Exodus 29:1
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New International Version
"This is what you are to do to consecrate them, so they may serve me as priests: Take a young bull and two rams without defect.

New Living Translation
"This is the ceremony you must follow when you consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests: Take a young bull and two rams with no defects.

English Standard Version
“Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests. Take one bull of the herd and two rams without blemish,

New American Standard Bible
"Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them to minister as priests to Me: take one young bull and two rams without blemish,

King James Bible
And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is what you are to do for them to consecrate them to serve Me as priests. Take a young bull and two unblemished rams,

International Standard Version
"This is what you are to do to them in order to consecrate them to serve me as priests: Take a young bull, two rams without blemish,

NET Bible
"Now this is what you are to do for them to consecrate them so that they may minister as my priests. Take a young bull and two rams without blemish;

New Heart English Bible
"This is the thing that you shall do to them to make them holy, to minister to me in the priest's office: take one young bull and two rams without blemish,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[The LORD continued,] "Now, this is what you must do in order to set Aaron and his sons apart to serve me as priests: "Take a young bull that has no defects and two rams that have no defects.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto Me in the priest's office: take one young bullock and two rams without blemish,

New American Standard 1977
“Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them to minister as priests to Me: take one young bull and two rams without blemish,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this is what thou shalt do unto them to sanctify them that they shall be my priests: Take one young bullock and two perfect rams

King James 2000 Bible
And this is the thing that you shall do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,

American King James Version
And this is the thing that you shall do to them to hallow them, to minister to me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,

American Standard Version
And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office: take one young bullock and two rams without blemish,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt also do this, that they may be consecrated to me in priesthood. Take a calf from the herd, and two rams without blemish,

Darby Bible Translation
And this is the thing which thou shalt do to them to hallow them, that they may serve me as priests: take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,

English Revised Version
And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office: take one young bullock and two rams without blemish,

Webster's Bible Translation
And this is the thing that thou shalt do to them to hallow them, to minister to me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,

World English Bible
"This is the thing that you shall do to them to make them holy, to minister to me in the priest's office: take one young bull and two rams without blemish,

Young's Literal Translation
And this is the thing which thou dost to them, to hallow them, for being priests to Me: Take one bullock, a son of the herd, and two rams, perfect ones,
Study Bible
Consecration of the Priests
1"Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them to minister as priests to Me: take one young bull and two rams without blemish, 2and unleavened bread and unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers spread with oil; you shall make them of fine wheat flour.…
Cross References
Leviticus 8:1
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Ezekiel 43:23
When you have finished cleansing it, you shall present a young bull without blemish and a ram without blemish from the flock.
Treasury of Scripture

And this is the thing that you shall do to them to hallow them, to minister to me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,

An. Ex. Is.

Exodus 29:21 And you shall take of the blood that is on the altar, and of the …

Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all …

Exodus 28:41 And you shall put them on Aaron your brother, and his sons with him; …

Leviticus 8:2 Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing …

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, …

to minister

Exodus 28:3 And you shall speak to all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled …

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Leviticus 8:2 Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing …

Leviticus 9:2 And he said to Aaron, Take you a young calf for a sin offering, and …

Leviticus 16:3 Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for …

2 Chronicles 13:9 Have you not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, …

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Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you …

Leviticus 4:3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the …

Leviticus 5:15,16 If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy …

Leviticus 6:6 And he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD, a ram without …

Leviticus 22:20 But whatever has a blemish, that shall you not offer: for it shall …

Malachi 1:13,14 You said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and you have snuffed …

Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, …

1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish …

XXIX.

THE FORM OF CONSECRATION FOR THE PRIESTS.

(1) This is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them.--The consecration of the priests had been commanded in the preceding chapter (Exodus 28:41). The method of it is now laid down. It consists of five things :--(1) Ablution (Exodus 29:4); (2) Investiture (Exodus 29:5-9); (3) Chrism, or anointing (Exodus 29:7); (4) Sacrifice (Exodus 29:10-23); and (5) Filling the hand (Exodus 29:24). All of these were symbolical acts, typical of things spiritual--ablution, of the putting away of impurity; investiture, of being clothed with holiness; unction, of the giving of Divine grace, &c.; the entire consecration forming an acted parable, very suggestive and full of instruction to such as understood its meaning.

