Deuteronomy 10:8
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New International Version
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister and to pronounce blessings in his name, as they still do today.

New Living Translation
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the Ark of the LORD's Covenant, and to stand before the LORD as his ministers, and to pronounce blessings in his name. These are their duties to this day.

English Standard Version
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD to stand before the LORD to minister to him and to bless in his name, to this day.

New American Standard Bible
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to serve Him and to bless in His name until this day.

King James Bible
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the LORD's covenant, to stand before Yahweh to serve Him, and to pronounce blessings in His name, as it is today.

International Standard Version
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD, to stand in the LORD's presence, to serve, and to bless his name until this day.

NET Bible
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the LORD's covenant, to stand before the LORD to serve him, and to formulate blessings in his name, as they do to this very day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the LORD's promise, to stand in the LORD's presence when they serve him as priests, and to praise his name, as they still do today.

Jubilee Bible 2000
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.

King James 2000 Bible
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.

American King James Version
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to him, and to bless in his name, to this day.

American Standard Version
At that time Jehovah set apart the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, to stand before Jehovah to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
At that time he separated the tribe of Levi, to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to stand before him in the ministry, and to bless in his name until this present day.

Darby Bible Translation
At that time Jehovah separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, to stand before Jehovah to do service unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.

English Revised Version
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.

Webster's Bible Translation
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to him, and to bless in his name, to this day.

World English Bible
At that time Yahweh set apart the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, to stand before Yahweh to minister to him, and to bless in his name, to this day.

Young's Literal Translation
'At that time hath Jehovah separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, to stand before Jehovah, to serve Him, and to bless in His name, unto this day,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:1-11 Moses reminded the Israelites of God's great mercy to them, notwithstanding their provocations. There were four things in and by which the Lord showed himself reconciled to Israel. God gave them his law. Thus God has intrusted us with Bibles, sabbaths, and sacraments, as tokens of his presence and favour. God led them forward toward Canaan. He appointed a standing ministry among them for holy things. And now, under the gospel, when the pouring forth of the Spirit is more plentiful and powerful, the succession is kept up by the Spirit's work on men's hearts, qualifying and making some willing for that work in every age. God accepted Moses as an advocate or intercessor for them, and therefore appointed him to be their prince and leader. Moses was a type of Christ, who ever lives, pleading for us, and has all power in heaven and in earth.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 8, 9. - Moses, here resuming the form of address, refers to the separation of the tribe of Levi to the holy service. Verse 8. - At that time; the time when the covenant was restored at Sinai, not the time when Aaron died. The appointment of the tribe of Levi for service took place in connection with that of Aaron and his sons to the priesthood (Numbers 3:4). The service to which the tribe of Levi was chosen appertained to the tribe as such, including the priests as well as the non-priestly Levites, though parts of it specially belonged to the one class rather than the other. Thus the bearing of the ark was the special duty of non-priestly Levites, the Kohathites (Numbers 4:4, etc.; 1 Chronicles 15:15); but was also, on peculiarly solemn occasions, discharged by the priests (Joshua 3:6, etc.; Joshua 6:6; 8:33; 1 Kings 8:3, 6, etc.). To stand before the Lord to minister unto him was the special function of the priests (Deuteronomy 17:12; Deuteronomy 21:5; Ezekiel 40:46; Ezekiel 44:15, 16); but as the service of the Levites was also a sacred service, they too are said to stand to minister before the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:7; 1 Chronicles 15:2; 2 Chronicles 23:6; 2 Chronicles 29:4, 5, 11, 12). To bless in his name does not mean, as some propose, to invoke the Name of God, or to praise his Name, but to pronounce a benediction or invoke a blessing on the people in his Name (cf. 2 Samuel 6:18; 1 Chronicles 16:2). This was the special duty of the priests (cf. Numbers 6:22-27; Deuteronomy 21:5; 1 Chronicles 23:13), but might also be done by others (as by David), and in this benediction the Levites might join (2 Chronicles 25:27).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi,.... Not at the time that Moses came down from the mount with the tables of the law, but some considerable time after, even after the tabernacle was erected; nor at the time that Aaron died, and Eleazar succeeded him, but many years before that; unless there was a fresh separation of them, or a renewal of it when Eleazar became high priest in his father's stead; and so that being mentioned is the reason of its being repeated here:

to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord; even that into which the law, sometimes called the covenant, was put, and therefore here called the ark of the covenant: when this was carried from place to place, as it was especially in the wilderness, it was the business of the Levites to bear it, particularly the Kohathites; Numbers 3:31,

to stand before the Lord to minister unto him; that is, to his priests, in the tabernacle, and to keep and guard that:

and to bless in his name unto this day; not to bless the people, which was the work of the priest, but to sing praise in the name of the Lord, to give thanks unto him, and bless and praise him.



Deuteronomy 10:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The New Tablets of Stone
7From there they set out to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Jotbathah, a land of brooks of water. 8At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to serve Him and to bless in His name until this day. 9Therefore, Levi does not have a portion or inheritance with his brothers; the LORD is his inheritance, just as the LORD your God spoke to him.)…
Cross References
Numbers 3:6
"Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him.

Numbers 16:9
Isn't it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the LORD's tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them?

Numbers 18:1
The LORD said to Aaron, "You, your sons and your family are to bear the responsibility for offenses connected with the sanctuary, and you and your sons alone are to bear the responsibility for offenses connected with the priesthood.

Deuteronomy 17:12
Anyone who shows contempt for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering there to the LORD your God is to be put to death. You must purge the evil from Israel.

Deuteronomy 18:5
for the LORD your God has chosen them and their descendants out of all your tribes to stand and minister in the LORD's name always.

Deuteronomy 21:5
The Levitical priests shall step forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessings in the name of the LORD and to decide all cases of dispute and assault.

Deuteronomy 31:9
So Moses wrote down this law and gave it to the Levitical priests, who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel.

1 Chronicles 15:2
Then David said, "No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the LORD chose them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister before him forever."

1 Chronicles 23:26
the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service."

Psalm 134:1
A song of ascents. Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to him, and to bless in his name, to this day.

time the Lord

Exodus 29:1 And this is the thing that you shall do to them to hallow them, to …

Leviticus 8:9 And he put the turban on his head; also on the turban, even on his …

Numbers 1:47-53 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them…

Numbers 16:9,10 Seems it but a small thing to you, that the God of Israel has separated …

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, …

Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated …

2 Corinthians 6:17 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, …

Deuteronomy 3:1-4:49 Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of …

Deuteronomy 8:1-20 All the commandments which I command you this day shall you observe …

Deuteronomy 18:1-22 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no …

bear

Numbers 3:31 And their charge shall be the ark, and the table, and the candlestick, …

Numbers 4:15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, …

1 Kings 8:3,4,6 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark…

1 Chronicles 15:12-15,26 And said to them, You are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: …

1 Chronicles 23:26 And also to the Levites; they shall no more carry the tabernacle, …

2 Chronicles 5:4,5 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark…

to stand

Deuteronomy 18:5 For the LORD your God has chosen him out of all your tribes, to stand …

2 Chronicles 29:11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD has chosen you to stand …

Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Psalm 135:2 You that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God.

Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus said the LORD, If you return, then will I bring you …

Ezekiel 44:11,15 Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the …

Romans 12:7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;

to bless

Deuteronomy 21:5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD …

Leviticus 9:22 And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, …

Numbers 6:23-26 Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, On this wise you shall bless …

2 Chronicles 30:27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their …

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