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Aârʹo̯n (mountaineer or enlightener)
Son of Amram and Jochebed, and elder brother of Moses and Miriam, Num. 26:59. Direct descendant of Levi by both parents. Called “the Levite,” Ex. 4:14, when chosen as the “spokesman” of Moses. Married Elisheba, daughter of the prince of Judah, and had four sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, Ex. 6:23. Eighty-three years old when introduced in the Bible. Mouthpiece and encourager of Moses before the Lord and the people of Israel, and in the Court of the Pharaoh, Ex. 4:30; 7:2. Miracle worker of the Exodus, Ex. 7:19. Helped Hur to stay the weary hands of Moses in the battle with Amalek, Ex. 17:9-12. In a weak moment yielded to idolatry among his people and incurred the wrath of Moses, Ex. 32. Consecrated to the priesthood by Moses, Ex. 29. Anointed and sanctified, with his sons, to minister in the priest’s office, Ex. 40. Murmured against Moses at the instance of Miriam, but repented and joined Moses in prayer for Miriam’s recovery, Num. 12. His authority in Israel vindicated by the miracle of the rod, Num. 17. Died on Mt. Hor, at age of one hundred and twenty-three years, and was succeeded in the priesthood by his son Eleazar, Num. 20:22-29. Office continued in his line till time of Eli. Restored to house of Eleazar by Solomon, 1 Kgs. 2:27.
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