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the staves thereof. And they they had carried away from Sa- Heb. V, 14. For every high shall take a cloth of blue, and maria, came and dwelt in Beth-el, priest taken from among med is cover the candlestick of the light, and taught them how they should ordained for men in things perand his lamps, and his tongs, and fear the LORD.

taining to God, that he may offer his snuff-dishes, and all the oil-,

1 Chron. VI, 49. But Aaron and Who can have compassion on the

both gifts and sacrifices for sins: vessels thereut, where with they his sons offered upon the altar of ignorant

, and on them that are minister unto it. And they shall the burnt-offering, and on the al, out of the way; for that he him. put it, and all the vessels thereof; tar of incenso, and were appointed self also is compassed with infirwithin a covering of badgers' for all the work of the place most mity. And by reason hereot ho skins, and shall put it upon a bar: holy, and to make an atonement ought, as for the people, so also And upon the golden altar they for Israel, according to all that for himself, to offer for sins. And shall spread a cloth of blue, and Moses, the servant of God, lad no man taketh this honour unto cover it with a covering of bad

commanded. gers' skins, and shall put to the

himself, but lie that is called of

1 Chron. 1x, 30. And some of the Gud, as was Aaron. staves thereof. And they shall take all the instruments of minis- sons of the priests made the ointtry, wherewith they minister in ment of the spices.

FIDELITY AND BLESSING. the sanctuary, aud put them in a 1 Chron. xvi, 39, 40. And Zadok 2 Chron. xxix, 11. My sons, be cloth of blue, and cover them with the priest, and liis brethren the not now negligent: for the LORD a covering of badgers' skins, and priests, before the tabernacle of hath chosen you to stand before shall put them on a bar. And they ihe Lord, in the high place that liim, to serve him, and that ye shall take away the ashes from was at Gibeon, To offer burnt-of- should minister unto him, and the altar, and spread a purple ferings unto the Lord upon the burn incense. cloth thereon: And they shall altar of the burnt-offering continput upon it all the vessels thereof, ually morning and evening, and been mindful of us; he will bless

Ps. cxv, 12. The LORD hath wherewith they minister about it, to do according to all that is writ- us: he will bless' the house of even the censers, the flesh-hooks, ten in the law of the LORD, which Israel: he will bless the house of and the shovels, and the basons, he commanded Israel.

Aaron, all the vessels of the altar; and they shall spread upon it a cover

1 Chron. xxiii, 13. The sons of

Isa. Ixi, 6. But ye shall be named ing of badgers' skiins, and put to Amram; Aaron and Moses: and the Priests of the Lord: men shall the staves of it. And when Aaron Aaron was separated, that he call you the Ministers of our God: and bis sons have made an end of should sanctity the most holy ye shall eat the riches of the Gencovering the sanctuary, and all lings, he and his sons for ever, tiles, and in their glory shall ye the vessels of the sanctuary, as

to burn incense before the LOR!), boast yourselves. the camp is to set forward; after to minister unto him, and to bless

Jer. xxxl, 14. And I will satiate that, the sons of Kohath' shall in his name for ever.

the soul of the priests with fatness, come to bear it: but they shall Ezek. xliv, 23 24. And they shal not touch any holy thing, lest teach my people the diference with

and my people shall be satisfied they die. These things are the between the holy and profane, LORD.

my goodness, saith the burden of the sons of Kohath in and cause them to discern between the tabernacle of the congrega- the unclean and the clean. And

Ezek. xliv, 15, 16. But the priests tion. And to the office of Elea in controversy they shall stand in

the Levites, the sons of Zadok, zar, the son of Aaron the priest, judgment; and they shall judge it

that kept the charge of my sancpertaineth the oil for the light, according to my judgments: and

tuary when the children of Israel and the sweet incense, and the they sliall keep my laws and my

went astray from me, they shall daily meat - offering, and the statutes in all mine assemblies;

como near to me to minister unto anointing oil, and the oversight and they shall hallow my sab

me, and they shall stand before of all the tabernacle, and of all baths.

me to offer unto me the fat and that therein is, in the sanctuary,

the blood, saith the Lord God: and in the vessels thereof.

THE HIGH PRIEST.

