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lest they die. These [things are] the burden of the sons of

Kohath' in the tabernacle of the congregation. 16 And to the office of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest,

[pertaineth] the oil for the light, and the sweet incense, and the daily meat offering, and the anointing oil, to carry them himself, [and] the oversight of all the tabernacle, and of all that therein [is] in the sanctuary, and in the vessels thereof, to see

that all was done in the way that was commanded. 17 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 18 Cut ye not off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from

among the Levites, that is, suffer them not to touch the holy 19 things through your neglect, whereby they should be cut off*: But

thus do unto them, that they may live, and not die, when they approach unto the most holy things : Aaron and his sons

shall go in, and appoint them every one to his service and to 20 his burden : But they shall not go in to see when the holy

things are covered, lest they die. 21 22 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take also

the sum of the sons of Gershon, throughout the houses of 23 their fathers, by their families ; From thirty years old and

upward, until fifty years old shalt thou number them; all

that enter in to perform the service, to do the work in the 24 tabernacle of the congregation. This [is] the service of the

families of the Gershonites, to serve, to assist the priests while

the tabernacle is standing, and to help them to takeit down, and set 25 it up, and for burdens, to carry it when it is removed. And they

shall bear the curtains of the tabernacle, the eleven curtains of goats hair, and the tabernacle of the congregation, his covering, the covering of ramsł skins dyed red, and the covering of

the badgers' skins that [is] above upon it, andthe hanging for 26 the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, And the hang,

ings of the court, and the hanging for the door of the gate of the court which [is] by the tabernacle and by the altar round about, and their cords, and all the instruments of their

service, and all that is made for them : so shall they serve. 27 At the appointment of Aaron and his sons shall be all the ser,

vice of the sons of the Gershonites, in all their burdens, and

in all their service : and ye shall appoint unto them in charge 28 all their burdens. This [is] the service of the families of the

sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation : and their charge [shall be] under the hand, under the conduct and

direction, of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. 29 As for the sons of Merari, thou shalt number them after 30 their families, by the house of their fathers ; From thirty

years old and upward even unto fifty years old shalt thou

number them, every one that entereth into the service, to do 31 the work of the tabernacle of the congregation. And this

[is] the charge of their burden, according to all their service in the tabernacle of the congregation : the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and

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32 sockets thereof, And the pillars of the court round about, and

their sockets, and their pins, and their cords, with all their

instruments, and with all their service : and by name ye shall 33 reckon the instruments of the charge of the burden. This

[is] the service of the families of the sons of Merari, according to all their service in the tabernacle of the congregation,

under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. 34 And Moses and Aaron and the chief of the congregation

numbered the sons of the Kohathites, after their families, and 35 after the house of their fathers, From thirty years old and

upward even unto fifty years old, every one that entereth

into the service for the work in the tabernacle of the congre. 36 gation : And those that were numbered of them by their 39 families were two thousand seven hundred and fifty. These

(were] they that were numbered of the families of the Kohathites, all that might do service in the tabernacle of the congregation ; which Moses and Aaron did number according to the commandment of the Lord by the hand of Moses.

And those that were numbered of the sons of Gershon, throughout their families, apd by the house of their fathers, 39 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old,

every one that entereth into the service, for the work in the 40 tabernacle of the congregation, Even those that were num

bered of them, throughout their families, by the house of their 41 fathers, were two thousand and six hundred and thirty. These

[are] they that were numbered of the families of the sons of Gershon, of all that might do service in the tabernacle of the congregation, whom Moses and Aaron did number according

to the commandment of the LORD. 42 And those that were numbered of the families of the sons

of Merari, throughout their families by the house of their fa. 43 thers, From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty

years old, every one that entereth into the service, for the 44 work in the tabernacle of the congregation, Even those that

were numbered of them after their families, were three 45 thousand and two hundred. These [be] those that were

numbered of the families of the sons of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the word of the LORD by

the hand of Mases. 46 · All those that were numbered of the Levites, whom Mo

ses and Aaron and the chief of Israel numbered, after their 47 families, and after the house of their fathers, From thirty

years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that

came to do the service of the ministry, and the service of the 48 burden in the tabernacle of the congregation, Even those

that were numbered of them, were eight thousand and five 49 hundred and fourscore. According to the commandment of

the LORD they were numbered by the hand of Moses, every one according to his service, and according to his burden: thus they were numbered of him as the LORD commanded Moses,

CHAP. V.

Restitution enjoined ; and the trial of jealousy.

