You are to have the part of the most holy offerings(A) that is kept from the fire. From all the gifts they bring me as most holy offerings, whether grain(B) or sin[a](C) or guilt offerings,(D) that part belongs to you and your sons. 10 Eat it as something most holy; every male shall eat it.(E) You must regard it as holy.(F)

11 “This also is yours: whatever is set aside from the gifts of all the wave offerings(G) of the Israelites. I give this to you and your sons and daughters as your perpetual share.(H) Everyone in your household who is ceremonially clean(I) may eat it.

12 “I give you all the finest olive oil and all the finest new wine and grain(J) they give the Lord(K) as the firstfruits of their harvest.(L) 13 All the land’s firstfruits that they bring to the Lord will be yours.(M) Everyone in your household who is ceremonially clean may eat it.(N)

14 “Everything in Israel that is devoted[b] to the Lord(O) is yours. 15 The first offspring of every womb, both human and animal, that is offered to the Lord is yours.(P) But you must redeem(Q) every firstborn(R) son and every firstborn male of unclean animals.(S) 16 When they are a month old,(T) you must redeem them at the redemption price set at five shekels[c](U) of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel,(V) which weighs twenty gerahs.(W)

17 “But you must not redeem the firstborn of a cow, a sheep or a goat; they are holy.(X) Splash their blood(Y) against the altar and burn their fat(Z) as a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.(AA) 18 Their meat is to be yours, just as the breast of the wave offering(AB) and the right thigh are yours.(AC) 19 Whatever is set aside from the holy(AD) offerings the Israelites present to the Lord I give to you and your sons and daughters as your perpetual share. It is an everlasting covenant of salt(AE) before the Lord for both you and your offspring.”

20 The Lord said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them;(AF) I am your share and your inheritance(AG) among the Israelites.

21 “I give to the Levites all the tithes(AH) in Israel as their inheritance(AI) in return for the work they do while serving at the tent of meeting.(AJ) 22 From now on the Israelites must not go near the tent of meeting, or they will bear the consequences of their sin and will die.(AK) 23 It is the Levites who are to do the work at the tent of meeting and bear the responsibility for any offenses they commit against it. This is a lasting ordinance(AL) for the generations to come.(AM) They will receive no inheritance(AN) among the Israelites.(AO) 24 Instead, I give to the Levites as their inheritance the tithes that the Israelites present as an offering to the Lord.(AP) That is why I said concerning them: ‘They will have no inheritance among the Israelites.’”

25 The Lord said to Moses, 26 “Speak to the Levites and say to them: ‘When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you(AQ) as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the Lord’s offering.(AR) 27 Your offering will be reckoned(AS) to you as grain from the threshing floor(AT) or juice from the winepress.(AU) 28 In this way you also will present an offering to the Lord from all the tithes(AV) you receive from the Israelites. From these tithes you must give the Lord’s portion to Aaron the priest. 29 You must present as the Lord’s portion the best and holiest part of everything given to you.’

30 “Say to the Levites: ‘When you present the best part, it will be reckoned to you as the product of the threshing floor or the winepress.(AW) 31 You and your households may eat the rest of it anywhere, for it is your wages for your work at the tent of meeting.(AX) 32 By presenting the best part(AY) of it you will not be guilty in this matter;(AZ) then you will not defile the holy offerings(BA) of the Israelites, and you will not die.’”

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 18:9 Or purification
  2. Numbers 18:14 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord.
  3. Numbers 18:16 That is, about 2 ounces or about 58 grams

Paul’s Rights as an Apostle

Am I not free?(A) Am I not an apostle?(B) Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?(C) Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?(D) Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal(E) of my apostleship in the Lord.

This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me. Don’t we have the right to food and drink?(F) Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife(G) along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers(H) and Cephas[a]?(I) Or is it only I and Barnabas(J) who lack the right to not work for a living?

Who serves as a soldier(K) at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard(L) and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk? Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.”[b](M) Is it about oxen that God is concerned?(N) 10 Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us,(O) because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.(P) 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?(Q) 12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more?

But we did not use this right.(R) On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder(S) the gospel of Christ.

13 Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?(T) 14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.(U)

15 But I have not used any of these rights.(V) And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast.(W) 16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach.(X) Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward;(Y) if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.(Z) 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge,(AA) and so not make full use of my rights(AB) as a preacher of the gospel.

Paul’s Use of His Freedom

19 Though I am free(AC) and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone,(AD) to win as many as possible.(AE) 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.(AF) To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law),(AG) so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law(AH) (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law),(AI) so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.(AJ) I have become all things to all people(AK) so that by all possible means I might save some.(AL) 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 9:5 That is, Peter
  2. 1 Corinthians 9:9 Deut. 25:4

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