New Living Translation
Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons. They have been given from among all the people of Israel to serve as their assistants.
King James Bible
And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.
Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given to him out of the children of Israel.
World English Bible
You shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons. They are wholly given to him on the behalf of the children of Israel.
Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast given the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are surely given to him out of the sons of Israel.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:9 Given to him - To attend upon him and observe his orders, and ease him of his burden.
They will also maintain all the furnishings of the sacred tent, serving in the Tabernacle on behalf of all the Israelites.
"Of all the people of Israel, the Levites are reserved for me. I have claimed them for myself in place of all the firstborn sons of the Israelites; I have taken the Levites as their substitutes.
And of all the Israelites, I have assigned the Levites to Aaron and his sons. They will serve in the Tabernacle on behalf of the Israelites and make sacrifices to purify the people so no plague will strike them when they approach the sanctuary."
Does it seem insignificant to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the community of Israel to be near him so you can serve in the LORD's Tabernacle and stand before the people to minister to them?
I myself have chosen your fellow Levites from among the Israelites to be your special assistants. They are a gift to you, dedicated to the LORD for service in the Tabernacle.
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