ND the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Command every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever 3 is defiled by the dead : Both male and female shall ye put

out, without the camp shall ye put them ; that they defile not 4, their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell. And the children

of Israel did so, and put them out without the camp : as the

LORD spake unto Moses, so did the children of Israel. 5 6 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the

children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any sin that men commit one against another, to do a trespass

against the LORD, and that person be guilty, become sensible 7 of his guilt ; Then they shall' confess their sin which they

have done : and he shall recompense his trespass, the wrong he has done to his neighbour, either in taking away any thing from him, or denying what was entrusted with him, with the principle thereof, and add unto it the fifth [part] thereof, and give [it] unto [him) against whom he hath trespassed. But if the man have no kinsman to recompense the trespass unto, let the trespass be recompensed unto the LORD, (even) to the priests : beside the ram of the atonement, whereby an atone

ment shall be made for him. 9 And every offering of all the holy things of the children of 10 Israel, which they bring unto the priest, shall be his. And

every man's hallowed things shall be his, such as were devoted to God, yet could not be offered in sacrifice, as a house, or the

like ; whatsoever any man giveth the priest, it shall be his. 11 12 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the

children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man's wife go 13 aside, and commit a trespass against him, And a man lie with

her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and [there be] no witness against her, (for if there were witnesses to prove it, then she was

to be put to death, Lev. xx. 10.) neither she be taken (with the 14 manner ;] And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he

be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled : or if the spint of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and

she be not defiled : 15 Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, that is,

the chief of the priests then in waiting, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth [part] of an ephah of barley meal : he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon ; for it [is] an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bring16 ing iniquity to remembrance. And the priest shall bring her 17 near, and set her before the LORD : And the priest shall take

holy water in an earthen vessel ; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put [it] into

the water : 18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD) and

uncover the woman's head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which [is] the jealousy offering : and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse, so called, in regard of the effect it had upon her, if she were

guilty, v. 22. 19 And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto

the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness (with another] instead of thy

husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the 20 curse : But if thou hast gone aside (to another) instead of thy

husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with 21 thee beside thine husband : Then the priest shall charge the

woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among

thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rots and 22 thy belly to swell ; And this water that causeth the curse

shall go into thy bowels, to make [thy] belly to swelli and

[thy) thigh to rot ; and the woman shall say, Amen, amen. 23 And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he 24 shall blot (them] out with the bitter water : And he shall

cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causéth the

curse : and the water that causeth the curse shall enter into 85 her, (and become] bitter, produce bitter effects. Then the

priest shall take the jealousy offering out of the woman's hand,

and shall wave the offering before the LORD, and offer it upon 26 the altar : And the priest shall take an handful of the offers

ing, (even] the memorial thereof, and burn [it] upon the al

tar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the water. 27 And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall

come to pass, [that] if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, (and become) bitter, and her belly shall

swell, and her thigh shall rot : and the woman shall be a 28 curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled,

but be clean ; then she shall be free, not receive any harm by 29 the drink, and shall conceive seed. This [is] the law of jeal

aisies, when a wife goeth aside [to another) instead of her 30 husband, and is defiled ; Or when the spirit of jealousy com

eth upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set

the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall execute upon 31 her all this law. Then shall the man be guiltless from ini.

quity, free from any punishment, though he accused her wrongfully, if he had any probable grounds of suspicion, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.*

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The law of the Nazarites, and the form of blessing the people. 1 N.D the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto

the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate [themselves] to yow a vow of a Nazarite, or make themselves Nazarites, that is, to separate [themselves) unto the LORD, either for life, as Judges xiii. 5. xvi. 17. 1 Sam. i. 11. Luke i. 15. or for a less and limited space

of time, as Acts xxi. 24. to be holy unto him, v. 8. after a strict3 er manner than others : He shall separate [himself) from wine

and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vine

gar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of 4. grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. All the days of his

separation, or nazariteship, shall he eat nothing that is made of 5 the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk. AH the

days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head : until the days be fulfilled, in the which he

separateth [himself ] unto the LORD, he shall be holy, [and] 6 shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. All the days

that he separateth [himself] unto the Lord he shall come at no 7 dead body. He shall not make himself unclean for his father,

or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they

die : because the consecration of his God [is] upon his head. 8 All the days of his separation he [is] holy unto the LORD. 9 And if any man die very suddenly by him, and lic hath de

filed the head of his consecration ; then he shall shave his

head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he 10 shave it. And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles,

or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the taberá il nacle of the congregation : And the priest shall offer the one

for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, and make an atonement for him, for that he sinned by the dead,

and shall hallow his head that same day, set apart his hair to 12 God, and suffer it to grow. And he shall consecrate unto the

* Dr. Doddridge, in his Lectures, states an objection, made by Morgan, to this institution of the water of jealousy, as if it were a contrivance to make it safe for women to commit adultery with the priests, and none but them. In answer to this impious thought, (the Dr. justly remarks) it is sufficient to observe, that nothing can be more unjust than to charge so stupid and villanous a contrivance upon so wise and virtuous a person as Moses appears to have been, who in the system of his laws has made adultery punishable with death, no less in a priest than any other person. Considering the consequences attending this trial, in case either of innocence or guilt, it would, on such a supposition, be a very ill judged contrivance: beside that, the person appointed to preside on this occasion was to be the chief of the priests then in wailing, which would render such a conspiracy, as Murgan supposes, utterly impracticable. Lectures, p. 169. VOL. II.

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