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The Fourth Book of Moses

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Chapter 8

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      And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: speak unto Aaron and say unto him: when thou puttest on the lamps see that they light all seven upon the forefront of the candlestick. And Aaron did even so, and put the lamps upon the forefront of the candlestick, as the Lord commanded Moses, and the work of the candlestick was of stiff gold: both the shaft and the flowers thereof. And according unto the vision which the Lord had shewed Moses even so he made the candlestick.
      And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them. And this do unto them when thou cleansest them, sprinkle water of purifying upon them and make a razor to run along upon all the flesh of them, and let them wash their clothes, and then they shall be clean. And let them take a bullock and his meatoffering, fine flour mingled with oil: and another bullock shalt thou take to be a sinoffering.
      Then bring the Levites before the tabernacle of witness and gather the whole multitude of the children of Israel together. And bring the Levites before the Lord, and let the children of Israel put their hands upon the Levites. And let Aaron heave the Levites before the Lord, for an heaveoffering given of the children of Israel, and then let them be appointed to wait upon the service of the Lord.
      And let the Levites put their hands upon the heads of the bullocks, and then offer them: the one for a sinoffering and the other for a brurntoffering unto the Lord, to make an atonement for the Levites. And make the Levites stand before Aaron and his sons, and have them to be a heaveoffering unto the Lord. And thou shalt separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, that they be mine: and after that let them go and do the service of the tabernacle of witness.
      Cleanse them and wave them, for they are given unto me from among the children of Israel for I have taken them unto me for all the first born that open any matrice among the children of Israel.
      For all the first born among the children of Israel are mine both man and beast: because the same time that I smote the first born in the land of Egypt, I sanctified them for myself: and I have taken the Levites for all the first born among the children of Israel, and have given them unto Aaron and his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of witness and to make an atonement for the children of Israel, that there be no plague among the children of Israel, if they come nigh unto the sanctuary.
      And Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel did unto the Levites according unto all that the Lord commanded Moses. And the Levites purified themselves, and washed their clothes. And Aaron waved them before the Lord, and made an atonement for them to cleanse them. And after that they went in to do their service in the tabernacle of witness, before Aaron and his sons. And according as the Lord had commanded Moses as concerning the Levites, even so they did unto them.
      And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: this shall be the manner of the Levites: from twenty five years upward they shall go in to wait upon the service in the tabernacle of witness, and at fifty they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall labor no more: but shall minister unto their brethren in the tabernacle of witness, and there wait, but shall do no more service. And see that thou do after this manner unto the Levites in their waiting times.


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