18:1 And the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father's house with thee shall bear a the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.
(a) If you trespass in anything concerning the
ceremonies of the sanctuary of your office, you will be punished.
18:3 And they shall b
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,
(b) That is, the things which are committed to
you, or, which you command them.
18:4 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 c stranger shall not
come nigh unto you.
(c) Which was not of the tribe of Levi.
And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge of mine
heave d 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.
(d) As the first fruit, first born, and the
18:9 This shall be thine of the most holy things,
[reserved] from the e fire: every
oblation of theirs, every meat offering of theirs, and every sin offering of
theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs, which they shall render unto me,
[shall be] most holy for thee and for thy sons.
(e) That which was not burned should be the
18:10 In the most f
holy [place] shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto
(f) That is, in the sanctuary between the court
and the holiest of holies.
18:11 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 g
daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: every one that is clean in thy house
shall eat of it.
(g) Read (Leviticus
18:12 All the h
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.
(h) Or, fat; chiefest.
But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a
goat, thou shalt not i 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.
(i) Because they are appointed for sacrifice.
18:19 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 k of salt for ever
before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.
(k) That is, sure, stable and incorruptible.
18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt
have no inheritance in their l land,
neither shalt thou have any part among them: I [am] thy part and thine
inheritance among the children of Israel.
(l) Of Canaan.
18:22 Neither must the
children of Israel henceforth m come
nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.
(m) To serve in it: for the Levites are put in
18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the
tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear n
their iniquity: [it shall be] a statute for ever throughout your generations,
that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.
(n) If they fail in their office, they will be
And [this] your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though [it were]
the o corn of the threshingfloor, and as
the fulness of the winepress.
(o) As acceptable as the fruit of your own ground
18:29 Out of all your p
gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the q
best thereof, [even] the hallowed part thereof out of it.
(p) Which you have received from the children of
(q) Read (Numbers
18:31 And ye shall eat it in
every r place, ye and your households:
for it [is] your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.
(r) As in (Numbers
18:32 And ye shall f
bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved from it the best of it: neither
shall ye pollute the holy t things of
the children of Israel, lest ye die.
(s) You shall not be punished therefore.
(t) The offerings which the Israelites have
offered to God.