Leviticus 8-10 Revised Standard Version

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The Consecration of Aaron and His Sons

8 1  The Lord said to Moses, 2  "Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and the bull of the sin offering, and the two rams, and the basket of unleavened bread; 3  and assemble all the congregation at the door of the tent of meeting." 4  And Moses did as the Lord commanded him; and the congregation was assembled at the door of the tent of meeting. 5  And Moses said to the congregation, "This is the thing which the Lord has commanded to be done." 6  And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water. 7  And he put on him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and girded him with the skilfully woven band of the ephod, binding it to him therewith. 8  And he placed the breastpiece on him, and in the breastpiece he put the Urim and the Thummim. 9  And he set the turban upon his head, and on the turban, in front, he set the golden plate, the holy crown, as the Lord commanded Moses. 10  Then Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them. 11  And he sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its utensils, and the laver and its base, to consecrate them. 12  And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head, and anointed him, to consecrate him. 13  And Moses brought Aaron's sons, and clothed them with coats, and girded them with girdles, and bound caps on them, as the Lord commanded Moses.

14  Then he brought the bull of the sin offering; and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bull of the sin offering. 15  And Moses killed it, and took the blood, and with his finger put it on the horns of the altar round about, and purified the altar, and poured out the blood at the base of the altar, and consecrated it, to make atonement for it. 16  And he took all the fat that was on the entrails, and the appendage of the liver, and the two kidneys with their fat, and Moses burned them on the altar. 17  But the bull, and its skin, and its flesh, and its dung, he burned with fire outside the camp, as the Lord commanded Moses. 18  Then he presented the ram of the burnt offering; and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 19  And Moses killed it, and threw the blood upon the altar round about. 20  And when the ram was cut into pieces, Moses burned the head and the pieces and the fat. 21  And when the entrails and the legs were washed with water, Moses burned the whole ram on the altar, as a burnt offering, a pleasing odor, an offering by fire to the Lord, as the Lord commanded Moses. 22  Then he presented the other ram, the ram of ordination; and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 23  And Moses killed it, and took some of its blood and put it on the tip of Aaron's right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the great toe of his right foot. 24  And Aaron's sons were brought, and Moses put some of the blood on the tips of their right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the great toes of their right feet; and Moses threw the blood upon the altar round about. 25  Then he took the fat, and the fat tail, and all the fat that was on the entrails, and the appendage of the liver, and the two kidneys with their fat, and the right thigh; 26  and out of the basket of unleavened bread which was before the Lord he took one unleavened cake, and one cake of bread with oil, and one wafer, and placed them on the fat and on the right thigh; 27  and he put all these in the hands of Aaron and in the hands of his sons, and waved them as a wave offering before the Lord. 28  Then Moses took them from their hands, and burned them on the altar with the burnt offering, as an ordination offering, a pleasing odor, an offering by fire to the Lord. 29  And Moses took the breast, and waved it for a wave offering before the Lord; it was Moses' portion of the ram of ordination, as the Lord commanded Moses. 30  Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and of the blood which was on the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron and his garments, and also upon his sons and his sons' garments; so he consecrated Aaron and his garments, and his sons and his sons' garments with him.

31  And Moses said to Aaron and his sons, "Boil the flesh at the door of the tent of meeting, and there eat it and the bread that is in the basket of ordination offerings, as I commanded, saying, 'Aaron and his sons shall eat it'; 32  and what remains of the flesh and the bread you shall burn with fire. 33  And you shall not go out from the door of the tent of meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for it will take seven days to ordain you. 34  As has been done today, the Lord has commanded to be done to make atonement for you. 35  At the door of the tent of meeting you shall remain day and night for seven days, performing what the Lord has charged, lest you die; for so I am commanded." 36  And Aaron and his sons did all the things which the Lord commanded by Moses.

Aaron Offers Sacrifices

9 1  On the eighth day Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel; 2  and he said to Aaron, "Take a bull calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, both without blemish, and offer them before the Lord. 3  And say to the people of Israel, 'Take a male goat for a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both a year old without blemish, for a burnt offering, 4  and an ox and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the Lord, and a cereal offering mixed with oil; for today the Lord will appear to you.'" 5  And they brought what Moses commanded before the tent of meeting; and all the congregation drew near and stood before the Lord. 6  And Moses said, "This is the thing which the Lord commanded you to do; and the glory of the Lord will appear to you." 7  Then Moses said to Aaron, "Draw near to the altar, and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering, and make atonement for yourself and for the people; and bring the offering of the people, and make atonement for them; as the Lord has commanded."

