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The Levites' portion. CHAP. XIX. The water of separation. LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shalls and ye shall give thereof the Lord's heave be thine: nevertheless, the first-born of offering to Aaron the priest. man shalt thou surely redeem, and the first- 29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer ling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem. every heave-offering of the LORD, of all the
16 And those that are to be redeemed best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof from a month old shalt thou redeem, ac-out of it. cording to thine estimation, for the moneyl 30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, of fire shekels, after the shekel of the sanc- When ye have heaved the best thereof from tuary, which is twenty gerahs.
it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites 17 But the firstling of a cow, or the first- as the increase of the threshing-floor, and ling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, as the increase of the wine-press. thou shalt not redeem; they are holy: thou 31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ye shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and your households : for it is your reward and shalt burn their fat for an offering for your service in the tabernacle of the made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the congregation. LORD.
32 And ye shall bear no sin by reason of 18 And the flesh of them shall be thine, it, when ye have heaved from it the best of as the ware-breast and as the right shoulder it: neither shall ye pollute the holy things
Jof the children of Israel, lest ye die. 19 All the heave-offerings of the holy!
CHAP. XIX." things, which the children of Israel offer AND the LORD spake unto Moses and unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy A unto Aaron, saying, sons and thy daughters with thee, by a sta. 2 This is the ordinance of the law which tute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy unto the children of Israel, that they bring seed with thee.
thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is. _20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, no blemish, and upon which never came Thou shalt have no inheritance in their yoke: land, neither shalt thou have any part 3 And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the among them: I am thy part and thine in- priest, that he may bring her forth without heritance among the children of Israel. the camp, and one shall slay her before his
21 And behold, I have given the chil- face: dren of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an 4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of inheritance, for their service which they her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of serve, even the service of the tabernacle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation.
the congregation seven times: 22 Neither must the children of Israel 5 And one shall burn the heifer in his henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her the congregation, lest they bear sin, and blood, with her dung, shall he burn: die
6 Ánd the priest shall take cedar-wood, 23 But the Levites shall do the service of land hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the the tabernacle of the congregation, and midst of the burning of the heifer. they shall bear their iniquity : It shall be a Then the priest shall wash his clothes, a statute for ever throughout your genera- and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and tions, that among the children of Israel afterward he shall come into the camp, they have no inheritance.
and the priest shall be unclean until the 24 But the tithes of the children of Is-even. rael, which they offer as an heave-offering 8 And he that burneth her shall wash his unto the LORD, I hare given to the Levites clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in wato inherit : therefore I have said unto them, ter, and shall be unclean until the even. Among the children of Israel they shall 9 And a man that is clean shall gather have no inheritance.
Tup the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up 25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, without the camp in a clean place, and it saying,
shall be kept for the congregation of the 26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and children of Israel for a water of separation : say unto them, When ye take of the chil- it is a purification for sin. dren of Israel the tithes which I have given 10 And he that gathereth the ashes of you from them for your inheritance, then ye the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unshall offer up an heave-offering of it for the clean until the even: and it shall be unto LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe. the children of Israel, and unto the stran
27 And this your heave-offering shall be ger that sojourneth among them, for a stareckoned unto you, as though it were the tute for ever. corn of the threshing-floor, and as the full 11 [ He that toucheth the dead body of ness of the wine-press.
any man shall be uncle in seven days. 28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave-of-l 12 He shall purify himself with it on the fering unto the LORD of all your tithes third day, and on the seventh day he shall which ye receive of the children of Israel;l be clean: but if he purify not himself the
The people murmur for water. NUMBERS. Water out of the rock. third day, then the seventh day he shall not|this evil place ? it is no place of seed, or be clean.
lof figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; 13 Whosoever toucheth the dead body neither is there any water to drink. of any man that is dead, and purifieth not 6 And Moses and Aaron went from the himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD ;| presence of the assembly unto the door of and that soul shall be cut off from Israel : Jihe tabernacle of the congregation, and because the water of separation was not they fell upon their faces : and the glory of sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; the LORD appeared unto them. his uncleanness is yet upon him. 17 And the LORD spake unto Moses,
14 This is the law, when a man dieth in saying, a tent: all that come into the tent, and all & Take the rod, and gather thou the asthat is in the tent, shall be unclean seven sembly together, thou and Aaron thy brodays.
ther, and speak ye unto the rock before 15 And every open vessel, which hath their eyes ; and it shall give forth his wano covering bound upon it, is unclean. ter, and thou shalt bring forth to them water
16 And whosoever toucheth one that is out of the rock : so thou shalt give the conslain with a sword in the open fields, or agregation and their beasts drink. dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, 9 And Moses took the rod from before shall be unclean seven days.
