Deuteronomy 18:6
New International Version
If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he is living, and comes in all earnestness to the place the LORD will choose,

New Living Translation
"Suppose a Levite chooses to move from his town in Israel, wherever he is living, to the place the LORD chooses for worship.

English Standard Version
“And if a Levite comes from any of your towns out of all Israel, where he lives—and he may come when he desires—to the place that the LORD will choose,

Berean Study Bible
Now if a Levite moves from any town of residence throughout Israel and comes in all earnestness to the place the LORD will choose,

New American Standard Bible
"Now if a Levite comes from any of your towns throughout Israel where he resides, and comes whenever he desires to the place which the LORD chooses,

King James Bible
And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose;

Christian Standard Bible
When a Levite leaves one of your towns in Israel where he was staying and wants to go to the place the LORD chooses,

Contemporary English Version
Any Levite can leave his hometown, and go to the place where the LORD chooses to be worshiped,

Good News Translation
"Any Levite who wants to may come from any town in Israel to the one place of worship

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When a Levite leaves one of your towns where he lives in Israel and wants to go to the place the LORD chooses,

International Standard Version
"Any descendant of Levi who wishes to do so may come from any city or part of Israel where he resides to the place that the LORD will choose.

NET Bible
Suppose a Levite comes by his own free will from one of your villages, from any part of Israel where he is living, to the place the LORD chooses

New Heart English Bible
If a Levite comes from any of your gates out of all Israel, where he lives as a foreigner, and comes with all the desire of his soul to the place which the LORD shall choose;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A Levite from any of your cities in Israel may come from where he has been living to the place the LORD will choose. He may come as often as he wants

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourneth, and come with all the desire of his soul unto the place which the LORD shall choose;

New American Standard 1977
“Now if a Levite comes from any of your towns throughout Israel where he resides, and comes whenever he desires to the place which the LORD chooses,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when a Levite comes from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and comes with all the desire of his soul unto the place which the LORD shall choose,

King James 2000 Bible
And if a Levite come from any of your gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose;

American King James Version
And if a Levite come from any of your gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind to the place which the LORD shall choose;

American Standard Version
And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourneth, and come with all the desire of his soul unto the place which Jehovah shall choose;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And if a Levite come from one of the cities of all the children of Israel, where he himself dwells, accordingly as his mind desires, to the place which he shall have chosen,

Douay-Rheims Bible
If a Levite go out of any one of the cities throughout all Israel, in which he dwelleth, and have a longing mind to come to the place which the Lord shall choose,

Darby Bible Translation
And if the Levite shall come from one of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourneth, and shall come according to all the desire of his soul unto the place which Jehovah will choose,

English Revised Version
And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourneth, and come with all the desire of his soul unto the place which the LORD shall choose;

Webster's Bible Translation
And if a Levite shall come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind to the place which the LORD shall choose;

World English Bible
If a Levite comes from any of your gates out of all Israel, where he lives as a foreigner, and comes with all the desire of his soul to the place which Yahweh shall choose;

Young's Literal Translation
'And when the Levite cometh from one of thy cities out of all Israel, where he hath sojourned, and hath come with all the desire of his soul unto the place which Jehovah doth choose,
Study Bible
Provision for Priests and Levites
5For the LORD your God has chosen Levi and his sons out of all your tribes to stand and minister in His name for all time. 6Now if a Levite moves from any town of residence throughout Israel and comes in all earnestness to the place the LORD will choose, 7then he shall serve in the name of the LORD his God like all his fellow Levites who stand there before the LORD.…
Cross References
Numbers 35:2
"Command the Israelites to give, from the inheritance they will possess, cities for the Levites to live in and pasturelands around the cities.

Numbers 35:3
The cities will be for them to live in, and the pasturelands will be for their herds, flocks, and all their other livestock.

Deuteronomy 12:11
then the LORD your God will choose a dwelling for His Name. And there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice offerings you vow to the LORD.

Deuteronomy 18:7
then he shall serve in the name of the LORD his God like all his fellow Levites who stand there before the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

And if a Levite come from any of your gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind to the place which the LORD shall choose;

come

Numbers 35:2,3
Command the children of Israel, that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in; and ye shall give also unto the Levites suburbs for the cities round about them…

and come with

Psalm 26:8
LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

Psalm 27:4
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 63:1,2
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; …

unto the place







Lexicon
Now if
וְכִֽי־ (wə·ḵî-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

a Levite
הַלֵּוִ֜י (hal·lê·wî)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3881: Levites -- descendant of Levi

moves
יָבֹ֨א (yā·ḇō)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

from any
מֵאַחַ֤ד (mê·’a·ḥaḏ)
Preposition-m | Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

town
שְׁעָרֶ֙יךָ֙ (šə·‘ā·re·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8179: An opening, door, gate

of residence
גָּ֣ר (gār)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1481: To turn aside from the road, sojourn, to shrink, fear, to gather for, hostility

throughout
שָׁ֑ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither

Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

and comes
וּבָא֙ (ū·ḇā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

in all
בְּכָל־ (bə·ḵāl)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

earnestness
אַוַּ֣ת (’aw·waṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 185: Longing

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the place
הַמָּק֖וֹם (ham·mā·qō·wm)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

the LORD
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

will choose,
יִבְחַ֥ר (yiḇ·ḥar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 977: To try, select
(6-8) And if a Levite come.--The Levites with the priests were to receive forty-eight cities in Israel, with the suburbs (Numbers 35:7). There was as yet no provision made by which all could serve in turn at the tabernacle. When David divided them all into courses, priests, Levites, singers (and porters?) alike, there was no longer any need for this provision. The institutions of David prove its antiquity. The only case in history that illustrates it is that of the child Samuel. His father, Elkanah, was a descendant of Korah. He dwelt in Mount Ephraim, and came up to Shiloh year by year. But Samuel was dedicated by his mother to perpetual service there, and as long as the tabernacle continued in Shiloh, the child Samuel "ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest"--not as a priest, but as a Levite in attendance upon the priests.

Verses 6-8. - Only a portion of the Levites were engaged in the service of the sanctuary; the rest lived in their towns throughout the country. It might happen, however, that a Levite, moved by pious feeling, would come to the place of the sanctuary to worship there; and it is prescribed that such a one should fare as his brethren the Levites engaged in the service of the sanctuary fared; he should minister along with them, and share with them in the gifts of the worshippers; and this in addition to any private means he might have from the sale of his patrimony. Where he sojourned. The Levite, though not homeless, was regarded as only a sojourner in the land, inasmuch as the tribe had no inheritance (נַחֲלָח) there. They shall have like portions to eat; literally, they shall eat portion as portion, i.e. share and share alike. That which cometh of the sale of his patrimony; literally, his price upon [the house] of [his] fathers, i.e. the produce of the sale effected on the house he inherited from his ancestry (cf. Leviticus 25:33). 18:1-8 Care is taken that the priests entangle not themselves with the affairs of this life, nor enrich themselves with the wealth of this world; they have better things to mind. Care is likewise taken that they want not the comforts and conveniences of this life. The people must provide for them. He that has the benefit of solemn religious assemblies, ought to give help for the comfortable support of those that minister in such assemblies.
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