Numbers 8 - Prayer Tents



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Numbers 8
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Preparing the Lamps

8The LORD said to Moses,H3068H1696H4872H559 2"Give Aaron the following instructions: When you set up the seven lamps in the lampstand, place them so their light shines forward in front of the lampstand."H1696H175H559H5927H5216H7651H5216H215H6440H4136H4501 3So Aaron did this. He set up the seven lamps so they reflected their light forward, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.H175H6213H5927H5216H4136H6440H4501H3068H6680H4872 4The entire lampstand, from its base to its decorative blossoms, was made of beaten gold. It was built according to the exact design the LORD had shown Moses.H4639H4501H4749H2091H3409H6525H4749H4758H3068H7200H4872H6213H4501

The Levites Dedicated

5Then the LORD said to Moses,H3068H1696H4872H559 6"Now set the Levites apart from the rest of the people of Israel and make them ceremonially clean.H3947H3881H8432H1121H3478H2891 7Do this by sprinkling them with the water of purification, and have them shave their entire body and wash their clothing. Then they will be ceremonially clean.H6213H2891H5137H4325H2403H8593H5674H1320H3526H899H2891 8Have them bring a young bull and a grain offering of choice flour moistened with olive oil, along with a second young bull for a sin offering.H3947H1121H1241H6499H4503H5560H1101H8081H8145H1121H1241H6499H3947H2403 9Then assemble the whole community of Israel, and present the Levites at the entrance of the Tabernacle.H7126H3881H6440H168H4150H6950H5712H1121H3478H6950 10When you present the Levites before the LORD, the people of Israel must lay their hands on them.H7126H3881H6440H3068H1121H3478H5564H3027H3881 11Raising his hands, Aaron must then present the Levites to the LORD as a special offering from the people of Israel, thus dedicating them to the LORD's service.H175H5130H3881H6440H3068H8573H1121H3478H5647H5656H3068 12"Next the Levites will lay their hands on the heads of the young bulls. Present one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering to the LORD, to purify the Levites and make them right with the LORD.H3881H5564H3027H7218H6499H6213H259H2403H259H5930H3068H3722H3881 13Then have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons, and raise your hands and present them as a special offering to the LORD.H5975H3881H6440H175H6440H1121H5130H8573H3068 14In this way, you will set the Levites apart from the rest of the people of Israel, and the Levites will belong to me.H914H3881H8432H1121H3478H3881 15After this, they may go into the Tabernacle to do their work, because you have purified them and presented them as a special offering.H310H3881H935H5647H168H4150H2891H5130H8573 16"Of all the people of Israel, the Levites are reserved for me. I have claimed them for myself in place of all the firstborn sons of the Israelites; I have taken the Levites as their substitutes.H5414H8432H1121H3478H6363H7358H1060H1121H3478H3947 17For all the firstborn males among the people of Israel are mine, both of people and of animals. I set them apart for myself on the day I struck down all the firstborn sons of the Egyptians.H1060H1121H3478H120H929H3117H5221H1060H776H4714H6942 18Yes, I have claimed the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons of Israel.H3947H3881H1060H1121H3478 19And of all the Israelites, I have assigned the Levites to Aaron and his sons. They will serve in the Tabernacle on behalf of the Israelites and make sacrifices to purify the people so no plague will strike them when they approach the sanctuary."H5414H3881H5414H175H1121H8432H1121H3478H5647H5656H1121H3478H168H4150H3722H1121H3478H5063H1121H3478H1121H3478H5066H6944 20So Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel dedicated the Levites, carefully following all the LORD's instructions to Moses.H4872H175H5712H1121H3478H6213H3881H3068H6680H4872H3881H6213H1121H3478 21The Levites purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes, and Aaron lifted them up and presented them to the LORD as a special offering. He then offered a sacrifice to purify them and make them right with the LORD.H3881H2398H3526H899H175H5130H8573H6440H3068H175H3722H2891 22After that the Levites went into the Tabernacle to perform their duties, assisting Aaron and his sons. So they carried out all the commands that the LORD gave Moses concerning the Levites.H310H935H3881H5647H5656H168H4150H6440H175H6440H1121H3068H6680H4872H3881H6213 23The LORD also instructed Moses,H3068H1696H4872H559 24"This is the rule the Levites must follow: They must begin serving in the Tabernacle at the age of twenty-five,H3881H6242H2568H8141H1121H4605H935H6633H6635H5656H168H4150 25and they must retire at the age of fifty.H1121H2572H8141H7725H6635H5656H5647 26After retirement they may assist their fellow Levites by serving as guards at the Tabernacle, but they may not officiate in the service. This is how you must assign duties to the Levites."H8334H251H168H4150H8104H4931H5647H5656H6213H3881H4931


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