1 And the LORD spoke to Moses saying,
2 Speak to Aaron, and say to him, When you bring the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.
3 And Aaron did so. He lighted its lamps in front of the lampstand, as the LORD commanded Moses.
4 And this work of the lampstand [was of] beaten gold, to its base and to its blossoms; it was beaten work. According to the pattern which the LORD had showed Moses, so he made the lampstand.
5 And the LORD spoke to Moses saying,
6 Take the Levites from among the sons of Israel, and purify them.
7 And in this way shall you do to them to purify them. Sprinkle water of sin-offering on them, and let them shave all their flesh and wash their clothes, and make themselves clean.
8 Then let them take a young bull with its food offering, fine flour mixed with oil, and another young bull shall you take for a sin offering.
9 And you shall bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the congregation. And you shall gather the whole assembly of the sons of Israel together.
10 And you shall bring the Levites before the LORD. And the sons of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites.
11 And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD [for] an offering of the sons of Israel, so that they may do the service of the LORD.
12 And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bulls. And you shall offer the one [for] a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, to the LORD, to make an atonement for the Levites.
13 And you shall set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them [for] an offering to the LORD.
14 So you shall separate the Levites from among the sons of Israel. And the Levites shall be Mine.
15 And after that the Levites shall go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. And you shall purify them and offer them [for] a wave offering.
16 For they [are] wholly given to Me from among the sons of Israel, instead of those that open every womb. The first-born of all the sons of Israel, I have taken them to Me.
17 For all the first-born of the sons of Israel [are] Mine, both man and animal. On the day that I struck every first-born in the land of Egypt I set them apart for Myself.
18 And I have taken the Levites for all the first-born of the sons of Israel.
19 And I have given the Levites [as] a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the sons of Israel, to do the service of the sons of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the sons of Israel, so that there may be no plague among the sons of Israel when the sons of Israel come near the sanctuary.
20 And Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the sons of Israel did to the Levites according to all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites. So the sons of Israel did to them.
21 And the Levites purified themselves, and they washed their clothes. And Aaron offered them, an offering before the LORD. And Aaron made an atonement for them to purify them.
22 And after that the Levites went in to do their service in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron and before his sons. Even as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them.
23 And the LORD spoke to Moses saying,
24 This [is that] which [pertains] to the Levites. From twenty-five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
25 And from the age of fifty years they shall stop waiting upon the service, and shall serve no more.
26 But they shall minister with their brothers in the tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge; only he shall not serve [at] a service. So you shall do to the Levites as to their duties.