18:1 And the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy
father's house with thee shall bear a the iniquity of the
sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the
iniquity of your priesthood.
(a) If you trespass in anything concerning the ceremonies
of the sanctuary of your office, you will be punished.
18:3 And they shall b keep thy charge, and the charge of all
the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels
of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye
(b) That is, the things which are committed to you, or,
which you command them.
18:4 And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of
the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of
the tabernacle: and a c stranger shall not come nigh unto
(c) Which was not of the tribe of Levi.
18:8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given
thee the charge of mine heave d offerings of all the
hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have I
given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by
an ordinance for ever.
(d) As the first fruit, first born, and the tithes.
18:9 This shall be thine of the most holy things, [reserved]
from the e fire: every oblation of theirs, every meat
offering of theirs, and every sin offering of theirs, and
every trespass offering of theirs, which they shall render
unto me, [shall be] most holy for thee and for thy sons.
(e) That which was not burned should be the priests.
18:10 In the most f holy [place] shalt thou eat it; every male
shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee.
(f) That is, in the sanctuary between the court and the
holiest of holies.
18:11 And this [is] thine; the heave offering of their gift,
with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I
have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy g
daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: every one that
is clean in thy house shall eat of it.
18:12 All the h best of the oil, and all the best of the wine,
and of the wheat, the firstfruits of them which they shall
offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee.
(h) Or, fat; chiefest.
18:17 But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep,
or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not i redeem;
they [are] holy: thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the
altar, and shalt burn their fat [for] an offering made by
fire, for a sweet savour unto the LORD.
(i) Because they are appointed for sacrifice.
18:19 All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the
children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee,
and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for
ever: it [is] a covenant k of salt for ever before the
LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.
(k) That is, sure, stable and incorruptible.
18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no
inheritance in their l land, neither shalt thou have any
part among them: I [am] thy part and thine inheritance
among the children of Israel.
(l) Of Canaan.
18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth m come
nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear
sin, and die.
(m) To serve in it: for the Levites are put in their
18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of
the congregation, and they shall bear n their iniquity:
[it shall be] a statute for ever throughout your
generations, that among the children of Israel they have
(n) If they fail in their office, they will be punished.
18:27 And [this] your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you,
as though [it were] the o corn of the threshingfloor,
and as the fulness of the winepress.
(o) As acceptable as the fruit of your own ground or
18:29 Out of all your p gifts ye shall offer every heave
offering of the LORD, of all the q best thereof, [even]
the hallowed part thereof out of it.
(p) Which you have received from the children of Israel.
(q) Read (Nu 18:12).
18:31 And ye shall eat it in every r place, ye and your
households: for it [is] your reward for your service in
the tabernacle of the congregation.