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the staves thereof. And they they had carried away from Sa- Hled. V, 1-4. For every high shall take a cloth of blue, and maria, came and dwelt in Beth-el, priest taken from among men is cover the candlestick of the light, and taught them how they should ordained for men in things per. and 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. Bat Aaron and Who can have compassion on the

both gifts and sacrifices for sins: vessels thereof, 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 himput it, and all the vessels

thereof

; tar of incense, and were appointed self also is compassed with infirwithin a covering of badgers' for all the work of the place most mlty. And by reason hereot be skins, and shall put it upon a bar: holy, and to make an atonement ought, as for the people, so also Aod 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, had cover it with a covering of bad

no man taketh this honour unto commanded. gers' skins, and shall put to the

himself, but lie that is called of staves thereof. And they shall

1 Chron. 1x, 30. And some of the God, as was Aaron. 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, and put them in a

1 Chron. XVI, 39, 40. And Zadok 2 Chron. xxix, 11. My bons, be cloth of blue, and cover them with the priest, and his 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 him, 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 contin- Ps. cxv, 12. The LORD hath put upon it all the vessels thereof, ually morning and evening, and been

mindful of us; he will bless 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. 1xi, 6. But ye shall be named ing of badgers' skins, 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 his son's have made an end of should sanctity the most holy ye shall eat the riches of the Gencovering the sanctuary, and all things, he and his sons for ever, tiles, and in their glory shall ye the vessels of the sanctuary, as to burn incense before the LORD, boast yourselves. the camp is to set forward; after to minister unto bim, and to bless that, the sons of Kohath shall in his name for ever.'

Jer, xxxl, 14. And I will satiate

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

Ezek.xliv, 15, 16. But the priests tion. And to the office of Elea in controversy they shall, stand in that kept the charge of my sanczar, the son of Aaron the priest, judgment; and they shall judge it and the sweet incense, and the they shall keep my laws and my como near to me to minister unto pertaineth the oil for

the light, according to my judgments: and tuary when the children of Israel daily meat - offering, and the statutes in all mine assemblies; 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 HIGII PRIEST.

They shall enter into my sanctu

ary, and they shall come near to Num. xvii, 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 bis 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. 11, 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 shall might be with Levi, saith the Num. xxvii, 19, 22. And set him defile himself for his father or for with him of life and peace; and I

he go in to any dead body, nor LORD of hosts. My covenant was before Eleazar the priest, and his mother; Neither shall he go gave them to him for the fear before all the congregation ; and ont of the sanctuary, nor 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 be 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 equity, and did turn many away gation.

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

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

REBELLION. priests whom ye brought from profane his seed among his peo

Num. xvi, 5-11, 17--19. And he thence; and let them go and dwell ple: for I the LORD do sanctify spake unto' Kurah, 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 cause him to come near unto him: 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 assembled at the door of the Israel; and give ye ear, o bouse of put fire therein, and put incense tabernacle of the congregation. the king; for judgment is toward in them before the LORD to-mor- And he said unto them, Why 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 Mizpih, 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 upon you, ye sons of Levi. And report that I hear: ye make

Zeph. iii, 4. Her prophets are 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 mine 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 11, 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 Habalah, the children of Koz, and all

thy company are gathered the children of Barzillat; (which out of the way; ye have caused together against the LORD; and took a wife of the daughters of many to stumble at the law; yo what is Aaron, that ye murmur called after their name:) These Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Barzillai the Gileadite, and was have corrupted the covenant, of against him? And take every man his censer, and put incense in sought their register among those

And IDOLATRY. them, and bring ye before the that were reckoned by genealogy, LORD every man his censer, two but they were not found; there

Ezek. xliv, 10-14. And the Le hundred and fifty censers; thou fore were they, as polluted, put vites that are gone away far from also, and Aaron, each of you his from the priesthood.

me, when Israel went astray, censer. And they took every man Nen. vii, 64. These sought their whic', went astray from me after hisc 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 found: therefore were they, ministers in my sanctuary, having congregation with Moses and as polluted, put from the priest-charge at the gates of the bonse, Aaron. And Korah gathered all the hood.

and ministering to the house: they congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the my God, because they have defiled and they shall stand before them

Neh, xiil, 29, Remember thou, and the sacrifice for the people,

they shall slay the burnt-offering congregation: and the glory of the the priesthood, and the covenant to minister unto them. Because LORD appeared unto all the con of the priesthood, and of the they intuistered unto them before gregation. Levites.

their idols, and caused the house Jer. il, 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. il, 12--17, 22-24, 29. Now handle the law knew me pot: 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 they shall not como 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 proit.

