New International Version
the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service."
King James Bible
And also unto the Levites; they shall no more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof.
Darby Bible Translation
and the Levites also have no more to carry the tabernacle, nor any of its vessels for its service.
World English Bible
Also the Levites will no longer need to carry the tabernacle and all its vessels for its service."
Young's Literal Translation
and also of the Levites, 'None are to bear the tabernacle and all its vessels for its service;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Twenty years and upward - It appears that this was a different ordinance from that mentioned 1 Chronicles 23:3. At first he appointed the Levites to serve from thirty years and upward; now from twenty years. These were David's last orders; see 1 Chronicles 23:27. They should begin at an earlier age, and continue later.
This was not a very painful task; the ark being now fixed, and the Levites very numerous, there could be no drudgery.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
The comparative indifference with which Chronicles is regarded in modern times by all but professional scholars seems to have been shared by the ancient Jewish church. Though written by the same hand as wrote Ezra-Nehemiah, and forming, together with these books, a continuous history of Judah, it is placed after them in the Hebrew Bible, of which it forms the concluding book; and this no doubt points to the fact that it attained canonical distinction later than they. Nor is this unnatural. The book …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
When the camp is to move, Aaron and his sons are to go in and take down the shielding curtain and put it over the ark of the covenant law.
"After Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy furnishings and all the holy articles, and when the camp is ready to move, only then are the Kohathites to come and do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy things or they will die. The Kohathites are to carry those things that are in the tent of meeting.
But Moses did not give any to the Kohathites, because they were to carry on their shoulders the holy things, for which they were responsible.
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister and to pronounce blessings in his name, as they still do today.
1 Chronicles 23:27
According to the last instructions of David, the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more.
2 Chronicles 35:3
He said to the Levites, who instructed all Israel and who had been consecrated to the LORD: "Put the sacred ark in the temple that Solomon son of David king of Israel built. It is not to be carried about on your shoulders. Now serve the LORD your God and his people Israel.
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