Numbers 18:4
New International Version
They are to join you and be responsible for the care of the tent of meeting--all the work at the tent--and no one else may come near where you are.

New Living Translation
The Levites must join you in fulfilling their responsibilities for the care and maintenance of the Tabernacle, but no unauthorized person may assist you.

English Standard Version
They shall join you and keep guard over the tent of meeting for all the service of the tent, and no outsider shall come near you.

Berean Study Bible
They are to join you and attend to the obligations of the Tent of Meeting, doing all the work at the Tent; but no outsider may come near you.

New American Standard Bible
"They shall be joined with you and attend to the obligations of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the tent; but an outsider may not come near you.

King James Bible
And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.

Christian Standard Bible
They are to join you and guard the tent of meeting, doing all the work at the tent, but no unauthorized person may come near you.

Contemporary English Version
No one else is allowed to take care of the sacred tent or do anything connected with it.

Good News Translation
They are to work with you and fulfill their responsibilities for all the service in the Tent, but no unqualified person may work with you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are to join you and guard the tent of meeting, doing all the work at the tent, but no unauthorized person may come near you."

International Standard Version
They are to join you to maintain services related to the Tent of Meeting, for all the responsibilities involved with the tent. But no unauthorized person is to approach you.

NET Bible
They must join with you, and they will be responsible for the care of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the tent, but no unauthorized person may approach you.

New Heart English Bible
They shall be joined to you, and keep the responsibility of the Tent of Meeting, for all the service of the Tent: and a stranger shall not come near to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They will join you and do whatever work is necessary for the tent of meeting, including all the maintenance work for the tent. But no one else may come near you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tent of meeting, whatsoever the service of the Tent may be; but a common man shall not draw nigh unto you.

New American Standard 1977
“And they shall be joined with you and attend to the obligations of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the tent; but an outsider may not come near you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they shall join themselves unto thee and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the testimony in all the service of the tabernacle; and no stranger shall come near unto you.

King James 2000 Bible
And they shall be joined unto you, and keep the duties of the tabernacle of meeting, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come near unto you.

American King James Version
And they shall be joined to you, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come near to you.

American Standard Version
And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the Tent: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they shall be joined to thee, and shall keep the charges of the tabernacle of witness, in all the services of the tabernacle; and a stranger shall not approach to thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But let them be with thee, and watch in the charge of the tabernacle, and in all the ceremonies thereof. A stranger shall not join himself with you.

Darby Bible Translation
And they shall unite with thee, and keep the charge of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the tent; and no stranger shall come near to you.

English Revised Version
And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the Tent: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they shall be joined to thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh to you.

World English Bible
They shall be joined to you, and keep the responsibility of the Tent of Meeting, for all the service of the Tent: and a stranger shall not come near to you.

Young's Literal Translation
and they have been joined unto thee, and have kept the charge of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the tent; and a stranger doth not come near unto you;
Study Bible
Duties of Priests and Levites
3And they shall attend to your duties and all the duties of the Tent; but they must not come near to the furnishings of the sanctuary or the altar, or both they and you will die. 4They are to join you and attend to the obligations of the Tent of Meeting, doing all the work at the Tent; but no outsider may come near you. 5So you shall attend to the obligations of the sanctuary and of the altar, that wrath may not fall on the Israelites again.…
Cross References
Numbers 18:3
And they shall attend to your duties and all the duties of the Tent; but they must not come near to the furnishings of the sanctuary or the altar, or both they and you will die.

Numbers 18:5
So you shall attend to the obligations of the sanctuary and of the altar, that wrath may not fall on the Israelites again.

Numbers 31:30
From the Israelites' half, take one out of every fifty, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep, or other animals, and give them to the Levites who keep charge of the tabernacle of the LORD."

Ezekiel 44:14
Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of all the work for the temple and everything to be done in it.

Treasury of Scripture

And they shall be joined to you, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come near to you.

a stranger

Numbers 1:51
And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

Numbers 3:10
And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

1 Samuel 6:19
And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.







Lexicon
They are to join
וְנִלְו֣וּ (wə·nil·wū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3867: To twine, to unite, to remain, to borrow, to lend

you
עָלֶ֔יךָ (‘ā·le·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

and attend
וְשָֽׁמְר֗וּ (wə·šā·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

to the obligations
מִשְׁמֶ֙רֶת֙ (miš·me·reṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4931: A guard, watch, charge, function

of the Tent
אֹ֣הֶל (’ō·hel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 168: A tent

of Meeting,
מוֹעֵ֔ד (mō·w·‘êḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4150: Appointed time, place, or meeting

doing all
לְכֹ֖ל (lə·ḵōl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the work
עֲבֹדַ֣ת (‘ă·ḇō·ḏaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5656: Work of any kind

at the Tent;
הָאֹ֑הֶל (hā·’ō·hel)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 168: A tent

but no
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

outsider
וְזָ֖ר (wə·zār)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2114: To turn aside, to be a, foreigner, strange, profane, to commit adultery

may come near
יִקְרַ֥ב (yiq·raḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7126: To come near, approach

you.
אֲלֵיכֶֽם׃ (’ă·lê·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to
(4) And keep the charge . . . --See Numbers 1:53; Numbers 3:7.

Verse 4. - A stranger. וֶר, i.e., one not a Levite, as in Numbers 1:51. 18:1-7 The people complained of their difficulty and peril in drawing near to God. God here gives them to understand, that the priests should come near for them. Aaron would see reason not to be proud of his preferment, when he considered the great care and charge upon him. Be not high-minded, but fear. The greater the trust of work and power that is committed to us, the greater danger there is of betraying that trust. This is a good reason why we should neither envy others' honours, nor desire high places.
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