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And you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for all that concerns the altar and that is within the veil; and you shall serve. I give your priesthood as a gift,[a] and any one else who comes near shall be put to death.”

The Priests’ Portion

Then the Lord said to Aaron, “And behold, I have given you whatever is kept of the offerings made to me, all the consecrated things of the people of Israel; I have given them to you as a portion, and to your sons as a perpetual due. This shall be yours of the most holy things, reserved from the fire; every offering of theirs, every cereal offering of theirs and every sin offering of theirs and every guilt offering of theirs, which they render to me, shall be most holy to you and to your sons.

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  1. Numbers 18:7 Heb service of gift

But only you and your sons may serve as priests in connection with everything at the altar and inside the curtain.(A) I am giving you the service of the priesthood as a gift.(B) Anyone else who comes near the sanctuary is to be put to death.(C)

Offerings for Priests and Levites

Then the Lord said to Aaron, “I myself have put you in charge of the offerings presented to me; all the holy offerings the Israelites give me I give to you and your sons as your portion,(D) your perpetual share.(E) You are to have the part of the most holy offerings(F) that is kept from the fire. From all the gifts they bring me as most holy offerings, whether grain(G) or sin[a](H) or guilt offerings,(I) that part belongs to you and your sons.

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  1. Numbers 18:9 Or purification

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