They shall enter into my sanctu

ary, and they shall come near to Num. xviii, 1. And the LORD

Lev. xxi, 10-15. And he that is my table, to minister unto me, and said unto Aaron, Thou, and thy the high priest among his breth- they shall keep my charge sons, and thy father's house with ren, upon whose head the anointthee, shall bear the iniquity of the ing oil was poured, and that is Mal. ii, 4-6. And ye shall know sanctuary: and thou and thy sons consecrated to put on the gar- that I have sent this commandwith thee shall bear the iniquity ments, shall not uncover his head, ment unto you, that my covenant of your priesthood.

nor rend his clothes; Neither shalí might be with Levi, saith the he go in to any dead body, nor

LORD of hosts. My covenant was Num. xxvii, 19, 22. And set him defile himself for his father or for with him of life and peace; and I before Eleazar the priest, and his mother; Neither shall he go gave them to him for the fear before all the congregation ; and out of the sanctuary, por profane wherewith he feared me, and was gave him a charge in their sight. the sanctuary of his God; for the afraid before my name. Tho law And Moses did as the LORD com crown of the anointing oil of his of truth was in his mouth, and manded him: and he took Joshua, God is upon him: I am the Lord. iniquity was not found in his lips: and set him before Eleazar the And he shall take a wife in her he walked with me in peace and priest, and before all the congre- virginity. A widow, or a divorced eqnity, and did turn many away gation.

woman, or profane, or an harlot, from iniquity. 2 Kings xvll, 27, 28. Then the these shall be not take; but he

SINS OF TIIE PRIESTHOOD. king of Assyria commanded, say- shall take a virgin of his own peuing, Carry thither one of the ple to wife. Neither shall he

REBELLIO priests whom ye brought from profane bis seed among his peo

Num. Xvi, 5--11, 17--19. And be thence; and let them go and dwell ple: for I the LORD do sanctify spake unto' Korah, and unto all there, and let him teach them the him.

his company, saying. Even to manner of the God of the land. Acts vil, 1. Then said the high morrow the LORD will shew who Then one of the priests, whom priest, Are these things so? are his, and who is holy; and will

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cause him to come near unto him:s the offering of the LORD. Now baths, and I am profaned among even him whom he hath chosen Eli was very old, and heard all them. will he cause to come near unto that his sons did unto all Israel;

Hosea v, 1. Hear ye this, O him. This do: Take your censers, and how they lay with the women priests; and hearken, ye house of Korah, and all his company; And that assenabled at the door of the Israel; and give ye ear, o house of put fire thereio, and put incense tabernacle of the congregation. the king; for judgmeni is tuward in them before the LORD to-mor- And be said unto them, Wliy do yon, because ye have been a snare row: and it shall be, that the man ye such things? for I hear of your on Mizp b, and a net spread whom the LORD doth choose, he evil dealings by all this people. upon Tabor. shall be holy. Ye take too much Nay, my sons; for it is no good

Zeph. iii, 4. Her prophets are upon you, ye sons of Levi. And report that I hear: yo make Moses said unto Korah, Hear I the Lord's people to trangress her priests have polluted the

light and treacherous persons: pray you, yo sons of Levi; Seem- Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice eth it but a small thing unto you, and at mine offering, which I have sanctuary, they have done vio

lence to the law. that the God of Israel hath sepa- commanded in my habitation; and rated you from the congregation honourest thy sons above me, to Mal. 1, 6. A son honoureth his of Israel, to bring you near to make yourselves fat with the father, and a servant his master: himself, to do the service of the chiefest of all the offerings of if then I be a father, where is miue tabernacle of the LORD, and to Israel my people ?

honour? and if I be a master, where stand before the congregation to

is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts minister unto them? And he hath

PROFANITY.

unto you, O priests, that despise brought thee near to him, and all

Ezra il, 61, 62. And of the chil- bave we despised thy name?

my name. And ye say, Wherein thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee; and seek ye the priesthood dren of the priests: the children

Mal. il, 8. But ye are departed also? For which cause, both thou of Habaiah, the children of Koz, and all thy company are gathered the children of Barzillal; (which out of the way; ye bave caused together against the Lord; and took a wife of the daughters of many to stumble at the law; ye what is Aaron, that ye murmur Birzillai the Gileadite, and was have corrupted the covenant of against him? And take every man

called after their name:) These Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. his censer, and put incense in sought their register among those them, and bring ye before the that were reckoned by genealogy,

