||Do not leave the entrance of the Communion Tent lest you die, because God's anointing oil is still upon you.'|
They did as Moses had said.
Umipetach Ohel Mo'ed lo tets'u pen-tamutu ki-shemen mishchat Adonay aleychem vaya'asu kidvar Moshe.
||God spoke to Aaron, saying:
Vayedaber Adonay el-Aharon lemor.
||When you enter the Communion Tent, neither you nor your descendants may drink wine or any other intoxicant; otherwise you will die. This is an eternal law for all your generations.
Yayin veshechar al-tesht atah uvaneycha itach bevo'achem el-Ohel Mo'ed velo tamutu chukat olam ledoroteychem.
|Do not leave...|
Again, like a High Priest, who may not leave the Temple to mourn: see Leviticus 21:12 (Ramban; Chizzkuni). According to some, this is a general prohibition for a priest not to leave the Temple during the service (Yad, Biyath HaMikdash 2:5; Sefer HaMitzvoth, Negative 165; Ramban). Some dispute this, and maintain that this commandment was only given to Eleazar and Ithamar, because they had the anointing oil on their heads (Raavad on Yad, loc. cit.; also not counted in Sefer Mitzvoth Gadol).
|or any other intoxicant|
(cf. Ibn Ezra; Saadia). Or, 'Do not drink wine to make you drunk' (Rashi; cf. Yad, Biyath HaMikdash 1:1,2,5).