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15 (A)“But the priests, the Levites, (B)the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary (C)when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they (D)shall stand before Me to offer to Me the (E)fat and the blood,” says the Lord God. 16 “They shall (F)enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near (G)My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge. 17 And it shall be, whenever they enter the gates of the inner court, that (H)they shall put on linen garments; no wool shall come upon them while they minister within the gates of the inner court or within the house. 18 (I)They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies; they shall not clothe themselves with anything that causes sweat. 19 When they go out to the outer court, to the outer court to the people, (J)they shall take off their garments in which they have ministered, leave them in the holy chambers, and put on other garments; and in their holy garments they shall (K)not sanctify the people.

20 (L)“They shall neither shave their heads nor let their hair grow (M)long, but they shall keep their hair well trimmed. 21 (N)No priest shall drink wine when he enters the inner court. 22 They shall not take as wife a (O)widow or a divorced woman, but take virgins of the descendants of the house of Israel, or widows of priests.

23 “And (P)they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to (Q)discern between the unclean and the clean. 24 (R)In controversy they shall stand as judges, and judge it according to My judgments. They shall keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed meetings, (S)and they shall hallow My Sabbaths.

25 “They shall not defile themselves by coming near a dead person. Only for father or mother, for son or daughter, for brother or unmarried sister may they defile themselves. 26 (T)After he is cleansed, they shall count seven days for him. 27 And on the day that he goes to the sanctuary to minister in the sanctuary, (U)he must offer his sin offering (V)in the inner court,” says the Lord God.

28 “It shall be, in regard to their inheritance, that I (W)am their inheritance. You shall give them no (X)possession in Israel, for I am their possession. 29 (Y)They shall eat the grain offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering; (Z)every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs. 30 The (AA)best[a] of all firstfruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you (AB)shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, (AC)to cause a blessing to rest on your house. 31 The priests shall not eat anything, bird or beast, that (AD)died naturally or was torn by wild beasts.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 44:30 Lit. first

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