New American Standard Bible
"But I have taken the Levites instead of every firstborn among the sons of Israel.
King James Bible
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:
Numbers 8:18 Parallel
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 every firstborn among the sons of Israel is Mine, among the men and among the animals; on the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself.
"I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the sons of Israel, to perform the service of the sons of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement on behalf of the sons of Israel, so that there will be no plague among the sons of Israel by their coming near to the sanctuary."
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