13 “And you shall stand the Levites before Aaron and his sons, and then offer them like a wave offering to the Lord. 14 Thus you shall (A)separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, and the Levites shall be (B)Mine. 15 After that the Levites shall go in to service the tabernacle of meeting. So you shall cleanse them and (C)offer them like a wave offering. 16 For they are (D)wholly given to Me from among the children of Israel; I have taken them for Myself (E)instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the children of Israel. 17 (F)For all the firstborn among the children of Israel are Mine, both man and beast; on the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I [a]sanctified them to Myself. 18 I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn of the children of Israel. 19 And (G)I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the work for the children of Israel in the tabernacle of meeting, and to make atonement for the children of Israel, (H)that there be no plague among the children of Israel when the children of Israel come near the sanctuary.”

20 Thus Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel did to the Levites; according to all that the Lord commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so the children of Israel did to them.

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 8:17 set them apart