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8Leviticus

1 THE LORD SPOKE TO MOSES and said,

Ordination of priests of Aaron's line. Lv.8.1-36
2 'Take Aaron and his sons with him, the vestments, the anointing oil, the ox for a sin-offering, the two rams, and the basket of unleavened cakes,

 
3 and assemble all the community at the entrance to the Tent of the Presence.'  
4 Moses did as the LORD had commanded him, and the community assembled at the entrance to the Tent of the Presence.

 
5 He told the community that this was what the LORD had commanded.

 
6 He presented Aaron and his sons and washed them in water.

 
7 He invested Aaron with the tunic, girded him with the sash, robed him with the mantle, put the ephod on him, tied it with its waist-band and fastened the ephod to him with the band.

 
8 He put the breast-piece Or pouch on him and set the Urim and Thummim in it.

 
9 He then put the turban upon his head and set the gold rosette as a symbol of holy dedication on the front of the turban, as the LORD had commanded him.  
10 Moses then took the anointing oil, anointed the Tabernacle and all that was within it and consecrated them.  
11 He sprinkled some of the oil seven times on the altar, anointing the altar, all its vessels, the basin and its stand, to consecrate them.  
12 He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head and so consecrated him.  
13 Moses then brought the sons of Aaron forward, invested them with tunics, girded them with sashes and tied their tall head-dresses on them, as the LORD had commanded him.

 
14 He then brought up the ox for the sin-offering; Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head,  
15 and he slaughtered it. Moses took some of the blood and put it with his finger on the horns round the altar. Thus he purified the altar, and when he had poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar, he consecrated it by making expiation for it.  
16 He took all the fat upon the entrails, the long lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys with their fat, and burnt them on the altar,  
17 but the ox, its skin, its flesh, and its offal, he destroyed by fire outside the camp, as the LORD had commanded him.

 
18 Moses then brought forward the ram of the whole-offering; Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the ram's head,  
19 and he slaughtered it. Moses flung its blood against the altar all round.  
20 He cut the ram up and burnt the head, the pieces, and the suet.  
21 He washed the entrails and the shins in water and burnt the whole on the altar. This was a whole-offering, a food-offering of soothing odour to the LORD, as the LORD had commanded Moses.

 
22 Moses then brought forward the second ram, the ram for the installation of priests. Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon its head,  
23 and he slaughtered it. Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron's right ear, on his right thumb, and on the big toe of his right foot.  
24 He then brought forward the sons of Aaron, put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears, on their right thumbs, and on the big toes of their right feet. He flung the rest of the blood against the altar all round;  
25 he took the fat, the fat-tail, the fat covering the entrails, the long lobe of the liver, the two kidneys with their fat, and the right leg.  
26 Then from the basket of unleavened cakes before the LORD he took one unleavened cake, one cake of bread made with oil, and one wafer, and laid them on the fatty parts and the right leg.  
27 He put the whole on the hands of Aaron and of his sons, and he presented it as a special gift before the LORD.  
28 He took it from their hands and burnt it on the altar on top of the whole-offering. This was an installation-offering, it was a food-offering of soothing odour to the LORD.

 
29 Moses then took the breast and presented it as a special gift before the LORD; it was his portion of the ram of installation, as the LORD had commanded him.  
30 He took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood on the altar and sprinkled it on Aaron and his vestments, and on his sons and their vestments with him. Thus he consecrated Aaron and his vestments, and with him his sons and their vestments.

 
31 Moses said to Aaron and his sons, 'Boil the flesh of the ram at the entrance to the Tent of the Presence, and eat it there, together with the bread in the installation-basket, in accordance with the command: "Aaron and his sons shall eat it."  
32 The remainder of the flesh and bread you shall destroy by fire.  
33 You shall not leave the entrance to the Tent of the Presence for seven days, until the day which completes the period of your installation, for it lasts seven days.  
34 What was done this day followed the LORD's command to make expiation for you.  
35 You shall stay at the entrance to the Tent of the Presence day and night for seven days, keeping vigil to the LORD, so that you do not die, for so I was commanded.'

 
36 Aaron and his sons did everything that the LORD had commanded through Moses.  
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