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Sirach 45:6-16Revised Standard Version (RSV)


He exalted Aaron, the brother of Moses,[a]
    a holy man like him, of the tribe of Levi.
He made an everlasting covenant with him,
    and gave him the priesthood of the people.
He blessed him with splendid vestments,
    and put a glorious robe upon him.
He clothed him with superb perfection,
    and strengthened him with the symbols of authority,
    the linen breeches, the long robe, and the ephod.
And he encircled him with pomegranates,
    with very many golden bells round about,
to send forth a sound as he walked,
    to make their ringing heard in the temple
    as a reminder to the sons of his people;
10 with a holy garment, of gold and blue
    and purple, the work of an embroiderer;
with the oracle of judgment, Urim and Thummim;
11     with twisted scarlet, the work of a craftsman;
with precious stones engraved like signets,
    in a setting of gold, the work of a jeweler,
for a reminder, in engraved letters,
    according to the number of the tribes of Israel;
12 with a gold crown upon his turban,
    inscribed like a signet with “Holiness,”
a distinction to be prized, the work of an expert,
    the delight of the eyes, richly adorned.
13 Before his time there never were such beautiful things.
    No outsider ever put them on,
but only his sons
    and his descendants perpetually.
14 His sacrifices shall be wholly burned
    twice every day continually.
15 Moses ordained him,
    and anointed him with holy oil;
it was an everlasting covenant for him
    and for his descendants all the days of heaven,
to minister to the Lord[b] and serve as priest
    and bless his people in his name.
16 He chose him out of all the living
    to offer sacrifice to the Lord,
incense and a pleasing odor as a memorial portion,
    to make atonement for the people.[c]


  1. Sirach 45:6 Gk him
  2. Sirach 45:15 Gk him
  3. Sirach 45:16 Other authorities read thy people
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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