Numbers 26:61
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New International Version
But Nadab and Abihu died when they made an offering before the LORD with unauthorized fire.)

King James Bible
And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD.

Darby Bible Translation
And Nadab and Abihu died, when they presented strange fire before Jehovah.

World English Bible
Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and Nadab dieth -- Abihu also -- in their bringing near strange fire before Jehovah.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The land shall be divided by lot - The word גורל goral, translated lot, is supposed by some to signify the stone or pebble formerly used for the purpose of what we term casting lots. The word hlot is Anglo-Saxon, from to divide, or portion out, i. e., fortuitously: it answers to the Greek κληρος, which some think comes from κλαω to break; because the lot, being a sort of appeal to God, ("The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord," Proverbs 16:33), broke off all contentions and litigations relative to the matter in dispute. From this original division of the promised land by lot to the children of Israel, all portions, appointments, offices, shares, or divisions in spiritual and ecclesiastical matters, were termed lots. So in the New Testament, the word κληρος, lot, is used to signify a portion of spiritual blessedness, and κληρονομια, a division by lot, an inheritance; and κληροι, the lotted or appointed persons to different works, shares, etc.; hence our word clergy, κληροι, persons appointed by lot to a lot, portion, or inheritance; see the case of Matthias, Acts 1:26. Persons thus appointed were by accommodation termed inheritors, because originally, when there could be no claims of exclusive right, all lands where a wandering tribe chose to take up its residence were divided by lot, as the promised land in the case before us. So Judah says to Simeon his brother, Judges 1:3 : "Come up with me into my lot." And as God was ever supposed to be the whole disposer in such matters, whatever fell out in the course of God's providence was called a lot. "This is the lot of them that rob us;" Isaiah 17:14. "Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter;" Acts 8:21. A lot in the promised land was evidently typical of a place in eternal glory. "That they may receive forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance (κληρον, a lot) among them that are sanctified;" Acts 26:18. "Who hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance, κληρου, of the lot) of the saints in light;" Colossians 1:12. "Which is the earnest of our inheritance, (κληρονομιας, of our allotted portion;") Ephesians 1:4. "What is the riches of the glory of his inheritance," (κληρονομιας, allotted portion); Ephesians 1:18. As therefore the promised land was divided by lot to the believing Israelites, God determining the lot as he saw good, none of the people having any claim on or right to it; so the kingdom of heaven is a lot given by the mere good will of God to them that believe and obey him; for as unbelief and disobedience threw 600,000 people out of the inheritance of the promised land; so none who disbelieve God's word, and rebel against his authority, shall ever enter into the kingdom of heaven - See Ainsworth. These things happened unto them for examples: see then, reader, that thou fall not after the same example of unbelief.

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Numbers 1:49 Only you shall not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:

Numbers 3:39 All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families...

Numbers 4:27,48 At the appointment of Aaron and his sons shall be all the service of the sons of the Gershonites, in all their burdens...

Numbers 18:20-24 And the LORD spoke to Aaron, You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any part among them...

Numbers 35:2-8 Command the children of Israel, that they give to the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in...

Deuteronomy 10:9 Why Levi has no part nor inheritance with his brothers; the LORD is his inheritance, according as the LORD your God promised him.

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...

Deuteronomy 18:1,2 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel...

Joshua 13:14,33 Only to the tribes of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices of the LORD God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance...

Joshua 14:3 For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe on the other side Jordan...

they were not

Numbers 1:49 Only you shall not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:

because

Numbers 18:20-24 And the LORD spoke to Aaron, You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any part among them...

Numbers 35:2-8 Command the children of Israel, that they give to the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in...

Deuteronomy 10:9 Why Levi has no part nor inheritance with his brothers; the LORD is his inheritance, according as the LORD your God promised him.

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...

Deuteronomy 18:1,2 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel...

Joshua 13:14,33 Only to the tribes of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices of the LORD God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance...

Joshua 14:3 For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe on the other side Jordan...

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The Census of Israel
Thirty-eight years had passed away since the first numbering at Sinai, and the people had come to the borders of the Promised Land; for they were in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho. The time had come for another census. The wisdom which commanded the counting of Israel at the beginning of the wilderness journey, also determined to count them at the end of it. This would show that he did not value them less than in former years; it would afford proof that his word of judgment had been fulfilled
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891

Cross References
Exodus 6:23
Aaron married Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

Leviticus 10:1
Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command.

Leviticus 10:2
So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

Numbers 3:4
Nadab and Abihu, however, died before the LORD when they made an offering with unauthorized fire before him in the Desert of Sinai. They had no sons, so Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests during the lifetime of their father Aaron.

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