Page images
PDF

:

The Levites partion.

TAP. XIX. The water of separation. 139 a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt

CHAP. XIX. for ever before the LORD unto thee and 1 The water of separation, 11 The use of to the seed with thee.

it for purification of the unclean. 20. And the LORD spake unto Aaron, AND the LORD spake unto Moses and Thou shalt have no inheritance in their 11 unto Aaron, saying, land, neither shalt thou have any part a 2 This is the ordinance of the law mong them: I am thy part and thine in- which the Lord hath commanded, sayheritance among the children of Israel. ing, Speak unto the children of Israel,

21. And behold, I have given the chil that they bring thee a red heifer without dren of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon inheritance, for their service which they | which never came yoke : serve, even the service of the tabernacle 3 And ye shall give her unto Eleazar of the congregation.

the priest, that he may bring her forth 22 Neither must the children of Is- | without the camp, and one shall slay her rael henceforth come nigh the tabernacle before his face : of the congregation, lest they bear sin, 4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of and die.

her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of 23 But the Levites shall do the service her blood directly before the tabernacle of the tabernacle of the congregation, ll of the congregation seven times: and they shall bear their iniquity : it shall 5 And one shall burn the heifer in his be a statute for ever throughout your gen- | sight ; her skin, and her flesh, and her crations, that among the children of Is blood, with her dung, shall he burn : rael they have no inheritance.

6 And the priest shall take cedar wood, 24 But the tithes of the children of and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into Israel, which they offer as an heave-of- || the midst of the burning of the heifer. fering into the LORD, I have given to the 7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, Leriies to inherit : therefore Y have said and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and into them, Among the children of Israel afterward he shall come into the camp, ther shall have no inheritance.

and the priest shall be unclean until the 25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, even. saving,

8 And he that burneth her shall wash 26 Thus speak unto tire Levites, and his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in say unto them, When ye take of the chil water, and shall be unclean until the even. dren of Israel the tithes which I have giv 9 And a man that is clean shall gather en you from them for your inheritance, up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them then ve shall offer up an heave-offering up without the camp in a clean place, of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of and it shall be kept for the congregation the tithe.

of the children of Israel for a water of 27 And this your heave-offering shall separation : it is a purification for sin. be reckoned unto you, as though it were 10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the corn of the threshing-floor, and as the the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be fulness of the wine-press.

unclean until the even : and it shall be 28 Thus ve also shall offer an heave-of unto the children of Israel, and unto the fering unto the LORD of all your tithes stranger that sojourneth among them, for which ve receive of the children of Israel; a statute for ever. and ye shall give thereof the Lord's 11 ( He that toucheth the dead body heave-offering to Aaron the priest. of any man shall be unclean seven days.

29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer 12' He shall purify himself with it on erery heave-offering of the LORD, of all the third day, and on the seventh day he the best thereof, even the hallowe:1 part shall be clean : but if he purify not himthereof out of it.

self the third day, then the seventh day 30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, he shall not be clean. When ye have heaved the best thereof 13 Whosoever toucheth the dead body from it, then it shall be counted unto of any man that is dead, and purifieth the Levites as the increase of the thresh not himself, defileth the tabernacle of ing-floor, and as the increase of the wine the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off press.

from Israel : because the water of sepa31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ration was not sprinkled upon him, he ve and your households : for it is your re shall be unclean ; his uncleanness is yet ward for your service in the tabernacle upon him. of the congregation.

