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60 Bible Verses about priests

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Hebrews 7:17

For it is testified, "You [are] a priest {forever} according to the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 7:14

For [it is] evident that our Lord is a descendant of Judah, a tribe [with reference] to which Moses said nothing concerning priests.

Hebrews 7:24

but he, because he continues {forever}, holds the priesthood permanently.

2 Chronicles 15:3

Now Israel [has been] without the true God many days, and without a teaching priest, and without law,

Hebrews 7:12

For [when] the priesthood changes, of necessity there is a change of the law also.

Deuteronomy 17:9

then you shall go to the priests and the Levites and to the judge who will be [in office] in those days, and you shall enquire, and they shall announce to you {the verdict}.

Jeremiah 31:14

And I will saturate the appetite of the priests [with] fatness, and my people will be satisfied with my goodness," {declares} Yahweh.

Hebrews 7:3

without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God--he remains a priest for all time.

2 Chronicles 5:14

And the priests were not able to stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of Yahweh filled the house of God.

Malachi 2:7

For the lips of [the] priest should guard knowledge, and they should seek instruction from his mouth, for he [is] the messenger of Yahweh of hosts.

1 Corinthians 9:13

Do you not know that those performing the holy services eat the things from the temple, [and] those attending to the altar have a share with the altar?

Ezekiel 42:14

{When the priests enter}, then they shall not go out from the sanctuary to the outer courtyard; and there they must put their garments in which they serve because they [are] holy. They must put on other garments and [then] they may approach [the area] that [is] for the people.

1 Chronicles 28:13

and for the working groups of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of Yahweh, and for all the vessels for the service of the house of Yahweh,

Isaiah 66:21

And indeed, I will take some of them as priests [and] the Levites," says Yahweh.

Hebrews 9:7

but only the high priest [enters] into the second [tent] once a year, not without blood, which he offers on behalf of himself and the [sins] of the people committed in ignorance.

Hebrews 7:23

And indeed many {have become} priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing [in office],

Zechariah 3:1

And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing {before} the angel of Yahweh; and Satan was standing on his right to accuse him.

Deuteronomy 18:1

"And there shall not be for the Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, a plot of ground and an inheritance with Israel, [rather] they may eat an offering made by fire [as] their inheritance, for Yahweh.

2 Chronicles 35:2

And he set the priests at their posts and encouraged them in the service of the house of Yahweh.

Matthew 27:1

Now [when it] was early morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus in order to put him to death.

Matthew 27:6

But the chief priests took the silver coins [and] said, "It is not permitted to put them into the temple treasury, because it is {blood money}."

Exodus 19:22

And even the priests who come near Yahweh must consecrate themselves, lest Yahweh break out against them."

Acts 6:7

And the word of God kept spreading, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem was increasing greatly, and a large number of priests began obeying the faith.

Luke 10:31

Now by coincidence a certain priest was going down on that road, and [when he] saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.

Acts 19:14

(Now seven sons of a certain Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.)

Joshua 3:8

You will command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant, saying, 'At the moment that you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you will stand [still] in the Jordan.'"

Matthew 26:3

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas,

Hosea 4:4

Yet, let no one contend, and let no one accuse, for with you, O priest, [is my] contention.

2 Kings 12:4

Jehoash said to the priests, "All of the money for the sacred things that is brought to the temple of Yahweh, {the money taxed at its proper value for each person} [and] all of the money which comes upon the heart of a man to bring to the temple of Yahweh,

Matthew 8:4

And Jesus said to him, "See that you tell no one, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them."

Hebrews 7:11

Thus if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood, for on the basis of it the people received the law, what further need [is there] for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek and not said to be according to the order of Aaron?

Isaiah 24:2

And it shall be as [with] the people, so [with] the priest; as [with] the slave, so [with] his master; as [with] the female slave, so [with] her mistress; as [with] the buyer, so [with] the seller; as [with] the lender, so [with] the borrower; as [with] the creditor, so [with] [the one] to whom he lends.

Matthew 27:41

In the same way also the chief priests, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking [him], saying,

Jeremiah 1:18

Now look, I have made you {today} as a fortified city and as an iron pillar and a bronze wall against all the land, against the kings of Judah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land.

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Aaron » Descendants of » ordained Priests » priests

Numbers 18:1

Yahweh said to Aaron, "You, your sons, and your family with you will bear the guilt of the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you will bear the guilt of your priesthood.

Exodus 28:40-43

And for the sons of Aaron you will make tunics, and you will make for them sashes and headdresses; you will make them for glory and for splendor. And you will clothe them--Aaron, your brother, and his sons with him--and you will anoint them and {ordain them} and consecrate them, and they will serve as priests for me. And make for them undergarments of linen to cover naked flesh; they will be from loins to thigh. read more.
And they will be on Aaron and on his sons when they come to the tent of assembly or when they approach the altar to serve in the sanctuary, so that they will not bear guilt and die. [It is] a lasting statute for him and for his offspring after him.

Exodus 29:9

And you will gird Aaron and his sons [with] sashes and wrap headdresses on them. And priesthood will be theirs as a lasting rule, and {you will ordain Aaron and his sons.}

Numbers 3:3

These [are] the names of the descendants of Aaron, the priests, the anointed ones whom {he consecrated as priests}.

1 Chronicles 23:13

The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. And Aaron was set apart to consecrate the most holy things. He and his sons [were] to burn offerings forever before Yahweh to serve him and to bless in his name forever.

More verses: 2 Chronicles 26:18

sacred Anointing » Persons who received » priests

Exodus 40:13-15

And you will clothe Aaron with the holy garments, and you will anoint him, and you will consecrate him, and he will serve as a priest for me. And you will bring his sons, and you will clothe them [with] tunics. And you will anoint them as you anointed their father, and they will serve as priests for me. And their anointing will be for them to be a lasting priesthood throughout their generations."

Bonnet » Worn » priests

Exodus 29:9

And you will gird Aaron and his sons [with] sashes and wrap headdresses on them. And priesthood will be theirs as a lasting rule, and {you will ordain Aaron and his sons.}

Exodus 28:40

And for the sons of Aaron you will make tunics, and you will make for them sashes and headdresses; you will make them for glory and for splendor.

Exodus 39:28

and the turban of fine linen and the headdresses of the headbands of fine linen and undergarments of the linen cloth, finely twisted,

Leviticus 8:13

Then Moses brought Aaron's sons near and clothed them [with] tunics and tied a sash [around] {each one}, and he bound headbands on them, [just] as Yahweh had commanded Moses.

Ezekiel 44:18

Linen turbans shall be on their head and linen undergarments shall be on their waists; they shall not gird themselves with [material causing] perspiration.

Defilement » priests » Specially required to avoid

Leviticus 21:1-6

Then Yahweh said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, Aaron's sons, and say to them, 'One must not make himself unclean for a dead person among his [own] people, except for his direct relative closest to him: his mother and his father, and his son and his daughter, and his brother, and for his sister, a virgin, [who is] closest to him, {who has not had a husband}--for her he may defile himself. read more.
He must not make himself unclean [as] {a kinsman by marriage}, defiling himself. " 'And they shall not shave bald patches on their head, and they shall not shave off the corner of their beard, and they shall not make a cut in their body. They shall be holy to their God, and they shall not profane the name of their God, because they are bringing near the offerings made by fire to Yahweh--their God's food--and they shall be holy.

Leviticus 21:11-12

And he shall not go near any dead person, nor shall he make himself unclean for his father or for his mother. And he shall not go out from the sanctuary, and he shall not profane his God's sanctuary, because the dedication of his God's oil of anointment [is] on him; I [am] Yahweh.

Defilement » priests » Not to eat holy things while under

Leviticus 22:2

"Tell Aaron and his sons that they must deal respectfully with the {Israelites}' votive offerings, and they must not profane my holy name, which they are consecrating to me; I [am] Yahweh.

Leviticus 22:4-6

" '{Anyone} from Aaron's offspring, if he [is] afflicted with a skin disease or a fluid discharge, shall not eat in the sanctuary {until} he is clean; and the one who touches any unclean person or a man from whom an emission of semen goes out, or a man who touches any swarmer that is unclean for him or [who touches] a person who is unclean for him {due to} whatever his uncleanness, a person who touches such a thing shall be unclean until the evening, and he shall not eat from the votive offerings, except [when] he washes his body with water

Defilement » priests » To decide in all cases of

Leviticus 13:3

And the priest shall examine the infection on his body's skin, and [if] [the] hair in the infection turns white and the appearance of the infection [is] deeper than his body's skin, it [is] an infectious skin disease, and the priest shall examine it, and he shall declare him unclean.

Leviticus 10:10

and to distinguish between the holy and the unholy, as well as between the unclean and the clean,

Defilement » priests » Punished for eating of the holy things while under

Leviticus 22:3

"Say to them, 'Throughout your generations, any man from any of your offspring who comes near the votive offerings that the {Israelites} consecrate to Yahweh with his uncleanness on him, that person shall be cut off from {before me}; I [am] Yahweh.

the Ephod » Worn » priests » Ordinary priests

1 Samuel 22:18

Then the king said to Doeg, "You turn and attack the priests!" So Doeg the Edomite turned and attacked the priests himself, and on that day he killed eighty-five men who wore [the] linen ephod.

Faith » Exemplified » priests

Acts 6:7

And the word of God kept spreading, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem was increasing greatly, and a large number of priests began obeying the faith.

Idolatrous » priests » Examples of

2 Kings 11:18

Then all the people of the land went to the temple of Baal and tore it down, and its altars and its images they broke completely into pieces. Mattan the priest of Baal they killed in front of the altars. Then the priest put guards over the house of Yahweh.

1 Kings 12:31

Then he built the houses on the high places, and he appointed priests {from all walks of life} who were not from the sons of Levi.

1 Kings 13:2

Then he proclaimed against the altar by the word of Yahweh and said, "O altar, altar, thus says Yahweh: 'Look, a son will be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and human bones shall burn on you.'"

2 Kings 23:20

Then he slaughtered all of the priests of the high places who [were] there, on the altars, and he burned the bones of the humans on them. Then he returned [to] Jerusalem.

Judges 17:5

The man Micah had for himself {a shrine}, and he made an ephod and teraphim, and {he appointed one of his sons} who became a priest for him.

Idolatrous » priests » Temples

Daniel 1:2

And the Lord gave Jehoiakim the king of Judah into his hand and {some of} of the utensils of the temple of God, and he brought them [to] the land of Shinar [to] the temple of his gods, and he brought the utensils to {the treasury} of his gods.

1 Kings 12:31

Then he built the houses on the high places, and he appointed priests {from all walks of life} who were not from the sons of Levi.

Acts 19:27

So not only is there a danger this line of business of ours [will] come into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Artemis [will] be regarded as nothing--and [she] is about to be brought down even from her grandeur, [she] whom the whole [of] Asia and the [entire] world worship!"

