Deuteronomy 18:8
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New International Version
He is to share equally in their benefits, even though he has received money from the sale of family possessions.

New Living Translation
He may eat his share of the sacrifices and offerings, even if he also receives support from his family.

English Standard Version
then he may have equal portions to eat, besides what he receives from the sale of his patrimony.

New American Standard Bible
"They shall eat equal portions, except what they receive from the sale of their fathers' estates.

King James Bible
They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They will eat equal portions besides what he has received from the sale of the family estate."

International Standard Version
he may eat the same share as they do regardless of what he receives from his ancestral estate."

NET Bible
He must eat the same share they do, despite any profits he may gain from the sale of his family's inheritance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If he does, he'll get the same amount of food as they do, in addition to what he gets from selling his family's goods.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They shall have like portions to eat besides that which comes of the sale of his patrimony.

King James 2000 Bible
They shall have equal portions to eat, besides that which comes of the sale of his family possessions.

American King James Version
They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which comes of the sale of his patrimony.

American Standard Version
They shall have like portions to eat, besides that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall receive the same portion of food that the rest do: besides that which is due to him in his own city, by succession from his fathers.

Darby Bible Translation
they shall have like portions to eat, besides that which he hath sold of his patrimony.

English Revised Version
They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

Webster's Bible Translation
They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

World English Bible
They shall have like portions to eat, besides that which comes of the sale of his patrimony.

Young's Literal Translation
portion as portion they do eat, apart from his sold things, with the fathers.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They shall have like portions to eat,.... Equal parts of the sacrifices with the priests that usually ministered there; hence we learn, says Jarchi, that they divided the skins and flesh of the sin offerings; perhaps even such as did not come by virtue of the feast, as the daily sacrifices, and the additions of the sabbath, and the vows, and the freewill offerings:

beside that which cometh by the sale of his patrimony: for though the priests and Levites had no inheritance divided to them in the land, yet they might buy houses and fields, and leave them to their children, and this may be called their patrimony; now it was not reasonable that they should wholly live upon this, or spend what their fathers left them; but, besides the income of that, were to have their part and portion with their brethren in the sacrifices of the sanctuary. But some interpret these words in a different way, as if they had respect to the gifts and oblations in the several wards in which the priests ministered, as they were ordered by their fathers, Eleazar, Ithamar, Samuel, David, and Solomon; so the Targums of Onkelos, Jonathan, and Jarchi. In the times of Eleazar and Ithamar, there were only eight wards or courses, which ministered in their turns, but in the days of David they were divided into twenty four; See Gill on Luke 1:8; now the ordering and fixing these in their turns is called a vendition or sale; and these country priests might partake of all sacrifices at the feast, excepting those which belonged to him whose course it was that week.



Deuteronomy 18:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Provision for Priests and Levites
7then he shall serve in the name of the LORD his God, like all his fellow Levites who stand there before the LORD. 8"They shall eat equal portions, except what they receive from the sale of their fathers' estates.
Cross References
Leviticus 27:30
"'A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.

Numbers 18:21
"I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the tent of meeting.

Deuteronomy 18:7
he may minister in the name of the LORD his God like all his fellow Levites who serve there in the presence of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 31:4
He ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion due the priests and Levites so they could devote themselves to the Law of the LORD.

Nehemiah 12:44
At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, firstfruits and tithes. From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.
Treasury of Scripture

They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which comes of the sale of his patrimony.

like portions

Leviticus 7:8,9,14 And the priest that offers any man's burnt offering…

Nehemiah 12:44,47 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, …

Luke 10:7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as …

1 Corinthians 9:7-14 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? who plants a vineyard, …

1 Timothy 5:17,18 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, …

that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony [heb] his sales by the fathers.

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