Bible: Num 3:5-13

The Assignment of the Levites

3:5 The Lord spoke to Moses: 3:6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, 1  and present 2  them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him. 3  3:7 They are responsible for his needs 4  and the needs of the whole community before the tent of meeting, by attending 5  to the service of the tabernacle. 3:8 And they are responsible for all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, and for the needs of the Israelites, as they serve 6  in the tabernacle. 3:9 You are to assign 7  the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they will be assigned exclusively 8  to him out of all 9  the Israelites. 3:10 So you are to appoint Aaron and his sons, and they will be responsible for their priesthood; 10  but the unauthorized person 11  who comes near must be put to death.”

3:11 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 3:12 Look, 12  I myself have taken the Levites from among the Israelites instead of 13  every firstborn who opens the womb among the Israelites. So the Levites belong to me, 3:13 because all the firstborn are mine. When I destroyed 14  all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I set apart for myself all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast. They belong to me. I am the Lord.” 15 

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