8  So Aaron drew near to the altar, and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself. 9  And the sons of Aaron presented the blood to him, and he dipped his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the base of the altar; 10  but the fat and the kidneys and the appendage of the liver from the sin offering he burned upon the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses. 11  The flesh and the skin he burned with fire outside the camp. 12  And he killed the burnt offering; and Aaron's sons delivered to him the blood, and he threw it on the altar round about. 13  And they delivered the burnt offering to him, piece by piece, and the head; and he burned them upon the altar. 14  And he washed the entrails and the legs, and burned them with the burnt offering on the altar. 15  Then he presented the people's offering, and took the goat of the sin offering which was for the people, and killed it, and offered it for sin, like the first sin offering. 16  And he presented the burnt offering, and offered it according to the ordinance. 17  And he presented the cereal offering, and filled his hand from it, and burned it upon the altar, besides the burnt offering of the morning. 18  He killed the ox also and the ram, the sacrifice of peace offerings for the people; and Aaron's sons delivered to him the blood, which he threw upon the altar round about, 19  and the fat of the ox and of the ram, the fat tail, and that which covers the entrails, and the kidneys, and the appendage of the liver; 20  and they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burned the fat upon the altar, 21  but the breasts and the right thigh Aaron waved for a wave offering before the Lord; as Moses commanded. 22  Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them; and he came down from offering the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings.

23  And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting; and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24  And fire came forth from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat upon the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

The Sin of Nadab and Abihu

10 1  Now Nadab and Abi'hu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer, and put fire in it, and laid incense on it, and offered unholy fire before the Lord, such as he had not commanded them. 2  And fire came forth from the presence of the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.

3  Then Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the Lord has said, 'I will show myself holy among those who are near me, and before all the people I will be glorified.'" And Aaron held his peace. 4  And Moses called Mish'a-el and Elza'phan, the sons of Uz'ziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, "Draw near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp." 5  So they drew near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp, as Moses had said. 6  And Moses said to Aaron and to Elea'zar and Ith'amar, his sons, "Do not let the hair of your heads hang loose, and do not rend your clothes, lest you die, and lest wrath come upon all the congregation; but your brethren, the whole house of Israel, may bewail the burning which the Lord has kindled. 7  And do not go out from the door of the tent of meeting, lest you die; for the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you." And they did according to the word of Moses.

8  And the Lord spoke to Aaron, saying, 9  "Drink no wine nor strong drink, you nor your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die; it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations. 10  You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean; 11  and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them by Moses."

12  And Moses said to Aaron and to Elea'zar and Ith'amar, his sons who were left, "Take the cereal offering that remains of the offerings by fire to the Lord, and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy; 13  you shall eat it in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons' due, from the offerings by fire to the Lord; for so I am commanded. 14  But the breast that is waved and the thigh that is offered you shall eat in any clean place, you and your sons and your daughters with you; for they are given as your due and your sons' due, from the sacrifices of the peace offerings of the people of Israel. 15  The thigh that is offered and the breast that is waved they shall bring with the offerings by fire of the fat, to wave for a wave offering before the Lord, and it shall be yours, and your sons' with you, as a due for ever; as the Lord has commanded." 16  Now Moses diligently inquired about the goat of the sin offering, and behold, it was burned! And he was angry with Elea'zar and Ith'amar, the sons of Aaron who were left, saying, 17  "Why have you not eaten the sin offering in the place of the sanctuary, since it is a thing most holy and has been given to you that you may bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the Lord? 18  Behold, its blood was not brought into the inner part of the sanctuary. You certainly ought to have eaten it in the sanctuary, as I commanded." 19  And Aaron said to Moses, "Behold, today they have offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord; and yet such things as these have befallen me! If I had eaten the sin offering today, would it have been acceptable in the sight of the Lord?" 20  And when Moses heard that, he was content.

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