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138 Charge of the firiests and Levites. NUMBERS.

the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you. 6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. 7 And Moses laid up the rods before the Lord in the tabernacle of witness. 8 And it came to pass, that on the mortow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness ; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. 9 And Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. 10 T And the LoRD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again, before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not. 11 And Moses did so : as the Lord commanded him, so did he. 12 And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish. 13 Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the Lord shall die: shall we be consumed with dying? - CHAP, XVIII. 1 The charge of the firiests and Levites. 8 The shriests, 21 and the Levites fortion. ND 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 shoi 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 tabcruacle of the congregation.

The firiests fortion,

7. Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest's office for ev. erything of the altar, and within the veil; and ye shall serve : I have given your priest's office unto you as a service of gift : and the stran that cometh nigh shall be put to o 8 T 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 rescrued from the fire: every ob. lation 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. 10 In the most holy silace 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 giv; en them unto thee, and to thy sons, 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 first-fruits of them which they shall offer unto the LoRD, them have I given thee. 13 And whatsoever is first ripe in ec 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. 13. Everything that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the LoRD, whetherit be of men or beast, shall be thine : nevertheless, the first-born of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean béasts shalt thou redeem. 16 And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the noney 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 fedeem; they are holy: thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shaltburn their fat foranoffering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the LQRP. 18 And the flesh of them shall be thine, as the wave-breast and as the right shouk der are thine. 19 All the heave-offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the Lorp, have I given thee, a thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by The Levites fortion.

for ever before the Lord unto thee and to thy seed with thee. 20*. And the Lord spake unto Aaron,

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mong 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 cong tion. 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 .#. crations, 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 into 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 o And the LoRD spake unto Moses, Say Ing. 25 Thus speak unto tire 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 we shall offer up an heave-offering of it for the Lord, even a tenth fiart of the tithe. 27 And this your heave-offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshing-floor, and as the fulness of the wine-press. 28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave-ofing unto the Lord of all your tithes which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the Lord’s leave-offering to Aaron the priest. 29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave-offering of the Lord, of all toe best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it. 50 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 threshto for, and as the increase of the wine

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CHAP. xix. a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt

The water of sesaration. 139

CHAP. XIX. 1 The water of separation, 11. The use of it for so ration of the unclean. ND the LoRD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 2 This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke : 3 And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face : 4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times: 5 And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn : 6 And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer. 7. Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall, come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even. 8 And he that burneth her shall wash his clothesin water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even. 9 And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation : it is a purification for sin. 10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even : and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever. 11 || He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days. 12. He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean. 13 Whosoever toucheth the dead bod of any man that is dead, and purifiet not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the Lord ; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean ; his uncleanness is yet upon him. 14 This is the law, when a man dieth in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days. . 15 And every open vessel, which hath

no covering bound upon it, is unclean,

140 The fieofile murmur för water. NUMBERS. Hatersfiringeth out of the rock.

16 And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

17 And for an unclean herson they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel:

18 And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave:

19 And the clean fierson shall sprinkle ||

upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh

day he shall purify himself, and wash his y o y

clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even. 20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LoRD : the water of . tion hath not been sprinkled upon him ; he is unclean. 21 And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them, that he that sprinkleth the

water of separationshall wash his clothes;

and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even. 22 And whatsoever the unclean fierson toucheth shall be unclean ; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even. CHAP. XX. 7 Moses bring eth water out of the rock. 14 Passage through Edom denied. 22 .Aaron’s death. To came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month : and the people abode in Kadesh ; and Miriam died there, and was buried there. 2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aatoo. 3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD ! 4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there 2 5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. 6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lorp appeared unto them.

7. T And the Lord spake unto Moses,

saying, 8 %ke the rod, and gather thou the assembly ...; thou, and Aaron thy brother, and s ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring É.i. to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. 9 And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels ; must we fetch you water out of this rock 2 11 And Moses lifted up his land, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. 12 of And the LoRD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this | congregation into the land which I have given them. 13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LoRD, and he was sanctified in them. 14 || And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thussaith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travel that hath befallen us: 15 How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers : 16 And when we cried unto the Lord, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border: 17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go '. the king's high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders. 18 And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword. 19 And the children of Israel said unto him, We will go by the highway: and if 1 and my cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing any thing else, go through on my feet. 20 And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand, 21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel assage through his border: wherefore |. turned away from him. 22 || And the children of Israel, ever, the whole congregation, journeyed from

Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor,


The feffie àit by fiery serfients. CHAP. xxi.

