King James Version
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.
Darby Bible Translation
And I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.
World English Bible
I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.
Young's Literal Translation
and I take the Levites instead of every first-born among the sons of Israel:
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CommentaryGeneva Study Bible
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.Numbers 8:18 Parallel Commentaries
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called, rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.
And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.
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