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will be a continual reminder that he represents the people when he comes
before the Lord. Insert the Urim and Thummim into the sacred chestpiece so they will be carried over Aaron’s heart when he goes into the
Lord’s presence. In this way, Aaron will always carry over his heart the
objects used to determine the Lord’s will for his people whenever he goes
in before the Lord.
“Make the robe that is worn with the ephod from a single piece of blue
cloth, with an opening for Aaron’s head in the middle of it. Reinforce the
opening with a woven collar so it will not tear. Make pomegranates out of
blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and attach them to the hem of the robe, with
gold bells between them. The gold bells and pomegranates are to alternate
all around the hem. Aaron will wear this robe whenever he ministers before the Lord, and the bells will tinkle as he goes in and out of the Lord’s
presence in the Holy Place. If he wears it, he will not die.
“Next make a medallion of pure gold, and engrave it like a seal with
these words: Holy to the Lord. Attach the medallion with a blue cord
to the front of Aaron’s turban, where it must remain. Aaron must wear it
on his forehead so he may take on himself any guilt of the people of Israel
when they consecrate their sacred offerings. He must always wear it on his
forehead so the Lord will accept the people.
“Weave Aaron’s patterned tunic from fine linen cloth. Fashion the turban from this linen as well. Also make a sash, and decorate it with colorful
“For Aaron’s sons, make tunics, sashes, and special head coverings that
are glorious and beautiful. Clothe your brother, Aaron, and his sons with
these garments, and then anoint and ordain them. Consecrate them so
they can serve as my priests. Also make linen undergarments for them,
to be worn next to their bodies, reaching from their hips to their thighs.
These must be worn whenever Aaron and his sons enter the Tabernacle or
approach the altar in the Holy Place to perform their priestly duties. Then
they will not incur guilt and die. This is a permanent law for Aaron and all
his descendants after him.
“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. Then, using choice wheat flour and no yeast, make loaves of bread,
thin cakes mixed with olive oil, and wafers spread with oil. Place them
all in a single basket, and present them at the entrance of the Tabernacle,
along with the young bull and the two rams.
“Present Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and wash
them with water. Dress Aaron in his priestly g­ arments—­the tunic, the robe

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