The Reward for Service – Numbers 18

And the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy  sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity  of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear  the iniquity of your priesthood. Numbers 18:1 

Numbers 18:2 And thy brethren  also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, 
bring thou  with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister  unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister  before the tabernacle of witness. 

Numbers 18:3 And they shall keep  thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they  shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the  altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die. 

Numbers 18:4 And they  shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the  tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the  tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.  

Numbers 18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and  the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon  the children of Israel. 

Numbers 18:6 And I, behold, I have taken  your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel:  to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the  service of the tabernacle of the congregation. 

Numbers 18:7  Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your  priest’s office for every thing of the altar, and within the  vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest’s office  unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh  nigh shall be put to death.  

Numbers 18:8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also  have given thee the charge of mine heave offerings of all  the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have  I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by  an ordinance for ever. 

Numbers 18:9 This shall be thine of the most  holy things, reserved from the fire: every oblation of  theirs, every meat offering of theirs, and every sin offering  of theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs, which they  shall render unto me, shall be most holy for thee and for  thy sons. 

Numbers 18:10 In the most holy place shalt thou eat it;  every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee. 

Numbers 18:11  And this is thine; the heave offering of their gift, with all  the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I have given  them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy daughters with  thee, by a statute for ever: every one that is clean in thy  house shall eat of it. 

Numbers 18:12 All the best of the oil, and all  the best of the wine, and of the wheat, the firstfruits of them  which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given  thee. 

Numbers 18:13 And whatsoever is first ripe in the land,  which they shall bring unto the LORD, shall be thine; every  one that is clean in thine house shall eat of it. 

Numbers 18:14  Every thing devoted in Israel shall be thine. 

Numbers 18:15 Every  thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring  unto the LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be  thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely  redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou  redeem. 

Numbers 18:16 And those that are to be redeemed from a  month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation,  for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the  sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs. 

Numbers 18:17 But the  firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling  of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they are holy: thou shalt  sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shalt burn their fat  for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the  LORD. 

Numbers 18:18 And the flesh of them shall be thine, as the  wave breast and as the right shoulder are thine. 

Numbers 18:19 All  the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of  Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons  and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it is a  covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to  thy seed with thee.   

Numbers 18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt  have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any  part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance  among the children of Israel. 

Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have  given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an  inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the  service of the tabernacle of the congregation. 

Numbers 18:22  Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the  tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.  

Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the  tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their  iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your  generations, that among the children of Israel they have no  inheritance. 

Numbers 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel,  which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I  have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said  unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no  inheritance.  

Numbers 18:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  

Numbers 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them,  When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I  have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye  shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a  tenth part of the tithe. 

Numbers 18:27 And this your heave  offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the  corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the  winepress. 

Numbers 18:28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave  offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive  of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the  LORD’S heave offering to Aaron the priest. 

Numbers 18:29 Out of  all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the  LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part  thereof out of it. 

Numbers 18:30 Therefore thou shalt say unto  them, When ye have heaved the best thereof from it, then it  shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the  threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress.  

Numbers 18:31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your  households: for it is your reward for your service in the  tabernacle of the congregation. 

Numbers 18:32 And ye shall bear  no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved from it the best  of it: neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the children  of Israel, lest ye die.  

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