Numbers 3:17
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English Standard Version
And these were the sons of Levi by their names: Gershon and Kohath and Merari.

King James Bible
And these were the sons of Levi by their names; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari.

American Standard Version
And these were the sons of Levi by their names: Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there were found sons of Levi by their names, Gerson and Caath and Merari.

English Revised Version
And these were the sons of Levi by their names; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari.

Webster's Bible Translation
And these were the sons of Levi, by their names; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

God appointed the Levites for this service, because He had decided to adopt them as His own in the place of all the first-born of Egypt. When He slew the first-born of Egypt, He sanctified to Himself all the first-born of Israel, of man and beast, for His own possession (see Exodus 13:1-2). By virtue of this sanctification, which was founded upon the adoption of the whole nation as His first-born son, the nation was required to dedicate to Him its first-born sons for service at the sanctuary, and sacrifice all the first-born of its cattle to Him. But now the Levites and their cattle were to be adopted in their place, and the first-born sons of Israel to be released in return (Numbers 3:40.). By this arrangement, through which the care of the service at the sanctuary was transferred to one tribe, which would and should henceforth devote itself with undivided interest to this vocation, not only was a more orderly performance of this service secured, than could have been effected through the first-born of all the tribes; but so far as the whole nation was concerned, the fulfilment of its obligations in relation to this service was undoubtedly facilitated. Moreover, the Levites had proved themselves to be the most suitable of all the tribes for his post, through their firm and faithful defence of the honour of the Lord at the worship of the golden calf (Exodus 32:26.). It is in this spirit, which distinguished the tribe of Levi, that we may undoubtedly discover the reason why they were chosen by God for the service of the sanctuary, and not in the fact that Moses and Aaron belonged to the tribe, and desired to form a hierarchical caste of the members of their own tribe, such as was to be found among other nations: the magi, for example, among the Medes, the Chaldeans among the Persians, and the Brahmins among the Indians. יהוה אני לי, "to Me, to Me, Jehovah" (Numbers 3:13, Numbers 3:41, and Numbers 3:45; cf. Ges. 121, 3).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Numbers 26:57,58 And these are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites: of Kohath...

Genesis 46:11 And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

Exodus 6:16-19 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari...

Joshua 21:1 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites to Eleazar the priest, and to Joshua the son of Nun...

1 Chronicles 6:1,2,16-19 The sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari...

1 Chronicles 15:5-23 Of the sons of Kohath; Uriel the chief, and his brothers an hundred and twenty...

1 Chronicles 23:6-23 And David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari...

1 Chronicles 24:1 Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

1 Chronicles 25:1 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun...

1 Chronicles 26:1 Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Korhites was Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.

Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled...

Numbers 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

Cross References
Genesis 46:11
The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

Exodus 6:16
These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, the years of the life of Levi being 137 years.

Numbers 3:16
So Moses listed them according to the word of the LORD, as he was commanded.

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