Deuteronomy 12:19
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New International Version
Be careful not to neglect the Levites as long as you live in your land.

King James Bible
Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite all the days thou shalt be in thy land.

World English Bible
Take heed to yourself that you don't forsake the Levite as long as you live in your land.

Young's Literal Translation
take heed to thee lest thou forsake the Levite all thy days on thy ground.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Forsake not the Levite - These had no inheritance, and were to live by the sanctuary: if therefore the offerings were withheld by which the Levites were supported, they of course must perish. Those who have devoted themselves to the service of God in ministering to the salvation of the souls of men, should certainly be furnished at least with all the necessaries of life. Those who withhold this from them sin against their own mercies, and that ordinance of God by which a ministry is established for the salvation of souls.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Deuteronomy 14:27-29 And the Levite that is within your gates; you shall not forsake him; for he has no part nor inheritance with you...

2 Chronicles 11:13,14 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts...

2 Chronicles 31:4-21 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelled in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites...

Nehemiah 10:34-39 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God...

1 Corinthians 9:10-14 Or said he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that plows should plow in hope...

as long [heb] all thy days.

Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which you shall observe to do in the land...

The Eating of the Peace-Offering
'But thou must eat them before the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.'--DEUT. xii. 18. There were three bloody sacrifices, the sin-offering, the burnt- offering, and the peace-offering. In all three expiation was the first idea, but in the second of them the act
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The King --Continued.
The second event recorded as important in the bright early years is the great promise of the perpetuity of the kingdom in David's house. As soon as the king was firmly established and free from war, he remembered the ancient word which said, "When He giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety, then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause His name to dwell there" (Deut. xii. 10, 11). His own ease rebukes him; he regards his tranquillity
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:12
And there rejoice before the LORD your God--you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns who have no allotment or inheritance of their own.

Deuteronomy 14:27
And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.

Nehemiah 13:10
I also learned that the portions assigned to the Levites had not been given to them, and that all the Levites and musicians responsible for the service had gone back to their own fields.

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