14 This is the law, when a man dietla 32 And ye shall bear no sin by reason in a tent: all that come into the tent, and of it, when ye have heaved from it the | all that is in the tent, shall be unclean best of it: neither shall ye pollute the seven days. hely things of the children of Israel, lest

15 And every open vessel, which hath pedie

Il no covering bound upon it, is unclean,

140 The people murmur fór water. NUMBERS. Water spiringeth out of the rock.

16 And whosoever toucheth one that | 7 9 And the Lord spake unto Moses, is slain with a sword in the open fields, or saying, a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a 8 Take the rod, and gather thou the grave, shall be unclean seven days. assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy

17 And for an unclean person they shall brother, and speak ye unto the rock betake of the ashes of the burnt heifer of fore their eyes; and it shall give forth his purification for sin, and running water water, and thou shalt bring forth to them shall be put thereto in a vessel:

water out of the rock : so thou shalt give 18 And a clean person shall take hy's the congregation and their beasts drink. sop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle 9 And Moses took the rod from before it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, the Lord, as he commanded him. and upon the persons that were there, 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered and upon him that touched a bone, or one | the congregation together before the rock, slain, or one dead, or a grave:

and he said unto them, Hear now, ye 19 And the clean person shall sprinkle | rebels ; must we fetch you water out of upon the unclean on the third day, and this rock? on the seventh day: and on the seventh 11 And Moses lifted up his lrand, and day he shall purify himself, and wash his with his rod he smote the rock twice: and clothes, and bathe himself in water, and the water came out abundantly, and the shall be clean at even.

congregation drank, and their beasts also. 20 But the man that shall be unclean, 12 | And the LORD spake unto Moses and shall not purify himself, that soul | and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, shall be cut off fron among the congre to sanctify me in the eyes of the children gation, because he hath deniled the sanc. of Israel, therefore ve shall not bring this tuary of the LORD : the water of separa congregation into the land which I have tion hath not been sprinkled upon him; given them. he is unclean.

13 This is the water of Meribah; be21 And it shall be a perpetual statute cause the children of Israel strove with unto them, that he that sprinkleth the the LORD, and he was sanctified in them. water of separation shall wash his clothes ; | 14 | And Moses sent messengers from and he that toucheth the water of separa- || Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith tion shall be unclean intil even.

thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the 22 And whatsoever the unclean person | travel that hath befallen us : toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul 1 15 How our fathers went down into that toucheth it shall be unclean until even. Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a CHAP. XX.

long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, 7 Moses bringeth water out of the rock. and our fathers :

14 Passage through Edom denied. 22 | 16 And when we cried unto the LORD, Aaron's death

| he heard our voice, and sent an angel, THEN came the children of Israel, || | and hath brought us forth out of Egypt :

1 even the whole congregation, into and behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the desert of Zin in the first month : and the uttermost of thy border: the people abode in Kadesh ; and Mir 17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through iam died there, and was buried there. thy country : we will not pass through the

2 And there was no water for the con fields, or through the vineyards, neither gregation : and they gathered themselves will we drink of the water of the wells : together against Moses and against Aa- || we will go by the king's high way, we will ron.

not turn to the right hand nor to the left, 3 And the people chode with Moses, until we have passed thy borders. and spake, saying, Would God that we | 18 And Edom said unto him, Thou had died when our brethren died before shalt not pass by me, lest I come out athe LORD!

gainst thee with the sword. 4. And why have ye brought up the 19 And the children of Israel said unto congregation of the LORD into this wil | him, We will go by the highway: and if derness, that we and our cattle should die I and my cattle drink of thy water, then I there?

will pay for it : I will only, without doing 5 And wherefore have ye made us to any thing else, go through on my feet. come up out of Egypt, to bring us in un 20 And he said, Thou shalt not go to this evil place it is no place of seed, or through. And Edom came out against him of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates ; | with much people, and with a strong hand. neither is there any water to drink.

21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel 6 And Moses and Aaron went from the passage through his border: wherefore presence of the assembly unto the door of || Israel turned away from him. the tabernacle of the congregation, and | 22 | And the children of Israel, even they fell upon their faces: and the glory he whole congregation, journeyed from of the Lord appeared unto them. !! Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor,

The people bit by fiery serpents CHAP. XXI. Sihon and Og slain. 141

23 And the LORD spake unto Moses || pole: and it shall come to pass, that every and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of one that is bitten, when lie looketh upon the land of Edom, saying,

it, shall live. 24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, people : for he shall not enter into the || and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, land which I have given unto the children || that if a serpent had bitten any man, when of Israel, because ye rebelled against my he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. word at the water of Meribah.

