Numbers 8:10
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New International Version
You are to bring the Levites before the LORD, and the Israelites are to lay their hands on them.

New Living Translation
When you present the Levites before the LORD, the people of Israel must lay their hands on them.

English Standard Version
When you bring the Levites before the LORD, the people of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites,

New American Standard Bible
and present the Levites before the LORD; and the sons of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites.

King James Bible
And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites:

Christian Standard Bible
Then present the Levites before the LORD, and have the Israelites lay their hands on them.

Contemporary English Version
where the people will place their hands on them.

Good News Translation
The people of Israel are to place their hands on the heads of the Levites,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then present the Levites before the LORD, and have the Israelites lay their hands on them.

International Standard Version
Bring the descendants of Levi into the LORD's presence and have the Israelis lay their hands on the descendants of Levi.

NET Bible
Then you are to bring the Levites before the LORD, and the Israelites are to lay their hands on the Levites;

New Heart English Bible
You shall present the Levites before the LORD. The children of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then bring the Levites into the LORD's presence, and the Israelites will place their hands on them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thou shalt present the Levites before the LORD; and the children of Israel shall lay their hands upon the Levites.

New American Standard 1977
and present the Levites before the LORD; and the sons of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD, and the sons of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites;

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites:

American King James Version
And you shall bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands on the Levites:

American Standard Version
and thou shalt present the Levites before Jehovah. And the children of Israel shall lay their hands upon the Levites:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the Levites are before the Lord, the children of Israel shall put their hands upon them:

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt bring the Levites before Jehovah; and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites.

English Revised Version
and thou shalt present the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall lay their hands upon the Levites:

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites:

World English Bible
You shall present the Levites before Yahweh. The children of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites,

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast brought near the Levites before Jehovah, and the sons of Israel have laid their hands on the Levites,
Study Bible
Cleansing the Levites
9"So you shall present the Levites before the tent of meeting. You shall also assemble the whole congregation of the sons of Israel, 10and present the Levites before the LORD; and the sons of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites. 11"Aaron then shall present the Levites before the LORD as a wave offering from the sons of Israel, that they may qualify to perform the service of the LORD.…
Cross References
Acts 6:6
They presented these seven to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Leviticus 1:4
'He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf.

Leviticus 4:15
'Then the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the LORD, and the bull shall be slain before the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands on the Levites:

Numbers 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children …

Leviticus 1:4 And he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering; and …

Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they …

Acts 13:2,3 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, …

1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's …

(10) Shall put their hands upon the Levites.--The same phrase is here used as in Numbers 8:12, and elsewhere, of the offerer who was required to lay his hand upon the victim which he offered in sacrifice. By this symbolical act the obligation which rested upon the whole nation in regard to the dedication of the firstborn was transferred to the Levites, who were thenceforth to be dedicated to the service of the Lord, and given over to the priests as the representatives of the Lord.

Verse 10. - Before the Lord. As in chapter Numbers 5:16, either near the brazen altar, or more probably before the entrance of the tabernacle. And the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites. Presumably by means of their representatives, probably the tribe princes. This laying on of hands signified that the obligation to assist personally in the service of the sanctuary was transferred from the whole congregation to the Levites. And thou shalt bring the Levites before the Lord,.... From the door of the tabernacle, to the altar of burnt offering, where the Lord was in some sense present to accept the sacrifices offered to him:

and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites; as were used to be put upon sacrifices, for the Levites were themselves offered for an offering of the children of Israel, as is expressed in Numbers 8:11; by which rite they signified that they voluntarily parted with them, and gave them up to the Lord, and transferred their service to them, in which they were to serve in their room and stead; these, according to some Jewish writers, were the firstborn of Israel that laid their hands on the Levites, a type of the general assembly and church of the firstborn; or rather the princes and heads of the tribes, who represented the whole body. Some think by this rite is signified the consent of the people in the designation and appointment of the ministers of the word to their work and office; but what in the New Testament seems to answer to this is, the laying of the hands of the presbytery on ministers of the word, 1 Timothy 4:14. 8:5-26 Here we have directions for the solemn ordination of the Levites. All Israel must know that they took not this honour to themselves, but were called of God to it; nor was it enough that they were distinguished from others. All who are employed for God, must be dedicated to him, according to the employment. Christians must be baptized, ministers must be ordained; we must first give ourselves unto the Lord, and then our services. The Levites must be cleansed. They must be clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. Moses must sprinkle the water of purifying upon them. This signifies the application of the blood of Christ to our souls by faith, that we may be fit to serve the living God. God declares his acceptance of them. All who expect to share in the privileges of the tabernacle, must resolve to do the service of the tabernacle. As, on the one hand, none of God's creatures are his necessary servants, he needs not the service of any of them; so none are merely honorary servants, to do nothing. All whom God owns, he employs; angels themselves have their services.
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