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The purpose of this page is to provide a reference area for study into the Levitical Priesthood.


  1 'And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.'  (KJV)

Moses and Aaron's parents

  3 'And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;'  (KJV)

  4 'Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. '  (KJV)

  5 'Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: '  (KJV)

  6 'And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. '  (KJV)

This is YHWH's purpose for the children of Israel.  Verses 5 & 6 constitute the marriage offer made at Mount Sinai.

In Numbers 8:19 YHWH chose the line of Levi from among the nation of Israel to be his priests.

  7 'And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him.'  (KJV)

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13 'And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them for an offering unto the LORD.'  (KJV)

14 'Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.'  (KJV)

15 'And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt cleanse them, and offer them for an offering.'  (KJV)

16 'For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.'  (KJV)

Numbers 3:12

Numbers 3:45

17 'For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.'  (KJV)

Exodus 13:2

Exodus 13:12-15

Numbers 3:13

Luke 2:23

18 'And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.'  (KJV)

19 'And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.'  (KJV)

Exodus 19:6

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10 'And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,'  (KJV)

11 'Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.'  (KJV)

12 'Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:'  (KJV)

What is a covenant of peace?

10 'And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.'  (KJV)

Everlasting priesthood

  8 'At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.'  (KJV)

  9 'Wherefore Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his brethren; the LORD is his inheritance, according as the LORD thy God promised him.'  (KJV)

  5 "For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever."  (KJV)

14 "Only unto the tribes of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices of the LORD God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as he said unto them."  (KJV)

33 "But unto the tribe of Levi Moses gave not any inheritance: the LORD God of Israel was their inheritance, as he said unto them."  (KJV)

  3 'For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe on the other side Jordan: but unto the Levites he gave none inheritance among them.'  (KJV)

  4 'For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance.'  (KJV)

21 'And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.'  (KJV)

18 "Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually."  (KJV)

20 "Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;"  (KJV)

21 "Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers."  (KJV)

22 "As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me."  (KJV)

40 'For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.'  (KJV)

The sacrificial/offering system will be in place.

  4 'And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.'  (KJV)

  5 'My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.'  (KJV)

  6 'The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.'  (KJV)

  7 'For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.'  (KJV)

  8 'But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.'  (KJV)

  3 'And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.'  (KJV)

Matthew 3:12

Matthew 11:10

After the Messiah's return, the Levites will again make offerings.

20 'Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: ye that fear the LORD, bless the LORD.'  (KJV)

36 "The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three."  (KJV)

973 (973)

37 "The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two."  (KJV)

1,052 (2,025)

38 "The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven."  (KJV)

1,247 (3,272)

39 "The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen."  (KJV)

1,017 (4,289)

14 'For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD:'  (KJV)

15 'And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.'  (KJV)

16 'And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.'  (KJV)

17 'So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years: for three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon.'  (KJV)


The Role of the Levites - A Third Party and Witness In Israel's Two House Restoration  (YOURARMSTOISRAEL.ORG)

The Temple - Its Ministry and Services as they were at the time of Christ   by Alfred Edersheim  (PHILOLOGOS.ORG)

Priestly Garments  (WWW.TEMPLEINSTITUTE.ORG)  (2012/0919)