Deuteronomy 18:8
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English Standard Version
then he may have equal portions to eat, besides what he receives from the sale of his patrimony.

King James Bible
They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

American Standard Version
They shall have like portions to eat, besides that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall receive the same portion of food that the rest do: besides that which is due to him in his own city, by succession from his fathers.

English Revised Version
They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

Webster's Bible Translation
They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The Rights of the Priests and Levites. - With reference to these, Moses repeats verbatim from Numbers 18:20, Numbers 18:23-24, the essential part of the rule laid down in Numbers 18:"The priests the Levites, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel." "All the tribe of Levi" includes the priests and Levites. They were to eat the "firings of Jehovah and His inheritance," as described in detail in Numbers 18. The inheritance of Jehovah consisted of the holy gifts as well as the sacrifices, i.e., the tithes, firstlings, and first-fruits. Moses felt it to be superfluous to enumerate these gifts one by one from the previous laws, and also to describe the mode of their application, or define how much belonged to the priests and how much to the Levites. However true it may be that the author assigns all these gifts to the Levites generally, the conclusion drawn from this, viz., that he was not acquainted with any distinction between priests and Levites, but placed the Levites entirely on a par with the priests, is quite a false one. For, apart from the evident distinction between the priests and Levites in Deuteronomy 18:1, where there would be no meaning in the clause, "all the tribe of Levi," if the Levites were identical with the priests, the distinction is recognised and asserted as clearly as possible in what follows, when a portion of the slain-offerings is allotted to the priests in Deuteronomy 18:3-5, whilst in Deuteronomy 18:6-8 the Levite is allowed to join in eating the altar gifts, if he come to the place of the sanctuary and perform service there. The repetition in Deuteronomy 18:2 is an emphatic confirmation: "As He hath said unto them:" as in Deuteronomy 10:9.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

like portions

Leviticus 7:8,9,14 And the priest that offers any man's burnt offering...

Nehemiah 12:44,47 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the first fruits, and for the tithes...

Luke 10:7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire...

1 Corinthians 9:7-14 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? who plants a vineyard, and eats not of the fruit thereof? or who feeds a flock...

1 Timothy 5:17,18 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine...

that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony [heb] his sales by the fathers.

Cross References
Leviticus 27:30
"Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the LORD's; it is holy to the LORD.

Numbers 18:21
"To the Levites I have given every tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service that they do, their service in the tent of meeting,

Deuteronomy 18:7
and ministers in the name of the LORD his God, like all his fellow Levites who stand to minister there before the LORD,

2 Chronicles 31:4
And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the LORD.

Nehemiah 12:44
On that day men were appointed over the storerooms, the contributions, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them the portions required by the Law for the priests and for the Levites according to the fields of the towns, for Judah rejoiced over the priests and the Levites who ministered.

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