Numbers 8:24
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New International Version
"This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the tent of meeting,

King James Bible
This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:

Darby Bible Translation
This is that which concerneth the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward shall he come to labour in the work of the service of the tent of meeting.

World English Bible
"This is that which belongs to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall go in to wait on the service in the work of the Tent of Meeting;

Young's Literal Translation
This is that which is the Levites': from a son of five and twenty years and upward he doth go in to serve the host in the service of the tent of meeting,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

From twenty and five years old - See the note on Numbers 4:3, where the two terms of twenty-five and thirty years are reconciled.

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from twenty. In Ch.

Numbers 4:3 From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host...

, the Levites are appointed to the service of the tabernacle at the age of

30 years; and in

1 Chronicles 23:24 These were the sons of Levi after the house of their fathers; even the chief of the fathers...

, they are ordered to commence their work at

20 years of age. In order to reconcile this apparent discrepancy, it is to be observed,

1. At the time of which Moses speaks in ch

1 Chronicles 4:3 And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi:

, the Levitical service was exceedingly severe, and consequently required full grown, robust men, to perform it; the age of

30 was therefore appointed as the period for commencing this service, the weightier part of which was probably there intended.

2. In this place God seems to speak of the service in a general way; hence the age of

1 Chronicles 4:25 Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son.

is fixed.

3. In David's time, and afterwards, in the fixed tabernacle and temple, the labouriousness of the service no longer existed, and hence

20 years was the age appointed.

Numbers 4:3,23 From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host...

1 Chronicles 23:3,24-27 Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man...

1 Chronicles 28:12,13 And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about...

wait upon. Heb. war the warfare of

1 Corinthians 9:7 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? who plants a vineyard, and eats not of the fruit thereof? or who feeds a flock...

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on you...

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called...

2 Timothy 2:3-5 You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ...

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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 1:53
The Levites, however, are to set up their tents around the tabernacle of the covenant law so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelite community. The Levites are to be responsible for the care of the tabernacle of the covenant law."

Numbers 4:3
Count all the men from thirty to fifty years of age who come to serve in the work at the tent of meeting.

Numbers 4:30
Count all the men from thirty to fifty years of age who come to serve in the work at the tent of meeting.

Numbers 4:43
All the men from thirty to fifty years of age who came to serve in the work at the tent of meeting,

Numbers 8:23
The LORD said to Moses,

Numbers 8:25
but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer.

1 Chronicles 23:3
The Levites thirty years old or more were counted, and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand.

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