23 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying, 24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his qle: for he shall not enter into the and which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye against my word at the water of Meribah. 25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them * unto mount Hor: 26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his fleofile, and shall die there. 27 And Moses did as the Lord commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. iMos stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from Jhe mount. 29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty slays, even all the house of

Israel. CHAP. XXI. 4 The feofile Ait by fiery serfients, 7 are Accord 10 Sundry journeys. 21 Sihon and Og stain. NI) when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of the spies; then he fought against Israel, and took some of them prisoners. 2 And Israel vowed a vow unto the Los D. and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will uttery destroy their cities. 3 And the Lor D hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Cataanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah. 4 * And they journeyed from mount; Her by the way of the Red sea, to com-, Pass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of *:::: 5 And the le spake against God, *d against Moses, Wherefore have ye wrongfit us up out of Egypt to die in d: wilderness? for there is no bread, neither * there any water; and our soul loatheth bread. the Lord sent fiery serpents aothepeople, and they bit the people; and ori people of Israel died. 7 * Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We ... i.sinned, . we have an against the LoRD, an inst : y unto the Lord, that i.


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Sihon and Og slain. 141

pole: and it shall come to pass, that ev one that is bitten, when o looketh so it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. 10 *| And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in Oboth. 11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at Ije-abarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the sun-rising. 12 || From thence they removed, and pitched in the valley of Zared. 13 From thence they removed, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, which is in the wilderness that cometh out of the coasts of the Amorites: for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. 14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, What he did in the Red sea, and in thc brooks of Arnon, 15 And at the stream of the brooks that goeth down to the dwelling of Ar, and lieth upon the border of Moab. 16 ''. from thence they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the Lok D spake

| unto Moses, Gather the people together, 142 Balak sendeth for Balaam: NUMBERS. His first message is rejected.

and I will give them water. 17. Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it: 18 'The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their stavcs. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah : 19 And from Mattanah to Nahaliel : and from Nahaliel to Bamoth : 20 And from Bamoth in the valley, that is in the country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looketh toward Jeshimon. 21 || And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 22 Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well: but we will |. along by the king's high way, until we be past thy borders. 23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to o, through his border: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness: and he came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel: 24 And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from Arnon unto Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon : for the border of the children of Ammon was strong. 25 And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the village thereof, -

26 For Heshbox was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon. 27. Wherefore they that speak in proveros say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared. 28 For there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon : it hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon. 29 Woe to thee, Moab | Thou art undone, O people of Chemosh : he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon king of the Amorites. 3) We have shot at them ; Heshbon is erished even unto i)ibon, and we have aid them waste even unto Nophah, which reaches/, unto Medeba. 31 * Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites. 32 And Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, and they took the villages thereof, and drove out the Amorites that overe there. 33 || And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan : and Og the king of

Bashan went out against them, he, and all

his people, to the battle at Firei. 34 And the Lok D said unto Moses,

Fear him not : for I have delivered him

into thy hand, and all his people, and his land ; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon. 35 So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possesscd his land. CHAP. XXII. Balık's first message for Balaam is rojected. 15 His second obtaineth him. 22. 1n angel would have slain him, if his ass had not saved him. 36 Balak enteroneth him. ND the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho. 2 * And Bolak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 And Moab was soreafraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. 4 And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. 5. He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beör to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt : behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:


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6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is curscq. 7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand ; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak. 8 And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the Lok D shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam. 9 And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee * 10 And Balaam said unto God, Balak, the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, 11 Behold, there is a people come out o the face of the earth : come now, curse me them ; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out. 12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them ; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed. 13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the Lord refuseth to give me leave to go with you. 14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us. 15 s And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they. 16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me: 17 For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people. 18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. 19. Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the Lok D will say unto me more. 20 And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. 21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the rinces of Moab. 22 || And God's anger was kindled because he went : and the angel of the LoRD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon

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