thy father's house with thee shall beara the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priest
hood. 2. And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined b unto thee, and minister c unto thee : but thou and d thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness. 3 And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they e shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die. 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 migh unto you. 5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the faltar; that there be no wrath g any more upon the childrem of Israel. 6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are h given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. 7. Therefore thou i and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest's office for every thing of the altar and withink the vais; and ye shal 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.
8 d the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge of mine heave of
The priests' portion. ferings of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have I given them, by reason of the anointing, m and to thy sons, by an ordinance for ever. 9 This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every oblation of their's, every.n meat offering of their's, and every sin offering o of their's, and eve trespass offering p of their's, whic they shall render unto me, s most holy for thee and for thy sons. 10 In q the most holy place shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee. 11 And this, is thine; the heave offering r of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I have given them unto thee, s and to thy sons, and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: every one that is t clean in thy house shall eat of it. 12 All the 1 best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat, the firstfruits w of them which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee. 13 And whatsoever is first ripe in the land, which they shall bring unto the LoRD, shall be thine; § one that is clean in thy house shall eat of it. * 14. Every v thing devoted in Israel shall be thine. 15 Every w 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, as and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou resteel Il. 16And those that are to be redeemed, from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, y for the money of five z shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which a is twenty gerahs. 17 But the firstling b 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 c their blood upon the altar, and shalt burn their fat for an offering made o fire, for a sweet savour unto the LORD. 18 And the flesh of them shall be thine, as d the wave-breast and as the right shoulder are thine. 19 Alle the heave offerings of the holy #. which the children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I #. thee, and thy sons and thy aughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it is a foovenant of salt for ever before the LoRD unto thee, and to thy seca with thee,
The Levites' portion. 20 °s And the LoRD spake unto Aaron, Thou g shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I h am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of ..srael. 21, And behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth i in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. 22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, 2 and die. 23 But l 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 inheritance. 24 But the tithes m 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. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children offsrael 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 n of the tithe. 27 And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though o it were the corn of the threshing-floor, and as the fulness of the wine-press. r 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 ive thereof the LORD's heave of. ering to Aaron the priest. 29 Out of all your gifts yeshall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the 3 best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it. 30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have heaved the best thereof from it, then p it shall counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshing-floor, and as the increase of the wine-press. 31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for , it is your reward q for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation. 32 And #. shall bear r no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved from it the best of it; neither shai
The water of separation
ye pollutes the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye É. CHAPTER §. The water of separation made of the ashes of a red heifer. A. the LORD spake unto Moses, and unto Aaron, sa o; 2 This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded Saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein a vs noblemish, and upon which b never came yoke : 3 And ye shall give her unto Elerzar the priest, that he may bri her forth without c the camp, ~ one shall slay her before his fax: . 4 And Eleazar the priest shall " of her blood with his finger, and 6
§. io. of her blood directly before t
e tabernacle of the congregation
5 And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; here skin, and her flesh and her blood, with her dung, shali he burn :
6 And the priest shall take cedar f wood, and hyssop; and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer.
7 Then the priest shall wash his g clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.
8 And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.
9 And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes h of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel, for i a water of separation: it is a purification for S
II]. 10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even ; and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stran; that sojourneth among them, or a statute for ever. 11 *| He k that toucheth the dead body of any 1 man shall be unclean seven days. 12 Hel shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day, he shall be clean : but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean. 13 Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth m the tabernacle of the Lord ; and that Soul shall be cut off from Israel' Purification. hecause the water n of separation was not sprinkled, upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness o is yet upon him. 14. This is the law when a man dieth in a tent : all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days. 15 And every open vessel, p which hath no covering bound upon it, is unclean. 16 And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days. 17 And for an unclean person they shall take of the 2 ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and 3 running water shall be put thereto in a vessel : 18 And a clean person shall take hyssop q and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the ersons that were there, and upon }. that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave: 19 And the clean person shallsprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day; and on r the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even. 20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled s the sanctuary of the LORD : the water of separation hath mot been sprinkled upon him ; he is unclean.
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statute unto them, that he that jo, the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even. 22 And whatsoever t the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean : and u the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even. CHAPTER XX. 7 Moses bringeth water out of the Tock. 22 Aaron's death. HEN a came the children of . Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zim, in the first month : and the people abode in Kadesh ; and b Miriam died there, and was buried there. 2 And c there was no water for the congregation; and d they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. 3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Woulde God that we had died when our
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p Lev. 11.32. 2 dust. 3 living waters shall be given, Ge.26, 19. Jno.4. 10. q Ps. 51.7. r Lev. 14.9. s wer. 13. t Hag.2.13. vi Lev. 15.5.
h Ps. 106.33. i Ex. 17.6. Deut.8.15. I Cor. 10.4. ch. 27.14. 10eut. 3.26. 32.51. l Lev. 10.3. Eze. 36.23. 1 Pet.3.15.
