Deuteronomy 12:19
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English Standard Version
Take care that you do not neglect the Levite as long as you live in your land.

King James Bible
Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.

American Standard Version
Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest in thy land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take heed thou forsake not the Levite all the time that thou livest in the land.

English Revised Version
Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon thy land.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

But when the Israelites had crossed over the Jordan, and dwelt peaceably in Canaan, secured against their enemies round about, these irregularities were not to occur any more; but all the sacrifices were to be offered at the place chosen by the Lord for the dwelling-place of His name, and there the sacrificial meals were to be held with joy before the Lord. "The choice of your vows," equivalent to your chosen vows, inasmuch as every vow was something special, as the standing phrase נדר פּלּא (Leviticus 22:21, and Numbers 15:3, Numbers 15:8) distinctly shows. - "Rejoicing before the Lord," which is the phrase applied in Leviticus 23:40 to the celebration of the feast of Tabernacles, was to be the distinctive feature of all the sacrificial meals held by the people at the sanctuary, as is repeatedly affirmed (Deuteronomy 14:26; Deuteronomy 16:11; Deuteronomy 26:11; Deuteronomy 27:7). This holy joy in the participation of the blessing bestowed by the Lord was to be shared not only by sons and daughters, but also by salve (men-servants and maid-servants), that they too might taste the friendliness of their God, and also by "the Levite that is in your gates" (i.e., your towns and hamlets; see at Exodus 20:10). This frequently recurring description of the Levites (cf. Deuteronomy 12:18; Deuteronomy 14:27; Deuteronomy 16:11, Deuteronomy 16:14; Deuteronomy 18:6; Deuteronomy 26:12) does not assume that they were homeless, which would be at variance with the allotment of towns for them to dwell in (Numbers 35); but simply implies what is frequently added in explanation, that the Levites had "no part nor inheritance," no share of the land as their hereditary property, and in this respect resembled strangers (Deuteronomy 14:21, Deuteronomy 14:29; Deuteronomy 16:11, etc.).

(Note: The explanation given by De Wette, and adopted by Riehm, of the expression, "the Levite that is within thy gates," is perfectly arbitrary and unfounded: viz., that "the Levites did not live any longer in the towns assigned them by the earlier laws, but were scattered about in the different towns of the other tribes.")

And the repeated injunction to invite the Levites to the sacrificial meals is not at variance with Numbers 18:21, where the tithes are assigned to the tribe of Levi for their maintenance. For however ample this revenue may have been according to the law, it was so entirely dependent, upon the honesty and conscientiousness of the people, that the Levites might very easily be brought into a straitened condition, if indifference towards the Lord and His servants should prevail throughout the nation. - In Deuteronomy 12:13, Deuteronomy 12:14, Moses concludes by once more summing up these instructions in the admonition to beware of offering sacrifices in every place that they might choose, the burnt-offering, as the leading sacrifice, being mentioned instar omnium.

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Deuteronomy 14:27-29 And the Levite that is within your gates; you shall not forsake him; for he has no part nor inheritance with you...

2 Chronicles 11:13,14 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts...

2 Chronicles 31:4-21 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelled in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites...

Nehemiah 10:34-39 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God...

1 Corinthians 9:10-14 Or said he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that plows should plow in hope...

as long [heb] all thy days.

Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which you shall observe to do in the land...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:12
And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your sons and your daughters, your male servants and your female servants, and the Levite that is within your towns, since he has no portion or inheritance with you.

Deuteronomy 14:27
And you shall not neglect the Levite who is within your towns, for he has no portion or inheritance with you.

Nehemiah 13:10
I also found out that the portions of the Levites had not been given to them, so that the Levites and the singers, who did the work, had fled each to his field.

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