1 These are the descendants of Aharon and Moshe as of the day when Adonaispoke with Moshe on Mount Sinai.
2 The names of the sons of Aharon are: Nadav the firstborn, Avihu, El‘azar and Itamar.
3 These were the names of the sons of Aharon the cohen, whom he anointed and ordained as cohanim.
4 But Nadav and Avihu died in the presence of Adonai when they offered unauthorized fire before Adonai in the Sinai Desert, and they had no children; El‘azar and Itamar served as cohanim in the presence of Aharon their father.
5 Adonai said to Moshe,
6 “Summon the tribe of Levi, and assign them to Aharon the cohen, so that they can help him.
7 They are to carry out his duties and the duties of the whole community before the tent of meeting in performing the service of the tabernacle.
8 They are to be in charge of all the furnishings of the tent of meeting and to carry out all the duties of the people of Isra’el connected with the service of the tabernacle.
9 Assign the L’vi’im to Aharon and his sons; their one responsibility in regard to the people of Isra’el is to serve him.
10 You are to appoint Aharon and his sons to carry out the duties of cohanim; anyone else who involves himself is to be put to death.”
11 Adonai said to Moshe,
12 “I have taken the L’vi’im from among the people of Isra’el in lieu of every firstborn male that is first from the womb among the people of Isra’el; the L’vi’im are to be mine.
13 All the firstborn males belong to me, because on the day that I killed all the firstborn males in the land of Egypt, I separated for myself all the firstborn males in Isra’el, both human and animal. They are mine; I am Adonai.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-31
12 For just as the body is one but has many parts; and all the parts of the body, though many, constitute one body; so it is with the Messiah.
13 For it was by one Spirit that we were all immersed into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free; and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
14 For indeed the body is not one part but many.
15 If the foot says, “I’m not a hand, so I’m not part of the body,” that doesn’t make it stop being part of the body.
16 And if the ear says, “I’m not an eye, so I’m not part of the body,” that doesn’t make it stop being part of the body.
17 If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If it were all hearing, how could it smell?
18 But as it is, God arranged each of the parts in the body exactly as he wanted them.
19 Now if they were all just one part, where would the body be?
20 But as it is, there are indeed many parts, yet just one body.
21 So the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you”; or the head to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be less important turn out to be all the more necessary;
23 and upon body parts which we consider less dignified we bestow greater dignity; and the parts that aren’t attractive are the ones we make as attractive as we can,
24 while our attractive parts have no need for such treatment. Indeed, God has put the body together in such a way that he gives greater dignity to the parts that lack it,
25 So that there will be no disagreements within the body, but rather all the parts will be equally concerned for all the others.
26 Thus if one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; and if one part is honored, all the parts share its happiness.
27 Now you together constitute the body of the Messiah, and individually you are parts of it.
28 And God has placed in the Messianic Community first, emissaries; second, prophets; third, teachers; then those who work miracles; then those with gifts of healing; those with ability to help; those skilled in administration; and those who speak in various tongues.
29 Not all are emissaries, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? or teachers? or miracle-workers?
30 Not all have gifts of healing, not all speak in tongues, not all interpret, do they?
31 Eagerly seek the better gifts.
But now I will show you the best way of all.