Numbers 8:24
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English Standard Version
“This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall come to do duty in the service of the tent of meeting.

King James Bible
This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:

American Standard Version
This is that which belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service in the work of the tent of meeting:

Douay-Rheims Bible
This is the law of the Levites: From twenty-five years old and upwards, they shall go in to minister in the tabernacle of the covenant.

English Revised Version
This is that which belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service in the work of the tent of meeting:

Webster's Bible Translation
This is it that belongeth to the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:

Numbers 8:24 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The Levites were then to close this transfer of themselves to the Lord with a sin-offering and burnt-offering, in which they laid their hands upon the sacrificial animals. By this imposition of hands they made the sacrificial animals their representatives, in which they presented their own bodies to the Lord as a living sacrifice well-pleasing to Him. The signification of the dedication of the Levites, as here enjoined, is still further explained in Numbers 8:13-19. The meaning of Numbers 8:13. is this: According to the command already given (in Numbers 8:6-12), thou shalt place the Levites before Aaron and his sons, and wave them as a wave-offering before the Lord, and so separate them from the midst of the children of Israel, that they may be Mine. They shall then come to serve the tabernacle. So shalt thou cleanse them and wave them. The same reason is assigned for this in Numbers 8:16, Numbers 8:17, as in Numbers 3:11-13 (כּל בּכור for כּל־בּכור, cf. Numbers 3:13); and in Numbers 8:18 and Numbers 8:19, what was commanded in Numbers 3:6-9 is described as having been carried out. On Numbers 8:19 see Numbers 1:53.

Numbers 8:24 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

from twenty. In Ch.

Numbers 4:3 From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host...

, the Levites are appointed to the service of the tabernacle at the age of

30 years; and in

1 Chronicles 23:24 These were the sons of Levi after the house of their fathers; even the chief of the fathers...

, they are ordered to commence their work at

20 years of age. In order to reconcile this apparent discrepancy, it is to be observed,

1. At the time of which Moses speaks in ch

1 Chronicles 4:3 And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi:

, the Levitical service was exceedingly severe, and consequently required full grown, robust men, to perform it; the age of

30 was therefore appointed as the period for commencing this service, the weightier part of which was probably there intended.

2. In this place God seems to speak of the service in a general way; hence the age of

1 Chronicles 4:25 Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son.

is fixed.

3. In David's time, and afterwards, in the fixed tabernacle and temple, the labouriousness of the service no longer existed, and hence

20 years was the age appointed.

Numbers 4:3,23 From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host...

1 Chronicles 23:3,24-27 Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man...

1 Chronicles 28:12,13 And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about...

wait upon. Heb. war the warfare of

1 Corinthians 9:7 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...

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on you...

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called...

2 Timothy 2:3-5 You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ...

Cross References
Numbers 1:53
But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the people of Israel. And the Levites shall keep guard over the tabernacle of the testimony."

Numbers 4:3
from thirty years old up to fifty years old, all who can come on duty, to do the work in the tent of meeting.

Numbers 4:30
From thirty years old up to fifty years old, you shall list them, everyone who can come on duty, to do the service of the tent of meeting.

Numbers 4:43
from thirty years old up to fifty years old, everyone who could come on duty, for service in the tent of meeting--

Numbers 8:23
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Numbers 8:25
And from the age of fifty years they shall withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more.

1 Chronicles 23:3
The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were numbered, and the total was 38,000 men.

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