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Chapter 13

Spies View the Land

1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying,
2 "Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am going to give to the sons of Israel; you shall send a man from each of their fathers' tribes, every one a leader among them."
3 So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran at the command [fn] of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the sons of Israel.
4 These then were their names: from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur;
5 from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori;
6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh;
7 from the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph;
8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun;
9 from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu;
10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi;
11 from the tribe of Joseph, from the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi;
12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli;
13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael;
14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi;
15 from the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.
16 These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land; but Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua.

17 When Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, he said to them, "Go up there [fn] into the Negev [fn]; then go up into the hill country.
18 "See what the land is like, and whether the people who live in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many.
19 "How is the land in which they live, is it good or bad? And how are the cities in which they live, are they like [fn] open camps or with fortifications?
20 "How is the land, is it fat or lean? Are there trees in it or not? Make [fn] an effort then to get some of the fruit of the land." Now the time was the time of the first ripe grapes.

21 So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, at [fn] Lebo-hamath.
22 When they had gone up into the Negev, they [fn] came to Hebron where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the descendants [fn] of Anak were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

23 Then they came to the valley [fn] of Eshcol [fn] and from there cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes; and they carried it on a pole between two men, with some of the pomegranates and the figs.
24 That place was called the valley of Eshcol [fn], because of the cluster which the sons of Israel cut down from there.

The Spies' Reports

25 When they returned from spying out the land, at the end of forty days,
26 they proceeded to come to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the sons of Israel in [fn] the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; and they brought back word to them and to all the congregation and showed them the fruit of the land.
27 Thus they told him, and said, "We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
28 "Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants [fn] of Anak there.
29 "Amalek is living in the land of the Negev and the Hittites and the Jebusites and the Amorites are living in the hill country, and the Canaanites are living by the sea and by the side of the Jordan."

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before [fn] Moses and said, "We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it."
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us."
32 So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants [fn]; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size.
33 "There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."

 

Chapter 14

The People Rebel

1 Then all the congregation lifted [fn] up their voices and cried, and the people wept that [fn] night.
2 All the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!
3 "Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?"
4 So they said to one another, "Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt."

5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel.
6 Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;
7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, "The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.
8 "If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us—a land which flows with milk and honey.
9 "Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey [fn]. Their protection [fn] has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them."
10 But all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Then the glory of the Lord appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel.

Moses Pleads for the People

11 The Lord said to Moses, "How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst?
12 "I will smite them with pestilence [fn] and dispossess them, and I will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they."

13 But Moses said to the Lord, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst,
14 and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O Lord, are in the midst of this people, for You, O Lord, are seen eye to eye, while Your cloud stands over them; and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.
15 "Now if You slay this people as one man, then the nations who have heard of Your fame will say [fn],
16 'Because the Lord could not bring this people into the land which He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.'
17 "But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have declared [fn],
18 'The Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to [fn] the third and the fourth generations.'
19 "Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."

The Lord Pardons and Rebukes

20 So the Lord said, "I have pardoned them according to your word;
21 but indeed, as I live, all [fn] the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.
22 "Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice,
23 shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it.
24 "But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I [fn] will bring into the land which [fn] he entered, and his descendants [fn] shall take possession of it.
25 "Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; turn tomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the Red [fn] Sea."

26 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
27 "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making [fn] against Me.
28 "Say to them, 'As I live,' says the Lord, 'just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you;
29 your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered [fn] men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me.
30 'Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore [fn] to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.
31 'Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey—I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected.
32 'But as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness.
33 'Your sons shall be shepherds for forty years in the wilderness, and they will suffer [fn] for your unfaithfulness [fn], until your corpses lie [fn] in the wilderness.
34 'According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt [fn] a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition.
35 'I, the Lord, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.' "

36 As for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land,
37 even those men who brought out the very bad report of the land died by a plague before the Lord.
38 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive out of those men who went to spy out the land.

Israel Repulsed

39 When Moses spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people mourned greatly.
40 In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the ridge [fn] of the hill country, saying, "Here we are; we [fn] have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the Lord has promised."
41 But Moses said, "Why then are you transgressing the commandment [fn] of the Lord, when it will not succeed?
42 "Do not go up, or you will be struck down before your enemies, for the Lord is not among you.
43 "For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the Lord. And the Lord will not be with you."
44 But they went up heedlessly to the ridge [fn] of the hill country; neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses left the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as Hormah.

