Numbers 8:18
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New International Version
And I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons in Israel.

New Living Translation
Yes, I have claimed the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons of Israel.

English Standard Version
and I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the people of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
"But I have taken the Levites instead of every firstborn among the sons of Israel.

King James Bible
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

Christian Standard Bible
But I have taken the Levites in place of every firstborn among the Israelites.

Contemporary English Version
But now I have chosen these Levites as substitutes for the first-born sons,

Good News Translation
I am now taking the Levites instead of all the first-born of the Israelites,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I have taken the Levites in place of every firstborn among the Israelites.

International Standard Version
taking the descendants of Levi instead of every firstborn of the Israelis.

NET Bible
So I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn sons among the Israelites.

New Heart English Bible
I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I have taken the Levites as substitutes for all the firstborn sons of the Israelites.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I have taken the Levites instead of all the first-born among the children of Israel.

New American Standard 1977
“But I have taken the Levites instead of every first-born among the sons of Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the sons of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

American King James Version
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

American Standard Version
And I have taken the Levites instead of all the first-born among the children of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel:

Darby Bible Translation
And I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

English Revised Version
And I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I have taken the Levites for all the first-born of the children of Israel.

World English Bible
I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and I take the Levites instead of every first-born among the sons of Israel:
Study Bible
Cleansing the Levites
17"For every firstborn among the sons of Israel is Mine, among the men and among the animals; on the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself. 18"But I have taken the Levites instead of every firstborn among the sons of Israel. 19"I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the sons of Israel, to perform the service of the sons of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement on behalf of the sons of Israel, so that there will be no plague among the sons of Israel by their coming near to the sanctuary."…
Cross References
Numbers 8:17
"For every firstborn among the sons of Israel is Mine, among the men and among the animals; on the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself.

Numbers 8:19
"I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the sons of Israel, to perform the service of the sons of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement on behalf of the sons of Israel, so that there will be no plague among the sons of Israel by their coming near to the sanctuary."
Treasury of Scripture

And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel. Gave up his right in the firstborn, and instead of them took the Levites for his use and service: see Numbers 3:12. 8:5-26 Here we have directions for the solemn ordination of the Levites. All Israel must know that they took not this honour to themselves, but were called of God to it; nor was it enough that they were distinguished from others. All who are employed for God, must be dedicated to him, according to the employment. Christians must be baptized, ministers must be ordained; we must first give ourselves unto the Lord, and then our services. The Levites must be cleansed. They must be clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. Moses must sprinkle the water of purifying upon them. This signifies the application of the blood of Christ to our souls by faith, that we may be fit to serve the living God. God declares his acceptance of them. All who expect to share in the privileges of the tabernacle, must resolve to do the service of the tabernacle. As, on the one hand, none of God's creatures are his necessary servants, he needs not the service of any of them; so none are merely honorary servants, to do nothing. All whom God owns, he employs; angels themselves have their services.
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