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The Profane Fire of Nadab and Abihu

10 Then (A)Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, (B)each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered (C)profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So (D)fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying:

‘By those (E)who come near Me
I must be regarded as holy;
And before all the people
I must be glorified.’ ”

So Aaron held his peace.

Then Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, “Come near, (F)carry your brethren from [a]before the sanctuary out of the camp.” So they went near and carried them by their tunics out of the camp, as Moses had said.

And Moses said to Aaron, and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons, “Do not [b]uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, lest you die, and (G)wrath come upon all the people. But let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, [c]bewail the burning which the Lord has kindled.

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 10:4 in front of
  2. Leviticus 10:6 An act of mourning
  3. Leviticus 10:6 weep bitterly

60 (A)To Aaron were born Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

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61 And (A)Nadab and Abihu died when they offered profane fire before the Lord.

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The children of Amram were Aaron, Moses, and Miriam. And the sons of Aaron were (A)Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

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