1 Samuel 5:2

Then [the] Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the temple of Dagon and placed it beside Dagon.

2 Kings 5:18

As far as this matter, may Yahweh pardon your servant when my master goes [into] the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he [is] leaning himself on my arm, that I also bow down [in] the house of Rimmon: when I bow down [in] the house of Rimmon, may Yahweh please pardon your servant in this matter."

Offence » Exemplified » priests

Malachi 2:8

But you, you have turned from the way; you have caused many to stumble by [your] instruction; you have ruined the covenant of Levi," says Yahweh of hosts.

priests » Dues of » Food of

Leviticus 10:17

"Why did you not eat the sin offering on the sanctuary's site, because it [is] {a most holy thing}? And he gave it to you to remove the community's guilt, to make atonement for them {before} Yahweh.

Exodus 29:32

And Aaron and his sons will eat the meat of the ram and the bread that [is] in the basket at the entrance of the tent of assembly.

Leviticus 10:12

Then Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, "[As for] the remaining [parts], take the remainder [of] the grain offering from Yahweh's offerings made by fire and eat it, [the] unleavened bread, beside the altar, because it [is] {a most holy thing}.

Leviticus 6:16

And Aaron and his sons must eat the remainder of it; they must eat it [as] unleavened bread in a holy place--in the tent of assembly's courtyard they must eat it.

Leviticus 7:6

Every male among the priests may eat it; it must be eaten in a holy place; it [is] {a most holy thing}.

priests » Corrupt

John 19:6

So when they saw him, the chief priests and the officers shouted, saying, "Crucify! Crucify!" Pilate said to them, "You take him and crucify [him]! For I do not find a basis for an accusation against him."

Matthew 27:41

In the same way also the chief priests, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking [him], saying,

Zephaniah 3:4

Her prophets [are] arrogant men of treachery; her priests have defiled [that which is] holy; they do violence to [the] law.

Mark 15:11

But the chief priests incited the crowd so that he would release for them Barabbas instead.

priests » Corrupt condemned » Idolatrous, examples of

2 Kings 11:18

Then all the people of the land went to the temple of Baal and tore it down, and its altars and its images they broke completely into pieces. Mattan the priest of Baal they killed in front of the altars. Then the priest put guards over the house of Yahweh.

1 Kings 12:31

Then he built the houses on the high places, and he appointed priests {from all walks of life} who were not from the sons of Levi.

1 Kings 13:2

Then he proclaimed against the altar by the word of Yahweh and said, "O altar, altar, thus says Yahweh: 'Look, a son will be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and human bones shall burn on you.'"

2 Kings 23:20

Then he slaughtered all of the priests of the high places who [were] there, on the altars, and he burned the bones of the humans on them. Then he returned [to] Jerusalem.

Judges 17:5

The man Micah had for himself {a shrine}, and he made an ephod and teraphim, and {he appointed one of his sons} who became a priest for him.

priests » Garments of » General references

Exodus 29:29

"And the holy garments that [are] for Aaron will be for his sons after him in which to anoint them and {to ordain them}.

Exodus 29:5

And you will take the garments and clothe Aaron with the tunic and the robe of the ephod, and you will fasten to him the ephod and the breast piece with the waistband of the ephod.

Exodus 28:2

And you will make holy garments for Aaron, your brother, for glory and for splendor.

Exodus 31:10

and the garments of woven material, and {the garments of the sanctuary} for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons to serve as priests,

Exodus 39:1

And from the blue and the purple and the crimson [yarns] they made woven garments for serving in the sanctuary, and they made the holy garments that were for Aaron, as Yahweh had commanded Moses.

priests » Garments of » Should be holy

2 Chronicles 6:41

"And now arise, O Yahweh God, to your resting place, you and the ark of your strength! O Yahweh God, let the priests be clothed with salvation, and let your holy ones rejoice in your goodness!

Leviticus 21:6

They shall be holy to their God, and they shall not profane the name of their God, because they are bringing near the offerings made by fire to Yahweh--their God's food--and they shall be holy.

Malachi 2:7

For the lips of [the] priest should guard knowledge, and they should seek instruction from his mouth, for he [is] the messenger of Yahweh of hosts.

Exodus 19:22

And even the priests who come near Yahweh must consecrate themselves, lest Yahweh break out against them."

priests » General reference to

Joshua 3:6

And Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and cross [over] {ahead of the people}." And they took up the ark of the covenant and went {ahead of the people}.

Exodus 24:5

And he sent young men from the {Israelites}, and they offered burnt offerings, and they sacrificed sacrifices [as] fellowship offerings to Yahweh [using] bulls.

2 Chronicles 29:16

And the priests went into the inner [part] of the house of Yahweh to purify [it]. And they brought out all the impurity that they found in the temple of Yahweh [out] to the courtyard of the house of Yahweh. And the Levites took [them] to bring [them] outside to the Wadi Kidron.

Exodus 18:1

And Jethro, the priest of Midian, the father-in-law of Moses, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel, his people, that Yahweh had brought Israel out from Egypt.

More verses: 2 Chronicles 11:13

priests » Revenues of » Part of all sacrifices

Leviticus 7:31-34

and the priest shall turn the fat into smoke on the altar, and the breast section shall be for Aaron and his sons. And the right upper thigh you must give [as] a contribution for the priest from your fellowship offerings' sacrifice. [As for] the one from Aaron's sons who presents the blood of the fellowship offerings and the fat, the right upper thigh {shall belong to him} [as] his share, read more.
because I have taken the wave offering's breast section and the contribution [offering's] upper thigh from the {Israelites} out of their fellowship offerings' sacrifices, and I have given them to Aaron the priest and his sons from the {Israelites} [as] a lasting rule.'"

Leviticus 7:6-10

Every male among the priests may eat it; it must be eaten in a holy place; it [is] {a most holy thing}. [The] instruction [is] {the same for the guilt offering as for the sin offering}; {it belongs to} the priest, who makes atonement with it. " 'And the priest who presents {a person's} burnt offering, to that priest {belongs} the skin of the burnt offering that he presented. read more.
And every grain offering that is baked in the oven and all that is prepared in a cooking pan or on a flat baking pan {belongs to} the priest who presented it. And every grain offering, [whether] mixed with oil or dry, shall be for all of Aaron's sons {equally}.

Numbers 6:19

The priest will take the shoulder from the ram that is boiled, and one ring-shaped bread cake of unleavened bread from the basket, and one wafer of unleavened bread, and he will put [them] on the hands of the Nazirite after he has shaved {his consecrated head}.

Numbers 18:8-11

Yahweh spoke to Aaron, "Behold, I myself have given to you the responsibility of my contributions for all the holy objects of the {Israelites}; I have given them as a portion to you and your sons as an eternal decree. This will be for you from the sanctuary of the holy things from the fire; all of their offerings, from every grain offering, from every sin offering, and from every guilt offering which they will bring to me [is] {a most holy thing} for you and your sons. You will eat it in the most holy place; every male will eat it. It will be a holy object to you. read more.
This [is also] for you: the contribution of their gift of the wave offerings of the children Israel. I have given them to you and your sons and your daughters with you as an eternal decree; whoever [is] clean in your house may eat it.

Deuteronomy 18:3

Now this shall be the share of the priest from the people, from {those who sacrifice the sacrifice}, [whether it is] an ox, sheep, or goat, and they shall give the priest the shoulder and the jawbones and the stomach.

priests » Laws concerning

Leviticus 10:9

"You and your sons with you may not drink wine or strong drink when you come to [the] tent of assembly, so that you will not die--[it is] a lasting statute for your generations--

Exodus 40:15

And you will anoint them as you anointed their father, and they will serve as priests for me. And their anointing will be for them to be a lasting priesthood throughout their generations."

Ezra 7:24

You also should be aware that it is not permitted to place tax, tribute, or duty upon all of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the doorkeepers, the temple servants, and other servants of the house of God.

Nehemiah 7:65

So the governor said to them that they could not eat the most holy food until a priest could come with Urim and Thummim.

Exodus 29:1

"And this [is] the thing that you will do for them to consecrate them to serve as a priest for me: Take {one young bull} and two rams without defect

More verses: Leviticus 21:1

priests » High priests

Exodus 28:1

"And bring near to you Aaron, your brother, and his sons with him from the midst of the {Israelites} to serve as priests for me--Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron.

Zechariah 3:1

And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing {before} the angel of Yahweh; and Satan was standing on his right to accuse him.

Hebrews 9:7

but only the high priest [enters] into the second [tent] once a year, not without blood, which he offers on behalf of himself and the [sins] of the people committed in ignorance.

Hebrews 5:5

Thus also Christ did not glorify himself to become high priest, but the one who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you,"

Leviticus 21:10

" 'As for the priest [who is] higher than his brothers, on whose head the oil of anointment is poured and {he was ordained} to wear the garments, he shall not dishevel his head, and he shall not tear his garments.

priests » Divided by david into twenty-four courses

2 Chronicles 8:14

And in accord with the ordinance of David his father he appointed working groups of priests for their service, Levites for their responsibilities for praise and cultic service before the priests {according to the daily requirement}, and the gatekeepers in their working groups, gate by gate. For thus David the man of God had commanded.

1 Chronicles 24:1-19

And as for the sons of Aaron, [these were] their divisions. The sons of Aaron [were] Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. And Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and {they had no sons}, so Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests. And David, with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, divided them according to their appointments for their service. read more.
And more sons of Eleazar were found as heads of the men than the sons of Ithamar, so they divided them to the sons of Eleazar [to be] sixteen heads over the house of the fathers, and to the sons of Ithamar over the house of the fathers [were] eight [heads]. They divided them by lot {all alike}, for they were commanders of the sanctuary and commanders of God from among the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar. And Shemaiah the son of Nethanel, the scribe, from the Levites, recorded them before the king, the princes, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and the heads of the {families} of the priests and Levites, one father's house drawn by Lot for Eleazar and one drawn by lot for Ithamar. And the first lot went out to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, the fifth to Malkijah, the sixth to Mijamin, the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shekaniah, the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Ha-Pizzez, the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Ezekiel, the twenty-first to Jakin, the twenty-second to Gamul, the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah. These [were] their appointments for their service to come into the house of Yahweh according to their custom by the hand of Aaron their father, as Yahweh the God of Israel had commanded him.

2 Chronicles 35:4-5

And prepare yourselves according to {your families}, according to your working groups, according to the decree of David king of Israel and according to the decree of Solomon his son. And stand in the sanctuary according to the clans of {your families} for your brothers, the {lay people}, and a part of the {family} of the Levites.

priests » Each course of, had its president or chief

1 Chronicles 24:6

And Shemaiah the son of Nethanel, the scribe, from the Levites, recorded them before the king, the princes, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and the heads of the {families} of the priests and Levites, one father's house drawn by Lot for Eleazar and one drawn by lot for Ithamar.

