Deuteronomy 18:2
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New International Version
They shall have no inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them.

New Living Translation
They will have no land of their own among the Israelites. The LORD himself is their special possession, just as he promised them.

English Standard Version
They shall have no inheritance among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them.

New American Standard Bible
"They shall have no inheritance among their countrymen; the LORD is their inheritance, as He promised them.

King James Bible
Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although Levi has no inheritance among his brothers, the LORD is his inheritance, as He promised him.

International Standard Version
But they will not have an inheritance among their relatives, because the LORD alone is their inheritance—as he promised them."

NET Bible
They will have no inheritance in the midst of their fellow Israelites; the LORD alone is their inheritance, just as he had told them.

New Heart English Bible
They shall have no inheritance among their brothers: the LORD is their inheritance, as he has spoken to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the Levites will have no land of their own like the other Israelites. The LORD will be their inheritance, as he promised them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; the LORD is their inheritance, as He hath spoken unto them.

New American Standard 1977
“And they shall have no inheritance among their countrymen; the LORD is their inheritance, as He promised them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, shall they have no inheritance among their brethren; the LORD is their inheritance, as he has said unto them.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he has said unto them.

American King James Version
Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brothers: the LORD is their inheritance, as he has said to them.

American Standard Version
And they shall have no inheritance among their brethren: Jehovah is their inheritance, as he hath spoken unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they shall receive nothing else. of the possession of their brethren: for the Lord himself is their inheritance, as he hath said to them.

Darby Bible Translation
but they shall have no inheritance among their brethren: Jehovah, he is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.

English Revised Version
And they shall have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath spoken unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said to them.

World English Bible
They shall have no inheritance among their brothers: Yahweh is their inheritance, as he has spoken to them.

Young's Literal Translation
and he hath no inheritance in the midst of his brethren; Jehovah Himself is his inheritance, as He hath spoken to him.
Study Bible
Provision for Priests and Levites
1"The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the LORD'S offerings by fire and His portion. 2"They shall have no inheritance among their countrymen; the LORD is their inheritance, as He promised them. 3"Now this shall be the priests' due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, either an ox or a sheep, of which they shall give to the priest the shoulder and the two cheeks and the stomach.…
Cross References
Numbers 18:7
"But you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything concerning the altar and inside the veil, and you are to perform service. I am giving you the priesthood as a bestowed service, but the outsider who comes near shall be put to death."

Numbers 18:20
Then the LORD said to Aaron, "You shall have no inheritance in their land nor own any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the sons of Israel.

Deuteronomy 10:9
Therefore, 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.)

Joshua 13:14
Only to the tribe of Levi he did not give an inheritance; the offerings by fire to the LORD, the God of Israel, are their inheritance, as He spoke to him.

Ezekiel 44:28
"And it shall be with regard to an inheritance for them, that I am their inheritance; and you shall give them no possession in Israel-- I am their possession.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brothers: the LORD is their inheritance, as he has said to them.

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Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: you maintain my lot.

Psalm 73:24-26 You shall guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory…

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and …

Psalm 119:57 You are my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep your words.

Isaiah 61:6 But you shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you …

Lamentations 3:24 The LORD is my portion, said my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

1 Peter 2:5,9 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy …

Revelation 1:5,6 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

Verses 2, 3. - As he hath said unto them (cf. Numbers 18:20). The shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw; i.e. the front leg, the two jaw-bones, and the rough stomach of ruminants, in which the digestion is completed. These were regarded as the choice parts of the animal, and were to be given to the priests in addition to the wave breast and heave leg of the peace offerings (Leviticus 7:32, etc.; Numbers 18:11), which belonged to the firings of Jehovah, mentioned in ver. 1. To these the priest had a rightful claim; they were his due (מִשְׁפַט, mishpat, right). "This right was probably accorded to the priests as a compensation for the falling off which would take place in their incomes in consequence of the repeal of the law that every animal was to be slaughtered at the sanctuary as a sacrifice (Leviticus 17; vide Deuteronomy 12:15. sqq.)"(Keil). According to Josephus ('Antiq ,' 4:4, 4), Philo ('De Praemiis. Sacerdot.,' p. 832, Opp., tom. 2. p. 235, edit. Maugey), the Talmud, etc., this injunction relates to the slaying of animals at home for private use, and not such as were killed for sacrifice. But the use here of the sacrificial phraseology, who offer a sacrifice (זֹבְחֵי הַזֶּבַח, who slay victims for sacrifice - a phrase nowhere found except in connection with sacrificial rites) is adverse to this; and besides, how could such an enactment be carried out? How could people, residing at a distance, convey to the priests the portions due to them every time they slaughtered an animal for domestic use? At the same time, the sacrifices here referred to do not seem to be included in the offerings by fire above mentioned; and these gifts to the priest seem to have been something over and above his ordinary dues. There is probability, therefore, in the suggestion that "the reference is to the slaughtering of oxen, sheep, or goats, which were not intended for shelamim in the more limited sense, i.e. for one of the three species of peace offerings (Leviticus 7:15, 16), but for festal meals in the broader sense, which were held in connection with the sacrificial meals prepared from the shelamim" (Keil). Therefore shall they have none inheritance among their brethren,.... Neither of the field, nor of the vineyard, as the above Targum, because provision was made for them otherwise, and especially because

the Lord is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them; see Gill on Numbers 18:20, which as it may be understood in a spiritual sense of their interest in God, as their covenant God, and of their enjoyment of him, and communion with him; so chiefly in a temporal sense of all those things in the sacrifices which the Lord claimed to himself, and these he gave unto them; so the same Targum interprets this of the twenty four gifts of the priesthood, enumerated Numbers 18:1. 18:1-8 Care is taken that the priests entangle not themselves with the affairs of this life, nor enrich themselves with the wealth of this world; they have better things to mind. Care is likewise taken that they want not the comforts and conveniences of this life. The people must provide for them. He that has the benefit of solemn religious assemblies, ought to give help for the comfortable support of those that minister in such assemblies.
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