18:1 And the LORD said to Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy
father's house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the
sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the
iniquity of your priesthood.
18:2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of
thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined to
thee, and minister to thee: but thou and thy sons with thee
[shall minister] before the tabernacle of witness.
18:3 And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the
tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the
sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.
18:4 And they shall be joined to thee, and keep the charge of
the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the
tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh to you.
18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the
charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the
children of Israel.
18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from
among the children of Israel: to you [they are] given [as] a
gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the
18:7 Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your
priest's office for every thing of the altar, and within the
vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest's office [to
you as] a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh
shall be put to death.
18:8 And the LORD spoke to Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee
the charge of my heave-offerings of all the hallowed things of
the children of Israel; to thee have I given them by reason of
the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance for ever.
18:9 This shall be thine of the most holy things [reserved] from
the fire: every oblation of theirs, every meat-offering of
theirs, and every sin-offering of theirs, and every
trespass-offering of theirs, which they shall render to me,
[shall be] most holy for thee and for thy sons.
18:10 In the most holy [place] shalt thou eat it; every male
shall eat it: it shall be holy to thee.
18:11 And this [is] thine; the heave-offering of their gift,
with all the wave-offerings of the children of Israel: I have
given them to thee, and to thy sons, and to thy daughters with
thee, by a statute for ever: every one that is clean in thy
house shall eat of it.
18:12 All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and
of the wheat, the first-fruits of them which they shall offer
to the LORD, them have I given to thee.
18:13 [And] whatever is first ripe in the land, which they shall
bring to the LORD, shall be thine; every one that is clean in
thy house shall eat [of] it.
18:14 Every thing devoted in Israel shall be thine.
18:15 Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which
they bring to the LORD, [whether] of men or beast, shall be
thine: nevertheless, the first born of man shalt thou surely
redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.
18:16 And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt
thou redeem, according to thy estimation, for the money of five
shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which [is] twenty
18:17 But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep,
or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they [are]
holy: thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shalt
burn their fat [for] an offering made by fire, for a sweet
savor to the LORD.
18:18 And the flesh of them shall be thine, as the wave-breast
and as the right shoulder are thine
18:19 All the heave-offerings of the holy things, which the
children of Israel offer to the LORD, have I given to thee, and
to thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever:
it [is] a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD to thee and
to thy seed with thee.
18:20 And the LORD spoke to Aaron, Thou shalt have no
inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part
among them: I [am] thy part and thy inheritance among the
children of Israel.
18:21 And behold, I have given the children of Levi all the
tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which
they serve, [even] the service of the tabernacle of the
18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh
the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and
18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of
the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: [It shall
be] a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among
the children of Israel they have no inheritance.
18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer
[as] a heave-offering to the LORD, I have given to the Levites
to inherit: therefore I have said to them, Among the children
of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
18:25 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
18:26 Thus speak to the Levites, and say to them, When ye take
of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you
from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up a
heave-offering of it for the LORD, [even] a tenth [part] of the
18:27 And [this] your heave-offering shall be reckoned to you,
as though [it were] the corn of the threshing-floor, and as the
fullness of the wine-press.
18:28 Thus ye also shall offer a heave-offering to the LORD of
all your tithes which ye receive of the children of Israel; and
ye shall give of them the LORD'S heave-offering to Aaron the
18:29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave-offering
of the LORD, of all the best of it, [even] its hallowed part
out of it.
18:30 Therefore thou shalt say to them, When ye have heaved from
it the best of it, then it shall be counted to the Levites as
the increase of the threshing-floor, and as the increase of the
18:31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your
households: for it [is] your reward for your service in the
tabernacle of the congregation.
18:32 And ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have
heaved from it the best of it: neither shall ye pollute the
holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die.