"Tthe LORD, as he commanded him. 17 And for an unclean person they shall 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of pu-congregation together before the rock, and rification for sin, and running water shall be he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; put thereto in a vessel :
must we fetch you water out of this 18 And a clean person shall take hyssop, rock? and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it 11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and upon the persons that were there, and upon the water came out abundantly, and the him that touched a bone, or one slain, or congregation drank, and their beasts also. one dead, or a grave:
12 And the LORD spake unto Moses 19 And the clean person shall sprinkle and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to upon the unclean on the third day, and on sanctify me in the eyes of the children of the seventh day: and on the seventh day Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this conhe shall purify himself, and wash his gregation into the land which I have given clothes, and bathe himself in water, and them. shall be clean at even.
13 This is the water of Meribah; be20 But the man that shall be unclean, cause the children of Israel strove with the and shall not purify himself, that soul sha)l|LORD, and he was sanctified in them. be cut off from among the congregation, 14 | And Moses sent messengers from because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith LORD: the water of separation hath not thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean. travail that hath befallen us :
21 And it shall be a perpetual statute 15 How our fathers went down into unto them, that he that sprinkleth the water Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long of separation shall wash his clothes; and time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our he that toucheth the water of separation fathers : shall be unclean until even.
| 16 And when we cried unto the LORD, 22 And whatsoever the unclean person he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and that toucheth it shall be unclean until even. behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the utCHAP. XX.
termost of thy border: THEN came the children of Israel, even 17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy
1 the whole congregation, into the de- country: we will not pass through the sert of Zin in the first month : and the peo- fields, or through the vineyards, neither ple abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died will we drink of the water of the wells : we there, and was buried there.
will go by the king's highway, we will not 2 And there was no water for the con- turn to the right hand nor to the left, until gregation: and they gathered themselves we have passed thy borders. together against Moses and against Aaron. 18 And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt
3 And the people chode with Moses, not pass by me, lest I come out against and spake, saying, Would God that we thee with the sword. had died when our brethren died before the 19 And the children of Israel said unto LORD!
him, We will go by the highway: and if I 4 And why have ye brought up the con- and my cattle drink of thy water, then I gregation of the LORD into this wilderness, will pay for it: I will only, without doing that we and our cattle should die there? any thing else, go through on my feet.
5 And wherefore have ye made us to 20 And he said, Thou shalt not go come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto through. And Edom came out against Of the fiery serpents. CHAP. XXI. Journeys of the Israelites. him with much people, and with a strong serpents from us. And Moses prayed for hand.
the people. 21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel 8'And the LORD said unto Moses, Make passage through his border: wherefore Is- thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole : rael turned away from him.
and it shall come to pass, that every one 22 S And the children of Israel, even the that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall whole congregation, journeyed from Ka-live. desh, and came unto mount Hor.
19 And Moses made a serpent of brass, 23 And the LORD spake unto Moses and and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the that if a serpent had bitten any man, when land of Edom, saying,
he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. 24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his peo- 10 And the children of Israel set forple: for he shall not enter into the land ward, and pitched in Oboth. which I have given unto the children of Is- 11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and rael, because ye rebelled against my word pitched at lje-abarim, in the wilderness at the water of Meribah.
which is before Moab, toward the sun-ris25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and sing. bring them up unto mount Hor:
12 From thence they removed, and pitch26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and ed in the valley of Zared. put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron 13 From thence they removed, and pitchshall be gathered unto his people, and shall ed on the other side of Arnon, which is in die there.
the wilderness that cometh out of the coasts 27 And Moses did as the LORD com- of the Amorites : for Arnon is the border manded : and they went up into mount Hor of Moab, between Moab and the Amoin the sight of all the congregation.
rites. 28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his gar- 14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the ments, and put them upon Eleazar his son ; wars of the LORD, What he did in the Red and Aaron died there in the top of the sea, and in the brooks of Arnon, mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down 15 And at the stream of the brooks that from the mount.
goeth down to the dwelling of Ar, and lieth 29 And when all the congregation saw upon the border of Moab. that Aaron was dead, they mourned for 16 And from thence they went to Beer : Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Is- that is the well whereof the LORD spake
unto Moses, Gather the people together, CHAP. XXI.
and I will give them water. A ND when king Arad the Canaanite,| 17 Then Israel sang this song, Spring A which dwelt in the south, heard tell up, O well; sing ye unto it: that Israel came by the way of the spies; 18 The princes digged the well, the nothen he fought against Israel, and took bles of the people digged it, by the direc some of them prisoners.
tion of the lawgiver, with their staves. And 2 And Israel vowed a vow unto the LORD, from the wilderness they went to Mattanah: and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this 19 And from Mattanah to Nahaliel : and people into my hand, then I will utterly de- from Nahaliel to Bamoth : stroy their cities.