And IDOLATRY.
LORD every man his censer, two

but they were not found; there-
fore were they, as polluted, put rites that are gone away far from

Ezek. xliv, 10-14. And the Law hundred and fifty censere; thou also, and Aaron, each of you bis from the priesthood.

me, when Israel

went astray, censer. And they took every man Neh. vil, 64. These sought their whic'ı went astray from me after his c nser, and put fire in them, and register among those that were

their idols; they shall even bear laid incense thereon, and stood in reckoned by genealogy, but it was their iniquity. Yet they shall bo the door of the tabernacle of the not fouud: therefore were they, ministers in my sanctuary, having congregation with Moses and

as polluted, put from the priest-charge at the gates of the Lonse, Aarun. And Koralı gathered all the bood.

and ministering to the house: they congregation against them unto Neh. xiii, 29, Remember thon, and the sacrifice for the people,

they shall slay the burnt-offering the door of the tabernacle of the

my God, because they have defiled and they shall stand before them congregation; and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the conthe priesthood, and the covenant

to minister unto them. Becaugo of the priesthood, and of the they inivistered unto them besoro gregation, Levites.

their idols, and caused the house Jer. 11, 8. The priests said not, of Israel to fall into iniquity; DISSIPATION.

Where is the LORD? and they that therefore have I lifted up mine 1 Sam. 11, 12--17, 22--24, 29. Now handle the law knew me not: the hand against them, saith the Lord the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; pastors also transgressed against God, and they shall bear their they knew not the LORD. And the me, and the prophets prophesied iniquity. And iley shall not come priest's custom with the people by Baal, and walked after things uear unto me, to do the office of a was, that, when any man offered that do not profit.

priest unto me, nor to come near sacrifice, the priest's servant came,

Jer. X, 21. For the pastors are

to any of my holy things, in the while the flesh was in seething, become brutish, and have not

most holy place; but they shall with a flesh-hook of three teeth in bought the Lord: therefore they bear their shame, and their abohis hand; And he struck it into shall not prosper.. and all their mitted; But I will make them

minations which they have comthe pan, or kettle, or callron, or flocks shall be scattered. pot; all that the flesh-hook

keepers of the charge of the brought up the priest took for Jer. xil, 10, 11. Many pastors house, for all the service thereof, bimself. So they did in Shiloh have destroyed my vineyard, they and for all that shall be dono unto all the Israelites that came have trodden my portion under therein. thither. Also before they burnt foot, they have made my pleasant the fat, the priest's servant came, portion a

desolate wilderness. THE SACRED VESTMENTS. and said to the man that sacri- They have made it desolate, and

Exod. xxviii, 2-5. And thou ficed, Give flesh to roast for the being desolate it mourneth' unto

shalt make holy garments for priest; for he will not have sodden me; the whole land is made deso

Aaron thy brother, for glory and flesh of thee, but raw. And late, because no man layetli it to for beauty. And thou shalt speak any man said unto him, Let them heart.

unto all that are wise-hearted, not fail to burn the fat presently, Ezek. xxil, 26. Her priests have whom I have filled with the spirit and then take as much as thy soul | violated my law, and have pro- of wis loin, that they may mako desireth; then he would answer faned mine holy things: they have Aaron's garments to consecrate bim, Nay; but thou shalt give it put no difference between the him, that he may minister unto me now: and if not, I will take it holy and profane, neither have me in the priest's office. And by force. Wherefore the sin of they ghewed diference between these are the garments which the young men was very great the unclean and the clean, and they shall make; a breastplate, and before the 1.0RD; for mon abhorredhave bid their eyes from my sab-I an epood, and a robe, and a

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broidered coat, a mitre, and a Ezek. xlii, 14. When the priests, mitre upon his head: also upon girdle: and they shall make holy enter therein, then shall they not the mitre, eren upon his forefront, garments for Aaron thy brother, go out of the holy place into the did he put the golden plate, the and his sons, that he may minister outer court, but there they shall holy crown; as the LORD comunto me in the priest's office. And lay their garments wherein they manded Moses. they shall take gold, and blue, minister, for they are holy: and and purple, and scarlet, and fine shall put on other garments, and

COAT OR TUNIC. linen. shall approach to those things

Erod. xxviii, 40, 41. And for Exod. xxix, 29, 30. And the holy which are for the people.

