How the lamps are to be lighted.
Numbers 8:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 8:2 Speake vnto Aaron, and say vnto him, When thou lightest the lampes, the seuen lampes shall giue light towarde the forefront of the Candlesticke. Numbers 8:3 And Aaron did so, lighting the lampes thereof towarde ye forefront of the Candlesticke, as the Lorde had commanded Moses. Numbers 8:4 And this was the worke of the Candlesticke, euen of golde beaten out with the hammer, both the shafte, and the flowres thereof was beaten out with the hammer: according to the paterne, which the Lord had shewed Moses, so made he the Candlesticke.
The consecration of the Levites.
Numbers 8:5 And the Lord spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 8:6 Take the Leuites from among the children of Israel, and purifie them. Numbers 8:7 And thus shalt thou doe vnto them, when thou purifiest them, Sprinckle water of purification vpon them, & let them shaue all their flesh, and wash their clothes: so they shalbe cleane. Numbers 8:8 Then they shal take a yong bullocke with his meate offring of fine floure, mingled with oyle, and another yong bullocke shalt thou take for a sinne offring. Numbers 8:9 Then thou shalt bring the Leuites before the Tabernacle of the Congregation, & asseble all the Congregation of the children of Israel. Numbers 8:10 Thou shalt bring the Leuites also before the Lorde, and the children of Israel shall put their handes vpon the Leuites. Numbers 8:11 And Aaron shall offer the Leuites before the Lord, as a shake offring of ye childre of Israel, that they may execute the seruice of the Lorde. Numbers 8:12 And the Leuites shall put their handes vpon the heades of the bullockes, and make thou the one a sinne offring, and the other a burnt offring vnto the Lorde, that thou mayest make an atonement for the Leuites. Numbers 8:13 And thou shalt set the Leuites before Aaron and before his sonnes, & offer the as a shake offring to the Lorde. Numbers 8:14 Thus thou shalt separate the Leuites from among the children of Israel, and the Leuites shal be mine. Numbers 8:15 And afterwarde shall the Leuites goe in, to serue in the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and thou shalt purifie them and offer them, as a shake offering. Numbers 8:16 For they are freely giuen vnto me from among the children of Israel, for such as open any wombe: for all the first borne of the children of Israel haue I taken them vnto me. Numbers 8:17 For all the first borne of the children of Israel are mine, both of man and of beast: since the day that I smote euery first borne in the land of Egypt, I sanctified them for my selfe. Numbers 8:18 And I haue taken the Leuites for all the first borne of the children of Israel, Numbers 8:19 And haue giuen the Leuites as a gift vnto Aaron, and to his sonnes from among the children of Israel, to do the seruice of the children of Israel in the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel, that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come neere vnto the Sanctuarie. Numbers 8:20 Then Moses and Aaron and all the Cogregation of the children of Israel did with the Leuites, according vnto all that the Lorde had commanded Moses concerning the Leuites: so did the children of Israel vnto them. Numbers 8:21 So the Leuites were purified, and washed their clothes, and Aaron offred them as a shake offring before the Lord, and Aaron made an atonement for them, to purifie them. Numbers 8:22 And after that, went the Leuites in to doe their seruice in the Tabernacle of the Congregation, before Aaron and before his sonnes: as the Lorde had commaunded Moses concerning the Leuites, so they did vnto them.
The age and time of their service.
Numbers 8:23 And the Lord spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 8:24 This also belongeth to the Leuites: from fiue and twentie yeere olde and vpwarde, they shall goe in, to execute their office in the seruice of the Tabernacle of the Congregation. Numbers 8:25 And after the age of fiftie yeere, they shall cease from executing the office, and shall serue no more: Numbers 8:26 But they shal minister with their brethre in the Tabernacle of the Congregation, to keepe things committed to their charge, but they shall doe no seruice: thus shalt thou doe vnto the Leuites touching their charges.