1Then the LORD said to Moses,
2"Bring Aaron and his sons, along with their sacred garments, the anointing oil, the bull for the sin offering, the two rams, and the basket of bread made without yeast,
3and call the entire community of Israel together at the entrance of the Tabernacle.*"
4So Moses followed the LORD's instructions, and the whole community assembled at the Tabernacle entrance.
5Moses announced to them, "This is what the LORD has commanded us to do!"
6Then he presented Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.
7He put the official tunic on Aaron and tied the sash around his waist. He dressed him in the robe, placed the ephod on him, and attached the ephod securely with its decorative sash.
8Then Moses placed the chestpiece on Aaron and put the Urim and the Thummim inside it.
9He placed the turban on Aaron's head and attached the gold medallion—the badge of holiness—to the front of the turban, just as the LORD had commanded him.
10Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the Tabernacle and everything in it, making them holy.
11He sprinkled the oil on the altar seven times, anointing it and all its utensils, as well as the washbasin and its stand, making them holy.
12Then he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head, anointing him and making him holy for his work.
13Next Moses presented Aaron's sons. He clothed them in their tunics, tied their sashes around them, and put their special head coverings on them, just as the LORD had commanded him.
14Then Moses presented the bull for the sin offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the bull's head,
15and Moses slaughtered it. Moses took some of the blood, and with his finger he put it on the four horns of the altar to purify it. He poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. Through this process, he made the altar holy by purifying it.*
16Then Moses took all the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat around them, and he burned it all on the altar.
17He took the rest of the bull, including its hide, meat, and dung, and burned it on a fire outside the camp, just as the LORD had commanded him.
18Then Moses presented the ram for the burnt offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the ram's head,
19and Moses slaughtered it. Then Moses took the ram's blood and splattered it against all sides of the altar.
20Then he cut the ram into pieces, and he burned the head, some of its pieces, and the fat on the altar.
21After washing the internal organs and the legs with water, Moses burned the entire ram on the altar as a burnt offering. It was a pleasing aroma, a special gift presented to the LORD, just as the LORD had commanded him.
22Then Moses presented the other ram, which was the ram of ordination. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the ram's head,
23and Moses slaughtered it. Then Moses took some of its blood and applied it to the lobe of Aaron's right ear, the thumb of his right hand, and the big toe of his right foot.
24Next Moses presented Aaron's sons and applied some of the blood to the lobes of their right ears, the thumbs of their right hands, and the big toes of their right feet. He then splattered the rest of the blood against all sides of the altar.
25Next Moses took the fat, including the fat of the broad tail, the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat around them, along with the right thigh.
26On top of these he placed a thin cake of bread made without yeast, a cake of bread mixed with olive oil, and a wafer spread with olive oil. All these were taken from the basket of bread made without yeast that was placed in the LORD's presence.
27He put all these in the hands of Aaron and his sons, and he lifted them up as a special offering to the LORD.
28Moses then took all the offerings back from them and burned them on the altar on top of the burnt offering. This was the ordination offering. It was a pleasing aroma, a special gift presented to the LORD.
29Then Moses took the breast and lifted it up as a special offering to the LORD. This was Moses' portion of the ram of ordination, just as the LORD had commanded him.
30Next Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood that was on the altar, and he sprinkled them on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. In this way, he made Aaron and his sons and their garments holy.
31Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons, "Boil the remaining meat of the offerings at the Tabernacle entrance, and eat it there, along with the bread that is in the basket of offerings for the ordination, just as I commanded when I said, `Aaron and his sons will eat it.'
32Any meat or bread that is left over must then be burned up.
33You must not leave the Tabernacle entrance for seven days, for that is when the ordination ceremony will be completed.
34Everything we have done today was commanded by the LORD in order to purify you, making you right with him.*
35Now stay at the entrance of the Tabernacle day and night for seven days, and do everything the LORD requires. If you fail to do this, you will die, for this is what the LORD has commanded."
36So Aaron and his sons did everything the LORD had commanded through Moses.
1"Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids* who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
3The five who were foolish didn't take enough olive oil for their lamps,
4but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil.
5When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6"At midnight they were roused by the shout, `Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!'
7"All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps.
8Then the five foolish ones asked the others, `Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.'
9"But the others replied, `We don't have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.'
10"But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.
11Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, `Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!'
12"But he called back, `Believe me, I don't know you!'
13"So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
14"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.
15He gave five bags of silver* to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
16"The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more.
17The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.
18But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master's money.
19"After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.
20The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, `Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.'
21"The master was full of praise. `Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!*'
22"The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, `Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.'
23"The master said, `Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!'
24"Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, `Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn't plant and gathering crops you didn't cultivate.
25I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.'
26"But the master replied, `You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn't plant and gathered crops I didn't cultivate,
27why didn't you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.'
28"Then he ordered, `Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.
29To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
30Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
31"But when the Son of Man* comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne.
32All the nations* will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
34"Then the King will say to those on his right, `Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.
35For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.
36I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.'
37"Then these righteous ones will reply, `Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing?
39When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?'
40"And the King will say, `I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,* you were doing it to me!'
41"Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, `Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.*
42For I was hungry, and you didn't feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn't give me a drink.
43I was a stranger, and you didn't invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn't give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn't visit me.'
44"Then they will reply, `Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?'
45"And he will answer, `I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'
46"And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life."