 

Chapter 15

Laws for Canaan

1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
2 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you enter the land where [fn] you are to live, which I am giving you,
3 then make an offering by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering or a sacrifice to fulfill [fn] a special vow, or as a freewill offering or in your appointed times, to make a soothing aroma to the Lord, from the herd or from the flock.
4 'The one who presents his offering shall present to the Lord a grain offering of one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with one-fourth of a hin [fn] of oil,
5 and you shall prepare wine for the drink offering, one-fourth of a hin, with the burnt offering or for the sacrifice, for each lamb.
6 'Or for a ram you shall prepare as a grain offering two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with one-third of a hin of oil;
7 and for the drink offering you shall offer one-third of a hin of wine as a soothing aroma to the Lord.
8 'When you prepare a bull as a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill [fn] a special vow, or for peace offerings to the Lord,
9 then you shall offer with the bull a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with one-half a hin of oil;
10 and you shall offer as the drink offering one-half a hin of wine as an offering by fire, as a soothing aroma to the Lord.

11 'Thus it shall be done for each ox, or for each ram, or for each of the male lambs, or of the goats.
12 'According to the number that you prepare, so you shall do for everyone according to their number.
13 'All who are native shall do these things in this manner, in presenting an offering by fire, as a soothing aroma to the Lord.

Law of the Sojourner

14 'If an alien sojourns with you, or one who may be among you throughout your generations, and he wishes to make an offering by fire, as a soothing aroma to the Lord, just as you do so he shall do.
15 'As for the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the alien who sojourns with you, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before the Lord.
16 'There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.' "

17 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
18 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you enter the land where I bring you,
19 then it shall be, that when you eat of the food [fn] of the land, you shall lift up an [fn] offering to the Lord.
20 'Of the first of your dough [fn] you shall lift up a cake as an offering [fn]; as the offering [fn] of the threshing floor, so you shall lift it up.
21 'From the first of your dough [fn] you shall give to the Lord an offering [fn] throughout your generations.

22 'But when you unwittingly fail and do not observe all these commandments, which the Lord has spoken to Moses,
23 even all that the Lord has commanded you through [fn] Moses, from the day when the Lord gave commandment and onward throughout your generations,
24 then it shall be, if it is done unintentionally, without [fn] the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one bull for a burnt offering, as a soothing aroma to the Lord, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the ordinance, and one male goat for a sin offering.
25 'Then the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and they will be forgiven; for it was an error, and they have brought their offering, an offering by fire to the Lord, and their sin offering before the Lord, for their error.
26 'So all the congregation of the sons of Israel will be forgiven, with the alien who sojourns among them, for it happened to all the people through error.

27 'Also if one person sins unintentionally, then he shall offer a one year old female goat for a sin offering.
28 'The priest shall make atonement before the Lord for the person who goes astray when he sins unintentionally, making atonement for him that [fn] he may be forgiven.
29 'You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the sons of Israel and for the alien who sojourns among them.
30 'But the person who does anything defiantly, whether he is native or an alien, that one is blaspheming the Lord; and that person shall be cut off from among his people.
31 'Because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his guilt [fn] will be on him.' "

Sabbath-breaking Punished

32 Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day.
33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation;
34 and they put him in custody [fn] because it had not been declared [fn] what should be done to him.
35 Then the Lord said to Moses, "The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp."
36 So all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to [fn] death with stones, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

37 The Lord also spoke to Moses, saying,
38 "Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue.
39 "It shall be a tassel for you to [fn] look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, so as to do them and not follow [fn] after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot,
40 so that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.
41 "I am the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt to be your God; I am the Lord your God."

 

Chapter 16

Korah's Rebellion

1 Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took action,
2 and they rose up before Moses, together [fn] with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen [fn] in the assembly, men of renown.
3 They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You [fn] have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?"