1 Chronicles 24:31

And lots were also cast [for] these, just as their brothers, the sons of Aaron, before David the king, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of the {families} for the priests and for the Levites the fathers, {on the principle of the chief and younger brother alike}.

2 Chronicles 36:14

All the leaders of the priests and the people likewise increased in unfaithfulness according to all the detestable things of the nations. And they polluted the house of Yahweh that he had consecrated in Jerusalem.

priests » Services of » Offering sacrifices

2 Chronicles 29:34

But the priests were too few, and they were not able to offer all the burnt offerings, so their brothers, the Levites, strengthened them to finish the work, and until the [rest of] the priests consecrated themselves. (For the Levites [were] {more conscientious} to sanctify themselves than the priests.)

2 Chronicles 35:11

And they slaughtered the Passover [lamb], and the priests sprinkled [the blood] from their hand, and the Levites flayed [the sacrifices].

priests » Punishment for invading the office of

Numbers 18:7

But you with your sons will keep your priesthood to perform your priestly duties for everything at the altar and for {the area behind the curtain}. I give you the priesthood as a gift, but the stranger who approaches will be put to death."

2 Chronicles 26:16-21

But on account of his strength his heart grew proud unto destruction. And he acted unfaithfully against Yahweh his God and went into the temple of Yahweh to offer an incense offering on the altar. And Azariah the priest, along with eighty strong priests with him, went in after him. And they stood against King Uzziah and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to Yahweh, but [it is] for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have acted unfaithfully. There will be no honor for you from Yahweh God." read more.
Then Uzziah, his censer in hand to burn incense, became angry. And when he became angry with the priests, then leprosy appeared on his forehead in front of the priests in the house of Yahweh at the altar of incense. When Azariah the chief priest and all the priests turned to him, behold, he [was] leprous in the forehead. So they rushed him away from there, and he also hastened to go out, for Yahweh had smitten him. So King Uzziah was leprous until the day of his death, and he lived in a separate house as a leper, for he was cut off from the house of Yahweh. And Jotham his son [was] over the house of the king, judging the people of the land.

Numbers 16:1-35

Now Korah son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, the descendants of Reuben, took two hundred and fifty men from the {Israelites}, leaders of the community summoned from the assembly, {renowned men}, and {they confronted} Moses. They were assembled in front of Moses and Aaron, and they said to them, "{You take too much upon yourselves}! All of the community is holy, every one of them, and Yahweh [is] in their midst, so why do you raise yourselves over the assembly of Yahweh?" read more.
When Moses heard [this], he fell on his face. And he said to Korah and to his entire company, saying, "[Tomorrow] morning Yahweh will make known who [is] his and [who] is holy, and he will bring him near to him, whomever he chooses he will bring near to him. Do this: take for yourselves censers, Korah and all of your company; tomorrow put fire in them and place incense on them {before} Yahweh; the man whom Yahweh chooses [will be] the holy [one]. You take too much upon yourselves, sons of Levi!" And Moses said to Korah, "Please listen, sons of Levi! [Is it] too little for you that the God of Israel set you apart from the community of Israel {to allow you to approach him} to do the work of the tabernacle of Yahweh, to stand {before} the community to serve them? {He has allowed you to approach him}, you with all your brothers, the descendants of Levi, but yet you also seek the priesthood. Therefore you and your company that has banded together against Yahweh. What is Aaron that you grumble against him?" Moses sent to call [for] Dathan and Abiram son of Eliab, but they said, "We will not come! Is it too little that you have brought us from a land that flows with milk and honey to kill us in the desert, and that you also appoint yourself as a ruler over us? Surely, you have not brought us to a land that flows with milk and honey, and you have not given us the inheritance of fields and a vineyard. Will you gouge out the eyes of these men? We will not come!" Then Moses became angry, and he said to Yahweh, "Do not notice their grain offering. I have not offered one donkey from them, and I have not mistreated one of them." And Moses said to Korah, "You and your entire company will be {before} Yahweh tomorrow, you and they and Aaron. Each one take his censer, and put incense on it and you will present it {before} Yahweh, and each of you bring his censer, two hundred and fifty censers, you and Aaron, each his censer." So each of them took his censer, and they put fire on them, and they placed incense on them; they stood [at the] doorway of the tent of the assembly of Moses and Aaron. And Korah summoned them, the entire community, by the doorway of the tent of assembly, and the glory of Yahweh appeared to all the community. And Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, "Separate yourselves from the midst of this community, that I can destroy them in a moment." And they fell on their faces, and they said, "God, God of the spirits of all flesh, will one man sin and you become angry toward the entire community?" Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the community, saying, 'Move away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.'" So Moses stood up and went to Dathan and Abiram; the elders of Israel followed after him. He said to the community, saying, "Please turn away from the tents of these wicked men, and do not touch anything {that belongs to them}, or you will be destroyed with all their sins." And so they moved away from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out standing [at] the doorway of their tents, with their wives, sons, and little children. And Moses said, "In this you will know that Yahweh has sent me to do all these works; [it is] not from my heart. {If they die a natural death} or {if a natural fate is visited upon them}, Yahweh has not sent me. But if Yahweh creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up and {all that belongs to them}, and they go down alive [to] Sheol, and you will know that these men have despised Yahweh." And it happened, as soon as he finished {speaking} all these words, the ground that [was] under them split open. The land opened its mouth and swallowed them up with their houses and every person {that belonged to Korah} and all the property. They went down alive [to] Sheol, they and all that belonged to them, and the land covered over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. All Israel who [were] around them fled at their cry, because they said, "Lest the land swallow us up!" And fire went out from Yahweh, and it consumed the two hundred and fifty men presenting the incense.

priests » Revenues of » Show-bread after its removal

Matthew 12:4

how he entered into the house of God and ate the bread of the presentation, which it was not permitted for him or for those with him to eat, but only for the priests?

Leviticus 24:9

And it shall be for Aaron and for his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place, because it [is] {a most holy thing} for him from Yahweh's offerings made by fire--a {lasting rule}."

1 Samuel 21:4-6

The priest answered David and said, "There is no ordinary bread {here at hand}; there is only holy bread, [but] only if the young men have kept themselves from women." David answered the priest and said to him, "Indeed, women [were] held back from us {as it has been when I've gone out before}. And the things of the young men are holy when it [is] an ordinary journey. {How much more} {today} will the things be holy?" So the priest gave him [the] holy [bread], for there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence, which was removed from before Yahweh, in order to set hot bread [there] on the day when it was taken away.

priests » On special occasions persons not of aaron's family acted as

1 Kings 18:33

And he arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces, and placed [it] on the wood. Then he said, "Fill four jars [with] water, and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood."

1 Samuel 7:9

So Samuel took a single {nursing lamb} and sacrificed [it] as a whole burnt offering to Yahweh. Then Samuel cried out to Yahweh on behalf of Israel, and Yahweh answered him.

Judges 6:24-27

And Gideon built there an altar to Yahweh, and he called it "Yahweh [is] peace." To this day it is still in Ophrah [of the] Abiezrites. Now on that same night Yahweh said to him, "Take the bull of the cattle that belongs to your father, and a second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that belongs to your father, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it; and build an altar to Yahweh your God on the top of this stronghold in the proper arrangement, and take a second bull and offer [it as] a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you will cut down. read more.
Gideon took ten men from his servants, and he did just as Yahweh told him; and because he was too afraid of his {father's family} and the men of the city to do [it during] the day, he did [it during] night.

priests » Ceremonies at consecration of » Clothing with the holy garments

Leviticus 8:13

Then Moses brought Aaron's sons near and clothed them [with] tunics and tied a sash [around] {each one}, and he bound headbands on them, [just] as Yahweh had commanded Moses.

Exodus 29:8

And you will bring his sons and clothe them with tunics.

Exodus 40:14

And you will bring his sons, and you will clothe them [with] tunics.

priests » All except seed of aaron excluded from being

Numbers 16:40

[it was] a memorial for the {Israelites}, so that {no strange man} who is not from {the offspring} of Aaron should approach the presence [of] Yahweh to burn a smoke offering; he will not be like Korah and his company, just as Yahweh had spoken to him by the hand of Moses.

Numbers 18:7

But you with your sons will keep your priesthood to perform your priestly duties for everything at the altar and for {the area behind the curtain}. I give you the priesthood as a gift, but the stranger who approaches will be put to death."

priests » Services of » Keeping the charge of the tabernacle, &c

Numbers 18:1

Yahweh said to Aaron, "You, your sons, and your family with you will bear the guilt of the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you will bear the guilt of your priesthood.

Numbers 18:7

But you with your sons will keep your priesthood to perform your priestly duties for everything at the altar and for {the area behind the curtain}. I give you the priesthood as a gift, but the stranger who approaches will be put to death."

Numbers 18:5

You will keep the responsibility of the sanctuary and the responsibility of the altar, and there will no longer be wrath on the {Israelites}.

priests » During patriarchal age heads of families acted as

Genesis 12:8

And he moved on from there to the hill country, east of Bethel. And he pitched his tent at Bethel on the west, and at Ai on the east. And he built an altar there to Yahweh. And he called on the name of Yahweh.

Genesis 35:7

And he built an altar there and called the place El-Bethel, for there God had appeared to him when he fled before his brother.

priests » Were to live by the altar as they had no inheritance

1 Corinthians 9:13

Do you not know that those performing the holy services eat the things from the temple, [and] those attending to the altar have a share with the altar?

Deuteronomy 18:1-2

"And there shall not be for the Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, a plot of ground and an inheritance with Israel, [rather] they may eat an offering made by fire [as] their inheritance, for Yahweh. And there shall not be for them an inheritance [of land] in the midst of his brothers; [rather] Yahweh is his inheritance, [just] as he {promised} to them.

priests » Services of » Judging in cases of controversy

Deuteronomy 21:5

Then the priests, the descendants of Levi, shall come near, for Yahweh your God has chosen them to bless in the name of Yahweh, and every legal dispute and every [case of] assault will be {subject to their ruling}.