1 20 And from Bamoth in the valley, that 3 And the LORD hearkened to the voice is in the country of Moab, to the top of of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; Pisgah, which looketh toward Jeshimon. and they utterly destroyed them and their 21 | And Israel sent messengers unto cities: and he called the name of the place Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, Hormah.
22 Let me pass through thy land : we 4 1 And they journeyed from mount will not turn into the fields, or into the vineHor by the way of the Red sea, to compass yards; we will not drink of the waters of the land of Edom: and the soul of the peo- the well: but we will go along by the ple was much discouraged because of the king's highway, until we be past thy borway.
ders. 5 And the people spake against God, 23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to and against Moses, Wherefore have ye pass through his border : but Sihon gathbrought us up out of Egypt to die in the ered all his people together, and went out wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is against Israel into the wilderness : and he there any water; and our soul loatheth this came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel : light bread.
24 And Israel smote him with the edge 6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents of the sword, and possessed his land from among the people, and they bit the people; Arnon unto Jabbok, even unto the children and much people of Israel died.
of Ammon : for the border of the children 7 Therefore the people came to Moses, of Ammon was strong. and said, We have sinned, for we have spo-1 25 And Israel took all these cities : and ken against the LORD, and against thee; Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, pray unto the LORD, that he take away thélin Heshbon, and in all the villages thereof.
Balaam is sent for by Balak. NUMBERS.
His ass speaks to him. 26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and the king of the Amorites, who had fought he whom thou cursest is cursed. against the former king of Moab, and taken 7 And the elders of Moab and the elders all his land out of his hand, even unto of Midian departed with the rewards of Arnon.
|divination in their hand; and they came 27 Wherefore they that speak in pro- unto Balaam, and spake unto him the verbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city words of Balak. of Sihon be built and prepared :
I 8 And he said unto them, Lodge here 28 For there is a fire gone out of Hesh- this night, and I will bring you word bon, a flame from the city of Sihon : it hath again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of and the princes of Moab abode with Bathe high places of Arnon.
laam. 29 Wo to thee, Moab! Thou art undone,l 9 And God came unto Balaam, and said, O people of Chemosh: he hath given his What men are these with thee? sons that escaped, and his daughters, into 10 And Balaam said unto God, Balak captivity unto Sihon king of the Amo-the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent rites.
unto me, saying, 30 We have shot at them; Heshbon is 11 Behold, there is a people come out perished even unto Dibon, and we have of Egypt, which covereth the face of the laid them waste even unto Nophah, which earth: come now, curse me them; peradreacheth unto Medeba.
venture 1 shall be able to overcome them, 31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the and drive them out. Amorites.
12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou 32 And Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, shalt not go with them; thou shalt not and they took the villages thereof, and curse the people: for they are blessed. drove out the Amorites that were there. I 13 And Balaam rose up in the morning,
33 | And they turned and went up by and said unto the princes of Balak, Get the way of Bashan : and Og the king of you into your land : for the LORD refuseth Bashan went out against them, he, and all to give me leave to go with you. his people, to the battle at Edrei. 1 14 And the princes of Moab rose up,
34 And the LORD said unto Moses, Fear and they went unto Balak, and said, Bahim not: for I have delivered him into thy laam refuseth to come with us. hand, and all his people, and his land ; and 15 | And Balak sent yet again princes, thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Si- more, and more honourable than they. hon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at 16 And they came to Balaam, and said Heshbon.
to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zip35 So they smote him, and his sons, and por, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee all his people, until there was none left him from coming unto me: alive: and they possessed his land.
17 For I will promote thee unto very CHAP. XXII.
great honour, and I will do whatsoever AND the children of Israel set forward, thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I A and pitched in the plains of Moab on pray thee, curse me this people. this side Jordan by Jericho.
