How the lamps are to be lighted.
Numbers 8:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses sayinge: Numbers 8:2 speake vnto Aaron and say vnto him: when thou puttest on the lampes se that they lyght al seuen vpon þe forefront of the candelstyck. Numbers 8:3 And Aaron did euen so, and put the lampes vpon the forefront of the candelstycke, as the Lord commaunded Moses, Numbers 8:4 & the worke of the candelstyck was of styffe golde: both the shaft and the floures therof. And accordyng vnto the visyon whyche the Lord had shewed Moses euen so he made the candelstyck.
The consecration of the Levites.
Numbers 8:5 And the Lord spake vnto Moses sayinge: Numbers 8:6 take the Leuites from amonge the chyldren of Israel, and cleanse them. Numbers 8:7 And this do vnto them when thou cleansest them, sprynkle water of purifyenge vpon them and make a rasure to runne alonge vpon all the fleshe of them, and let them washe theyr clothes, and then they shal be cleane. Numbers 8:8 And let them take a bullocke and hys meatofferyng, fyne floure myngled with oyle: & another bullocke shalt thou take to be a synneofferyng. Numbers 8:9 Then bryng the Leuites before the tabernacle of wytnesse and gether the whole multitude of the chyldren of Israel together. Numbers 8:10 And bryng the Leuites before the Lorde, and let the chyldren of Israell put their handes vpon the Leuites. Numbers 8:11 And let Aaron heaue the Leuites before the Lorde, for an heaueofferynge geuen of the chyldren of Israel, and then let them be appoynted to wayte vpon the seruyce of the Lorde. Numbers 8:12 And let the Leuytes put theyr handes vpon the heades of the bullockes, & then offer them: the one for a synneofferyng and the other for a burntofferyng vnto the Lorde, to make an attonement for the Leuites. Numbers 8:13 And make the Leuites stande before Aaron and hys sonnes, & heaue them to be an heaueofferyng vnto þe Lorde. Numbers 8:14 And thou shalt separate the Leuites from among the chyldren of Israel, that they be myne: Numbers 8:15 and after that let them goo and do the seruice of the tabernacle of wytnesse. Cleanse them & waue them, Numbers 8:16 for they are geuen vnto me from among the chyldren of Israel for I haue taken them vnto me for all the fyrst borne that open any matryce amonge the chyldren of Israel. Numbers 8:17 For al the fyrstborne among the children of Israel are myne both man & beast: because the same tyme that I smote the fyrstborne in the lande of Egypte, I sanctyfyed them for my selfe: Numbers 8:18 and I haue taken the Leuites for al the fyrstborne among the chyldren of Israell, Numbers 8:19 and haue geuen them vnto Aaron and hys sonnes from amonge the chyldren of Israel to do the seruyce of the chyldren of Israell in the tabernacle of witnesse and to make an attonement for the chyldren of Israell, that there be no plage among the chyldren of Israel, yf they come nye vnto the sanctuary. Numbers 8:20 And Moses and Aaron and all the congregacyon of the chyldren of Israel did vnto the Leuytes accordynge vnto all that the Lord commaunded Moses. Numbers 8:21 And the Leuites puryfyed them selues, and washed their clothes. And Aaron waued them before the Lord, and made an attonement for them to cleanse them. Numbers 8:22 And after that they went in, to do theyr seruyce in the tabernacle of wytnesse, before Aaron & hys sonnes. And acordyng as the Lord had commaunded Moses as concernyng the Leuites, euen so they dyd vnto them.
The age and time of their service.
Numbers 8:23 And the Lord spake vnto Moses saying: Numbers 8:24 thys shalbe the maner of the Leuites: from .xxv. yere vpwarde they shall go in to wayte vpon þe seruice in the tabernacle of witnesse, Numbers 8:25 & at fyfty they shal ceasse waytyng vpon the seruyce therof, and shall laboure no moare: Numbers 8:26 but shal mynistre vnto their bretheren in the tabernacle of wytnesse, and there wayte, but shall do no moare seruyce. And se that thou do after thys maner vnto þe Leuites in their waytyng tymes.