Ezra 6:18
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New International Version
And they installed the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their groups for the service of God at Jerusalem, according to what is written in the Book of Moses.

King James Bible
And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.

Darby Bible Translation
And they set the priests in their classes, and the Levites in their divisions, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem: as it is written in the book of Moses.

World English Bible
They set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.

Young's Literal Translation
and they have established the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, over the service of God that is in Jerusalem, as it is written in the book of Moses.

Ezra 6:18 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And they set the priests - With this verse the Chaldee or Aramitic part of this chapter ends.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the priests

1 Chronicles 23:1-26:32 So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel...

2 Chronicles 35:4,5 And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel...

as it is written. Chal. according to the writing

Numbers 3:6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him.

Numbers 8:9 And you shall bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the congregation...

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God the Joy-Bringer
'They kept the feast ... seven days with joy; for the Lord had made them joyful.'--EZRA vi. 22. Twenty years of hard work and many disappointments and dangers had at last, for the Israelites returning from the captivity, been crowned by the completion of the Temple. It was a poor affair as compared with the magnificent house that had stood upon Zion; and so some of them 'despised the day of small things.' They were ringed about by enemies; they were feeble in themselves; there was a great deal to
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The "Fraternity" of Pharisees
To realise the state of religious society at the time of our Lord, the fact that the Pharisees were a regular "order," and that there were many such "fraternities," in great measure the outcome of the original Pharisees, must always be kept in view. For the New Testament simply transports us among contemporary scenes and actors, taking the then existent state of things, so to speak, for granted. But the fact referred to explains many seemingly strange circumstances, and casts fresh light upon all.
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Ezra-Nehemiah
Some of the most complicated problems in Hebrew history as well as in the literary criticism of the Old Testament gather about the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Apart from these books, all that we know of the origin and early history of Judaism is inferential. They are our only historical sources for that period; and if in them we have, as we seem to have, authentic memoirs, fragmentary though they be, written by the two men who, more than any other, gave permanent shape and direction to Judaism, then
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Numbers 3:6
"Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him.

Numbers 8:9
Bring the Levites to the front of the tent of meeting and assemble the whole Israelite community.

1 Chronicles 23:6
David separated the Levites into divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

1 Chronicles 24:1
These were the divisions of the descendants of Aaron: The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

2 Chronicles 35:5
"Stand in the holy place with a group of Levites for each subdivision of the families of your fellow Israelites, the lay people.

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