New International Version
but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer.
King James Bible
And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more:
Darby Bible Translation
And from fifty years old he shall retire from the labour of the service, and shall serve no more;
World English Bible
and from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting on the work, and shall serve no more,
Young's Literal Translation
and from a son of fifty years he doth return from the host of the service, and doth not serve any more,
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CommentaryClarke'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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
cease waiting upon the service thereof. Heb. return from the warfare of the service
the Levites, above fifty years of age, might superintend and assist their junior brethren in the ordinary offices, and give them and the people counsel and instruction; but they were exempted from carrying the tabernacle and from other laborious services. It is remarkable, that no law was made concerning the age at which the priests should begin to officiate, and though various blemishes disqualified them for the service of the sanctuary, yet they continued their ministrations till death, if capable. On the other hand, nothing is said concerning any bodily defects or blemishes disqualifying the Levites; but the time of their service is expressly settled. Their work was far more laborious than that of the Priests; it is therefore likely that the priests would not begin very early to officiate; and the wisdom and experience of age would increase, rather than diminish, their fitness for the sacred duties of their office.
LibraryOur 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
"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,
They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the tent of meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites."
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