Deuteronomy 17:8-13

"{If a matter is too difficult for you}, [for example disputes] between blood and blood, between legal claim and legal claim and between assault and assault [and between] matters of discernment in your {towns}, then you shall get up and you shall go to the place that Yahweh your God will choose; then you shall go to the priests and the Levites and to the judge who will be [in office] in those days, and you shall enquire, and they shall announce to you {the verdict}. "And {you shall carry out exactly the decision} that they announced to you from that place that Yahweh will choose, and {you shall diligently observe} according to all that they instruct you. read more.
[And so] according to {the instruction of the law} that they teach you and according to the decisions that they say to you, you shall do; you shall not turn from the word that they tell you to the right or [to the] left. And the man who treats with contempt [so as] not to listen to the priest [who] [is] standing to minister on behalf of Yahweh your God or to the judge, that man shall die; so you shall purge the evil from Israel. And all the people will hear and will be afraid, and they will not behave presumptuously again.

priests » Services of » Deciding in cases of leprosy

Leviticus 13:2-59

"When a {person} has on his body's skin a swelling or an epidermal eruption or a spot and it becomes an infectious skin disease on his body's skin, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. And the priest shall examine the infection on his body's skin, and [if] [the] hair in the infection turns white and the appearance of the infection [is] deeper than his body's skin, it [is] an infectious skin disease, and the priest shall examine it, and he shall declare him unclean. But if a spot [is] white on his body's skin and its appearance is not deeper than the skin and its hair does not turn white, then the priest shall confine the afflicted person [for] seven days. read more.
And the priest shall examine it on the seventh day, and {if}, in his eyes, the infection has stayed [unchanged], the infection has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall confine him [for] seven days second [time]. And the priest shall examine him on the seventh day [for a] second [time], and {if} the infection has faded and the infection has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall declare him clean--it [is] an epidermal eruption; and he shall wash his garments, and so he shall be clean. But if the epidermal eruption spreads further on the skin after showing himself to the priest for his cleansing, then he shall appear second [time] to the priest. And the priest shall examine [it], and {if} the epidermal eruption has spread on the skin, then the priest shall declare him unclean--it is an infectious skin disease. "When an infectious skin disease is on a person and he is brought to the priest, the priest shall examine [it], and {if} a white swelling [is] on the skin and it turns [the] hair white and {raw flesh} [is] in the swelling, it [is] a chronic infectious skin disease on his body's skin, and the priest shall declare him unclean; he shall not confine him, because he [is] unclean. And if the infectious skin disease breaks out all over on the skin and the infectious skin disease covers all of the afflicted person's skin from his head to his feed, {so far as the priest can see}, then the priest shall examine [it], and {if} the infectious skin disease covers his whole body, then he shall pronounce the afflicted person clean--all of it has turned white; he is clean. But {whenever} {raw flesh} appears on him, he shall become unclean. And the priest shall examine the {raw flesh}, and he shall pronounce him unclean--the {raw flesh} [is] unclean; it [is] an infectious skin disease. Or, when the {raw flesh} returns and it has changed to white, then he shall come to the priest, and the priest shall examine him, and {if} the infection has changed to white, then the priest shall pronounce the afflicted person clean--he is clean. "And when [someone's] body {has} a skin sore on his skin and it is healed and a white swelling or a {pinkish} spot appears in the skin sore's place, then he shall show himself to the priest. And the priest shall examine [it], and {if} its appearance [is] deeper than the skin and its hair has changed to white, then the priest shall declare him unclean--it is an infectious skin disease; it has broken out in the skin sore. And if the priest examines it and {if} there is no white hair in it and it is not deeper than the skin and it [is] faded, then the priest shall confine him [for] seven days. But if it has spread further on the skin, then the priest shall declare him unclean--it [is] an infection. But if the spot has stayed [unchanged], it has not spread, it [is] the skin sore's scar, so the priest shall declare him clean. "Or when a body {has} a burn-spot {from} fire on its skin and the {raw flesh} of the burn-spot [is] {pinkish} or white, then the priest shall examine it, and {if} the hair turns white in the spot and its appearance [is] deeper than the skin, it [is] an infectious skin disease--it has broken out in the burn-spot; so the priest shall declare him unclean--it [is] an infectious skin disease. But if the priest examines it and {if} there is not white hair in the spot and it is not deeper than the skin and it [is] faded, then the priest shall confine him [for] seven days. And the priest shall examine him on the seventh day; if it has spread further on the skin, then the priest shall declare him unclean--it [is] an infectious skin disease. But if it the spot has stayed [unchanged] in its place, it has not spread on the skin and it [is] faded, [then] it is the burn-spot's swelling, so the priest shall declare him clean, because it [is] the burn-spot's scar. "And when a man or a woman {has} an infection on [the] head or in [the] beard, then the priest shall examine the infection, and {if} its appearance [is] deeper than the skin and in it [is] thin bright red hair, then the priest shall declare it unclean--it [is] a diseased area of skin; it [is] an infectious skin disease of the head or the beard. But if the priest examines the diseased area of the skin's infection and {if} its appearance is not deeper than the skin and there is no black hair in it, then the priest shall confine the afflicted person [with] the diseased area of skin [for] seven days. And the priest shall examine the infection on the seventh day, and {if} the diseased area of skin has not spread and it does not have bright red hair in it and the diseased area of the skin's appearance is not deeper than the skin, then he shall shave himself, but he shall not shave the diseased area of skin, and the priest shall confine [the person with] the diseased area of skin second [time] [for] seven days. And the priest shall examine the diseased area of skin on the seventh day, and {if} the diseased area has not spread on the skin and its appearance is not deeper than the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean, and he shall wash his garments, and he shall be clean. But if the diseased area of skin has not spread further on the skin after his cleansing, then the priest shall examine him, and {if} the diseased area of skin has spread on the skin, the priest shall not inspect [for] bright red hair--he is unclean. But if, in his eyes, the diseased area of skin has stayed [unchanged] and black hair has grown in it, the diseased area of skin is healed--he is clean, and the priest shall pronounce him clean. "And when a man or a woman {has} spots on their body's skin, white spots, then the priest shall examine [them], and {if} [the] spots on their body's skin [are] faded white, it [is] a skin rash; it has broken out on the skin--it [is] clean. "And if a man becomes bald, his head [is] bald, he [is] clean. And if he becomes bald {from his forehead}, his head [is] bald, he [is] clean. But if a {pinkish} infection occurs on the bald spot or on the bald forehead, it [is] an infectious skin disease that sprouts on his bald spot or on his bald forehead. So the priest shall examine him, and {if} the infection's swelling [is] {pinkish} on his bald spot or on his bald forehead, like [the] appearance of an infectious skin disease [on] the body, he [is] a man afflicted with a skin disease--he [is] unclean; the priest certainly shall declare him unclean--his infection [is] on his head. "As for the person who is afflicted with a skin disease, his garments must be torn and his {hair} must [be allowed to] hang loosely, and he must cover [his] upper lip, and he must call out, 'Unclean! Unclean!' [For] all [the] days [during] which the infection [is] on him, he shall be unclean; he must live alone; his dwelling [must be] {outside the camp}." "And when the garment {has} an infectious skin disease on it, on a wool garment or on a linen garment, or on woven material or on a linen fabric, or on wool or on leather or on any work of leather, and [if] the infection is yellowish green or reddish on the garment or on the leather or on the woven material or on the fabric or on any leather object, it [is] an infectious skin disease and it shall be shown [to] the priest. And the priest shall examine the infection, and he shall confine the infected article [for] seven days. And he shall examine the infection on the seventh day; if the infection has spread on the garment or on the woven material or on the fabric or on the leather, for any work for which the leather is used, the infection [is] a destructive skin disease--it [is] unclean. And he shall burn the garment or the woven material or the fabric, {whether wool or linen}, or any leather object that {has} the infection, because it [is] an infectious skin disease, [which is] destructive--it must be burned in the fire. "But if the priest examines [it] and {if} the infection has not spread on the garment or on the woven material or on the fabric or on any leather object, then the priest shall command, and {someone} shall wash that on which the infection [is], and he shall confine it second [time] [for] seven days. And the priest shall examine [it] after the infection has been washed off, and {if} the infection has not changed its outward appearance and the infection has not spread, it [is] unclean; he must burn it in the fire; it [is] a fungus on its back or on its front. But if the priest examines [it] and {if} the infection [is] faded after it has been washed off, then he shall tear it from the garment or from the leather or from the woven material or from the fabric. And if it appears again on the garment or on the woven material or on the fabric or on any leather object, it [is] spreading; you must burn in the fire that which [has] the infection in it. And the garment or the woven material or the fabric or any leather object that he might wash and the infection is removed from them then shall be washed second [time], and it shall be clean." This [is] the regulation of the infectious skin disease in the wool garment or the linen or the woven material or the fabric or any leather object to declare it clean or to declare it unclean.

Leviticus 14:34-45

"When you come into the land of Canaan, which I [am about to] give to you [as your] possession, and I put {mildew} in a house [in] the land of your possession, then the one who {owns the house} shall come and tell the priest, saying, 'It appears to me [that] an infection [is] in the house.' And the priest shall [issue a] command, and they shall clear out the house before the priest comes to examine the infection, so that all that [is] in the house might not become unclean; and {afterward} the priest shall go to examine the house. read more.
And he shall examine the infection, and {if} the infection on the house's wall [has] yellowish-green or reddish spots and its appearance [is] deeper than [the surface of] the wall, then the priest shall go out from the house to the house's entrance, and he shall confine the house [for] seven days. And the priest shall return on the seventh day, and he shall examine [the infection], and {if} the infection has spread on the house's wall, the priest shall [issue a] command and they shall remove the stones on which [is] the infection, and they shall throw them {outside the city} on an unclean place. Then they shall scrape off [the plaster] from all around the house, and they shall pour out the plaster, which they scraped off, {outside the city} on an unclean place. And they shall take other stones, and they shall {put} [them] in place of [those] stones, and they shall take other plaster, and they shall replaster the house. "But if the infection should return and it breaks out in the house after they have removed the stones and after scraping off [the plaster] of the house and after it has been replastered, then the priest shall come, and he shall examine [the infection], and {if} the infection has spread in the house, it [is] a destructive {mildew} in the house--it [is] unclean. So he shall break down the house, its stones and its wood and all of the house's plaster, and he shall bring [it all] {outside the city} to an unclean place.

priests » Thirteen of the levitical cities given to, for residence

Numbers 35:1-8

Yahweh spoke to Moses on the desert plains of Moab beyond the Jordan [across] Jericho, saying, "Command the {Israelites} that they give to the Levites from the inheritance of their property cities to live in; and you will give to the Levites pastureland all around the cities. The cities will be theirs to live in, and their pasturelands will be for their domestic animals, for their possessions, and their animals. read more.
"The pasturelands of the cities that you will give to the Levites [will extend] from the wall of the city to [a distance of] a thousand cubits all around. You will measure outside the city the eastern edge two thousand cubits, for the southern edge two thousand cubits, for the western edge two thousand cubits, and for the northern edge two thousand cubits, with the city in the middle; this will be for them the pasturelands of the cities. "All the cities that you will give the Levites will be six cities of refuge, to which the killer can flee; in addition to them you will give forty-two cities. All the cities that you will give to the Levites will be forty-eight cities, them with their pasturelands. And the cities that you will give from the property of the {Israelites}, you will take more from the larger group and less from the smaller group; each of them will give according to the portion of their inheritance according to the portion that he inherits."