priest unto me, nor to come near sacrifice, the priest's servant came, Jer. 2, 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 sought the Lord: therefore they bear their shame, and their abobis tand: And he struck it into shall not prosper, and all their minations which they have comthe pan, or kettle, or caldron, or flocks shall be scattered.

mitted; But I will make them 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, himself, so they did in Shiloh bave destroyed my vineyard, they and for all that shall be done 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 sald 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 boly 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 it late, because no man layeth 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 wisdoin, that they may make deslreth; then he would answer faned mine holy things: they have Aaron's garments to consecrato him, Nay; but thou shalt give it put nó 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 shewed difference between these are the garments which the young men was very great the unclean anū the clean, and they shall make; a breastplate, and before the !.ORD; for men abhorrod / bave hid their eyes from my sab- 1 an ephod, and a robe, and a

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broidered coat, a mitre, and a Ezek. xlil, 14. When the priests, mitre upon his head: also upon girdle: and they shall make holy enter therein, then shall they not the mitre, even 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 Exod. 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 thou 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 E.cod. xxxv, 19. The clothes of heads, and shall have

have linen bonnets upon their minister unto me in the priest's

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 prlest, and his sons garments, to

shalt make the robe of the ephod

DRESS. minister in the priest's office.

all of blue. And there shall be

an hole in the top of it, in the

TURBAN AND MITRE. E.cod. xl, 13. And thou shalt

midst thereof: it shall have a put upon Aaron the holy gar

E.cod. 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 tify him; that he may minister and grave upon it, like the ena hole of an habergeon, that it be unto me in the priest's office.

gravings of a signet, HOLINESS not rent. Lev. viii, 7. And he put upon put it on a blue lace, that it may TO THE LORD. And thou shalt

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

woven work, all of blue. And with the robe, and put the ephon it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, there was an hole in the midst of the curious girdle of the ephod, of the

holy things, which the chil- geon, with a band round about and 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 thot these are holy garments; there of needle-work.

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

Exod. xxix, 6,9. And thou shalt to cover their nakedness; from Aerou 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 shall put off the linen garments, with girdles, (Aaron and his sons,) when they come in uoto the

mitre. And thou shalt gird them be upon Aaron, and ppon his sons, which he put on when he went and put the bonnets on them; and tabernacle of the congregation, into the holy place, aud shall leave the priest's office shall be theirs or when they come near unto

the them there.

And be shall wash for a perpetual statute: and thou altar to minister in the holy place; bis flesh with water to the holy shalt consecrate Aaron and his that they bear not iniquity, and place, and put on his garments,

die. It shall be a statute for ever and come forth, and offer his burnt - offering, and the burnt- Exod. xxxlx, 80, 81. And they unto bim, and his seed after him. offering of the people, and make made the plate of the holy crown Exod. xxxlx, 28. Aad a mitre an atonement for himself, and for of pure gold, and wrote upon it a fine linen, and goodly bonnets the people. And the priest, whom writing, like to the engravings of of fine lines, and unen breeches be shah anoint, and whom be a signet, HOLINESS TO THE o fine twined linen. shall consecrate to milster in the LORD. And they tled unto it a priest's office to bts fa:her's stead, lace of blue, to fasten it on high

GIBULE shall make the atonement, and upon the mitre; as the LORD com- Exod. xxv11, 8. And the ourlons shall put on the linen clothes, manded Moses.

girdle of the epbod, which 18 apon open the holy garments

Len, vil, 8. Aod be put the it, shall be of the same, according

sons.

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 a and fine twined linen.

girdle of the ephod. And tbey shalt put them upon the two ends Exod. xxix, 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 blue, 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 mako, breast-plate, and gird him with ephod, and that the breast plate and shall put them on the two the curious girdle of the ephod.

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

over against the other coupling fine twined linen, and blue, and Moses.

thereof, above the curious girdle purple, and scarlet, of needle-work; 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 E.cod. xxviff, 83-35. And beneath, altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod with a lace of blue, that it opon the hem of it, thou shalt ephod before me? and did I give may be above the curious girdle make pomegranates of blue,

and unto the house of thy father all of the ephod, and that the breasta

the offerings made by fire of the plate be not loosedfrom the ephod. of purple, and of scarlet, round

