How the lamps are to be lighted.
Numbers 8:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses, sayinge: Numbers 8:2 speake vnto Aaron, and saye vnto hym: when thou puttest on the lampes, the same seuen lampes shall geue lyght towarde the forefront of the candelstycke. Numbers 8:3 And Aaron dyd euen so, and lyghtted þe lampes towarde the forefront of the candelstycke, as þe Lorde commaunded Moses, Numbers 8:4 and the worke of the candelsticke was of styffe golde, both the shaft and the floures therof: accordinge vnto þe visyon whiche the Lord had shewed Moses euen so he made the candelsticke.
The consecration of the Levites.
Numbers 8:5 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses, sayinge: Numbers 8:6 take the Leuites from amonge the chyldren of Israel, and cleanse them. Numbers 8:7 But thus shalt thou do vnto them, when thou cleansest them: sprynckle water of purifyenge vpon them, and let them make a rasure to runne alonge vpon all the fleshe of them, and let them washe their clothes, and so make them selues cleane. Numbers 8:8 Then let them take a bullocke with his meatoffrynge: euen fyne floure myngled wyth oyle: and another bullocke shalt thou take for synne. Numbers 8:9 And whan thou doest brynge the Leuites before the tabernacle of wytnesse, thou shalt gether the hole multitude of the chyldren of Israel together, Numbers 8:10 and brynge the Leuites before the Lorde, and þe chyldren of Israel shall put their handes vpon the Leuites. Numbers 8:11 And Aaron shall waue þe Leuites before the Lorde, for a waue offerynge of the chyldren of Israel, that they maye execute the minystracyon of the seruyce of the Lorde. Numbers 8:12 And the Leuytes shall put their handes vpon the heedes of the bullockes, and thou shalt offer the one for synne, and the other for a burnt offerynge vnto the Lorde, that thou mayest make an attonement for þe Leuites. Numbers 8:13 And thou shalt sett þe Leuites before Aaron and his sonnes, & waue them for a waueofferynge before the Lorde. Numbers 8:14 And thus thou shalt separate the Leuites from amonge the chyldren of Israel, and the Leuites shall be myne: Numbers 8:15 after that, shall the Leuites go in, to do the seruyce of the tabernacle of wytnesse. And thou shalt cleanse them and waue them, Numbers 8:16 for they are geuen and delyuered vnto me from amonge the chyldren of Israel, for such as open euery wombe: euen for the fyrst borne of all the chyldren of Israel haue I taken them vnto me. Numbers 8:17 For all the fyrstborne of the chyldren of Israel are myne both man and beest: sens the daye that I smote euery fyrst borne in þe lande of Egypte, I sanctifyed them for my selfe: Numbers 8:18 and I haue taken the Leuites for all the fyrst borne of the chyldren of Israel, Numbers 8:19 and haue geuen the Leuites as a gyfte vnto Aaron & hys sonnes from amonge the chyldren of Israel, to do the seruyce of the chyldren of Israel in the Tabernacle of wytnesse, to make an attonement for the chyldren of Israel, that there be no plage amonge the chyldren of Israel, yf the chyldren of Israel come nye vnto the holy thynges. Numbers 8:20 And Moses and Aaron and all the congregacyon of che chyldren of Israel dyd with the Leuytes, accordynge vnto all that the Lorde commaunded Moses concernynge the Leuytes: euen so dyd the chyldren of Israel vnto them. Numbers 8:21 And the Leuites were purifyed, and washed their clothes. And Aaron waued them before the Lorde, and made an attonement for them, and cleansed them. Numbers 8:22 After that went the Leuytes into do theyr seruyce in the tabernacle of wytnesse, before Aaron and hys sonnes: as the Lord had commaunded Moses concernynge the Leuytes, euen so they dyd vnto them.
The age and time of their service.
Numbers 8:23 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses sayinge: Numbers 8:24 thys is it that belongeth vnto the Leuytes: from .xxv. yere vpwarde they shall go in to wayte vpon the seruyce of the tabernacle of wytnesse, Numbers 8:25 and from the age of fyftye yeare, they shall ceasse waytynge vpon the seruice therof, & shall serue no moare: Numbers 8:26 but shall mynistre vnto theyr brethren in the tabernacle of wytnesse, to wayte, but shall do no moare seruyce. Thus therfore shalt thou do vnto the Leuites in their watche.