1 Chronicles 6:57-60

To the sons of Aaron they gave the cities of refuge: Hebron, Libnah with its pasturelands, Jattir, Eshtemoa with its pasturelands, Hilen with its pasturelands, Debir with its pasturelands, Ashan with its pasturelands, and Beth-Shemesh with its pasturelands. read more.
And from the tribe of Benjamin, Geba with its pasturelands, Alemeth with its pasturelands, and Anathoth with its pasturelands. All their cities [were] thirteen cities throughout their clans.

priests » Services of » Teaching the law

Deuteronomy 33:10

They taught your regulations to Jacob, and your law to Israel; they placed incense smoke {before you}, and whole burnt offerings on your altar.

Deuteronomy 33:8

And of Levi he said, "Your Thummim and your Urim [are] for {your faithful one}, {whom you tested at Massah}; you contended [with] him at the waters of Meribah.

priests » Ceremonies at consecration of » Partaking of the sacrifices of consecration

Exodus 29:31-33

And you will take the ram of ordination and boil its meat in a holy place. And Aaron and his sons will eat the meat of the ram and the bread that [is] in the basket at the entrance of the tent of assembly. And they will eat them--[the things] by which atonement was made for them to ordain them to consecrate them--and a stranger will not eat [them] because they are holy objects.

Leviticus 8:31-32

Then Moses said to Aaron and to his sons, "Boil the meat in [the] entrance to [the] tent of assembly, and there you must eat it and the bread that [is] in the basket of the consecration offering, [just] as I have commanded, saying, 'Aaron and his sons must eat it,' but the remainder of the meat and the bread you must burn in the fire.

priests » Ceremonies at consecration of » Placing in their hands the wave-offering

Exodus 29:22-24

And you will take from the ram the fat and the fat tail and the fat covering the inner parts and the lobe of the liver and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them and the right thigh, because it [is] the ram of ordination. "And one loaf of bread and one ring-shaped bread cake of oiled bread and one wafer from the basket of unleavened bread that [is] before Yahweh-- you will put [them] all on the palms of Aaron and on the palms of his sons, and you will wave them as a wave offering before Yahweh.

Leviticus 8:25-27

Then he took the fat and the fat tail and all of the fat that [was] on the inner parts and the lobe of the liver and the two kidneys and their fat and the right upper thigh; and from the basket of the unleavened bread that [was] before Yahweh he took one ring-shaped unleavened bread and one ring-shaped bread with oil and one wafer, and he placed [them] on the {fat parts} and on the right upper thigh. Then he put {all of these} on Aaron's palms and on his sons' palms, and he waved them [as] a wave offering {before} Yahweh.

priests » Ceremonies at consecration of » Offering sacrifices

Exodus 29:10-19

"And you will bring the bull before the tent of assembly, and Aaron and his sons will lay their hands on the head of the bull. And you will slaughter the bull before Yahweh [at] the entrance of the tent of assembly. And you will take [some] of the blood of the bull and with your finger put it on the horns of the altar, and you will pour out all the blood at the base of the altar. read more.
And you will take and turn into smoke [on] the altar all the fat covering the inner parts and the lobe on the liver and the two kidneys and the fat that [is] on them. And the flesh of the bull and its skin and its offal you will burn with fire outside the camp; it [is] a sin offering. "And you will take the one ram, and Aaron and his sons will lay their hands on the head of the ram. And you will slaughter the ram and take its blood and sprinkle [it] on the altar all around. And you will cut the ram into pieces and wash its inner parts, and you will put its legs with its pieces and with its head. And you will turn into smoke [on] the altar all of the ram; it is a burnt offering for Yahweh; it [is] a smell of appeasement, an offering by fire for Yahweh. "And you will take the second ram, and Aaron and his sons will lay their hands on the head of the ram.

Leviticus 8:14-23

Then he brought forth the bull of the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons placed their hands on the head of the bull of the sin offering, and he slaughtered [it], and Moses took the blood and put [it] with his finger on the altar's horns all around and purified the altar; then he poured the blood out on the altar's base--thus he consecrated it [in order] to make atonement for it. Then he took all the fat that [was] on the inner parts and the lobe on the liver and the two kidneys and their fat, and Moses turned [them] into smoke on the altar, read more.
but he burned the bull and its skin and its meat and its offal in the fire {outside the camp}, [just] as Yahweh had commanded Moses. Then he brought the ram of the burnt offering near, and Aaron and his sons placed their hands on the ram's head, and he slaughtered [it]. Then Moses sprinkled the blood on the altar all around. Then he cut the ram into pieces, and Moses turned into smoke the head and the pieces and the suet, but he washed the inner parts and the lower leg bones with water, and Moses turned into smoke all of the ram on the altar; it [was] a burnt offering as an appeasing fragrance, an offering made by fire for Yahweh, [just] as Yahweh had commanded Moses. Then he brought the second ram near, the ram of the consecration, and Aaron and his sons placed their hands on the ram's head, and he slaughtered [it]. Then Moses took {some of} its blood and put [it] on Aaron's right ear lobe and on his right hand's thumb and on his right foot's big toe.

priests » Generally participated in punishment of the people

Lamentations 2:20

See, Yahweh, and take note! With whom have you dealt thus? Should women eat their young children of tender care? Should priest and prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?

Jeremiah 14:18

If I go out [into] the field, then look, those slain by [the] sword. And if I enter the city, then look, the sickness of [the] famine. For both prophet and priest wander around through the land, {they do not know what is going on}.'"

priests » The duties of a priest

Leviticus 21:1-15

Then Yahweh said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, Aaron's sons, and say to them, 'One must not make himself unclean for a dead person among his [own] people, except for his direct relative closest to him: his mother and his father, and his son and his daughter, and his brother, and for his sister, a virgin, [who is] closest to him, {who has not had a husband}--for her he may defile himself. read more.
He must not make himself unclean [as] {a kinsman by marriage}, defiling himself. " 'And they shall not shave bald patches on their head, and they shall not shave off the corner of their beard, and they shall not make a cut in their body. They shall be holy to their God, and they shall not profane the name of their God, because they are bringing near the offerings made by fire to Yahweh--their God's food--and they shall be holy. " 'They shall not {marry} a woman [who is] a prostitute and defiled, nor shall they {marry} a woman divorced from her husband, because each priest [is] holy for his God. And you shall consecrate him, because he is bringing near your God's food; he shall be holy to you, since I, Yahweh, who consecrates you, [am] holy. " 'As for the daughter of any priest, if she is defiled by prostituting, she is disgracing her father--she shall be burned in the fire. " 'As for the priest [who is] higher than his brothers, on whose head the oil of anointment is poured and {he was ordained} to wear the garments, he shall not dishevel his head, and he shall not tear his garments. And he shall not go near any dead person, nor shall he make himself unclean for his father or for his mother. And he shall not go out from the sanctuary, and he shall not profane his God's sanctuary, because the dedication of his God's oil of anointment [is] on him; I [am] Yahweh. " 'And he himself must take a wife in her virginity. A widow or a divorced woman or a defiled [woman], a prostitute--these he must not take; he shall take only a virgin from his people [as] wife. And he shall not profane his offspring among his people, because I [am] Yahweh, who consecrates him.'"

Malachi 2:1-7

"And so then, O priests, this command [is] for you: If you will not listen, and if you will not {take it to heart} to give glory to my name," says Yahweh of hosts, "then I will send the curse on you, and I will curse your blessings; moreover I have [already] cursed them because {you are not taking it to heart}. Look! I [am] going to rebuke {your offspring}, and I will scatter offal on your faces, [the] offal of your religious feasts, and you will be carried to it. read more.
"Then you will know that I have sent to you this command, that my covenant with Levi {continues}," says Yahweh of hosts. "My covenant with him was [one of] life and peace, and I gave them to him. [This required] reverence, and he revered me and stood in awe {before} my name. [The] instruction of truth was in his mouth, and wickedness was not found on his lips. In peace and in uprightness he walked with me, and he brought back many from sin. For the lips of [the] priest should guard knowledge, and they should seek instruction from his mouth, for he [is] the messenger of Yahweh of hosts.

priests » Ceremonies at consecration of » Lasted seven days

Exodus 29:35-37

And you will do so for Aaron and for his sons, according to all that I have commanded you; seven days you will ordain them. "And you will offer a bull for a sin offering every day for the atonement; and you will offer a sin offering on the altar when you make atonement for it, and you will anoint it to consecrate it. Seven days you will make atonement for the altar, and you will consecrate it, and the altar will be {a most holy thing}. {Anyone who} touches the altar will be holy.

Leviticus 8:33

And you must not go out from the entrance to [the] tent of assembly [for] seven days, until [the] day of fulfilling the days of your consecration, because {it will take seven days to ordain you}.

priests » Revenues of » Redemption-money of the first-born

Numbers 18:15-16

All [the] first offspring of a womb of any creature that they offer to Yahweh, whether human or animal, will be yours; you will surely redeem the firstborn of the human and the unclean firstborn of the animal. As to their price of redemption, from {a one-month-old} you will redeem them according to your proper value, five shekels of silver according to the shekel of the sanctuary, which [is] twenty gerah.

Numbers 3:48

You will give the money to Aaron, and to his sons the ransom of the ones who are excessive among them."

priests » Revenues of » First fruits

Numbers 18:8

Yahweh spoke to Aaron, "Behold, I myself have given to you the responsibility of my contributions for all the holy objects of the {Israelites}; I have given them as a portion to you and your sons as an eternal decree.

Numbers 18:12-13

All [the] finest olive oil and all the finest new wine and their best grain that they have given to Yahweh, I have given them to you. [The] firstfruits of all that [is] in their land that they present to Yahweh will be for you; whoever [is] clean in your house may eat it.

priests » Disobedient priests

Zephaniah 3:1-4

Woe [to you], O rebellious and defiled one! The oppressing city! She listens to no voice; she does not accept correction. In Yahweh she does not trust; to her God she does not draw near. Her officials in her midst [are] roaring lions; her judges [are] evening wolves; they leave nothing until the morning. read more.
Her prophets [are] arrogant men of treachery; her priests have defiled [that which is] holy; they do violence to [the] law.

