Numbers 8:1-26, NLT
Preparing the Lamps
1The Lord said to Moses,
The Levites Dedicated
5Then the Lord said to Moses,
12“Next the Levites will lay their hands on the heads of the young bulls. Present one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering to the Lord, to purify the Levites and make them right with the Lord.*8:12 Or to make atonement for the Levites.
16“Of all the people of Israel, the Levites are reserved for me. I have claimed them for myself in place of all the firstborn sons of the Israelites; I have taken the Levites as their substitutes.
20So Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel dedicated the Levites, carefully following all the Lord’s instructions to Moses.
23The Lord also instructed Moses,