1Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
2“Speak to Aaron, and tell him: When you light the lamps, the seven lamps are to give light in front of the menorah.”
3Aaron did so. He lit its lamps to light the area in front of the menorah just as Yahweh commanded Moses.
4This was the workmanship of the menorah, hammered work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was hammered work, according to the pattern that Yahweh had shown Moses, so he made the menorah.
5Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
6“Take the Levites from among the children of Israel and cleanse them.
7You must do this to them, to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of cleansing on them, let them shave their whole bodies with a razor and let them wash their clothes and cleanse themselves.
8“Then let them take a young bull and its grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil, and another young bull you are to take for a sin offering.
9You are to present the Levites before the Tent of Meeting. You are to assemble the whole congregation of the children of Israel.
10You are to present the Levites before Yahweh. The children of Israel are to lay their hands on the Levites,
11and Aaron is to offer the Levites before Yahweh as a wave offering on the behalf of the children of Israel, that it may be theirs to do the service of Yahweh.
12The Levites are to lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, and you are to offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering to Yahweh to make atonement for the Levites.
13“You are to set the Levites before Aaron and before his sons and offer them as a wave offering to Yahweh.
14Thus you are to separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, and the Levites will be mine.
15After that, the Levites may go in to do the service of the Tent of Meeting: and you are to cleanse them and offer them as a wave offering.
16For they are wholly given to me from among the children of Israel; instead of all who open the womb, even the firstborn of all the children of Israel, I have taken them to me.
17For all the firstborn among the children of Israel are mine, both man and animal. On the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified them for myself.
18I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.
19I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel to do the service of the children of Israel in the Tent of Meeting and to make atonement for the children of Israel so that there will be no plague among the children of Israel when the children of Israel come near to the sanctuary.”
20Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel did so to the Levites. According to all that Yahweh commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so the children of Israel did to them.
21The Levites purified themselves from sin and they washed their clothes, and Aaron offered them as a wave offering before Yahweh; and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them.
22After that, the Levites went in to do their service in the Tent of Meeting before Aaron and before his sons; as Yahweh had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them.
23Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
24“This is what belongs to the Levites: from 25 years old and upward they are to go in to wait on the service in the work of the Tent of Meeting;
25and from the age of fifty years they are to cease waiting on the work and are to serve no more,
26but may minister with their brothers in the Tent of Meeting to perform the duty, and must do no service. You are to do thus to the Levites concerning their duties.”