Numbers 8:6
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New International Version
"Take the Levites from among all the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.

New Living Translation
"Now set the Levites apart from the rest of the people of Israel and make them ceremonially clean.

English Standard Version
“Take the Levites from among the people of Israel and cleanse them.

New American Standard Bible
"Take the Levites from among the sons of Israel and cleanse them.

King James Bible
Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

Christian Standard Bible
"Take the Levites from among the Israelites and ceremonially cleanse them.

Contemporary English Version
The Levites must be acceptable to me before they begin working at the sacred tent. So separate them from the rest of the Israelites

Good News Translation
"Separate the Levites from the rest of the people of Israel and purify them

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Take the Levites from among the Israelites and ceremonially cleanse them.

International Standard Version
"Take the descendants of Levi from the Israelis and purify them.

NET Bible
"Take the Levites from among the Israelites and purify them.

New Heart English Bible
"Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Separate the Levites from the rest of the Israelites, and make them clean.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

New American Standard 1977
“Take the Levites from among the sons of Israel and cleanse them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take the Levites from among the sons of Israel, and cleanse them.

King James 2000 Bible
Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

American King James Version
Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

American Standard Version
Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take the Levites out of the midst of the children of Israel, and thou shalt purify them,

Darby Bible Translation
Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

English Revised Version
Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

World English Bible
"Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

Young's Literal Translation
'Take the Levites from the midst of the sons of Israel, and thou hast cleansed them.
Study Bible
Cleansing the Levites
5Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 6"Take the Levites from among the sons of Israel and cleanse them. 7"Thus you shall do to them, for their cleansing: sprinkle purifying water on them, and let them use a razor over their whole body and wash their clothes, and they will be clean.…
Cross References
Numbers 3:6
"Bring the tribe of Levi near and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him.

Numbers 8:5
Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

2 Chronicles 29:11
"My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burn incense."

Isaiah 52:11
Depart, depart, go out from there, Touch nothing unclean; Go out of the midst of her, purify yourselves, You who carry the vessels of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

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Exodus 19:15 And he said to the people, Be ready against the third day: come not …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

Verse 6. - And cleanse them. Before they actually entered upon their new duties they were to be solemnly hallowed. This hallowing, however, is not called קַדֵּשׁ, as is that of the priests (Exodus 29:1), but טַהֵר, cleansing. There was in their case no ceremonial washing, no vesting in sacred garments, no anointing with holy oil, or sprinkling with the blood of sacrifices. The Levites, in fact, remained simply representatives of the congregation, whereas the priests were representatives also of Christ. Take the Levites from among the children of Israel,.... Among whom they were mixed, as were all the tribes mixed together as Aben Ezra says, before they took their journey from Mount Sinai; however, from hence forward, they were distinguished from Israelites, as they are both in Scripture and in Jewish writings; see 1 Chronicles 9:2; though this seems to design no other but their appointment and separation to their work and service, as ministers to the priests of the Lord; and so as Aaron did not assume the honour of priesthood to himself but was called of God, the Levites did not take the honour of their office to themselves but had it by the appointment and call of God:

and cleanse them; with water, by sprinkling the water of purification on them, and by washing their bodies and clothes with water; which outward washing was a sign of moral purity, which was necessary to their employment in the service of the sanctuary; for though there was no particular uncleanness on them, either ceremonial or moral, but what was common to men; yet it was proper, by such outward rites, to put them and others in mind, that they which are employed about holy things should be eminently pure and holy; and as their business was to carry holy things, to bear the sacred vessels of the sanctuary from place to place when needful, they ought of all men to be clean, Isaiah 52:11, and in this they were emblems of the ministers of the word, who ought to be pure, as in heart, so in life and conversation, and be examples of purity to others, 2 Corinthians 6:6. 6, 7. Take the Levites … and cleanse them—This passage describes the consecration of the Levites. Although the tribe was to be devoted to the divine service, their hereditary descent alone was not a sufficient qualification for entering on the duties of the sacred office. They were to be set apart by a special ceremony, which, however, was much simpler than that appointed for the priests; neither washing nor anointing, nor investiture with official robes, was necessary. Their purification consisted, along with the offering of the requisite sacrifices (Le 1:4; 3:2; 4:4), in being sprinkled by water mixed with the ashes of a red heifer (Nu 19:9), and shaved all over, and their clothes washed—a combination of symbolical acts which was intended to remind them of the mortification of carnal and worldly desires, and the maintenance of that purity in heart and life which became the servants of God.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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