Numbers 8:12
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New International Version
"Then the Levites are to lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, using one for a sin offering to the LORD and the other for a burnt offering, to make atonement for the Levites.

King James Bible
And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks: and thou shalt offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, unto the LORD, to make an atonement for the Levites.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks, and thou shalt offer the one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering, to Jehovah, to make atonement for the Levites.

World English Bible
"The Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, and you shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering to Yahweh, to make atonement for the Levites.

Young's Literal Translation
'And the Levites lay their hands on the head of the bullocks, and make thou the one a sin-offering, and the one a burnt-offering to Jehovah, to atone for the Levites,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Shall put their hands upon the Levites - It has been argued from this that the congregation had a part in the appointment of their own ministers, and that this was done by the imposition of hands. However that may be, it appears that what was done on this occasion meant no more than that the people gave up this whole tribe to God in place of their firstborn; and that by this act they bound themselves to provide for them who, because of their sacred service, could follow no secular work. And surely it was right, that they who served the altar should live by the altar. The ministers of God perform offices for the people which the people cannot perform for themselves; and nothing can be more reasonable than that the people should give them the necessaries and comforts of life while they are thus employed in their behalf.

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levites

Exodus 29:10 And you shall cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle of the congregation...

Leviticus 1:4 And he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

Leviticus 8:14 And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bullock for the sin offering...

Leviticus 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel...

the one

Numbers 8:8 Then let them take a young bullock with his meat offering, even fine flour mingled with oil...

Numbers 6:14,16 And he shall offer his offering to the LORD, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering...

Leviticus 5:7,9,10 And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he has committed, two turtledoves...

Leviticus 8:14,18 And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bullock for the sin offering...

Leviticus 9:7 And Moses said to Aaron, Go to the altar, and offer your sin offering, and your burnt offering, and make an atonement for yourself...

Leviticus 14:19,20,22 And the priest shall offer the sin offering, and make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed from his uncleanness...

Hebrews 10:4-10 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins...

atonement

Leviticus 1:4 And he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

Leviticus 4:20,35 And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering, so shall he do with this...

Leviticus 8:34 As he has done this day, so the LORD has commanded to do, to make an atonement for you.

Leviticus 16:6,11,16-19 And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house...

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

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Our Lord's Prayer for his People's Sanctification
In this wonderful prayer, our Lord, as our great High Priest, appears to enter upon that perpetual office of intercession which he is now exercising at the right hand of the Father. Our Lord ever seemed, in the eagerness of his love, to be anticipating his work. Before he was set apart for his life-work, by the descent of the Holy Ghost upon him, he must needs be about his Father's business; before he finally suffered at the hands of cruel men, he had a baptism to be baptized with, and he was straitened
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 32: 1886

Cross References
Exodus 29:10
"Bring the bull to the front of the tent of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head.

Leviticus 4:4
He is to present the bull at the entrance to the tent of meeting before the LORD. He is to lay his hand on its head and slaughter it there before the LORD.

Leviticus 4:15
The elders of the community are to lay their hands on the bull's head before the LORD, and the bull shall be slaughtered before the LORD.

Numbers 8:13
Have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and then present them as a wave offering to the LORD.

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