The consecration of the priests
1 This is the ceremony you must use when you consecrate them to serve me in the priesthood. Take one young bull and two rams without any defects, 2 unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers spread with oil, made from fine wheat flour. 3 You must put these things into a basket and present them in the basket, at the same time as the young bull and the two rams.
4 Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting after they have been bathed. 5 Take the vestments and dress Aaron in the shirt, the robe over the Ephod, the Ephod and the Breastpiece, and embroidered belt. 6 Put the headdress on his head and tie on it the sacred plate. 7 Then take the chrism oil and pour it on his head, and so anoint him. 8 Next, bring his sons and clothe them with shirts, 9 pass the belts around their waists and put the headdresses on their heads. With this the priesthood will be theirs forever.
9 This is how you are to ordain Aaron and his sons. 10 You are to bring the bull in front of the Tent of Meeting. Aaron and his sons are to lay their hands on its head. 11 Kill the bull there before Yahweh at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 12 Then take some of its blood and with your finger put it on the horns of the altar. Next, pour out the rest of the blood at the foot of the altar. 13 And then take all the fat that covers the inner organs, the fatty mass which is over the liver, the two kidneys with their covering fat, and burn them on the altar. 14 As for the bullís flesh, its skin and its intestines, you must burn them outside the camp, for it is an offering to take away the sins of the priests.
15 Next you are to take one of the rams. Aaron and his sons are to lay their hands on its head. 16 You are to kill the ram, take up its blood and pour it out on the sides of the altar. 17 Next, divide the ram in pieces and wash the inner organs and legs and put them on top of the head and the other pieces. 18 Then burn the whole ram on the altar. This is a fire offering to Yah weh, a fragrant offering by fire.
19 Next you are to take the other ram. Aaron and his sons are to lay their hands on its head. 20 You are to kill the ram, take some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaronís right ear, on the lobes of his sonsí right ears, the thumbs of their right hands, and the big toes of their right feet, and pour out the rest of the blood on the sides of the altar. 21 Then take some of the blood that remains on the altar, toge ther with the chrism oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and his vestments and on his sons and their vestments so that he and his vestments will be consecrated and his sons, too, and their vestments.
22 You are to take the fatty parts of the ram: the tail, the fat that covers the inner organs, the fatty mass which is over the liver, the two kid neys with their covering fat and also the right thigh, for this is a ram for the clothing cere mony. 23 You are to take a loaf of bread, a cake of bread made with oil, and a wafer, from the basket of unleavened bread placed before Yahweh, 24 and put it all into Aaronís hands and those of his sons and make the gesture of offering before Yahweh. 25 Then you are to take them back and burn them on the altar, on top of the burnt offering, as a sweet-smelling offering which pleases Yah weh.
26 You are to take the breast of the ram and make the gesture of offering before Yahweh; this is to be your own portion. 27 You are to consecrate the breast that has been thus offered, as also the thigh that is set asideóthe breast, that is, which has been offered and the thigh that has been set aside from the ram. 28 This, by perpetual law, will be the portion that Aaron and his sons are to receive from the sons of Israel; this is the portion set aside, a portion the sons of Israel are to set aside from their com munion sacrifices, the portion they owe to Yahweh.
29 Aaronís sacred vestments are to pass to his sons after him, and they will wear them for their anointing and consecration. 30 The son of Aaron who comes after him in the priest hood and enters the Tent of Meeting to serve in the sanctuary must wear them for seven days.
31 You are to take the ram used for the ordi nation and cook its meat in a holy place. 32 Aaron and his sons will eat the meat of the ram, and also the bread that is in the basket, at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 33 They are to eat what was used in the ceremony of forgiveness during their ordination. No lay man may eat these; they are holy things. 34 If any of the meat from the ordination sacrifice, or the bread, should be left till morning, you must put what is left in the fire. It is not to be eaten; it is a holy thing. 35 For Aaron and his sons, you are to do exactly as I have commanded you: you are to spend seven days in ordaining them.
36 On each day of this week you are also to offer a bull as a sacrifice for sin, in atonement; by offering an atonement sacrifice for sin, you will take away sin from the altar; then you must anoint it, and so consecrate it. 37 For seven days you are to repeat the atonement sacrifice for the altar and consecrate it. So it will be extremely holy, and whatever touches it will be come holy.
38 This is what you are to offer on the altar: two yearling lambs day by day continually. 39 The first lamb you must offer in the morn ing, the second in the evening twilight. 40 With the first lamb you must offer two pounds of fine flour mixed with one quart of purest oil, and pour out one quart of wine as an offering. 41 The second lamb you must offer in the evening twilight; do this with the same amounts of flour, olive oil and wine as in the morning. This is a sweet-smelling offering which pleases Yahweh. 42 This is the perpe t ual offering which is to be offered from generation to generation, at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting in the presence of Yahweh.
42 That is where I shall meet you and speak to you. 43 There I will teach the people of Israel, and this place will be consecrated by the presence of my glory. 44 In this way I will consecrate the Tent of Meeting and the altar, and Aaron too, and his sons, to be priests in my service. 45 For I will remain with the people of Israel, and I will be their God. 46 And so they will know that it is I, their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt to live among them: I, their God.