1 Dixitque Dominus ad Aaron: "Tu et filii tui et domus patris tui tecum portabitis iniquitatem sanctuarii; et tu et filii tui simul sustinebitis peccata sacerdotii vestri.
2 Sed et fratres tuos de tribu Levi, tribum patris tui sume tecum, praestoque sint et ministrent tibi; tu autem et filii tui ministrabitis in tabernaculo testimonii.
3 Excubabuntque Levitae ad praecepta tua et ad cuncta opera tabernaculi, ita dumtaxat ut ad vasa sanctuarii et ad altare non accedant, ne et illi moriantur, et vos pereatis simul.
4 Sint autem tecum et excubent in custodiis tabernaculi conventus et in omni ministerio eius; alienigena non miscebitur vobis.
5 Excubate in ministerio sanctuarii et in ministerio altaris, ne oriatur amplius indignatio super filios Israel.
6 Ego sumpsi fratres vestros Levitas de medio filiorum Israel et tradidi donum Domino, ut serviant in ministeriis tabernaculi conventus.
7 Tu autem et filii tui custodite sacerdotium vestrum et omnia, quae ad cultum altaris pertinent et intra velum sunt, administrabitis. Ministerium do vobis sacerdotium in donum; si quis externus accesserit, occidetur"
8 Locutusque est Dominus ad Aaron: "Ecce dedi tibi custodiam praelibationum mearum. Omnia, quae sanctificantur a filiis Israel, tradidi tibi et filiis tuis pro officio sacerdotali, legitima sempiterna.
9 Haec ergo accipies de sanctis sanctorum, exceptis his, quae comburuntur: omnis oblatio et sacrificium pro peccato atque delicto, quod redditur mihi, sanctum sanctorum tuum erit et filiorum tuorum.
10 In sanctuario comedes illud; mares tantum edent ex eo, quia consecratum est tibi.
11 Praelibationem donorum, quae elevando obtulerint filii Israel, tibi dedi et filiis tuis ac filiabus tuis iure perpetuo: qui mundus est in domo tua, vescetur eis.
12 Omnem medullam olei et vini ac frumenti quidquid offerunt primitiarum Domino, tibi dedi.
13 Universa frugum initia, quas gignit humus et Domino deportantur, cedent in usus tuos: qui mundus est in domo tua, vescetur eis.
14 Omne, quod ex voto reddiderint filii Israel, tuum erit.
15 Quidquid primum erumpit e vulva cunctae carnis, quod offerunt Domino, sive ex hominibus sive de pecoribus fuerit, tui iuris erit; ita dumtaxat, ut hominis primogenitum et omne animal, quod immundum est, redimi facias.
16 Cuius redemptio erit post unum mensem siclis argenti quinque pondere sanctuarii. Siclus viginti obolos habet.
17 Primogenitum autem bovis vel ovis vel caprae non facies redimi, quia sanctificata sunt Domino; sanguinem tantum eorum fundes super altare et adipes adolebis in suavissimum odorem Domino.
18 Carnes vero eorum in usum tuum cedent, sicut pectusculum elevatum et armus dexter tua erunt.
19 Omnes praelibationes sanctas, quas offerunt filii Israel Domino, tibi dedi et filiis ac filiabus tuis iure perpetuo: pactum salis est sempiternum coram Domino tibi ac filiis tuis"
20 Dixitque Dominus ad Aaron: "In terra eorum nihil possidebitis nec habebitis partem inter eos: Ego pars et hereditas tua in medio filiorum Israel.
21 Filiis autem Levi dedi omnes decimas Israelis in possessionem pro ministerio, quo serviunt mihi in tabernaculo conventus,
22 ut non accedant ultra filii Israel ad tabernaculum conventus nec committant peccatum mortiferum.
23 Solis filiis Levi mihi in tabernaculo conventus servientibus et portantibus peccata populi; legitimum sempiternum erit in generationibus vestris, et in medio filiorum Israel nihil aliud possidebunt.
24 Decimas, quas filii Israel in praelibationem elevant Domino, dedi Levitis in possessionem. Propterea dixi eis: In medio filiorum Israel non habebitis possessionem"
25 Locutusque est Dominus ad Moysen dicens:
26 "Praecipe Levitis atque denuntia: Cum acceperitis a filiis Israel decimas, quas dedi vobis, praelibationem earum elevabitis Domino, id est decimam partem decimae,
27 ut reputetur vobis in praelibationem tam de areis quam de torcularibus.
28 Sic de universis, quorum accipitis primitias a filiis Israel, elevate Domino: date Aaron sacerdoti.
29 Omnia, quae offeretis ex decimis, in donaria Domini separabitis: optima et electa erunt.
30 Dicesque ad eos: Si praeclara et meliora quaeque obtuleritis ex decimis, reputabitur vobis quasi de area et torculari dederitis fructus;
31 et comedetis eas in omnibus locis vestris, tam vos quam familiae vestrae, quia pretium est pro ministerio, quo servitis in tabernaculo conventus.
32 Et non peccabitis super hoc egregia vobis et pinguia reservantes, ne polluatis oblationes filiorum Israel et moriamini"
King James Version
1 And the LORD said unto 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.
2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness.
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.
4 And they shall be joined unto 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 unto you.
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.
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 congregation.
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 unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
8 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge of mine heave offerings of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance for ever.
9 This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every oblation of their's, every meat offering of their's, and every sin offering of their's, and every trespass offering of their's, which they shall render unto me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons.
10 In the most holy place shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee.
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 unto 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.
12 All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat, the firstfruits of them which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee.
13 And whatsoever is first ripe in the land, which they shall bring unto the LORD, shall be thine; every one that is clean in thine house shall eat of it.
14 Every thing devoted in Israel shall be thine.
15 Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.
16 And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.
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 savour unto the LORD.
18 And the flesh of them shall be thine, as the wave breast and as the right shoulder are thine.
19 All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.
20 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.
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 congregation.
22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.
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.
24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
25 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto 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 an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.
27 And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress.
28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD'S heave offering to Aaron the priest.
29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.
30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have heaved the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress.
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.
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.