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and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi. For there shall be one staff for the head of each ancestral house.

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But you and your sons with you shall diligently perform your priestly duties in all that concerns the altar and the area behind the curtain. I give your priesthood as a gift;[a] any outsider who approaches shall be put to death.

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 18:7 Heb as a service of gift

Responsibility of Priests and Levites

18 The Lord said to Aaron: You and your sons and your ancestral house with you shall bear responsibility for offenses connected with the sanctuary, while you and your sons alone shall bear responsibility for offenses connected with the priesthood.

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These are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar; these are the names of the sons of Aaron, the anointed priests, whom he ordained to minister as priests.

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20 Amram married Jochebed his father’s sister and she bore him Aaron and Moses, and the length of Amram’s life was one hundred thirty-seven years.

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16 The following are the names of the sons of Levi according to their genealogies: Gershon,[a] Kohath, and Merari, and the length of Levi’s life was one hundred thirty-seven years.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 6:16 Also spelled Gershom; see 2.22

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