Leviticus 10

1Then Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu ˻sinned˼. Each son took a dish for burning incense. They used a different fire and lit the incense. They did not use the fire that Moses had commanded them to use. 2So fire came from the Lord and destroyed Nadab and Abihu. They died in front of the Lord. 3Then Moses said to Aaron, “The Lord says, 'The priests that come near me must respect me! I must be holy to them and to all the people.’” So Aaron did not say anything ˻about his sons dying˼. 4Aaron’s uncle Uzziel had two sons. They were Mishael and Elzaphan. Moses said to those sons, “Go to the front part of the Holy Place. Take your cousins’ bodies and carry them outside the camp.” 5So Mishael and Elzaphan obeyed Moses. They carried the bodies of Nadab and Abihu outside the camp. Nadab and Abihu were still wearing their special woven shirts. 6Then Moses spoke to Aaron and his other sons Eleazar and Ithamar. Moses told them, “˻Don’t show any sadness!˼ Don’t tear your clothes or mess up your hair! Don’t show your sadness and you will not be killed. And the Lord will not be angry against all the people. All the people of Israel are your relatives—they can cry about the Lord burning Nadab and Abihu. 7But you must not even leave the entrance of the Meeting Tent. If you leave, then you will die! Why? Because the Lord’s anointing oil is on you.” So Aaron, Eleazar, and Ithamar obeyed Moses. 8Then the Lord said to Aaron, 9“You and your sons must not drink wine or beer when you come into the Meeting Tent. ˻If you drink those things,˼ then you will die! This law continues forever through your generations. 10You must make a clear distinction ˻(difference)˼ between things that are holy and things that are not holy. You must make a clear distinction between things that are clean and things that are unclean. 11The Lord gave his laws to Moses, and Moses gave those laws to the people. Aaron, you must teach the people about all of those laws.” 12Aaron had two sons that were still alive, Eleazar and Ithamar. Moses talked to Aaron and his two sons. Moses said, “Some of the grain offering is left from the sacrifices that were burned on the fire. You will eat that part of the grain offering. But you must eat it without adding yeast. Eat it near the altar. Why? Because that offering is very holy. 13That is part of the offerings that were burned on the fire for the Lord. And the law I gave you teaches that a part belongs to you and your sons. But you must eat it in a holy place. 14“Also you, your sons, and your daughters will be able to eat the breast from the wave offerings. ˻You don’t have to eat these in a holy place,˼ but you must eat them in a clean place. Why? Because they come from the fellowship offerings. The people of Israel give those gifts to God. ˻The people eat part of those animals,˼ but the breast is your share. 15The people must bring the fat from their animals as part of the sacrifice that is burned on the fire. They must also bring the thigh of the fellowship offering and the breast of the wave offering. That will be waved in front of the Lord, and then it will be your share of the offering. It will belong to you and your children. That part of the sacrifices will be your share forever, just like the Lord said.” 16Moses looked for the goat of the sin offering. But it was already burned up. Moses became very angry at Aaron’s other sons Eleazar and Ithamar. Moses said, 17“You were supposed to eat that goat in the holy area! It is very holy! Why did you not eat it in front of the Lord? The Lord gave it to you to carry away the guilt of the people—to make the people pure. 18That goat’s blood was not brought into the Holy Place. So, you should have eaten the meat in the holy area, like I commanded!” 19But Aaron said to Moses, “Look, today they brought their sin offering and burnt offering before the Lord. But you know what happened to me today! Do you think the Lord would be happy if I ate the sin offering today? No!” 20When Moses heard this, he agreed.

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