“And this is yours: the raised offering of their gift, along with all the wave offerings of the Israelites. I have given them to you and to your sons and daughters with you as a perpetual ordinance. Everyone who is ceremonially clean in your household may eat of it.
But the Levites must perform the service 1 of the tent of meeting, and they must bear their iniquity. 2 It will be a perpetual ordinance throughout your generations that among the Israelites the Levites 3 have no inheritance. 4
The one who gathers the ashes of the heifer must wash his clothes and be ceremonially unclean until evening. This will be a permanent ordinance both for the Israelites and the resident foreigner who lives among them.
But as for you, remain here with me so I can declare to you all the commandments, 1 statutes, and ordinances that you are to teach them, so that they can carry them out in the land I am about to give them.” 2
You must serve me with integrity and sincerity, just as your father David did. Do everything I commanded and obey my rules and regulations. 1
When the builders established the Lord’s temple, the priests, ceremonially attired and with their clarions, 1 and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with their cymbals, stood to praise the Lord according to the instructions left by 2 King David of Israel. 3
The Lord has made a promise to Israel. He promises it as the one who fixed the sun to give light by day and the moon and stars to give light by night. He promises it as the one who stirs up the sea so that its waves roll. He promises it as the one who is known as the Lord who rules over all. 1
All the raised offerings of the holy things that the Israelites offer to the Lord, I have given to you, and to your sons and daughters with you, as a perpetual ordinance. It is a covenant of salt 1 forever before the Lord for you and for your descendants with you.”
Do the job the Lord your God has assigned you 1 by following his instructions 2 and obeying 3 his rules, commandments, regulations, and laws as written in the law of Moses. Then you will succeed in all you do and seek to accomplish, 4
But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness; they did not follow my statutes and they rejected my regulations (the one who obeys them will live by them), and they utterly desecrated my Sabbaths. So I decided to pour out 1 my rage on them in the wilderness and destroy them. 2
To all the supervisors of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, counselors, and governors it seemed like a good idea for a royal edict to be issued and an interdict to be enforced. For the next thirty days anyone who prays 1 to any god or human other than you, O king, should be thrown into a den of lions.
The high priest who succeeds him 1 from among his sons must do it. It is a perpetual statute; it must be offered up in smoke as a whole offering to the Lord.
You must not do any work. This is a perpetual statute throughout your generations 1 in all the places where you live.
You must celebrate it as a pilgrim festival to the Lord for seven days in the year. This is a perpetual statute throughout your generations; 1 you must celebrate it in the seventh month.