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The Sin of Nadab and Abihu

1 Now Nadab R252 and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, R253 and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 And R254 fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, "It is what the LORD spoke, saying, `By those who come R255 near Me I will R256 F102 be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be R257 honored.' " So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.

4 Moses called also to Mishael R258 and Elzaphan, the sons of Aaron's uncle Uzziel, and said to them, "Come forward, carry your relatives F103 away from the front of the sanctuary to the outside of the camp." 5 So they came forward and carried them still in their tunics R259 to the outside of the camp, as Moses had said. 6 Then Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, "Do R260 not uncover F104 your heads nor tear your clothes, so that you will not die and that He will not become R261 wrathful against all the congregation. But your kinsmen, F105 the whole house of Israel, shall bewail the burning which the LORD has brought F106 about. 7 "You shall not even go out from the doorway of the tent of meeting, or you will die; for the R262 LORD'S anointing oil is upon you." So they did according to the word of Moses.

8 The LORD then spoke to Aaron, saying, 9 "Do R263 not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die--it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations-- 10 and so R264 as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean, 11 and so R265 as to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the LORD has spoken to them through Moses."

12 Then Moses spoke to Aaron, and to his surviving sons, Eleazar R266 and Ithamar, "Take R267 the grain offering that is left over from the LORD'S offerings by fire and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy. 13 "You shall eat it, moreover, in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons' due out of the LORD'S offerings by fire; for thus I have been commanded. 14 "The R268 breast of the wave offering, however, and the thigh of the offering you may eat in a clean place, you and your sons and your daughters with you; for they have been given as your due and your sons' due out of the sacrifices of the peace offerings of the sons of Israel. 15 "The R269 thigh offered by lifting up and the breast offered by waving they shall bring along with the offerings by fire of the portions of fat, to present as a wave offering before the LORD; so it shall be a thing perpetually due you and your sons with you, just as the LORD has commanded."

16 But Moses searched carefully for the goat R270 of the sin offering, and behold, it had been burned up! So he was angry with Aaron's surviving sons Eleazar and Ithamar, saying, 17 "Why did R271 you not eat the sin offering at the holy place? For it is most holy, and He F107 gave it to you to bear away the R272 guilt of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD. 18 "Behold, since R273 its blood had not been brought inside, into the sanctuary, you should certainly have eaten R274 it in the sanctuary, just as I commanded." 19 But Aaron spoke to Moses, "Behold, this very day they presented R275 their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD. When things like these happened to me, if I had eaten a sin offering today, would it have been good in the sight of the LORD?" 20 When Moses heard that, it seemed good in his sight.

F102: Or will show Myself holy
F103: Lit brothers
F104: Lit unbind
F105: Lit brothers
F106: Lit burned
F107: Or was given

R252: Exodus 24:1,9; Numbers 3:2; 26:61
R253: Leviticus 16:12
R254: Numbers 3:4; 16:35; 26:61
R255: Exodus 19:22; Leviticus 21:6
R256: Exodus 30:30; Ezekiel 38:16
R257: Exodus 14:4,17; Isaiah 49:3; Ezekiel 28:22
R258: Exodus 6:22
R259: Exodus 29:5; Leviticus 8:13
R260: Leviticus 21:1-5,10-12
R261: Numbers 1:53; 16:22,46; 18:5; Joshua 7:1; 22:18,20; 2 Samuel 24:1
R262: Exodus 28:41; Leviticus 21:12
R263: Proverbs 20:1; 31:5; Isaiah 28:7; Ezekiel 44:21; Hosea 4:11; Luke 1:15; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7
R264: Leviticus 11:47; 20:25; Ezekiel 22:26
R265: Deuteronomy 17:10,11; 33:10
R266: Exodus 6:23; Numbers 3:2
R267: Leviticus 6:14-18
R268: Leviticus 7:30-34; Numbers 18:11
R269: Leviticus 7:34
R270: Leviticus 9:3,15
R271: Leviticus 6:24-30
R272: Exodus 28:38; Leviticus 22:16; Numbers 18:1
R273: Leviticus 6:30
R274: Leviticus 6:26
R275: Leviticus 9:8,12


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