Deuteronomy 31:25
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New International Version
he gave this command to the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD:

New Living Translation
he gave this command to the Levites who carried the Ark of the LORD's Covenant:

English Standard Version
Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD,

New American Standard Bible
that Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,

King James Bible
That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
he commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the LORD's covenant, "

International Standard Version
he gave this charge to the descendants of Levi who carried the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD:

NET Bible
he commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the LORD's covenant,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He gave this command to the Levites who carried the ark of the LORD's promise:

Jubilee Bible 2000
that Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
That Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,

American King James Version
That Moses commanded the Levites, which bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,

American Standard Version
that Moses commanded the Levites, that bare the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
He commanded the Levites, who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord. saying:

Darby Bible Translation
that Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, saying,

English Revised Version
that Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
That Moses commanded the Levites who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,

World English Bible
that Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
that Moses commandeth the Levites bearing the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, saying,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

31:23-30 The solemn delivery of the book of the law to the Levites, to be deposited in, or rather by the side, of the ark, is again related. The song which follows in the next chapter is delivered to Moses, and by him to the people. He wrote it first, as the Holy Spirit taught him; and then spake it in the hearing of all the people. Moses tells them plainly, I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves. Many a sad thought, no doubt, it occasioned to this good man; but his comfort was, that he had done his duty, and that God would be glorified in their dispersion, if not in their settlement, for the foundation of God stands sure.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - The Levites, which bare the ark; i.e. the priests whose business it was to guard and to carry the ark of the covenant; "the priests the sons of Levi," as in ver. 9. According to Numbers 4:4, etc., it was the Kohathites who carried the ark on the journey through the desert; but they seem merely to have acted in this respect as the servants or helpers of the priests, who alone might touch the ark, and by whom it was carefully wrapped up before it was handed to the Kohathites. On special occasions the priests themselves carried the ark (cf. Joshua 3:3, etc.; Joshua 4:9, 10; 6:6, 12; 8:33; 1 Kings 8:3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That Moses commanded the Levites,.... These were not the common Levites, but the priests who were also Levites, to whom the law was given, Deuteronomy 31:9; and none but they might touch the ark, or go so near it as, they are bid to do, to put the law on the side of it; so Aben Ezra; it follows:

which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord; as the priests are said to do; see Gill on Deuteronomy 31:9; for though in journeying the Kohathites carried it, yet not until it was covered by the priests, for they must not touch it; as these must do when they put the law on the side of it, as they are ordered in Deuteronomy 31:26.

saying; as follows.



Deuteronomy 31:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Law Placed in the Ark
24It came about, when Moses finished writing the words of this law in a book until they were complete, 25that Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, 26"Take this book of the law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may remain there as a witness against you.…
Cross References
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.

Deuteronomy 31:24
After Moses finished writing in a book the words of this law from beginning to end,

Deuteronomy 31:26
"Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God. There it will remain as a witness against you.
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