4 When Moses heard this, he fell on his face;
5 and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, "Tomorrow morning the Lord will show who is His, and who is holy, and will bring him near to Himself; even the one whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself.
6 "Do this: take censers for yourselves, Korah and all your [fn] company,
7 and put fire in them, and lay incense upon them in the presence of the Lord tomorrow; and the man whom the Lord chooses shall be the one who is holy. You [fn] have gone far enough, you sons of Levi!"

8 Then Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi,
9 is it not [fn] enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them;
10 and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking for the priesthood also?
11 "Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the Lord; but as for Aaron, who [fn] is he that you grumble against him?"

12 Then Moses sent a [fn] summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, "We will not come up.
13 "Is it not [fn] enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us?
14 "Indeed, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Would you put [fn] out the eyes of these [fn] men? We will not come up!"

15 Then Moses became very angry and said to the Lord, "Do not regard their offering! I have not taken a single donkey from them, nor have I done harm to any of them."
16 Moses said to Korah, "You and all your company be present before the Lord tomorrow, both you and they along with Aaron.
17 "Each of you take his firepan and put incense on it [fn], and each of you bring his censer before the Lord, two hundred and fifty firepans; also you and Aaron shall each bring his firepan."
18 So they each took his own censer and put fire on it [fn], and laid incense on it [fn]; and they stood at the doorway of the tent of meeting, with Moses and Aaron.
19 Thus Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the doorway of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation.

20 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
21 "Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly."
22 But they fell on their faces and said, "O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?"

23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
24 "Speak to the congregation, saying, 'Get back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.' "

25 Then Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram, with the elders of Israel following him,
26 and he spoke to the congregation, saying, "Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sin."
27 So they got back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the doorway of their tents, along with their wives and their sons and their little ones.
28 Moses said, "By this you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these deeds; for this is not my [fn] doing.
29 "If these men die the [fn] death of all men or if [fn] they suffer the fate of all men, then the Lord has not sent me.
30 "But if the Lord brings [fn] about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol [fn], then you will understand that these men have spurned the Lord."

31 As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open;
32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions.
33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol [fn]; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
34 All Israel who were around them fled at their outcry [fn], for they said, "The earth may swallow us up!"
35 Fire also came forth from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering the incense.

36 Then [fn] the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
37 "Say to Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, that he shall take up the censers out of the midst of the blaze [fn], for they are holy; and you scatter the burning [fn] coals abroad.
38 "As for the censers of these men [fn] who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered sheets for a plating of the altar, since they did present them before the Lord and they are holy; and they shall be for a sign to the sons of Israel."
39 So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers which the men who were burned had offered, and they hammered them out as a plating for the altar,
40 as a reminder [fn] to the sons of Israel that no layman [fn] who is not of the descendants [fn] of Aaron should come near to burn incense before the Lord; so that he will not become like Korah and his company—just as the Lord had spoken to him through [fn] Moses.

Murmuring and Plague

41 But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, "You are the ones who have caused the death of the Lord's people."
42 It came about, however, when the congregation had assembled against Moses and Aaron, that they turned toward the tent of meeting, and behold, the cloud covered it and the glory of the Lord appeared.
43 Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting,
44 and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
45 "Get [fn] away from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly." Then they fell on their faces.
46 Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from the Lord, the plague has begun!"
47 Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people. So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.
48 He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked.
49 But those who died by the plague were 14,700, besides those who died on account of Korah.
50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the doorway of the tent of meeting, for the plague had been checked.

 

Chapter 17

Aaron's Rod Buds

1 Then [fn] the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
2 "Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each father's household: twelve rods, from all their leaders according to their fathers' households. You shall write each name on his rod,
3 and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers' households.
4 "You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony, where I meet with you.
5 "It will come about that the rod of the man whom I choose will sprout. Thus I will lessen from upon Myself the grumblings of the sons of Israel, who are grumbling against you."
6 Moses therefore spoke to the sons of Israel, and all their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers' households, twelve rods, with the rod of Aaron among their rods.
7 So Moses deposited the rods before the Lord in the tent of the testimony.

8 Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.
9 Moses then brought out all the rods from the presence of the Lord to all the sons of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.
10 But the Lord said to Moses, "Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony to [fn] be kept as a sign against the rebels [fn], that you may put an end to their grumblings against Me, so that they will not die."
11 Thus Moses did; just as the Lord had commanded him, so he did.