10 4 And the children of Israel set for25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, | ward, and pitched in Oboth. and bring them up unto mount Hor:

11 And they journered from Oboth, 26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and pitched at lje-abarim, in the wilderand put them upon Eleazar his son: andness which is before Moab, toward the Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, sun-rising. and shall die there.

12 9 From thence they removed, and 27 And Moses did as the Lord com Il pitched in the valley of Zared. manded; and they went up into mount 13 From thence they removed, and Hor in the siglat of all the congregation. pitched on the other sicle of Arnon, which

28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his is in the wilderness that cometh out of the garments, and put them upon Eleazar his coasts of the Amorites : for Arnon is the son; and Aaron died there in the top of border of Moab, between Moab and the the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came | Amorites. down from the mount.

14 Wherefore it is said in the book of 29 And when all the congregation saw the wars of the Lord, What he did in the that Aaron was dead, they mourned for | Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon, Aaron thirty clays, even all the house of 15 And at the stream of the brooks that Israel

Il goeth down to the dwelling of Ar, and CHAP. XXI.

lieth upon the border of Moab. 4 The people bit bu fiery serpents, 7 are 16 And from thence they went to Beer:

healed. 10 Sundry journeys. 21 Sinon || that is the well whereof the LORD spake and Og slain.

unto Moses, Gather the people together, AND when king Arad the Canaanite, i and I will give them water. A which dwelt in the south, heard tell | 17 | Then Israel sang this song, Spring that Israel came by the way of the spies; up, 0 well; sing ye unto it: then he fought against Israel, and took | 18 The princes digged the well, the some of them prisoners.

nobles of the people digged it, by the di2 And Israel vowed a vow unto the rection of the lawgirer, with their staves. LORD, and said, If thou wilt indeed de- And from the wilderness they went to liver this people into my hand, then I will Mattanah : utteriy destroy their cities.

. 19 And from Vattanah to Nahaliel : 3 And the LORD hearkened to the and from Nahaliel to Bamoth: Foice of Israel, and delivered up the Ca- 1 20 And from Bamoth in the valley, that naanites; and they utterly destroyed them is in the country of Moab, to the top of and their cities: and he called the name | Pisgah, which looketh toward Jeshimon. of the place Hormah.

21 s And Israel sent messengers unto 4 ? And they journeved from mount Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, Hor by the way of the Red sea, to com- i 22 Let me pass through thy land : wc pass the land of Edom; and the soul of will not turn into the fields, or into the the people was much discouraged because / vineyards; we will not drink of the war of the way.

ters of the well: but we will go along by 5 And the people spake against Gol, the king's high way, until we be past thy and against Moses, Wherefore have ye borders. brought us up out of Egypt to die in the 23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel wilderness for there is no bread, neither to pass through his border : but Sihon is there any water; and our soul loatheth gathered all his people together, and went this light bread.

out against Israel into the wilderness: and 6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents a- ' he came to Jahaz, and fought against mong the people, and they bit the people; Israel : and much people of Israel died.

24 And Israel smote him with the edge 7 Therefore the people came to Mo of the sword, and possessed his land from ses, and said, We have sinned, for we have Arnon unto Jabbok, even unto the chilspoken against the LORD, and against dren of Ammon: for the border of the thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take children of Ammon was strong. away the serpents from us. And Moses / 25 And Israel took all these cities; and prayed for the people.

