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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 18

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1The LORD said to Aaron,* “You and your sons as well as the other members of your ancestral house shall be responsible for the sanctuary; but the responsibility of the priesthood shall rest on you and your sons alone. 2Bring with you also your other kinsmen of the tribe of Levi, your ancestral tribe, as your associates*and assistants, while you and your sons are in front of the tent of the commandments. 3They shall look after your persons and the whole tent; however, they shall not come near the sacred vessels or the altar, lest both they and you die. 4As your associates they shall have charge of all the work connected with the meeting tent. But no layman* shall come near you. 5You shall have charge of the sanctuary and of the altar, that wrath may not fall again upon the Israelites.

6“Remember, it is I who have taken your kinsmen, the Levites, from the body of the Israelites; they are a gift to you, l Nm 3, 9; 8, 19 . dedicated to the LORD for the service of the meeting tent. 7 m Nm 3, 10 . But only you and your sons are to have charge of performing the priestly functions in whatever concerns the altar and the room within the veil.* I give you the priesthood as a gift. Any layman who draws near shall be put to death.”

The Priests’ Share of the Sacrifices. 8The LORD said to Aaron,* “I myself have given you charge of the contributions made to me in the various sacred offerings of the Israelites; n Nm 5, 9 . by perpetual ordinance I have assigned them to you and to your sons as your priestly share. 9You shall have the right to share in the oblations that are most sacred, in whatever they offer me as cereal offerings or sin offerings or guilt offerings; these shares shall accrue to you and to your sons. 10In eating them you shall treat them as most sacred; every male among you may partake of them. As sacred, they belong to you.

11“You shall also have what is removed from the gift in every wave offering* of the Israelites; by perpetual ordinance I have assigned it to you and to your sons and daughters. o Ex 29, 27f; Lv 7, 34; 10, 14 . All in your family who are clean may partake of it. 12I have also assigned to you all the best p 12f: Dt 18, 4; 26, 2 . of the new oil and of the new wine and grain that they give to the LORD as their first fruits; 13and likewise, of whatever grows on their land, the first products that they bring in to the LORD shall be yours; all of your family who are clean may partake of them. 14Whatever is doomed* in Israel shall be yours. 15Every living thing that opens the womb, whether of man or of beast, such as are to be offered to the LORD, shall be yours; q Ex 13, 2 . but you must let the first‐born of man, as well as of unclean animals, be redeemed. 16The ransom for a boy is to be paid when he is a month old; it is fixed at five silver shekels according to the sanctuary standard, twenty gerahs to the shekel. 17But the first‐born of cattle, sheep or goats shall not be redeemed; they are sacred. Their blood you must splash on the altar and their fat you must burn as a sweet‐smelling oblation to the LORD. 18 r Lv 7, 31–34 . Their meat, however, shall be yours, just as the breast and the right leg of the wave offering belong to you. 19By perpetual ordinance I have assigned to you and to your sons and daughters all the contributions from the sacred gifts which the Israelites make to the LORD; this is an inviolable covenant* to last forever before the LORD, for you and for your descendants.” 20 s Dt 10, 9; 18, 1f; Jos 13, 33; Ez 44, 28 . Then the LORD said to Aaron,* “You shall not have any heritage in the land of the Israelites nor hold any portion among them; I will be your portion and your heritage among them.

Tithes Due the Levites. 21“To the Levites, however, I hereby assign all tithes in Israel as their heritage in recompense for the service they perform in the meeting tent. t Heb 7, 5 . 22The Israelites may no longer approach the meeting tent; else they will incur guilt deserving death. 23Only the Levites are to perform the service of the meeting tent, and they alone shall be held responsible; this is a perpetual ordinance for all your generations. The Levites, therefore, shall not have any heritage among the Israelites, 24for I have assigned to them as their heritage the tithes which the Israelites give as a contribution to the LORD. That is why I have ordered that they are not to have any heritage among the Israelites.”

Tithes Paid by the Levites. 25The LORD said to Moses, 26“Give the Levites these instructions: When you receive from the Israelites the tithes I have assigned you from them as your heritage, you are to make a contribution from them to the LORD, a tithe of the tithes; 27and your contribution will be credited to you as if it were grain from the threshing floor or new wine from the press. 28Thus you too shall make a contribution from all the tithes you receive from the Israelites, handing over to Aaron the priest the part to be contributed to the LORD. 29From all the gifts that you receive, and from the best parts, you are to consecrate to the LORD your own full contribution.

30“Tell them also: Once you have made your contribution from the best part, the rest of the tithes will be credited to you Levites as if it were produce of the threshing floor or of the wine press. 31Your families, as well as you, may eat them anywhere, since they are your recompense for service at the meeting tent. 32You will incur no guilt so long as you make a contribution of the best part. Do not profane the sacred gifts of the Israelites and so bring death on yourselves.”

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