Malachi 2:1-9

"And so then, O priests, this command [is] for you: If you will not listen, and if you will not {take it to heart} to give glory to my name," says Yahweh of hosts, "then I will send the curse on you, and I will curse your blessings; moreover I have [already] cursed them because {you are not taking it to heart}. Look! I [am] going to rebuke {your offspring}, and I will scatter offal on your faces, [the] offal of your religious feasts, and you will be carried to it. read more.
"Then you will know that I have sent to you this command, that my covenant with Levi {continues}," says Yahweh of hosts. "My covenant with him was [one of] life and peace, and I gave them to him. [This required] reverence, and he revered me and stood in awe {before} my name. [The] instruction of truth was in his mouth, and wickedness was not found on his lips. In peace and in uprightness he walked with me, and he brought back many from sin. For the lips of [the] priest should guard knowledge, and they should seek instruction from his mouth, for he [is] the messenger of Yahweh of hosts. But you, you have turned from the way; you have caused many to stumble by [your] instruction; you have ruined the covenant of Levi," says Yahweh of hosts. "And in turn I have made you despised and humbled before all the people, inasmuch as you [are] not keeping my way, but are {favoring your own instruction}."

priests » Special laws respecting » Not to drink wine, &c while attending in the tabernacle

Leviticus 10:9

"You and your sons with you may not drink wine or strong drink when you come to [the] tent of assembly, so that you will not die--[it is] a lasting statute for your generations--

priests » Services of » Blowing the trumpets on various occasions

Numbers 10:1-10

Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, "Make yourself two silver trumpets; make them [of] hammered-work. {You will use them} for calling the community and for breaking the camp. You will blow them, and all the community will assemble to the doorway of the tent of assembly. read more.
But if they blow only one, the leaders, the heads of the thousands of Israel, will assemble to you. [When] you will blow a blast, the camps that are camping on the east will set out; [when] you blow a second blast, the camps that are camping on the south will set out; they will blow a blast for their journeys. But when summoning the assembly, you will blow, but you will not signal with a loud noise. The sons of Aaron, the priests, will blow on the trumpets; this will be an eternal decree for your generations. If you go [to] war in your land against the enemy who attacks you, you will signal with a loud noise on the trumpets. You will be remembered {before} Yahweh your God, and you will be rescued from your enemies. "And on the day of your joy and in your appointed times, at the beginning of your months, you will blow on the trumpets in addition to your burnt offerings and in addition to the sacrifices of your fellowship offerings. And they will be as a memorial for you {before} your God; I [am] Yahweh your God."

Joshua 6:3-4

You will march around the city, all the warriors circling the city once; you will do so for six days. And seven priests will bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. On the seventh day you will march around the city seven times, and the priests will blow on the trumpets.

priests » Might purchase and hold other lands in possession

1 Kings 2:26

To Abiathar the priest, the king said, "Go to Anathoth, to your field, for {you deserve to die}, but on this day I will not kill you, for you carried the ark of the Lord Yahweh before David my father, and because you endured hardship in all the hardship that my father endured."

Jeremiah 32:8-9

Then Hanamel, the son of my uncle, came to me, to the courtyard of the guard {according to} the word of Yahweh, and he said to me, 'Please buy my field that [is] at Anathoth, that [is] in the land of Benjamin, for to you [is] the claim of possession, and to you the redemption; buy [it] for yourself.' Then I knew that this [was] the word of Yahweh. And I bought the field from Hanamel, the son of my uncle, that [was] at Anathoth. And I weighed out to him the money, seventeen silver shekels.

priests » Revenues of » A fixed portion of the spoil taken in war

Numbers 31:29

take from their half and give it to Eleazar the priest [as] a contribution to Yahweh.

Numbers 31:41

And Moses gave away the tribute of the contribution of Yahweh to Eleazar the priest, just as Yahweh commanded Moses.

priests » Revenues of » Tenth of the tithes paid to the levites

Numbers 18:26

"You will speak to the Levites and say to them, 'When you receive the tithe from the {Israelites} that I have given to you from them for your inheritance, {you will present} a contribution from it to Yahweh, a tithe from a tithe.

Numbers 18:28

So {you will present} your own contribution to Yahweh from all your tithes that you receive from the {Israelites}; from it you will give the contribution of Yahweh to Aaron the priest.

priests » Made of the lowest of the people by jeroboam and others

1 Kings 12:21

When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all of the house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand {choice troops} to fight with the house of Israel, to restore the kingship to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.

2 Kings 17:32

Those who were fearing Yahweh made priests of the high places {from among themselves}, and they were sacrificing for them in the shrines of the high places.

priests » Services of, ineffectual for removing sin

Hebrews 7:11

Thus if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood, for on the basis of it the people received the law, what further need [is there] for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek and not said to be according to the order of Aaron?

Hebrews 10:11

And every priest stands every day serving and offering the same sacrifices many times, which are never able to take away sins.

priests » Ceremonies at consecration of » Washing in water

Exodus 29:4

And you will bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of assembly, and you will wash them with water.

Leviticus 8:6

So Moses brought Aaron and his sons near, and he washed them with water.

priests » Ceremonies at consecration of » Anointing with oil

Exodus 40:13

And you will clothe Aaron with the holy garments, and you will anoint him, and you will consecrate him, and he will serve as a priest for me.

priests » Garments of » Worn always while engaged in the service of the tabernacle

Exodus 28:43

And they will be on Aaron and on his sons when they come to the tent of assembly or when they approach the altar to serve in the sanctuary, so that they will not bear guilt and die. [It is] a lasting statute for him and for his offspring after him.

Exodus 39:41

the woven garments for serving in the sanctuary--the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons to serve as priests.

priests » Garments of » The linen breeches

Exodus 39:28

and the turban of fine linen and the headdresses of the headbands of fine linen and undergarments of the linen cloth, finely twisted,

Exodus 28:42

And make for them undergarments of linen to cover naked flesh; they will be from loins to thigh.

priests » Garments of » The coat or tunic

Exodus 28:40

And for the sons of Aaron you will make tunics, and you will make for them sashes and headdresses; you will make them for glory and for splendor.

Exodus 39:27

And they made the tunics of fine linen, a weaver's work, for Aaron and for his sons,

priests » Garments of » The bonnet

Exodus 28:40

And for the sons of Aaron you will make tunics, and you will make for them sashes and headdresses; you will make them for glory and for splendor.

Exodus 39:28

and the turban of fine linen and the headdresses of the headbands of fine linen and undergarments of the linen cloth, finely twisted,

priests » Garments of » Worn at consecration

Exodus 29:9

And you will gird Aaron and his sons [with] sashes and wrap headdresses on them. And priesthood will be theirs as a lasting rule, and {you will ordain Aaron and his sons.}

Exodus 40:15

And you will anoint them as you anointed their father, and they will serve as priests for me. And their anointing will be for them to be a lasting priesthood throughout their generations."

priests » After the exodus young men (first-born) deputed to act as

Exodus 24:5

And he sent young men from the {Israelites}, and they offered burnt offerings, and they sacrificed sacrifices [as] fellowship offerings to Yahweh [using] bulls.

Exodus 19:22

And even the priests who come near Yahweh must consecrate themselves, lest Yahweh break out against them."

priests » The sons of aaron appointed as, by perpetual statute

Exodus 29:9

And you will gird Aaron and his sons [with] sashes and wrap headdresses on them. And priesthood will be theirs as a lasting rule, and {you will ordain Aaron and his sons.}

Exodus 40:15

And you will anoint them as you anointed their father, and they will serve as priests for me. And their anointing will be for them to be a lasting priesthood throughout their generations."

priests » Illustrative of » Saints

priests » Were sometimes » Corrupters of the law

Isaiah 28:7

And these also stagger because of wine and stagger because of strong drink; priest and prophet stagger because of strong drink; they are confused because of wine. They stagger because of strong drink; they err in vision. They stagger [in the] rendering of a decision,

Malachi 2:8

But you, you have turned from the way; you have caused many to stumble by [your] instruction; you have ruined the covenant of Levi," says Yahweh of hosts.

priests » Required » Prove » Geneology

Ezra 2:62

These sought their record in the genealogy [records], but they were not found, and {were excluded from the priesthood as unclean}.

Nehemiah 7:64

These sought their record among those enrolled in the genealogy, but it was not found there, so they were excluded as unclean from the priesthood.

priests » Publicly consecrated

Numbers 3:3

These [are] the names of the descendants of Aaron, the priests, the anointed ones whom {he consecrated as priests}.

Exodus 28:3

And you will speak to all [the] skilled of heart, whom I have given {a gift of skill}, and they will make the garments of Aaron to consecrate him for his serving as my priest.

priests » Services of » Carrying the ark

Joshua 3:6

And Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and cross [over] {ahead of the people}." And they took up the ark of the covenant and went {ahead of the people}.

Joshua 6:12

Then Joshua got up early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of Yahweh.

priests » The four courses which returned from babylon subdivided into twenty-four

Luke 1:5

It happened that in the days of Herod, king of Judea, [there was] a certain priest, Zechariah by name, of the division of Abijah. And {he had a wife} from the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elizabeth.

Ezra 2:36-39

The priests: the descendants of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three; the descendants of Immer, one thousand fifty-two; the descendants of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven; read more.
the descendants of Harim, one thousand seventeen.

priests » Special laws respecting » Restitution to be made to, by persons ignorantly eating of their holy things

Leviticus 22:14-16

And if a man eats [the] votive offering unintentionally, then he shall add to it a fifth of it, and he shall give the votive offering to the priest. And they shall not profane the {Israelites}' votive offerings that they present to Yahweh, and so cause them, by their eating their votive offerings, to bear guilt requiring a guilt offering, because I [am] Yahweh, who consecrates them.'"

priests » Were sometimes » Slow to sanctify themselves for God's services

2 Chronicles 29:34

But the priests were too few, and they were not able to offer all the burnt offerings, so their brothers, the Levites, strengthened them to finish the work, and until the [rest of] the priests consecrated themselves. (For the Levites [were] {more conscientious} to sanctify themselves than the priests.)

priests » Services of » Encouraging the people when they went to war

Deuteronomy 20:1-4

"If you go out to war against your enemies and you see a horse and a chariot, {an army} larger that you, you shall not be afraid because of them; for Yahweh your God [is] with you, the one who brought you from the land of Egypt. {And then} when you approach the battle, then the priest shall come near and speak to the troops. And he shall say to them, 'Hear, Israel, you are near {today} to the battle against your enemies; {do not lose heart}; you shall not be afraid, and you shall not panic, and you shall not be terrified {because of them}, read more.
for Yahweh your God [is] going with you to fight for you against your enemies to help you.'

priests » Services of » Purifying the unclean

Leviticus 15:30-31

And the priest shall {sacrifice} the one [as] a sin offering and the {other} [as] a burnt offering, and so the priest shall make atonement for her {before} Yahweh from her unclean body fluid discharge.' "And you shall keep the {Israelites} separate from their uncleanness so that they might not die because of their uncleanness by their making my tabernacle, which [is] in their midst, unclean.

priests » Services of » Offering first-fruits

Leviticus 23:10-11

"Speak to the {Israelites}, and say to them, 'When you come to the land that I [am about] to give to you and you reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruit of your harvest to the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf {before} Yahweh for your acceptance; the priest shall wave it {on the day after} the Sabbath.