Aaron's sons thou shalt make garments of Aaron shall be his Ezek. xliv, 17-19. And it shall coats, and thou shalt make for son's after bim, to be anointed come to pass, that when they them girdles, and bonnets shalt therein, and to be consecrated in enter in at the gates of the inner thou make for them, for glory and them. And that son that is priest court, they shall be clothed with for beauty. And thon shalt put in his stead shall put them on linen garments; and no wool shall them upon Aaron thy brother, and seven days, when he cometh into come upon them, whiles they his sons with him; and shalt the tabernacle of the congrega- minister in the gates of the inner anoint them, and consecrate them, tion, to minister in the holy place. court, and within. They shall and sanctity them, that they may

have linen bonnets upon their minister unto me in the priest's E.cod. xxxv, 19. The clothes of

heads, and shall have linen office. service, to do service in the holy breeches upon their loins; they place; the holy garments for shall not gird themselves with any bring his sons, and put coats

Exod. xxix, 8. And thou shalt Aaron the priest, and the gar: thing that causeth sweat. And ments of his sons, to miuister in when they go forth into the outer

upon them. the priest's office. court, even into the outer court

Ecod. xxxix, 27. And they mado Exod. xxxix, 1, 41. And of the to the people, they shall put off coats of fine linen, of woven work, blue, and purple, and scarlet, they their garments wherein they

for Aaron, and for his sons. made clothes of service, to do ministered, and lay them in the Exod. xl, 14. And thou shalt service in the holy place, and holy chambers, and they shall bring his sons, and clothe them made the holy garments for put on other garments; and they with coats. Aaron; as the LORD commanded shall not sanctify the people with Moses. The clothes of service to their garments.

ROBE. do service in the holy place; and the holy garments for Aaron the

Exod. xxviil, 31, 32. And thou

SPECIAL PORTIONS OF priest, and his sons garments, to

sbalt make the robe of the ephod

DRESS. minister in the priest's office.

all of blue. And there shall be TURBAN AND MITRE.

an hole in the top of it, in the E.cod. xl, 13. And thou shalt

midst thereof: it shall have a put upon Aaron the holy gar- Ecod. xxviii, 36-39. And thon binding of woven work round ments, and anoint him, and sanc- shalt

make a plate of pure gold, about the hole of it, as it were the tity him; that he may minister and grave upon it, like the en: hole of an habergeon, that it be unto me in the priest's office.

gravings of a signet, HOLINESS not rent,

TO THE LORD. And thou shalt
Lev. viil, 7. And be put upon put it on a blue lace, that it may

Exod. xxxix, 22-24. And he him, the coat, and girded him be upon the mitre; upon the fore made the robe of the ephod of with girdle, clothed front of the mitre it shall be. And

woven work, all of blue. And with the robe; and put the ephodit shall be upon Aaron's forehead, there was an hole in the midst of upou him, and be girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, of the holy things, which the chilgeon, with a band round about

that Aaron may bear the iniquity the robe, as the hole of an haberand bound it unto him there-dren of Israel swall hallow in all the hole, that it should not rend. with.

their holy gifts; and it shall be And they made upon the hems of Lev. XVI, 4, 23, 24, 32. He shall always upon his forehead, that the robe pomegranates of blue,and put on the holy linen coat, and he they may be accepted before the purple, and scarlet, and twined shall have the linen breeches LORD. And thou shalt embroider

linen. upon his flesh, and shall be girded the coat of fine linen, and thou with a linen girdle, and with the shalt make the mitre of fine linen,

BREECHES. linen mitre shall he be attired; and thou shalt make the girdle Exod. xxviii, 42, 43. And thou these are holy garments; thereof needle-work.

shalt make them linen breeches fore shall he wash his flesh in water, and 80 put them on. And

Exod. xxix, 6, 9. And thou shalt to cover their nakedness; from Aarou shall come into the taber- put the mitre upon his head, and the loins even unto the thighs nacle of the congregation, and put the holy crown upon the they shall reach. And they shall mitre. And thou shalt gird them

be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, shall put off the linen garments, with girdles, (Aaron and his sons,

when they come in unto the which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave and put the bonnets on them; and tabernacle of the congregation, the priest's office shall be theirs

or when they come near unto tho them there; And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy gra perpetual statute: and thou altar to minister in the holy place; place, and put on his garments, shalt cousecrate Aaron and his that they bear not iniquity, and

die. It shall be a statute for ever and come forth, and offer his

unto him, and his seed after him. burnt offering, and the burnt Erod. xxxlx, 80, 91. And they offering of the people, and make mwo the plate of the holy crowo Exod. xxxix, 28. Aad a mitra an atopement for himself, and for of pure gold, and wroie upon it a los fine linen, and goodly bonnets the people. And the priest, whom writing, like to the engravings of of fine linen, and unen breeches be shal anoint, and whom be a signet, HOLINESS TO THE o fine twined linen. shall consecrate to minister in the LORD. And they tied unto it a priest's office in bis ta her's stead, lace of blue, to fasten it on high

