1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them
his censer, and put fire therein, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange
fire before HaShem, which He had not commanded them.
2 And there came forth fire from before HaShem, and devoured
them, and they died before HaShem.
3 Then Moses said unto Aaron: 'This is it that HaShem spoke,
saying: Through them that are nigh unto Me I will be sanctified, and before all
the people I will be glorified.' And Aaron held his peace.
4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel
the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them: 'Draw near, carry your brethren from
before the sanctuary out of the camp.'
5 So they drew near, and carried them in their tunics out of
the camp, as Moses had said.
6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto
Ithamar, his sons: 'Let not the hair of your heads go loose, neither tend your
clothes, that ye die not, and that He be not wroth with all the congregation;
but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which
HaShem hath kindled.
7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tent of
meeting, lest ye die; for the anointing oil of HaShem is upon you.' And they did
according to the word of Moses.
8 And HaShem spoke unto Aaron, saying:
9 'Drink no wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with
thee, when ye go into the tent of meeting, that ye die not; it shall be a
statute forever throughout your generations.
10 And that ye may put difference between the holy and the
common, and between the unclean and the clean;
11 and that ye may teach the children of Israel all the
statutes which HaShem hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.'
12 And Moses spoke unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto
Ithamar, his sons that were left: 'Take the meal-offering that remaineth of the
offerings of HaShem made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar;
for it is most holy.
13 And ye shall eat it in a holy place, because it is thy
due, and thy sons' due, of the offerings of HaShem made by fire; for so I am
14 And the breast of waving and the thigh of heaving shall ye
eat in a clean place; thou, and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee; for they
are given as thy due, and thy sons' due, out of the sacrifices of the
peace-offerings of the children of Israel.
15 The thigh of heaving and the breast of waving shall they
bring with the offerings of the fat made by fire, to wave it for a wave-offering
before HaShem; and it shall be thine, and thy sons' with thee, as a due for
ever; as HaShem hath commanded.'
16 And Moses diligently inquired for the goat of the
sin-offering, and, behold, it was burnt; and he was angry with Eleazar and with
Ithamar, the sons of Aaron that were left, saying:
17 'Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin-offering in the place
of the sanctuary, seeing it is most holy, and He hath given it you to bear the
iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before HaShem?
18 Behold, the blood of it was not brought into the sanctuary
within; ye should certainly have eaten it in the sanctuary, as I commanded.'
19 And Aaron spoke unto Moses: 'Behold, this day have they
offered their sin-offering and their burnt-offering before HaShem, and there
have befallen me such things as these; and if I had eaten the sin-offering
to-day, would it have been well-pleasing in the sight of HaShem?
20 And when Moses heard that, it was well-pleasing in his
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
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