Numbers 3:11
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The LORD also said to Moses,

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And the LORD said to Moses,

English Standard Version
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

New American Standard Bible
Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD spoke to Moses: "

International Standard Version
Later, the LORD told Moses,

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Then the LORD spoke to Moses:

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The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD said to Moses,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:

New American Standard 1977
Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying,

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And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying,

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And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

American Standard Version
And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying,

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And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying :

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And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

English Revised Version
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

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And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

World English Bible
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,
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Duties of the Levites
10"So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons that they may keep their priesthood, but the layman who comes near shall be put to death." 11Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 12"Now, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the sons of Israel instead of every firstborn, the first issue of the womb among the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall be Mine.…
Cross References
Numbers 3:10
"So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons that they may keep their priesthood, but the layman who comes near shall be put to death."

Numbers 3:12
"Now, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the sons of Israel instead of every firstborn, the first issue of the womb among the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall be Mine.

Malachi 2:4
"Then you will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that My covenant may continue with Levi," says the LORD of hosts.
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And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

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And the Lord spake unto Moses,.... Continued to speak unto him, and give him the reason of his appointing the Levites to minister to the priests and serve the tabernacle:

saying: as follows. 11-13. I have taken the Levites, etc.—The consecration of this tribe did not originate in the legislative wisdom of Moses, but in the special appointment of God, who chose them as substitutes for the first-born. By an appointment made in memory of the last solemn judgment on Egypt (from which the Israelitish households were miraculously exempt) all the first-born were consecrated to God (Ex 13:12; 22:29), who thus, under peculiar circumstances, seemed to adopt the patriarchal usage of appointing the oldest to act as the priest of the family. But the privilege of redemption that was allowed the first-born opened the way for a change; and accordingly, on the full organization of the Mosaic economy, the administration of sacred things formerly committed to the first-born was transferred from them to the Levites, who received that honor partly as a tribute to Moses and Aaron, partly because this tribe had distinguished themselves by their zeal in the affair of the golden calf (Ex 32:29), and also because, being the smallest of the tribes, they could ill find suitable employment and support in the work. (See on [55]De 33:8). The designation of a special class for the sacred offices of religion was a wise arrangement; for, on their settlement in Canaan, the people would be so occupied that they might not be at leisure to wait on the service of the sanctuary, and sacred things might, from various causes, fall into neglect. But the appointment of an entire tribe to the divine service ensured the regular performance of the rites of religion. The subsequent portion of the chapter relates to the formal substitution of this tribe.

I am the Lord—that is, I decree it to be so; and being possessed of sovereign authority, I expect full obedience.3:1-13 There was much work belonging to the priests' office, and there were now only Aaron and his two sons to do it; God appoints the Levites to attend them. Those whom God finds work for, he will find help for. The Levites were taken instead of the first-born. When He that made us, saves us, as the first-born of Israel were saved, we are laid under further obligations to serve him faithfully. God's right to us by redemption, confirms the right he has to us by creation.
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