GIBULE. shall make the stonement, and upon the initre; as the LORD com

Exod. xxv||1, 8. And the curions shall put on the linen clothes, manded Moses.

girdle of the epbod, which is apon Den Lilo boly garmenta.

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to the work thereof; even of gold, of it, over against the other coup-1 ephod before it. And thou shalt of blue, and purple, and scarlet, ling thereof, above the curious make two rings of gold, and the and fine twined linen.

girdle of the ephod. And tbey shalt put them upon the two ends Exod. xXx, 5. And thou shalt did bind the breastplate by his of the breastplate, in the border take the garments, and put upon rings unto the rings of the ephod thereof, which is in the side of the Aaron the coat, and the robe of with a lace of bine, that it might ephod inward. And two other the ophod, and the ephod, and the be above the curious girdle of the rings of gold thou shalt make, breast-plate, and gird him with ephod, and that the breast plate and shalt put them on the two the curious girdle of the ephod.

might not be loosed from the sides of the ephud underneath, Exod. xxxls, 29. And a girdle of ephod; as the Lord commanded toward the foro - part thereot,

Moses fine twined línen, and blue, and

over against the other coupling purple, and scarlet,of needle-work;

thereof, above the curious girdle as the Loud commanded Moses. 1 Sam. II, 28. And did I choose of the ephod. And they shall

him out of all the tribes of Israel bind the breastplate by the rings BELLS.

to be my priest, to offer upon mine thereof unto the rings of the Exod. xxvIII, 33–35. And beneath, altar, to burn Incense, to wear an ephod with a lace of blue, that it opon the hem of it, thou shali ephod before me? and did I give may be above the curious girdle unto the house of thy father all

of the ephod, and that the breastmake pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round the offerings made by fire of the plate be not loosed from the ephod.

And Aaron shall bear the names about the hem thereof; and bells children of Israel? of gold between them round

1 Sam. XIV, 3. And Ahiah, the breastplate of judgment upon his

of the children of Israel in the about: A golden bell and a

son of Ahitub, I-chabod's brother, heart, when he goeth in unto the

the son of Phinehas, the son of holy place, for a memorial before pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of Eli, the Lord's priest in Shiloh, the LORD continually. the robe round about. And it wearing an ephod. And the peoshall be upon Aaron to minister: ple knew not that Jonathan was Exod. xxxix, 8-17. And he and his sound shall be heard when gone,

made the breastplate of cunning he goeth in unto the holy place 1 Sam. xxlil, 6,9. And it came work, like the work of the ephod; before the Lord, and when he to pass, when Abiathar, the son of gold, blue, and purple, and cometh out, that he die pot. Abimelech, ned to David to scarlet, and fine twined linen. It

was four-square; they made the Exod. xxxix, 25, 26. And they Keilah, that he came down with made bells of pure gold, and put an ephod in his hand. And David breastplate double: a span was the bells between the pomegran- knew that Saul secretly practised the length thereof; and a span the ates, upon the hem of the robe, mischief against him; and he said breadth thereof, being doubled. round about between the pome" to Abiathar the priest, Bring And they set in it four rows of

stones; the first row was a sardius, granates: A bell and a pome- hither the ephod.

a topaz, and a carbuncle: this granate, a bell and a pomegranate, 1 Sam. xxx, 7, 8. And David was the first row. round about the hem of the robe said to Abiathar the priest, Ahime- second row, an emerald, & sap

And the to minister in; as the LORD com- lech's son, I pray thee, bring me phire, and a diamond. And the manded Moses.

