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"But the Kohathites must not go in to look at the holy things, even for a moment, or they will die." (NIV)

But [the Kohathites] shall not go in to see the sanctuary [the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies] or its holy things, even for an instant, lest they die. (AMP)

But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die. (KJV)

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13 "They are to remove the ashes from the bronze altar and spread a purple cloth over it." 14 Then they are to place on it all the utensils used for ministering at the altar, including the firepans, meat forks, shovels and sprinkling bowls. Over it they are to spread a covering of the durable leather and put the poles in place. 15 "After Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy furnishings and all the holy articles, and when the camp is ready to move, only then are the Kohathites to come and do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy things or they will die. The Kohathites are to carry those things that are in the tent of meeting." 16 "Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, is to have charge of the oil for the light, the fragrant incense, the regular grain offering and the anointing oil. He is to be in charge of the entire tabernacle and everything in it, including its holy furnishings and articles." 17 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron 18 "See that the Kohathite tribal clans are not destroyed from among the Levites." 19 So that they may live and not die when they come near the most holy things, do this for them: Aaron and his sons are to go into the sanctuary and assign to each man his work and what he is to carry. 20 "But the Kohathites must not go in to look at the holy things, even for a moment, or they will die." 21 The LORD said to Moses 22 "Take a census also of the Gershonites by their families and clans." 23 Count all the men from thirty to fifty years of age who come to serve in the work at the tent of meeting. 24 "This is the service of the Gershonite clans in their carrying and their other work:" 25 They are to carry the curtains of the tabernacle, that is, the tent of meeting, its covering and its outer covering of durable leather, the curtains for the entrance to the tent of meeting 26 The curtains of the courtyard surrounding the tabernacle and altar, the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard, the ropes and all the equipment used in the service of the tent. The Gershonites are to do all that needs to be done with these things. 27 All their service, whether carrying or doing other work, is to be done under the direction of Aaron and his sons. You shall assign to them as their responsibility all they are to carry. (NIV)