12 Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying!
13 "Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the Lord, must die. Are we to perish completely?"

 

Chapter 18

Duties of Levites

1 So the Lord said to Aaron, "You and your sons and your father's household with you shall bear the guilt in [fn] connection with the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the guilt in [fn] connection with your priesthood.
2 "But bring with you also your brothers, the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, that they may be joined with you and serve you, while you and your sons with you are before the tent of the testimony.
3 "And they shall thus attend to your obligation and the obligation of all the tent, but they shall not come near to the furnishings of the sanctuary and the altar, or both they and you will die.
4 "They shall be joined with you and attend to the obligations of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the tent; but an outsider [fn] may not come near you.
5 "So you shall attend to the obligations of the sanctuary and the obligations of the altar, so that there will no longer be wrath on the sons of Israel.
6 "Behold, I Myself have taken your fellow [fn] Levites from among the sons of Israel; they are a gift to you, dedicated [fn] to the Lord, to perform the service for the tent of meeting.
7 "But you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything concerning the altar and inside the veil, and you are to perform service. I am giving you the priesthood as a bestowed [fn] service, but the outsider [fn] who comes near shall be put to death."

The Priests' Portion

8 Then the Lord spoke to Aaron, "Now behold, I Myself have given you charge of My offerings [fn], even all the holy gifts of the sons of Israel I have given them to you as a portion and to your sons as a perpetual allotment.
9 "This shall be yours from the most holy gifts reserved from the fire; every offering of theirs, even every grain offering and every sin offering and every guilt offering, which they shall render to Me, shall be most holy for you and for your sons.
10 "As the most holy gifts you shall eat it; every male shall eat it. It shall be holy to you.
11 "This also is yours, the offering of their gift, even all the wave offerings of the sons of Israel; I have given them to you and to your sons and daughters with you as a perpetual allotment. Everyone of your household who is clean may eat it.
12 "All the best [fn] of the fresh oil and all the best [fn] of the fresh wine and of the grain, the first fruits of those which they give to the Lord, I give them to you.
13 "The first ripe fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring to the Lord, shall be yours; everyone of your household who is clean may eat it.
14 "Every devoted thing in Israel shall be yours.
15 "Every [fn] first issue of the womb of all flesh, whether man or animal, which they offer to the Lord, shall be yours; nevertheless the firstborn of man you shall surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem.
16 "As to their redemption price, from a month old you shall redeem them, by your valuation, five shekels [fn] in silver, according to the shekel [fn] of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.
17 "But the firstborn of an ox or the firstborn of a sheep or the firstborn of a goat, you shall not redeem; they are holy. You shall sprinkle their blood on the altar and shall offer up their fat in smoke as an offering by fire, for a soothing aroma to the Lord.
18 "Their meat [fn] shall be yours; it shall be yours like the breast of a wave offering and like the right thigh.
19 "All the offerings of the holy gifts, which the sons of Israel offer to the Lord, I have given to you and your sons and your daughters with you, as a perpetual allotment. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the Lord to you and your descendants [fn] with you."
20 Then the Lord said to Aaron, "You shall have no inheritance in their land nor own any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the sons of Israel.

21 "To the sons of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they perform, the service of the tent of meeting.
22 "The sons of Israel shall not come near the tent of meeting again, or they will bear sin and die.
23 "Only the Levites shall perform the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, and among the sons of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
24 "For the tithe of the sons of Israel, which they offer as an offering to the Lord, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance; therefore I have said concerning them, 'They shall have no inheritance among the sons of Israel.' "

25 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
26 "Moreover, you shall speak to the Levites and say to them, 'When you take from the sons of Israel the tithe which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present an offering from it to the Lord, a tithe of the tithe.
27 'Your offering shall be reckoned to you as the grain from the threshing floor or the full produce from the wine vat.
28 'So you shall also present an offering to the Lord from your tithes, which you receive from the sons of Israel; and from it you shall give the Lord's offering to Aaron the priest.
29 'Out of all your gifts you shall present every offering due to the Lord, from all the best [fn] of them, the [fn] sacred part from them.'
30 "You shall say to them, 'When you have offered [fn] from it the best of it, then the rest shall be reckoned to the Levites as the product of the threshing floor, and as the product of the wine vat.
31 'You may eat it anywhere, you and your households, for it is your compensation in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
32 'You will bear no sin by reason of it when you have offered [fn] the best [fn] of it. But you shall not profane the sacred gifts of the sons of Israel, or you will die.' "

