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Duties of Priests and Levites...
And YHWH said to Aharon, `You and your sons and your father`s house with you are to bear the crookedness against the set-apart place, and you and your sons with you are to bear the crookedness against your priesthood.
'But bring with you your brothers of the tribe of Lewi too, the tribe of your father to join you and serve you while you and your sons are with you before the Tent of the Witness.
'And they shall guard your charge, and the duty of all the Tent, but they do not come near the furnishings of the set-apart place and the altar, lest they die, both they and you.
'And they shall be joined with you and guard the duty to the Tent of Meeting, for all the service of the Tent, but a stranger does not come near you.
'And you shall guard the duty of the set-apart place and the duty of the altar, so that there be no more wrath on the children of Yisra'el.
'And see, I Myself have taken your brothers the Lewites from the midst of the children of Yisra'el - a gift to you, given by YHWH, to do the service of the Tent of Meeting.
'But you and your sons with you are to guard your priesthood for all matters at the altar and behind the veil, and you shall serve. I have given you the priesthood as a gift for service, but the stranger who comes near is put to death.'
Offerings for Priests and Levites...
And YHWH spoke to Aharon, `And see, I Myself have also given you the charge of My contributions, all the set-apart gifts of the children of Yisra`el. I have given them to you for the anointing, and to your sons, as a law forever.
'This is yours of the most set-apart gifts, from the fire: all their offerings, all their grain offerings and all their sin offerings and all their guilt offerings which they render to Me, are most set-apart for you and your sons.
'Eat it in the most set-apart place - every male eats it. It is set-apart to you.
'This also is yours: the contribution of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Yisra'el. I have given them to you, and your sons and daughters with you, as a law forever. Everyone who is clean in your house eats it.
'All the best of the oil, and all the best of the new wine and the grain - their first-fruits which they give to YHWH - I have given them to you.
'The first-fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring to YHWH, are yours. Everyone who is clean in your house eats it.
'All that is dedicated in Yisra'el is yours.
'Everyone opening a womb of all flesh, which they bring to YHWH, whether man or beast, is yours. But the first-born of man you shall certainly ransom, and the first-born of the unclean beast you ransom.
'And ransom their ransomed ones when one month old, according to your valuation, five sheqels of silver, according to the sheqel of the set-apart place, which is twenty gerahs.
'But the first-born of a cow, or the first-born of a sheep, or the first-born of a goat you do not ransom, they are set-apart. Sprinkle their blood on the altar, and burn their fat as an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to YHWH.
'And their flesh is yours, as the wave breast and as the right thigh, it is yours.
'All the contributions of the set-apart gifts, which the children of Yisra'el present to YHWH, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as a law forever. It is a covenant of salt forever before YHWH with you and your seed with you.'
And YHWH said to Aharon, 'You are not to have an inheritance in their land, nor have any portion in their midst. I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Yisra'el.
'And see, I have given the children of Lewi all the tithes in Yisra'el as an inheritance in return for the service which they are serving, the service of the Tent of Meeting.
'And let the children of Yisra'el no more come near the Tent of Meeting, lest they bear sin and die,
because the Lewites shall do the service of the Tent of Meeting, so they themselves bear their crookedness. A law forever, throughout your generations: that among the children of Yisra'el they are to have no inheritance,
but the tithes of the children of Yisra'el, which they present as a contribution to YHWH, I have given to the Lewites as an inheritance. That is why I have said to them, 'Among the children of Yisra'el they have no inheritance.''
And YHWH spoke to Mosheh, saying,
'Speak to the Lewites and say to them, 'When you take from the children of Yisra'el the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution of it to YHWH, a tenth of the tithe.
'And your contribution shall be reckoned to you as grain from the threshing-floor and as filling from the winepress.
'Thus you also present a contribution unto YHWH from all your tithes which you receive from the children of Yisra'el. And you shall give from it the contribution to YHWH to Aharon the priest.
'From all your gifts you present every contribution due to YHWH, from all the best of them, the set-apart part of them.'
'And you shall say to them, 'When you have presented the best of it, then the rest shall be reckoned to the Lewites as the yield of the threshing-floor and as the yield of the winepress.
'And you shall eat it in any place, you and your households, for it is your reward for your service in the Tent of Meeting,
and bear no sin because of it, when you have presented the best of it, and do not profane the set-apart gifts of the children of Yisra'el, lest you die.''