Take one young bullock.--The first thing to be done was to prepare the victims which would be needed, and to have them ready against the time when they would be required for sacrifice.

Without blemish.--Heb., perfect (See Note 1 on Exodus 12:5.)

Verses 1-37. - THE CONSECRATION OF THE PRIESTS. From the description of the priestly attire, the Divine Law-giver passed to the form of priestly consecration, whereof investiture in the "holy garments" was a part. The ceremony of consecration was to consist of four things: -

1. Ablution;

2. Investiture;

3. Chrism or Anointing with oil; and

4. Sacrifice.

In the directions given, we have, first, the preparation of the offerings (vers. 1-3); secondly, directions for the ablutions (ver. 4); thirdly, directions for the investiture of Aaron (vers. 5, 6), of his sons (vers. 8, 9); fourthly, directions for the anointing (ver. 7); and fifthly, directions as to the mode in which the sacrifices should be offered and disposed of (vers. 10-34). A command is then given that the ceremonies should be repeated every day for a week (ver. 35); and another, that the altar should receive consecration at the same time as the priests (vers. 36, 37). Additional light is thrown on most of these matters by the account contained in Leviticus (ch. 8.), of the manner in which Moses carried oat the directions here given to him. Verse 1. - This is the thing that thou shalt do to them - i.e., "This is the ceremonial that thou shalt use on the occasion." There is a tacit reference to verse 41 of ch. 28, which had announced that the priests were to be consecrated. Take one young bullock. The offerings were to be provided beforehand, so as to be in readiness when the investiture and anointing were over. Hence they are mentioned first. Rams without blemish. Literally "perfect." On the offence to God of offering him blemished offerings, see Malachi 1:6-14. And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them,.... To Aaron and his sons: to "hallow" them; to sanctify them, set them apart, and consecrate them:

to minister unto me in the priest's office; for which the Lord had appointed them, to which he had chose, called, and separated them:

take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish; a young bullock was an heifer of three years old, according to Kimchi (t), and such an one was used in sacrifice in former times, see Genesis 15:9 though Maimonides (u) says it was one of two years, and so Abendana (w), whose words are,"a bullock is a son of two years, and a ram is after he has entered into the second year thirty one days;''and so Ben Gersom; the bullock was an emblem of the strength, laboriousness, and patience of Christ, and both of them being without blemish, were typical of his purity and perfection in his nature and life, and especially in his sacrifice.

(t) Comment. in Psal. lxix. 32. (u) Hilchot Zebachim, c. 1. sect. 14. (w) Not. in Miclol Yophi in loc. CHAPTER 29

Ex 29:1-35. Consecrating the Priests and the Altar.

1. hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office—The act of inaugurating the priests was accompanied by ceremonial solemnities well calculated not only to lead the people to entertain exalted views of the office, but to impress those functionaries themselves with a profound sense of its magnitude and importance. In short, they were taught to know that the service was for them as well as for the people; and every time they engaged in a new performance of their duties, they were reminded of their personal interest in the worship, by being obliged to offer for themselves, before they were qualified to offer as the representatives of the people.

this is the thing that thou shalt do—Steps are taken at the beginning of a society, which would not be repeated when the social machine was in full motion; and Moses, at the opening of the tabernacle, was employed to discharge functions which in later periods would have been regarded as sacrilege and punished with instant death. But he acted under the special directions of God.29:1-37 Aaron and his sons were to be set apart for the priest's office, with ceremony and solemnity. Our Lord Jesus is the great High Priest of our profession, called of God to be so; anointed with the Spirit, whence he is called Messiah, the Christ; clothed with glory and beauty; sanctified by his own blood; made perfect, or consecrated through sufferings, Heb 2:10. All believers are spiritual priests, to offer spiritual sacrifices,
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