priests » No blemished or defective persons could be consecrated

Leviticus 21:17-23

"Speak to Aaron, saying, 'A man from your offspring throughout their generations, in whom is a physical defect, shall not come near to present your God's food. Indeed, any man in whom is a physical defect shall not come near: a blind man or lame or disfigured or deformed, or a man in whom is a broken foot or a broken hand, read more.
or a hunchback or a dwarf, or a spot in his eye or a skin disorder or a skin eruption or a crushed testicle. Any man from Aaron the priest's offspring in whom is a physical defect shall not come near to present offerings made by fire to Yahweh; a physical defect [is] in him; he shall not come near to present his God's food. He may eat his God's food, from {the most holy things} and from the holy things. But he must not enter the curtain, and he must not come near to the altar, because a physical defect [is] in him, and he must not profane my sanctuary, because I [am] Yahweh, who consecrates them.'"

priests » Services of » Keeping the sacred fire always burning on the altar

Leviticus 6:12-13

but the fire on the altar must be kept burning on it; it must not be quenched. And the priest must burn wood {every morning} on it, and he shall arrange the burnt offering on it, and he shall turn into smoke the fat portions of the fellowship offerings on it. A perpetual fire must be kept burning on the altar; it must not be quenched.

priests » Required to remain in the tabernacle seven days after consecration

Leviticus 8:33-36

And you must not go out from the entrance to [the] tent of assembly [for] seven days, until [the] day of fulfilling the days of your consecration, because {it will take seven days to ordain you}. [Just] as was done on this day, Yahweh commanded to be done [in order] to make atonement for you. And you must stay [at the] entrance to [the] tent of assembly day and night [for] seven days, and you shall keep the obligation from Yahweh, so you might not die, for thus I have been commanded." read more.
So Aaron and his sons did all the things that Yahweh had commanded {through} Moses.

priests » Special laws respecting » Not to defile themselves for the dead except the nearest of kin

Leviticus 21:1-6

Then Yahweh said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, Aaron's sons, and say to them, 'One must not make himself unclean for a dead person among his [own] people, except for his direct relative closest to him: his mother and his father, and his son and his daughter, and his brother, and for his sister, a virgin, [who is] closest to him, {who has not had a husband}--for her he may defile himself. read more.
He must not make himself unclean [as] {a kinsman by marriage}, defiling himself. " 'And they shall not shave bald patches on their head, and they shall not shave off the corner of their beard, and they shall not make a cut in their body. They shall be holy to their God, and they shall not profane the name of their God, because they are bringing near the offerings made by fire to Yahweh--their God's food--and they shall be holy.

priests » Special laws respecting » While unclean could not eat of the holy things

Leviticus 22:3-7

"Say to them, 'Throughout your generations, any man from any of your offspring who comes near the votive offerings that the {Israelites} consecrate to Yahweh with his uncleanness on him, that person shall be cut off from {before me}; I [am] Yahweh. " '{Anyone} from Aaron's offspring, if he [is] afflicted with a skin disease or a fluid discharge, shall not eat in the sanctuary {until} he is clean; and the one who touches any unclean person or a man from whom an emission of semen goes out, or a man who touches any swarmer that is unclean for him or [who touches] a person who is unclean for him {due to} whatever his uncleanness, read more.
a person who touches such a thing shall be unclean until the evening, and he shall not eat from the votive offerings, except [when] he washes his body with water and {the sun sets}, and he shall be clean; then afterward he may eat from the votive offerings, because it [is] his food.

priests » Special laws respecting » While unclean could not perform any service

Leviticus 22:1-2

Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, "Tell Aaron and his sons that they must deal respectfully with the {Israelites}' votive offerings, and they must not profane my holy name, which they are consecrating to me; I [am] Yahweh.

priests » Illustrative of » Christ

Hebrews 10:11-12

And every priest stands every day serving and offering the same sacrifices many times, which are never able to take away sins. But this one, [after he] had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God,

priests » Were sometimes » Greedy

1 Samuel 2:13-17

And the custom of the priests with the people [was this]: When any man {brought a sacrifice}, as the meat was boiling, the servant of the priest would take a three-pronged meat fork in his hand and would thrust it into the pan or into the kettle or into the cauldron or into the cooking pot. All that the meat fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This [is] what they used to do to all of the Israelites who came there at Shiloh. Also, before they {offered up} the fat as a burnt offering, the servant of the priest would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, "Give the priest meat for roasting, for he will not take boiled meat from you, but only {raw}." read more.
And [if] the man said to him, "Let them burn the fat completely {first}, then take for yourself as {you} desire," then he would say to him, "No! Give it now! If not, I will take it by force!" So the sin of the young men was very great in the sight of Yahweh, because the men treated the offering of Yahweh with contempt.

priests » Were sometimes » Profane and wicked

1 Samuel 2:22-24

Now Eli was very old, and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel and that they [were] having sexual relations with the women who [were] serving [at] the entrance of [the] tent of assembly. And he asked them, "Why are you doing all these things that I am hearing, [namely], your evil dealings with all these people? No, my sons, the report [is] not good that I am hearing the people of Yahweh spreading.

priests » Revenues of » Firstborn » Of animals

Numbers 18:17-18

Only the firstborn of an ox or the firstborn of a sheep or the firstborn of a goat you will not redeem; they [are] holy. Their blood you will sprinkle over the altar, and their fat you will turn into smoke [as] an offering made by fire, a fragrance of appeasement for Yahweh. But their flesh will be for you like the breast section of the wave offering, and it will be for you like the right upper thigh.

priests » Services of » Placing and removing show-bread

Leviticus 24:5-9

"And you shall take finely milled flour, and you shall bake [with] it twelve ring-shaped bread cakes: each one [shall be] two-tenths [of an ephah]. And you shall place them [in] two rows, six [to the] row, on the pure [gold] table {before} Yahweh. And you shall put pure frankincense on each row so that it shall be for the bread as a memorial offering, an offering made by fire for Yahweh. read more.
{On every Sabbath} he shall arrange it in rows {before} Yahweh continually; [they are] from the {Israelites} [as] an everlasting covenant. And it shall be for Aaron and for his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place, because it [is] {a most holy thing} for him from Yahweh's offerings made by fire--a {lasting rule}."

priests » Revenues of » First of the wool of sheep

Deuteronomy 18:4

The firstfruits of your grain, your wine, and your olive oil and the firstfruits of the fleece of your sheep you shall give to him.

priests » Ceremonies at consecration of » Purification by blood of the consecration-ram

Exodus 29:20-21

And you will slaughter the ram and take [some] of its blood and put [it] on Aaron's [right] earlobe and on the right earlobe of his sons and on the thumb of their right hand and on {the big toe} of their right foot, and you will sprinkle the blood at the base of the altar all around. And you will take [some] of the blood that is on the altar and [some] of the anointing oil, and you will spatter [it] on Aaron and on his garments and on his sons and on his sons' garments with him, and he will be sacred, and his garments and his sons and his sons' garments with him.

priests » Special laws respecting » Children of, married to strangers, not to eat of their portion

Leviticus 22:12

And a priest's daughter, when {she marries a layman}, she herself may not eat {the votive offering}.

priests » Special laws respecting » All bought and home-born servants to eat of their portion

Leviticus 22:11

But a priest, if [with] his money he buys a person [as] {his possession}, that one may eat it, and the descendants of his house themselves may eat his food.

priests » Special laws respecting » No sojourner or hired servant to eat of their portion

Leviticus 22:10

" '{No stranger shall eat} [the] votive offering; nor shall a temporary resident with a priest or a hired worker eat [the] votive offering.

priests » Services of » Lighting and trimming the lamps of the sanctuary

Exodus 27:20-21

"And you will command the {Israelites}, and they will bring to you pure, beaten olive oil for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually. In the tent of assembly outside the curtain that [is] before the testimony, Aaron and his sons will arrange it, from evening until morning, before Yahweh [as] a lasting statute throughout their generations from the {Israelites}.

priests » Services of » Deciding in cases of jealousy

Numbers 5:14-15

if a spirit of jealousy comes over him, and he is jealous [of] his wife and she is defiled; or if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous [of] his wife but she is not defiled, he will bring his wife to the priest. And he will bring her offering for her, one-tenth of an ephah of flour. He will not pour oil on it, and he will not put frankincense on it because [it is] a grain offering of jealousy, a grain offering of remembering, a reminding of guilt.

priests » Services of » Blessing the people

Numbers 6:23-27

"Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, 'You will bless the {Israelites}: You will say to them: Yahweh will bless you and keep you; Yahweh will make shine his face on you and be gracious to you; read more.
Yahweh will lift up his face upon you, and he will give you peace.' And they will put my name on the {Israelites}, and I will bless them."

priests » Who shall be priests of God and of Christ

priests » Required to wash in the brazen laver before they performed their services

Exodus 30:18-21

"And you will make a basin of bronze and its bronze stand for washing, and you will put it between the tent of assembly and the altar, and you will put water there. And Aaron and his sons will wash their hands and their feet with it. When they come to the tent of assembly, they will wash with water so that they do not die, or when they approach the altar to serve by turning to smoke an offering made by fire to Yahweh. read more.
And they will wash their hands and their feet so that they do not die, and it will be a lasting rule for them--to him and to his offspring throughout their generations.

priests » Special laws respecting » Not to defile themselves by eating what died or was torn

priests » Special laws respecting » Not to marry divorced or improper persons

Leviticus 21:7

" 'They shall not {marry} a woman [who is] a prostitute and defiled, nor shall they {marry} a woman divorced from her husband, because each priest [is] holy for his God.

priests » Services of » Covering the sacred things of the sanctuary before removal

Numbers 4:5-15

When setting out the camp, Aaron and his sons will go and lower the curtain of the covering and cover with it the ark of the testimony. They will put on it a covering of {fine leather}, and they will spread a cloth of perfect blue over it, and they will place its poles. And over the table of the presence they will spread [out] a blue cloth and put on it the plates, dishes, and libation bowls, and the pitchers of the libation; and the bread of continuity will be on it. read more.
They will spread over it a scarlet cloth, and they will cover it with a covering of {fine leather}, and they will place its poles. They will take a blue cloth and cover the lampstand for the light source, its lamps, a pair of its tongs, its small pans, and all the vessels of its oil with which they attend to it. They will put it and all its vessels inside a covering of {fine leather} and put it on the carrying frame. Over the altar of gold they will spread a blue cloth, and they will cover it with a covering of {fine leather} and place its poles. They will take all the vessels of the cultic service with which they serve in the sanctuary and put [them] on a blue cloth, and they will cover them with a covering of {fine leather}; and they will put [them] on the carrying frame. They will remove the fat-soaked ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth over it; they will put on it all the vessels with which they serve, the fire pans, forks, shovels, and bowls--all the vessels of the altar. They will spread on it a covering of {fine leather}; and they will place its poles. And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the vessels of the sanctuary when the camp sets out, the descendants of Kohath will come after to carry [these], but they must not touch the sanctuary, or they will die. These [are] the load of the descendants of Kohath in the tent of assembly.

