Numbers 8:18
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New International Version
And I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons in Israel.

King James Bible
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

World English Bible
I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and I take the Levites instead of every first-born among the sons of Israel:

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For all the first-born - are mine - See the manner of redeeming the first-born, Numbers 18:6.

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Numbers 8:17 "For every firstborn among the sons of Israel is Mine, among the men and among the animals; on the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself.

Numbers 8:19 "I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the sons of Israel, to perform the service of the sons of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement on behalf of the sons of Israel, so that there will be no plague among the sons of Israel by their coming near to the sanctuary."

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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 8:17
Every firstborn male in Israel, whether human or animal, is mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set them apart for myself.

Numbers 8:19
From among all the Israelites, I have given the Levites as gifts to Aaron and his sons to do the work at the tent of meeting on behalf of the Israelites and to make atonement for them so that no plague will strike the Israelites when they go near the sanctuary."

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