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

of the children of Israel in the

1 Sam. xiv, 3. And Ahiah, the breastplate of judgment upon his about:

A golden bell and a son of a hitub, 1-chabod's brother, heart, when he goeth in unto the pomegranate, a golden bell and a the son of Phinehas, the son of holy place, for a memorial before pomegranate, upon the hem of Eli, the Lord's priest in Shilob, the Lord continually. the robe round about. And it wearing an ephod. And the peo. shall be upon Aaron to minister; ple knew not that Jonathan was Exod. xxxix, 8-17. And he

made the breastplate of cunning and his sound shall be heard when gone. 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 of gold, blue, and purple, and cometh out, that he die not. Abimelech, fed 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 epbod 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. And the round about the bem of the robe said to Abiathar the priest, Ahime- second row, an emerald, & sapto 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 ihird row, a ligure, an agate, and ЕРДор, .

brought thither the ephod to an amethyst. And the fourth row,

David. And David enquired at a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they Exod. xxvII, 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 him, 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 have the overtake them, and without fait 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

Exod. xxvili, 15, 16, 22-29. And upon the breastplate chains at

the ends, of wreatheu work of gold at the ends; of wreathen-work of judgment of cunning work;after two ouches of gold, and iwo gold

pure gold.

And they made shalt thou make them, and fasten the work of the ephod

thou shalt rings; and put the two rings in the the wreathen chains to

make it: of gold, of blue, and of two ends of the breastplate. And ouches.

purple, and of scarlet, and

of fine they put the two wreathen chains Exod. XXXIX, 2, 4, 18-21. And be iwined linen, shalt thou make it. of gold in the two rings on the made the ephod' oj gold, blue, and Four-square' it shall be, being ends of the breastplate. purple, and scarlet, and fine doubled; a span shall be the iwined llpen. They made shoulder length thereof, and a span shall be plecos for it, to couple it logether. the breadth thereof. And thou

URIM AND THE by the two edges was it coupled shalt make upon the breastplate Exod. xxvIII, 9-11, 80. And thod together. And the two ends of the chains at the ends of wreathen shalt Lake two onyx-stones, and two wreathen chains they fasten- work of pure gold. And thou grave on them the names of tho ed to the two ouches, and put shalt mako ppon the breastplate children of Israel: Six of their them on the shoulder-pieces or the two rings of gold, and sbalt pat names on one stone, and the other ophod, before it. And they made the two rings on the two ends six names of the rest on the other Lwo rings of gold, and put them of the breastplate. And 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 10 plate, upon the border of it, of gold in the two rings rohich are stone, like the engravings of a which was on the side of tho on the ends of the breastplate. signet, shalt thou engrave the two opbod 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 drea of Israel; thou shalt mako them on the two sides of the ephod in the two ouches, and put their them to be set in ouobes underneath, toward the forepars vo the shoulder-pleces of the gold and thou shalt pot la the

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 have taken the Lebe upon Aaron's heart when he of Israel; and the cattle of the Le- vites for all the first-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 beart before the LORD contin- stead of all the first-born among among the children of Israel, to ually.

the children of Israel, and the do the service of the children of Exod. xxxix, 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 children of Israel. And he put were numbered of them, were

Num. IV, 48. 49. Even those that rael; that there be no plague

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 nigh. unto the sanctuary. And for a memorial to the children of commandment of the LORD they Moses, and Aaron, and all the

were numbered by the hand of congregation of the children 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 him; also he put den: thus were they numbered of

commanded Moses conceruing the in the breastplate the Urim and him, as the LORD commanded Levites, so did the children of Is

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 come in, both be, and all the chil- sbave all their

flesh, and let them twenty and three thousand, all

were numbered of them were dren of Israel with him, even all wash their clothes, and so make males, from a month old and upthe 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, even 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- given 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 thy

of 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 said unto them, that they should of the children of Israel together the earth. not eat of the most holy things And thon shalt bring the Levites 1 Sam. 11, 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 house 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 chil-say, Put me, I pray thee, into ono Num. I, 47-49. But the Levites dreu 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 numbered among them. And the Levites shall lay their For the LORD had spoken unto hands upon the heads of the bul

· 1 Chron. xxill, 3. Now the LeMoses, saying, Only thou shalt locks: and thou shalt offer the one not number the tribe of Levi, for a sin-offering, and the other vites were numbered from the neither take the sum of them for a burnt-offering, unto the age of thirty years and upward: among the children of Israel. LORD, to make an atonement for and their number by their polls,

the Levites. And thou shalt set man by man, was thirty and eight Num. III, 15, 16, 39-41, 45. Num- the Levites before Aaron, and be

thousand. ber the children of Levi, after the fore his sons, and offer them for

2 Chron. xi, 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 Leviles 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 that 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 shalt cleanse them, and offer executing the priest's vflice 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, Nam- all the children of Israel, have 1 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 man 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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