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10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.
10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
10:3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.
10:4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.
10:5 So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said.
10:6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.
10:7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.
10:8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, 10:9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: 10:10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 10:11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.
10:12 And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy: 10:13 And ye shall eat it in the holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons' due, of the sacrifices of the LORD made by fire: for so I am commanded.
10:14 And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall ye eat in a clean place; thou, and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee: for they be thy due, and thy sons' due, which are given out of the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel.
10:15 The heave shoulder and the wave breast shall they bring with the offerings made by fire of the fat, to wave it for a wave offering before the LORD; and it shall be thine, and thy sons' with thee, by a statute for ever; as the LORD hath commanded.
10:16 And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying, 10:17 Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD? 10:18 Behold, the blood of it was not brought in within the holy place: ye should indeed have eaten it in the holy place, as I commanded.
10:19 And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD; and such things have befallen me: and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the LORD? 10:20 And when Moses heard that, he was content.

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King James Bible:Leviticus
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Leviticus
Book: Leviticus
Chapter: 10

The Sin and Death of Nadab and Abihu. (1,2) Aaron and his sons
forbidden to Mourn for Nadab and Abihu. (3-7) Wine forbidden to
the priests when in the service of the Tabernacle. (8-11) Of
Eating the holy things. (12-20)

1,2 Next to Moses and Aaron, none were more likely to be
honourable in Israel than Nadab and Abihu. There is reason to
think that they were puffed up with pride, and that they were
heated with Wine. While the people were prostrate before the
Lord, adoring his presence and Glory, they rushed into the
Tabernacle to burn Incense, though not at the appointed time;
both together, instead of one alone, and with Fire not taken
from the Altar. If it had been done through ignorance, they had
been allowed to bring a Sin-Offering. But the soul that doeth
presumptuously, and in contempt of God's majesty and Justice,
that soul shall be cut off. The Wages of Sin is Death. They died
in the very act of their Sin. The Sin and Punishment of these
priests showed the imperfection of that priesthood from the very
beginning, and that it could not shelter any from the Fire of
God's wrath, otherwise than as it was typical of Christ's

3-7 The most quieting considerations under affliction are
fetched from the Word of God. What was it that God spake? Though
Aaron's Heart must have been filled with anguish and dismay, yet
with silent submission he revered the Justice of the stroke.
When God corrects us or ours for Sin, it is our duty to accept
the Punishment, and say, It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth
him good. Whenever we Worship God, we come nigh unto him, as
spiritual priests. This ought to make us very serious in all
Acts of devotion. It concerns us all, when we come nigh to God,
to do every religious Exercise, as those who believe that the
God with whom we have to do, is a holy God. He will take
vengeance On those that profane his sacred name By trifling with

8-11 Do not Drink Wine or Strong Drink. During the time they
ministered, the priests were forbidden it. It is required of
Gospel ministers, that they be not given to Wine, 1Ti 3:3. It
is, Lest ye die; die when ye are in Drink. The danger of Death,
to which we are continually exposed, should engage all to be

12-20 Afflictions should rather quicken us to our duty, than
take us from it. But our unfitness for duty, when it is natural
and not sinful, will have great allowances made for it; God will
have Mercy, and not Sacrifice. Let us profit By the solemn
warning this history conveys. When professing worshippers come
with zeal without knowledge, Carnal affections, earthly, Light,
vain, trifling thoughts, the devices of will-Worship, instead of
the Offering of soul and Spirit; then the Incense is kindled By
a flame which never came down from Heaven, which the Spirit of a
holy God never sent within their hearts.

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