5Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,6"Take the Levites from among the sons of Israel and (A)cleanse them. 7"Thus you shall do to them, for their cleansing: sprinkle purifying (B)water on them, and let them (C)use a razor over their whole body and (D)wash their clothes, and they will be clean. 8"Then let them take a bull with (E)its grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil; and a second bull you shall take for a sin offering. 9"So (F)you shall present the Levites before the tent of meeting (G)You shall also assemble the whole congregation of the sons of Israel, 10and present the Levites before the LORD; and the sons of Israel (H)shall lay their hands on the Levites. 11"Aaron then shall present the Levites before the LORD as a (I)wave offering from the sons of Israel, that they may qualify to perform the service of the LORD. 12"Now (J)the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls; then offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the LORD, to make atonement for the Levites. 13"You shall have the Levites stand before Aaron and before his sons so as to present them as a wave offering to the LORD. 14"Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the sons of Israel, and (K)the Levites shall be Mine. 15"Then after that the Levites may go in to serve the tent of meeting. But you shall cleanse them and (L)present them as a wave offering; 16for they are (M)wholly given to Me from among the sons of Israel I have taken them for Myself (N)instead of every first issue of the womb, the firstborn of all the sons of Israel. 17"For (O)every firstborn among the sons of Israel is Mine, among the men and among the animals; on the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself. 18"But I have taken the Levites instead of every firstborn among the sons of Israel. 19"(P)I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the sons of Israel, to perform the service of the sons of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement on behalf of the sons of Israel, so that there will be no (Q)plague among the sons of Israel by their coming near to the sanctuary." 20Thus did Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the sons of Israel to the Levites; according to all that the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so the sons of Israel did to them. 21(R)The Levites, too, purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes; and Aaron presented them as a wave offering before the LORD. Aaron also made atonement for them to cleanse them. 22Then after that the Levites went in to perform their service in the tent of meeting before Aaron and before his sons; just as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them.
23Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,24"This is what applies to the Levites: from (S)twenty-five years old and upward they shall enter to perform service in the work of the tent of meeting. 25"But at the age of fifty years they shall retire from service in the work and not work any more. 26"They may, however, assist their brothers in the tent of meeting, (T)to keep an obligation, but they themselves shall do no work. Thus you shall deal with the Levites concerning their obligations." Cross references:Numbers 8:6 : Is 52:11 Numbers 8:7 : Num 19:9, 13, 20 Numbers 8:7 : Lev 14:8, 9 Numbers 8:7 : Num 8:21 Numbers 8:8 : Lev 2:1; Num 15:8-10 Numbers 8:9 : Ex 29:4; 40:12 Numbers 8:9 : Lev 8:3 Numbers 8:10 : Lev 1:4 Numbers 8:11 : Lev 7:30, 34 Numbers 8:12 : Ex 29:10 Numbers 8:14 : Num 3:12; 16:9 Numbers 8:15 : Ex 29:24 Numbers 8:16 : Num 3:9 Numbers 8:16 : Ex 13:2; Num 3:12, 45 Numbers 8:17 : Ex 13:2, 12, 13, 15; Luke 2:23 Numbers 8:19 : Num 3:9 Numbers 8:19 : Num 1:53; 16:46 Numbers 8:21 : Num 8:7 Numbers 8:24 : Num 4:3; 1 Chr 23:3, 24, 27 Numbers 8:26 : Num 1:53
11And He said, "A man had two sons.12"The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me (A)the share of the estate that falls to me ' So he divided his (B)wealth between them. 13"And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. 14"Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. 15"So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16"And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. 17"But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."' 20"So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and (C)embraced him and kissed him. 21"And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22"But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly bring out (D)the best robe and put it on him, and (E)put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was (F)dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate. 25"Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26"And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. 27"And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.' 28"But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. 29"But he answered and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; 30but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your (G)wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.' 31"And he said to him, 'Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32'But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was (H)dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.'" Cross references:Luke 15:12 : Deut 21:17 Luke 15:12 : Mark 12:44; Luke 15:30 Luke 15:20 : Gen 45:14; 46:29; Acts 20:37 Luke 15:22 : Zech 3:4; Rev 6:11 Luke 15:22 : Gen 41:42 Luke 15:24 : Matt 8:22; Luke 9:60; 15:32; Rom 11:15; Eph 2:1, 5; 5:14; Col 2:13; 1 Tim 5:6 Luke 15:30 : Prov 29:3; Luke 15:12 Luke 15:32 : Luke 15:24