Numbers 3:7
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New International Version
They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the tent of meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle.

New Living Translation
They will serve Aaron and the whole community, performing their sacred duties in and around the Tabernacle.

English Standard Version
They shall keep guard over him and over the whole congregation before the tent of meeting, as they minister at the tabernacle.

New American Standard Bible
"They shall perform the duties for him and for the whole congregation before the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.

King James Bible
And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are to perform duties for him and the entire community before the tent of meeting by attending to the service of the tabernacle.

International Standard Version
They are to take care of his needs and the needs of the whole congregation at the Tent of Meeting by performing duties at the tent.

NET Bible
They are responsible for his needs and the needs of the whole community before the tent of meeting, by attending to the service of the tabernacle.

New Heart English Bible
They shall keep his requirements, and the requirements of the whole congregation before the Tent of Meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They will work for him and the whole community in front of the tent of meeting, doing what needs to be done for the inner tent.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.

New American Standard 1977
“And they shall perform the duties for him and for the whole congregation before the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they shall keep his commandment and the commandment of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the testimony, to minister in the service of the tabernacle.

King James 2000 Bible
And they shall perform his duties, and the duties of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of meeting, to do the work of the tabernacle.

American King James Version
And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.

American Standard Version
And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And observe whatsoever appertaineth to the service of the multitude before the tabernacle of the testimony,

Darby Bible Translation
and they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole assembly, before the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.

English Revised Version
And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.

World English Bible
They shall keep his requirements, and the requirements of the whole congregation before the Tent of Meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.

Young's Literal Translation
and kept his charge, and the charge of all the company before the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle;
Study Bible
Duties of the Levites
6"Bring the tribe of Levi near and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him. 7"They shall perform the duties for him and for the whole congregation before the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle. 8"They shall also keep all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, along with the duties of the sons of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.…
Cross References
Leviticus 8:35
"At the doorway of the tent of meeting, moreover, you shall remain day and night for seven days and keep the charge of the LORD, so that you will not die, for so I have been commanded."

Numbers 1:50
"But you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, and over all its furnishings and over all that belongs to it. They shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings, and they shall take care of it; they shall also camp around the tabernacle.

Numbers 3:8
"They shall also keep all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, along with the duties of the sons of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.

Numbers 31:30
"From the sons of Israel's half, you shall take one drawn out of every fifty of the persons, of the cattle, of the donkeys and of the sheep, from all the animals, and give them to the Levites who keep charge of the tabernacle of the LORD."
Treasury of Scripture

And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.

keep

Numbers 3:32 And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be chief over the chief …

Numbers 8:26 But shall minister with their brothers in the tabernacle of the congregation, …

Numbers 31:30 And of the children of Israel's half, you shall take one portion …

1 Chronicles 23:28-32 Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service …

1 Chronicles 26:20,22,26 And of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasures of the house of …

to do the

Numbers 1:50 But you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, …

Numbers 8:11,15,24-26 And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for an offering …

(7) And they shall keep his charge.--The word rendered charge may mean the directions which the Levites should receive from Aaron (comp. Genesis 26:5); or--as seems more probable from the use of the same word in this and the following verse with reference to the congregation--it may refer to the charge which was laid upon Aaron and upon the whole congregation in matters pertaining to the public worship of God.

Verse 7. - They shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation. Septuagint, "shall keep his watches, and the watches of the children of Israel." The Levites were to be the servants of Aaron on the one side, and of the whole congregation on the other, in the performance of their religious duties. The complicated ceremonial now prescribed and set in use could not possibly be carried out by priests or people without the assistance of a large number of persons trained and devoted to the work. Compare St. Paul's words to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 4:5), "Ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation,.... The charge of Aaron and of all the people of Israel, which was to secure the sanctuary from being polluted or plundered: this the Levites were to be employed about, and thereby ease the high priest and the other priests, and the people, of what otherwise would have been incumbent on them:

before the tabernacle of the congregation; not within it, neither in the holy place, nor in the most holy place, where they might not enter, to do any service peculiar thereunto, but at the door of the tabernacle, and in the court of it, and in the rooms and chambers in it: and do the service of the tabernacle; not to offer sacrifices on the altar of the burnt offering, which stood in the court, and much less to burn incense on the altar of incense, and to him the lamps, and set on the shewbread in the holy place; and still less to enter into the most holy place, and do there what was to be done on the day of atonement; but to do all that is before observed, and to bring the people's offerings to the priest, and to assist in slaying them; and to keep all profane and polluted persons out of it, the tabernacle, as we find in later times; they were porters at it, and some of them were singers in it, and had the care of various things belonging to it: see 1 Chronicles 9:14. 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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