priests » Garments of » Worn by the high priest on the day of atonement

Leviticus 16:4

He must put on {a holy linen tunic}, and linen undergarments must be on his body, and he must fasten [himself] with a linen sash, and he must wrap a linen turban around [his head]--they [are] holy garments, and he shall wash his body with water, then he shall put them on.

priests » Services of » Valuing things devoted

Leviticus 27:8

But if he [is] poorer than your proper value, then he shall present himself {before} the priest, and the priest shall set a value [on] him; the priest shall value him {according to} what the person who made a vow {can afford}.

priests » Were sometimes » Unjust

Jeremiah 6:13

"For from the smallest of them to the greatest of them, {everyone} makes profit for unlawful gain. And from the prophet to the priest, {everyone} practices deceit.

priests » Garments of » Laid up in holy chambers

Ezekiel 44:19

When they go out to the outer courtyard to the people, they must take off their garment in which they [were] serving, and they must place them {in the holy chambers}, and they must put on other [garments], so that they will not make the people holy with their garments.

priests » Revenues of » All devoted things

Numbers 18:14

All consecrated possessions in Israel will be for you.

priests » Services of » Burning incense

Exodus 30:7-8

"And on it Aaron will turn fragrant incense into smoke; {each morning} when he tends the lamps, he will turn it into smoke. And when Aaron sets up the lamps {at twilight}, he will turn it into smoke--incense of continuity--before Yahweh throughout your generations.

priests » First notice of persons acting as

Genesis 4:3-4

And {in the course of time} Cain brought an offering from the fruit of the ground to Yahweh, and Abel also brought [an offering] from {the choicest firstlings of his flock}. And Yahweh looked with favor to Abel and to his offering,

priests » Garments of » Purified by sprinkling of blood

Exodus 29:21

And you will take [some] of the blood that is on the altar and [some] of the anointing oil, and you will spatter [it] on Aaron and on his garments and on his sons and on his sons' garments with him, and he will be sacred, and his garments and his sons and his sons' garments with him.

priests » Garments of » Often provided by the people

Ezra 2:68-69

When [some] of the heads of {families} came to the house of Yahweh that [is] in Jerusalem, they gave freewill offerings for the house of God to erect it on its place. According to their ability they gave to the treasury room for the work sixty-one thousand darics of gold, five thousand minas of silver, and one hundred priestly tunics.

priests » Garments of » The girdle

Exodus 28:40

And for the sons of Aaron you will make tunics, and you will make for them sashes and headdresses; you will make them for glory and for splendor.

priests » Sanctified by God for the office

Exodus 29:44

And I will consecrate the tent of assembly and the altar, and Aaron and his sons I will consecrate to serve as priests for me.

priests » Were sometimes » Drunken

Isaiah 28:7

And these also stagger because of wine and stagger because of strong drink; priest and prophet stagger because of strong drink; they are confused because of wine. They stagger because of strong drink; they err in vision. They stagger [in the] rendering of a decision,

priests » Revenues of » All restitutions when the owner could not be found

Numbers 5:8

But if the man does not have a redeemer to make restitution to him for the reparation, the reparation is to be given to Yahweh for the priest, in addition to the ram of atonement by which atonement is made for him.

priests » Priests that despise the name of the lord

Malachi 1:6

"A son honors [his] father, and a slave his master; but if I [am] a father, where [is] my honor, and if I [am] a master, where [is] my reverence?" says Yahweh of hosts to you, O priests, {who despise} my name. "But you say, 'How have we despised your name?'

priests » Services of, divided by lot

Luke 1:9

according to the custom of the priesthood he was chosen by lot to enter into the temple of the Lord to burn incense.

Religious » priests » Should be holy

2 Chronicles 6:41

"And now arise, O Yahweh God, to your resting place, you and the ark of your strength! O Yahweh God, let the priests be clothed with salvation, and let your holy ones rejoice in your goodness!

Leviticus 21:6

They shall be holy to their God, and they shall not profane the name of their God, because they are bringing near the offerings made by fire to Yahweh--their God's food--and they shall be holy.

Malachi 2:7

For the lips of [the] priest should guard knowledge, and they should seek instruction from his mouth, for he [is] the messenger of Yahweh of hosts.

Exodus 19:22

And even the priests who come near Yahweh must consecrate themselves, lest Yahweh break out against them."

Religious » priests » General references to

Joshua 3:6

And Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and cross [over] {ahead of the people}." And they took up the ark of the covenant and went {ahead of the people}.

Exodus 24:5

And he sent young men from the {Israelites}, and they offered burnt offerings, and they sacrificed sacrifices [as] fellowship offerings to Yahweh [using] bulls.

2 Chronicles 29:16

And the priests went into the inner [part] of the house of Yahweh to purify [it]. And they brought out all the impurity that they found in the temple of Yahweh [out] to the courtyard of the house of Yahweh. And the Levites took [them] to bring [them] outside to the Wadi Kidron.

Exodus 18:1

And Jethro, the priest of Midian, the father-in-law of Moses, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel, his people, that Yahweh had brought Israel out from Egypt.

More verses: 2 Chronicles 11:13

Religious » priests » Laws in regard to

Leviticus 10:9

"You and your sons with you may not drink wine or strong drink when you come to [the] tent of assembly, so that you will not die--[it is] a lasting statute for your generations--

Exodus 40:15

And you will anoint them as you anointed their father, and they will serve as priests for me. And their anointing will be for them to be a lasting priesthood throughout their generations."

Ezra 7:24

You also should be aware that it is not permitted to place tax, tribute, or duty upon all of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the doorkeepers, the temple servants, and other servants of the house of God.

Nehemiah 7:65

So the governor said to them that they could not eat the most holy food until a priest could come with Urim and Thummim.

Exodus 29:1

"And this [is] the thing that you will do for them to consecrate them to serve as a priest for me: Take {one young bull} and two rams without defect

More verses: Leviticus 21:1

Religious zeal » Instances of » priests

1 Chronicles 9:13

and their kinsmen, heads of the house of their fathers, one thousand seven hundred and sixty mighty men [for] the work of the service of the house of God.

Ezra 8:17-18

I sent them to Iddo, the head of the place called Casiphia, and I placed in their mouths what words to say to Iddo and his brothers the temple servants in Casiphia, to send to us ministers for the house of our God. With the good hand of our God before us, they brought us a man of understanding from the sons of Mahli, son of Levi, son of Israel--Sherebiah and his sons and brothers, eighteen [in total].

Sin-offering » priests » Holy place » Eats

Leviticus 6:26

The priest {who offers the sin offering} must eat it in a holy place--in the tent of assembly's courtyard.

Leviticus 6:29-30

Any male among the priests may eat it; it [is] {a most holy thing}. But any sin offering [from] which {some of} its blood is brought to the tent of assembly to make atonement in the sanctuary must not be eaten; it must be burned in the fire.'"

Slander » Exemplified » priests

Mark 15:3

And the chief priests began to accuse him [of] many [things].

Topics on Priests

A Kingdom Of Priests

23;61;6

But you shall be called the priests of Yahweh, {you will be called} servers of our God. You shall eat [the] wealth of [the] nations, and you shall boast in their riches.

Anointing Priests

2;28;41

And you will clothe them--Aaron, your brother, and his sons with him--and you will anoint them and {ordain them} and consecrate them, and they will serve as priests for me.

Chief priests

14;19;11

And behold, Amariah the chief priest [is] over you in all matters of the word of Yahweh, and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the governor of the house of Judah, in all matters of the king, and the Levites [shall be] before you [as] officials. Be strong and do [well]! May Yahweh be with the upright."

Corrupt Priests

39;2;3

Look! I [am] going to rebuke {your offspring}, and I will scatter offal on your faces, [the] offal of your religious feasts, and you will be carried to it.

Deposed Priests

9;22;17-19

So the king said to the runners [who were] stationed around him, "Turn and kill the priests of Yahweh, because {they also support David} and because they knew that he was fleeing and {did not disclose it to me}." But the servants of the king [were] not willing to raise their hand to attack the priests of Yahweh.

Few Priests

14;29;34

But the priests were too few, and they were not able to offer all the burnt offerings, so their brothers, the Levites, strengthened them to finish the work, and until the [rest of] the priests consecrated themselves. (For the Levites [were] {more conscientious} to sanctify themselves than the priests.)

Food For Priests Defined

2;29;26

"And you will take the breast section from the ram of ordination that [is] for Aaron, and you will wave it [as] a wave offering before Yahweh. It will be your portion.

Killing Priests

9;22;17

So the king said to the runners [who were] stationed around him, "Turn and kill the priests of Yahweh, because {they also support David} and because they knew that he was fleeing and {did not disclose it to me}." But the servants of the king [were] not willing to raise their hand to attack the priests of Yahweh.

Priests Atoning

3;4;20

He shall do to the bull {just as} he did to the sin offering's bull, so he must do to it. The priest shall make atonement for them, and {they will be forgiven}.

Priests Garments

2;31;10

and the garments of woven material, and {the garments of the sanctuary} for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons to serve as priests,

Priests In Action

4;31;6

Moses sent them, a thousand from each tribe, to the battle, and Phinehas son of Eleazar the priest to the battle with them, and the vessels of the sanctuary and the trumpets of the blast [were] in his hand.

Priests Possessing

3;7;7

[The] instruction [is] {the same for the guilt offering as for the sin offering}; {it belongs to} the priest, who makes atonement with it.

Priests, Function In Ot Times

3;22;9

" 'And they shall keep my obligation, and they shall not incur guilt because of it, so that they die through it, because they have profaned it; I [am] Yahweh who consecrates them.

Priests, Institution In Ot Times

9;6;1-2

Now the ark of Yahweh had been in the territory of [the] Philistines [for] seven months,

Priests, Tasks In Nt Times

44;14;13

And the priest of the [temple] of Zeus that was just outside the city brought bulls and garlands to the gates [and] was wanting to offer sacrifice, along with the crowds.

Priests, Types Of In Nt Times

44;14;13

And the priest of the [temple] of Zeus that was just outside the city brought bulls and garlands to the gates [and] was wanting to offer sacrifice, along with the crowds.

The Chief Priests Condemning Christ

40;16;21

From that time [on] Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many [things] from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised on the third day.

The Chief Priests Convened

40;2;4

and [after] calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired from them where the Christ was to be born.

Unnamed Priests

7;17;12-13

So Micah {appointed the Levite}, and the young man became a priest for him; and he was in the house of Micah.