Water out of the rock.
brethren died before the LoRD ! 4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there 7 5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place it f is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. 6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them. 7 *|| And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou and Aaron, thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock, before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock :g so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. 9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded
1\sł. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock; and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; h must we fetch you water out of this rock: 11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice : and the water came out abundantly : and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. 12 *| And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because k ye believed me not, to sanctify lime in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. 13 This is the water of 1 Meribah : because the children of israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified m in them. 14 of And n Moses sent messen#. from Kadesh unto the king of dom, Thus saith o thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath 2 befallen us: 15 How our fathers went down p into Egypt, and we have dwelt a in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us and our fa
thers; 16 And when r we cried unto the LORD, he heard s our voice, and sent t an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the ut termost of thy border: Let to us pass, 1 pray thee,
20 And he said, Thou w shalt not go through. And Edom came out 12 o him with much people, and with a strong hand. 21 Thus Edom refused to give lsrael passage through his border: More ore Israel turned away from IIIl. 22*. And y the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, jourmeyed from Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor. 23 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying, 24 Aaron shall be gathered z unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled a against my 3 word af. the water of Meribah. ake Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount
Or: 26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be ă. #. wnto his people, and shall die €re. 27 And Moses did as the LORD commanded; and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. . . 28 And b Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount. o 29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel. CHAPTER XXH. 6 The people, plagued with fiery serpents, 9 are healed. 21 Sihon and
slain. D when king Arad a the Ca*A. naanite, which dwelt in the south, heard teii that Israel came by the way b of the spies; then he
Of the fiery serpents.
fought against Israel, and took some of them prisoners. 2 And Israel, vowed c a vow to the LORD, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly d destroy their cities. 3 And the LORD hearkened e to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place 4 Hormah. . 4 *[ And f they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red . sea, to compass the land g of Edom: and the soul of the people was much 5 discouraged because of the way. 5 And the people spake h against God, and against Moses, Wherefore i havedi. brought us up out of Egypt, to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is k there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. 6 And l the LoPD sent fiery ser– pents among the people, and they bit the people ; and much people of Israel died. 7 * Therefore m the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken n against the LORD, and against thee; pray o unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed p for the people. 8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole : and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bit; when he looketh upon it, shall IVē. 9 And Moses made a serpent q of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. 10 T And the children of Israel
set forward, and pitched in Oboth.r
11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at 6 lje-abarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the sun-rising.
12 àf From thence they removed, and pitched in the valley of Zared.s
13 From thence they removed, and pitched on the other side of t Arnon, which is in the wilderness that cometh out of the coasts of the Amorites: for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, 7 What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon,
15And at the stream of the brooks that goeth down to the dwelling of
Ar, u and 8 lieth upon the border of Moab.
16 And from thence they went to v Beer: that is the well whereof the LORD w spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and 1 will give them water.
17 | Then Israel sang a this song, 9 Spring up, O well; 10 sing ye ulato it :
18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, y With their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah : 19 And from Mattanah to Nahaliel: and from Nahaliel to Bamoth : 20 And from Bamoth in the valley, that is in the 11 country of Moab, to the top of 12 Pisgah, which looketh z toward 13 Jeshimon. 21 || And a Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 22 Let b me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well: but we will go along by the king's high-way, until we be past thy borders. 23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border: but c Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness: and he came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel: 24 And d Israel smote him with the edge of the Sword, and possessed his land from Arnon unto Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon : for the border of the children of Ammon was strong. 25 And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the 14 villages thereof. 26 For Heshbone was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon. 27 Wherefore they that speak in Fos say,Come into Heshbon, et the city of Sihon be built and prepared : 28 For g there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon : it hath consumed Ar h of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon. 29, Woe to thee, Moab thou art undone, O people of Chemosh : i he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon king of the Amorites,
30 We have shot at them : Heshbon is perished even unto Dibon, k and we have laid them waste even unto Nophah, which reacheth unto Medeba. 31 of Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites. 32 And Moses sent to spy out ! Jazer; and they took the villages thereof, and drove out the Amuorites that were there. 33 of And m they turned and went up by the way of Bashan ; and O the king of Bashan went out agains them, he and all his people, to the battle at Edrei. 34 And the LoRD said unto Moses Fear him not : for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon. 35 So n they smote him, and his sons, and all his people until there was none left him alive; and they possessed his land. CHAPTER XXII. 1 Balak's message for Balaam. 22 An angel would have slain him, if his ass had not saved him. ND a the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab, on this side Jordan by Jericho. 2 of And Balak b the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 And c Moab was sore afraid of
the people, because they were many:
and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. 4 And Moab said unto the elders d of Midian, Now shall this company lick up aii that are round about us as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. 5 He sent e messengers, therefore, unto Balaam, the son of Beor, to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: , behold, , they cover , the 1 face of the earth, and they abide over against ine. 6 Come now, therefore, I pray thee, curse f me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I ma drive them out of the land; for wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest ls cursed. 7 And the elders of Moab, and the elders of Milan,separted with the