18 And Balaam answered and said unto 2 1 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all the servants of Balak, If Balak would give that Israel had done to the Amorites. me his house full of silver and gold, I can
3 And Moab was sore afraid of the peo- not go beyond the word of the LORD my ple, because they were many: and Moab God, to do less or more. was distressed because of the children of 19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye Israel.
also here this night, that I may know what 4 And Moab said unto the elders of Mi-the LORD will say unto me more. dian, Now shall this company lick up all 20 And God came unto Balaam at night, that are round about us, as the ox licketh and said unto him, If the men come to call up the grass of the field. And Balak the thee, rise up, and go with them: but yet son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at the word which I shall say unto thee, that that time.
shalt thou do. 5 He sent messengers therefore unto 21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is and saddled his ass, and went with the by the river of the land of the children of princes of Moab. his people, to call him, saying, Behold, 22 | And God's anger was kindled be there is a people come out from Egypt : cause he went: and the angel of the LORD behold, they cover the face of the earth, stood in the way for an adversary against and they abide over against me:
Thim. Now he was riding upon his ass, and 6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, his two servants were with him. Curse me this people ; for they are too 23 And the ass saw the angel of the mighty for me : peradventure I shall pre- LORD standing in the way, and his sword vail, that we may smite them, and that I drawn in his hand : and the ass turned may drive them out of the land : for I wotlaside out of the way, and went into the Balak entertains Balaam. CHAP. XXIII.
Balak's sacrifices. field : and Balaam smote the ass, to turn( 39 And Balaam went with Balak, and her into the way.
|they came unto Kirjath-huzoth. 24 But the angel of the LORD stood in 40 And Balak offered oxen and sheep, a path of the vineyards, a wall being on and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that this side, and a wall on that side.
were with him. 25 And when the ass saw the angel of 41 And it came to pass on the morrow, the Lord, she thrust herself unto the wall, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall : up into the high places of Baal, that thence and he smote her again.
he might see the utmost part of the people. 26 And the angel of the LORD went fur
CHAP. XXIII. ther, and stood in a narrow place, where was A ND Balaam said unto Balak, Build no way to turn either to the right hand A me here seven altars, and prepare me or to the left.
here seven oxen and seven rams. 27 And when the ass saw the angel of 2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken ; the LORD, she fell down under Balaam : and Balak and Balaam offered on every and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he altar a bullock and a ram. smote the ass with a staff.
| 3 And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand 28 And the Lord opened the mouth of by thy burnt-offering, and I will go: perthe ass, and she said unto Balaam, What adventure the LORD will come to meet me : have I done unto thee, that thou hast smit- and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell ten me these three times ?
thee. And he went to an high place. 29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Be-l 4 And God met Balaam : and he said cause thou hast mocked me: I would there unto him, I have prepared seven altars, were a sword in mine hand, for now would and I have offered upon cvery altar a bulI kill thee.
llock and a ram. 30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am 5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's not I thine ass, upon which thou hast rid-mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and den ever since I was thine unto this day?thus thou shalt speak. was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And 6 And he returned unto him, and lo, he he said, Nay.
stood by his burnt-sacrifice, he, and all the 31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of princes of Moab. Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD 7 | And he took up his parable, and standing in the way, and his sword drawn said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought in his hand : and he bowed down his head, me from Aram, out of the mountains of the and fell flat on his face.
east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and 32 And the angel of the LORD said unto come, defy Israel. him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine 8 How shall I curse, whom God hath ass these three times? behold, I went out not cursed ? or how shall I defy, whom the to withstand thee, because thy way is per-Lord hath not defied ? verse before me:
19 For from the top of the rocks I see 33 And the ass saw me, and turned him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, from me these three times : unless she had the people shall dwell alone, and shall not turned from me, surely now also I had slain be reckoned among the nations. thee, and saved her alive.
I 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, 34 And Balaam said unto the angel of and the number of the fourth part of Isthe LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not rael? Let me die the death of the righteous, that thou stoodest in the way against me: and let my last end be like his! now therefore, if it displease thee, I will 11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What get me back again.
hast thou done unto me? I took thee to 35 And the angel of the LORD said unto curse mine enemies, and behold, thou hast Balaam, Go with the men: but only the blessed them altogether. word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou 12 And he answered and said, Must I shalt speak: so Balaam went with the prin- not take heed to speak that which the ces of Balak.
Lord hath put in my mouth? 36 ? And when Balak heard that Ba- 13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I laam was come, he went out to meet him pray thee, with me unto another place, unto a city of Moab, which is in the bor- from whence thou mayest see them: thou der of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast. shalt see but the utmost part of them, and
37 And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I shalt not see them all: and curse me them not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? from thence. wherefore camest thou not unto me? am 14 1 And he brought him into the field I not able indeed to promote thee to ho- of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built nour!
seven altars, and offered a bullock and a 38 And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, Isram on every altar. am come unto thee: have I now any power 15 And he said unto Balak, Stand here at all to say any thing? the word that God by thy burnt-offering, while I meet the putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak. LORD yonder.