hither the ephod. And Abiathar third row, a ligure, an agate, and

brought thither the epood to an amethyst. And the fourth row, EPOOD,

David. And David enquired at a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they Exod. xxvili, 6, 7, 13, 14. And the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue were inclosed in ouches of gold in they shall make the ephod of gold, after this troop? shall I overtake their inclosings. And the stones of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, them? And he answered bim, were according to the names of and fine twined linen, with cun- Pursue; for thou shalt surely the children of Israel, twelve, acning work. It shall bave the overtake them, and without fail cording to their names, like the two shoulder-pieces thereof join- recover all.

engravings of a signet, every one ed at the two edges thereof; and

with his name, according to the so it shall be joined together,

BREASTPLATE

twelve tribes. And they made And thou shalt make ouches of gold; And two chains of pure thou shalt make the breastplate the ends,

of wreathen work E.cod. xxvili, 15, 16, 22-29. And upon the breastplata chalus at gold at the ends; of wreathen-work of judgment of cunning work;after two ouches of gold, and two gold

pure gold. shalt thou make them, and fasten the work of the ephod thou shalt

And they made the wreathen chains to the ouches,

make it: of gold, oj blue, and of rings; and put the two rings in the Exod. XXXIX, 2, 4, 18-21. And be iwined linen, shalt thou make it. of gold in the two rings on the purple, and of scarlet, and of fine they put the two wreathen chains

two ends of the breastplate. And made the ephod of gold, blue, and Four-square it shall be, being purple, and scarlot, and fine doubled; a span shall be the

ends of the breastplate iwined liden. They made shoulder length thereof, and a span shall be pleces for it, to couple it together. the breadth thereof. And thou

URIM AND TA. by the two edges was it coupled shalt make upon the breastplate Exod. xxvili, 9-11, 80. And thon together. And the two ends of the chains at the ends of wreathen shalt take two onyx-stones, and two wreathen chains they fasten- work of pure gold. And thoograve ou them the names of the ed in the two ouches, and put shalt make upon the breastplate children of Israel: Six of their them on the shoulder-pieces of the two rings of gold, and sbali put names on one stone, and the other ophod, before it. And tbey made the two rloge on the two ends six names of the rest on the other lworloge of gold, and pat them of the breastplate. Aud thou stone, according to their birth on the two ends of the breast- shalt put the two wreathen chains With the work of an engraver lo plate, apod the border of it, of gold in the two rings which are stone, like the engravings of a which was on the side of the on the ends of the breastplate. Bignei, sbalt thou engrave the two epbod inward. And they made and the other two ends of the two stones with the names of the chutwo other golden rings, and put wreathen chains thou shalt fasten dren of Israel; thou shalt maka them on the two sides of the epbod Io the two ouches, aud put them them to be set in ogohes of underneath, toward the forepars I on the shoulder-pleces of the goldAnd thou shalt pol la the

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breastplate of Judgment the Urim me,(I am the LORD.) instead of all | Egypt I sanctified them for my. and the Thummim; and they shall the first-born among the children self. And I bave taken the Lebe upon Aaron's heart when he of Israel; and the cattle of the Le-vites for all the tirst-born of the goeth in before the LORD: and vites instead of all the firstlings children of Israel. And I have Aaron shall bear the judgment of among the cattle of the children given the Levites as a gift to the children of Israel upon his of Israel. Take the Levites in Aaron, and to his sons, from heart before the LORD contin- stead of all the first-born among among the children of Israel, to ually.

the cbildren of Israel, and the do the service of the children of Exod. xxxlx, 6, 7. And they cattle of the Levites instead of Israel in the tabernacle of the wrought onyx-stones inclosed in their cattle; and the Levites shall congregation, and to make an ouches of gold, graven, as signets be mine: I am the LORD,

atonement for the children of Isare graven, with the names of the

Num. IV, 48. 49. Even those that rael; that there be no plague children of Israel. And be put were numbered of them, were

among the children of Israel, them on the shoulders of the eight thousand and five hundred

when the children of Israel como ephod, that they should be stones and fourscore. According to the Moses, and Aaron, and all the

nigh unto the sanctuary.

And for a memorial to the children of commandment of the Lord they congregation of the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded

were numbered by the hand of Moses.