Israel dwelt in all tire cities of the Amo8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make rites, in Heshbon, and in all the villages Wec a fiery scrpent, and set it impon a "tereof,

142 Balak sendeth for Balaam: NUMBERS. His first message is rejected.

26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon 6 Come now therefore, I pray thee. the king of the Amorites, who had fought || curse me this people ; for they are too against the former king of Moab, and mighty for me: peradventure I shall pretaken all his land out of his hand, even |

|| vail, that we may smite them, and that I unto Arnon.

|| may drive them out of the land : for I 27 Wherefore ther that speak in pror wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, erus say, Come into Heslibon, let the city and he whom thou cursest is cursed. of Sihon be built and prepared.

17 And the elders of Moab and the 28 For there is a fire gone out of Hesh- elders of Midian departed with the rebon, a flame from the city of Sihon : it wards of divination in their hand ; and hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords they came unto Balaam, and spake unto of the high places of Amon.

him the words of Balak. 29 Woe to thee, Moab ! Thou art un- 8 And he said unto them, Lolge here done, () people of Chemosh : he hath this night, and I will bring you word again, given his sons that escapel, and his daugh- as the Lord shall speak unto me: and the iers, into captivity unto Sihon king of the prices of Moab abode with Balaam. Amorites.

9 And God came unto Balaam, and said, 30 We have shot at them ; Heshlyon is What men are these with thee? perished even unto Dibon, and we have 10 And Balaam said unto God, Baied them waste eren unto Nophuh, which lak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, reacheth into M-deba.

hath sent unto me, saying, 31 | Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the 11 Behold, there is a penple come out Amorites.

of Egypt, which covereth the face of the 32 And Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, earth : come now, curse me them ; perand they took the villages thereof, and adventure I shall be able to overcome drove out the Amorites that were there. them, and drive them out.

33 9 And they turned and went up by 12 And God said unto Bulaam, Thou the way of Bishan : and Og the king of shalt not go with them ; thou shalt not Bashan went out against them, he, and all curse the people: for they are blessed. his people, to the battle at Edrei.

13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, 34 And the LORD said unto Moses, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get Fear him not: for I have delivered him you into your land: for the Lord refus into thy hand, and all his people, and his eth to give me leave to go with you. land ; and thou shalt do to him as thou 14 And the princes of Moab rose up, didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, and they went unto Balak, and said, Bac which dwelt at Heshbon.

laam refuseth to come with us. 35 So they smote him, and his sons, and | 15 | And Balak sent yet again princes, all his people, until there was none left more, and more honourable than they him alive: and they possessed his land. 16 And they came to Balaam, and said CHAP. XXII.

I to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zip1 Baluk's first message for Balaam ispor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder rejected. 15 His second obtaineth him. thee from coming unto me: 22 An angel would have slain him, if I 17 For I will promote thee unto very his ass had not saved him. 36 Balak I great honour, and I will do whatsoever entertaincth him.

thou savest unto me: come therefore, I AND the children of Israel set forward, ll pray thee, curse me this people.

and pitched in the plains of Moab on 18 And Balaam answered and said unto this side Jordan by Jericho.

the servants of Balak, If Balak would give 2 And Bilak the son of Zippor saw me his house full of silver and gold, I canall tirat Israel had done to the Amorites. not go beyond the word of the LORD my

3 Androal was sore afraid of the people, God, to do less or more. because they were many : and Moab was 19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye distressed because of the children of Israel. also here this night, that I may know what

4 And Moab said unto the elders of the LORD will say unto me more. Midian, Now shall this company lick up 20 And God came unto Balaam at all that are round about us, as the ox l night, and said unto him, If the men licketh up the grass of the field. And come to call thee, rise up, and go with Balak the son of Zippor was king of the them; but yet the word which I shall Moabites at that time.

say unto thee, that 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 and saddled his ass, and went with the is by the river of the land of the children | princes of Moab. of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, | 22 9 And God's anger was kindled there is a people come out from Egypt : || because he went : and the angel of the behold, they cover the face of the earth, || LORD stood in the way for an adversary apd they abide over against me:

against him. Now he was riding upon

Balaam's ass speaketit. CHAP. XXIII. Balaam's fiarable. 143. his ass, and his two servants were with || I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? him.

