Leviticus 10;9 KJV

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:

In the above text the Priesthood is forbidden to take wine or strong drink,but in the book of Numbers they are seemingly given wine and other food stuff as a gift

Numbers 18:12 KJV

All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat, the firstfruits of them which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee.

i am interested in the issue of drinking wine whether they were only forbidden when entering the tabernacle or forever

How can we understand the above texts without contradiction?

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    "they were only forbidden when entering the tabernacle" — What reason is there to think this isn't the case? Commented Apr 25 at 12:57

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The priests were forbidden from drinking wine when entering, and also from consuming wine inside the tabernacle boundaries. But they were allowed to take wine that had been offered and consume it outside. We can deduce this from the context of Numbers 18.

9 ... every oblation of their's, every meat offering of their's, and every sin offering of their's, and every trespass offering of their's which they shall render unto me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons. 10 In the most holy place shalt thou eat it;

Note that wine is not included in the list of food to be consumed within the sacred precincts. ("Most holy place" does not mean "holy of holies" here.) However, as the OP states, wine WAS given to the priests from the offerings Num. 18:12; but no permission is given to consume it inside the sacred place.

Conclusion: Wine was specifically given to the priests in Num. 18:12 but excluded from the list of items they may consume inside the sacred precincts in 18:9. They were also forbidden to drink when when/before entering. (See also Ezekiel 44:21)

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