Moses, every one according to his Israel, did to the Levites acLev, vill, 8. And he put the service, and according to his bur-cording unto all that the LORD breastplate upon bim: also he put den: thus were they numbered of Levites, so did the children of Is

commanded Moses concerning the in the breastplate the Urim and him, as the LORD commanded

rael unto them. And the Levites the Thummim. Moses.

were purified, and they washed Num. xxvil, 21. And he shall Num. viii, 6-21. Take the Le-their clothes; and Aaron offered stand before Eleazar the priest, vites from among the children of them as an offering before the who shall ask counsel for him Israel, and cleanse them. And LORD; and Aaron made an atoneafter the judgment of Urim before thus shalt thou do unto them, to ment for them to cleanse them. the LORD: at bis word shall they cleanse them: Sprinkle water of go out, and at his word they shall purifying upon them, and let them

Num. XXVI, 62. And those that

were numbered of them were come in, both he, and all tho chile Bhave all their flesh, and let them dren of Israel with him, even all wash their clothes, and so mako males, from a month old and up

twenty and three thousand, all the congregation. themselves clean. Then let them

ward; for they were not numbered Deut. xxxiil, 8. And of Levi he take a young bullock with his said, Let thy Thummim and thy meat-offering, eren fine flour min- among the children of Israel, be

cause there was no inheritance Urim be with thy holy one, whom

gled with oil, and another young thou didst prove at Massah, and bullock shalt thon take for a sin. siven them among the children

of Israel. with whom thou didst strive at offering. And thou shalt bring the waters of Meribah. the Levites before the tabernacle

Deut. xii, 19. Take beed to thyof the congregation; and thou self that thou forsake not the LeEzra ii, 63. And the Tirshatha shalt gather the whole assembly vite as long as thou livest upon Baid unto them, that they should of the children of Israel together: the earth. not eat of the most holy things And thou shalt bring the Levites 1 Sam. II, 36. And it shall come till there stood up a priest with before the LORD, and the children to pass, that every one that is left Urim and Thummim.

of Israel shall put their hands in thine bouse shall come and

upon the Levites: And Aaron crouch to him for a piece of silver 2-LEVITES.

shall offer the Levites before the and a morsel of bread, and shall ORIGIN AND DEDICATION. LORD for an offering of the child say, Put me, I pray thee, Into ono Num. I, 47-49. But the Levites dren of Israel, that they may exe- of the priest's offices, that I may after the tribe of their fathers cute the service of the Lord. eat a piece of bread. were not nunibered among them. And the Levites shall lay their For the LORD had spoken unto

hands the heads of the bul-
upon

1 Chron. xxiil, 3. Now the LeMoses, saying, Only thou shalt locks; and thou shalt offer the one vites were numbered from the not number the tribe of Levi,

for a sin-offering, and the other neither take the sum of them for a burnt-offering, unto the age of thirty years and upward:

and their number by their polls, among the children of Israel.

LORD, to make an atonement for
the Levites. And thou shalt set man by man, was thirty and eight

thousand.
Num. Ill, 15, 16, 39-41, 45. Num- the Levites before Aaron, and be-
ber the children of Levi, after the fore his sons, and offer them for

2 Chron. xl, 13, 14. And the house of their fathers, by their an offering unto the Lord. Thus priests and the Levites that were families: every male from a month shalt thou separate the Levites in all Israel resorted to him out old and upward shalt thou num- from among the children of Israel; of all their coasts. (For the Leber them. And Moses numbered and the Levites shall be mine. vites left their suburbs, aud their them, according to the word of And after tliat shall the Levites possession, and came to Judah the LORD, as he was commanded. go in to do the service of the ta- and Jerusalem; for Jeroboam and All that were numbered of the bernacle of the congregation; and his song had cast them off from Levites, which Moses and Aaron thou shall cleanse them, and offer executing the priest's uflice unto numbered at the commandment them for an offering. For they the LORD. of the LORD, throughout their are wholly given unto me from families, all the males, from a among the children of Israel; in

AGE AND QUALIFICATION. month old and upward, were stead of such as open every womb, Lev. xxi, 17-24. Speak unto twenty and two thousand. And even instead of the first-born of Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be the LORD said unto Moses, Num- all the children of Israel, have I of thy seed in their generations ber all the first-born of the males taken them unto me. For all that hath any blemish, let him not of the children of Israel, from a the first-born of the children of approach to offer the bread of his month old and upward, and take Israel are mine, both man and God: For whatsoever inan he be the number of their names. And beast : on the day that I smote that hath a blemish, he shall not thou shalt take the Levites for every first - born in the land of approach; a blind man, or a lame,

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