wherefore camest thou not unto me? am 23 And the ass saw the angel of the I not able indeed to promote thee to LORD standing in the way, and his sword || honour? drawn in his hand : and the ass turned 38 And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, aside out of the way, and went into the || I am come unto thee: have I now any field : and Balaam smote the ass, to turn power at all to say any thing? the word her into the way.

that God putteth in my mouth, that shall 24 But the angel of the Lord stood in || I spcak. a path of the vineyards, a wail being on 39 Aud Balaam went with Balak, and this side, and a wall on that side.

they came unto Kirjath-inzoth. 25 And when the ass saw the angel of 40 And Balik offered oxen and sheep, the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes and crushed Balaam's foot against the that were with him. wall: and he smote her again.

41 And it cane to pass on the morrow, 26 And the angel of the LORD went that Balak tock Balaam, and brought further, and stood in a narrow place, || him up into the high places of Baal, that where was no way to turn either to the thence he might see the utmost part of right hand or to the left.

the people. 27 And when the ass saw the angel of

CHİP. XXIII. the LORD, she fell down under Balam: 1, 13, 28 Ba'k's sacrifice. 7, 18 Baand Balaam's anger was kindled, and he

laam's fiarable. smote the ass with a staff.

AND Balaam said unto Balak, Build 28 And the LORD opened the mouth 1 re here seren altars, and prepare of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, me here seven oxen and seven mms. What have I done unto thee, that thou 2 And Balak didas Balaam had spoken; hast smitten me these three times? .. and Balak and Balaam offered on every

29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Be altar a bullock and a ram. cause thou hast mocked me : I would 3 And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand there were a sword in mine hand, for now by thy burnt-offering, and I will go: perwould I kill thee.

adventure the LORD will come to meet 30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am me: and whatscever hc sheweth me I will not I thine ass, upon which thou hast tell thee. And he went to an high placc. ridden ever since I was thine unto this 4 And God met Balaam: and he said day? Was I ever wont to do so unto thee? || unto him, I have prepared seren altars, And he said, Nay.

and I have offered upon every altar a bul31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of lock and a ram. Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD | 5 And the Lord put a word in Bastanding in the way, and his sword drawn laam's mouth, and said, Return unto Bain his hand : and he bowed down his lak, and thus thou shalt sperk. head, and fell flat on his face.

6 And he returned unto him, and lo, 32 And the angel of the LORD said un- he stood by his burnt-sacrifice, he, and to him, wherefore hast thou smitten thine all the princes of Moab. ass these three times? Behold, I went out 17 And he took up his parable, and to withstand thee, because thy way is per- said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought Terse before me:

me from Aram, out of the mountains of 33 And the ass saw me, and turned the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, from me these three times : unless she had and come, defy Israch. turned from me, surely now also I had 8 How shall I curse, whom God hath slain thee, and saved her alive.

not cursed ? or how shall I defy, whom 34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD hath not defied ? the LORD, I have sinned ; for I knew not | 9 For from the top of the rocks I see that thou stoodest in the way against me: ll him, and from the hils I behold him: lo, now therefore, if it displease thee, I will the people shall dweil alone", and shall not get me back again,

be reckoned among the natio:as. 35 And the angel of the LORD said un- 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, to Balaam, Go with the men : but cnly 1 and the number of the fourth part of Isthe word that I shall speak unto thee, that rael? let me die the death of the rightthou shalt speak : So Balaam went with cous, and let my last end be like his ! the princes of Balak.

11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What 36 ? And when Balak heard that Ba-hast thou done unto me? I took thee to laam was come, he went out to meet him ll curse mine enemies, and behold, thou unto a city of Moab, which is in the bor- ||hast blessed them altogether.. der of Arnon, which is in the utmost 12 And he answered and said, Must I coast.

not take heed to speak that which the 37 ? And Balak said unto Balaam, Did LORD hath put in my mouth?

« PreviousContinue »