Numbers 18:12
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"I give you all the finest olive oil and all the finest new wine and grain they give the LORD as the firstfruits of their harvest.

King James Bible
All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat, the firstfruits of them which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee.

Darby Bible Translation
All the best of the oil, and all the best of the new wine, and of the wheat, the firstfruits of them which they give to Jehovah, have I given thee.

World English Bible
"All the best of the oil, and all the best of the vintage, and of the grain, the first fruits of them which they give to Yahweh, to you have I given them.

Young's Literal Translation
all the best of the oil, and all the best of the new wine, and wheat -- their first -fruits which they give to Jehovah -- to thee I have given them.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi - may be joined unto thee - There is a fine paronomasia, or play upon words, in the original. לוי Levi comes from the root לוה lavah, to join to, couple, associate: hence Moses says, the Levites, ילוו yillavu, shall be joined, or associated with the priests; they shall conjointly perform the whole of the sacred office, but the priests shall be principal, the Levites only their associates or assistants.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

best of the oil

Numbers 18:29 Out of all your gifts you shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof...

The first fruits

Numbers 15:19-21 Then it shall be, that, when you eat of the bread of the land, you shall offer up an heave offering to the LORD...

Exodus 22:29 You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe fruits, and of your liquors: the firstborn of your sons shall you give to me.

Exodus 23:19 The first of the first fruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God...

Exodus 34:26 The first of the first fruits of your land you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God...

Leviticus 2:14 And if you offer a meat offering of your first fruits to the LORD...

Leviticus 23:17,20 You shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour...

Deuteronomy 18:4 The first fruit also of your corn, of your wine, and of your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep, shall you give him.

Deuteronomy 26:2 That you shall take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which you shall bring of your land that the LORD your God gives you...

Nehemiah 10:35-37 And to bring the first fruits of our ground, and the first fruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of the LORD...

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Service a Gift
... I have given your priest's office unto you as a service of gift.'--NUM. xviii. 7. All Christians are priests--to offer sacrifices, alms, especially prayers; to make God known to men. I. Our priesthood is a gift of God's love. We are apt to think of our duties as burdensome. They are an honour and a mark of God's grace. 1. They are His gift-- (a) The power to do. All capacities and possessions from Him. (b) The wish to do. 'Worketh in you to will.' (c) The right to do, through Christ. 2.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Numbers
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called,[1] 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

Cross References
Genesis 27:28
May God give you heaven's dew and earth's richness-- an abundance of grain and new wine.

Deuteronomy 18:3
This is the share due the priests from the people who sacrifice a bull or a sheep: the shoulder, the internal organs and the meat from the head.

Deuteronomy 18:4
You are to give them the firstfruits of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep,

Deuteronomy 32:14
with curds and milk from herd and flock and with fattened lambs and goats, with choice rams of Bashan and the finest kernels of wheat. You drank the foaming blood of the grape.

Psalm 81:16
But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."

Psalm 147:14
He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

Ezekiel 44:30
The best of all the firstfruits and of all your special gifts will belong to the priests. You are to give them the first portion of your ground meal so that a blessing may rest on your household.

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