 

Chapter 19

Ordinance of the Red Heifer

1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
2 "This is the statute of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying, 'Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been [fn] placed.
3 'You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence.
4 'Next Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle some of its blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times.
5 'Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight; its hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse, shall be burned.
6 'The priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet material and cast it into the midst of the burning [fn] heifer.
7 'The priest shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body [fn] in water, and afterward come into the camp, but the priest shall be unclean until evening.
8 'The one who burns it shall also wash his clothes in water and bathe his body [fn] in water, and shall be unclean until evening.
9 'Now a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place, and the [fn] congregation of the sons of Israel shall keep it as water to remove impurity; it is purification [fn] from sin.
10 'The one who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening; and it shall be a perpetual statute to the sons of Israel and to the alien who sojourns among them.

11 'The one who touches the corpse of any person [fn] shall be unclean for seven days.
12 'That one shall purify himself from uncleanness with the [fn] water on the third day and on the seventh day, and then he will be clean; but if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean.
13 'Anyone who touches a corpse, the body [fn] of a man who has died, and does not purify himself, defiles the tabernacle [fn] of the Lord; and that person shall be cut off from Israel. Because the water for impurity was not sprinkled [fn] on him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is still on him.

14 'This is the law when a man dies in a tent: everyone who comes into the tent and everyone who is in the tent shall be unclean for seven days.
15 'Every open vessel, which has no covering tied [fn] down on it, shall be unclean.
16 'Also, anyone who in the open field touches one who has been slain with a sword or who has died naturally, or a human bone or a grave, shall be unclean for seven days.
17 'Then for the unclean person they shall take some of the ashes [fn] of the burnt [fn] purification [fn] from sin and flowing [fn] water shall be added [fn] to them in a vessel.
18 'A clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it on the tent and on all the furnishings and on the persons who were there, and on the one who touched the bone or the one slain or the one dying naturally or the grave.
19 'Then the clean person shall sprinkle on the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day; and on the seventh day he shall purify him from uncleanness, and he shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and shall be clean by evening.

20 'But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself from uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from the midst of the assembly, because he has defiled the sanctuary of the Lord; the water for impurity has not been sprinkled on him, he is unclean.
21 'So it shall be a perpetual statute for them. And he who sprinkles the water for impurity shall wash his clothes, and he who touches the water for impurity shall be unclean until evening.
22 'Furthermore, anything that the unclean person touches shall be unclean; and the person who touches it shall be unclean until evening.' "

 

Chapter 20

Death of Miriam

1 Then the sons of Israel, the whole congregation, came to the wilderness of Zin in the first month; and the people stayed at Kadesh. Now Miriam died there and was buried there.
2 There was no water for the congregation, and they assembled themselves against Moses and Aaron.
3 The people thus contended with Moses and spoke, saying, "If only we had perished when our brothers perished before the Lord!
4 "Why then have you brought the Lord's assembly into this wilderness, for us and our beasts to die here [fn]?
5 "Why have you made us come up from Egypt, to bring us in to this wretched place? It is not a place of grain [fn] or figs or vines or pomegranates, nor is there water to drink."
6 Then Moses and Aaron came in from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to them;
7 and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

The Water of Meribah

8 "Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink."
9 So Moses took the rod from before the Lord, just as He had commanded him;
10 and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. And he said to them, "Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?"
11 Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank.
12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."
13 Those were the waters of Meribah [fn], because [fn] the sons of Israel contended with the Lord, and He proved Himself holy among them.

14 From Kadesh Moses then sent messengers to the king of Edom: "Thus your brother Israel has said, 'You know all the hardship that has befallen us;
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Saturday, June 6th, 2020
the Week of Proper 4 / Ordinary 9
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