English Standard Version
And from the age of fifty years they shall withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more.
King James Bible
And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more:
American Standard Version
and from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the work, and shall serve no more,
And when they shall have accomplished the fiftieth year of their age, they shall cease to serve:
English Revised Version
and from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the work, and shall serve no more;
Webster's Bible Translation
And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service of it, and shall serve no more:
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CommentaryKeil 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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
cease waiting upon the service thereof. Heb. return from the warfare of the service
the Levites, above fifty years of age, might superintend and assist their junior brethren in the ordinary offices, and give them and the people counsel and instruction; but they were exempted from carrying the tabernacle and from other laborious services. It is remarkable, that no law was made concerning the age at which the priests should begin to officiate, and though various blemishes disqualified them for the service of the sanctuary, yet they continued their ministrations till death, if capable. On the other hand, nothing is said concerning any bodily defects or blemishes disqualifying the Levites; but the time of their service is expressly settled. Their work was far more laborious than that of the Priests; it is therefore likely that the priests would not begin very early to officiate; and the wisdom and experience of age would increase, rather than diminish, their fitness for the sacred duties of their office.
"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.
They minister to their brothers in the tent of meeting by keeping guard, but they shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites in assigning their duties."
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