Numbers 8:14
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New International Version
In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.

King James Bible
Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, that the Levites may be mine.

World English Bible
Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine.

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast separated the Levites from the midst of the sons of Israel, and the Levites have become Mine;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Shall put their hands upon the Levites - It has been argued from this that the congregation had a part in the appointment of their own ministers, and that this was done by the imposition of hands. However that may be, it appears that what was done on this occasion meant no more than that the people gave up this whole tribe to God in place of their firstborn; and that by this act they bound themselves to provide for them who, because of their sacred service, could follow no secular work. And surely it was right, that they who served the altar should live by the altar. The ministers of God perform offices for the people which the people cannot perform for themselves; and nothing can be more reasonable than that the people should give them the necessaries and comforts of life while they are thus employed in their behalf.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Numbers 6:2 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite...

Deuteronomy 10:8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD...

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God,

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

and the Levites

Numbers 8:17 For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast...

Numbers 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle...

Numbers 16:9,10 Seems it but a small thing to you, that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel...

Numbers 18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD...

Malachi 3:17 And they shall be mine, said the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them...

Our Lord's Prayer for his People's Sanctification
In this wonderful prayer, our Lord, as our great High Priest, appears to enter upon that perpetual office of intercession which he is now exercising at the right hand of the Father. Our Lord ever seemed, in the eagerness of his love, to be anticipating his work. Before he was set apart for his life-work, by the descent of the Holy Ghost upon him, he must needs be about his Father's business; before he finally suffered at the hands of cruel men, he had a baptism to be baptized with, and he was straitened
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 32: 1886

Cross References
Numbers 3:12
"I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine,

Numbers 8:13
Have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and then present them as a wave offering to the LORD.

Numbers 16:9
Isn't it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the LORD's tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them?

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