24 The oil for the lamps. 5 The showbread.  14 The blasphemer shall be stoned. 17 He that killeth shall be killed.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

[a]Command the children of Israel that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten, for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.

Without the veil [b]of the Testimony, in the Tabernacle of the Congregation, shall Aaron dress them, both even and morning before the Lord always: this shall be a law forever through your generations.

He shall dress the lamps upon the (A)pure Candlestick before the Lord perpetually.

¶ Also thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve (B)cakes thereof: two [c]tenth deals shall be in one cake.

And thou shalt set them in two rows, six in a row upon the pure table before the Lord.

Thou shalt also put pure incense upon the rows, that [d]instead of the bread it may be for a remembrance, and an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

Every Sabbath he shall put them in rows before the Lord evermore, receiving them of the children of Israel for an everlasting Covenant.

(C)And the bread shall be Aaron’s and his sons’, and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the Lord made by fire by a perpetual ordinance.

10 ¶ And there went [e]out among the children of Israel the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian: and this son of the Israelitish woman, and a man of Israel strove together in the host.

11 So the Israelitish woman’s son [f]blasphemed the Name of the Lord, and cursed, and they brought him unto Moses (his mother’s name also was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan)

12 And they (D)put him in ward, till he told them the mind of the Lord.

13 Then the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

14 Bring the blasphemer without the host, and let all that heard him, (E)put their hands upon his head, and let all the Congregation stone him.

15 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God, shall [g]bear his sin.

16 And he that blasphemeth the Name of the Lord, shall be put to death: all the Congregation shall stone him to death: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land: when he blasphemeth the Name of the Lord, let him be slain.

17 (F)He also that [h]killeth any man, he shall be put to death.

18 And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it, [i]beast for beast.

19 Also if a man cause any blemish in his neighbor: as he hath done, so shall it be done to him:

20 (G)Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: such a blemish as he hath made in any, such shall be repaid to him.

21 And he that killeth a beast, shall restore it: but he that killeth a man, shall be slain.

22 Ye shall have one (H)law: it shall be as well for the stranger as for one born in the country, for I am the Lord your God.

23 ¶ Then [j]Moses told the children of Israel, and they brought the blasphemer out of the host, and stoned him with stones: so the children of Israel did as the Lord had commanded Moses.


  1. Leviticus 24:2 Read Exod. 27:20.
  2. Leviticus 24:3 Which veil separated the holiest of all, where was the Ark of the Testimony from the Sanctuary.
  3. Leviticus 24:5 That is, two Omers, read Exod. 16:16.
  4. Leviticus 24:7 For it was burnt every Sabbath, when the bread was taken away.
  5. Leviticus 24:10 Meaning, out of his tent.
  6. Leviticus 24:11 By swearing or despiting God.
  7. Leviticus 24:15 Shall be punished.
  8. Leviticus 24:17 Hebrew, smiteth the soul of any man.
  9. Leviticus 24:18 Hebrew, soul for soul.
  10. Leviticus 24:23 Because the punishment was not yet appointed by the law for the blasphemer, Moses consulted with the Lord, and told the people what God commanded.

Olive Oil and Bread Set Before the Lord(A)

24 The Lord said to Moses, “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. Outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, Aaron is to tend the lamps before the Lord from evening till morning, continually. This is to be a lasting ordinance(B) for the generations to come. The lamps on the pure gold lampstand(C) before the Lord must be tended continually.

“Take the finest flour and bake twelve loaves of bread,(D) using two-tenths of an ephah[a](E) for each loaf. Arrange them in two stacks, six in each stack, on the table of pure gold(F) before the Lord. By each stack put some pure incense(G) as a memorial[b] portion(H) to represent the bread and to be a food offering presented to the Lord. This bread is to be set out before the Lord regularly,(I) Sabbath after Sabbath,(J) on behalf of the Israelites, as a lasting covenant. It belongs to Aaron and his sons,(K) who are to eat it in the sanctuary area,(L) because it is a most holy(M) part of their perpetual share of the food offerings presented to the Lord.”

A Blasphemer Put to Death

10 Now the son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father went out among the Israelites, and a fight broke out in the camp between him and an Israelite. 11 The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name(N) with a curse;(O) so they brought him to Moses.(P) (His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri the Danite.)(Q) 12 They put him in custody until the will of the Lord should be made clear to them.(R)

13 Then the Lord said to Moses: 14 “Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him.(S) 15 Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God(T) will be held responsible;(U) 16 anyone who blasphemes(V) the name of the Lord is to be put to death.(W) The entire assembly must stone them. Whether foreigner or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death.

17 “‘Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.(X) 18 Anyone who takes the life of someone’s animal must make restitution(Y)—life for life. 19 Anyone who injures their neighbor is to be injured in the same manner: 20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.(Z) The one who has inflicted the injury must suffer the same injury. 21 Whoever kills an animal must make restitution,(AA) but whoever kills a human being is to be put to death.(AB) 22 You are to have the same law for the foreigner(AC) and the native-born.(AD) I am the Lord your God.’”

23 Then Moses spoke to the Israelites, and they took the blasphemer outside the camp and stoned him.(AE) The Israelites did as the Lord commanded Moses.


  1. Leviticus 24:5 That is, probably about 7 pounds or about 3.2 kilograms
  2. Leviticus 24:7 Or representative