New International Version
Be careful not to neglect the Levites 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.
Darby Bible Translation
Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite all the days thou shalt be in thy land.
World English Bible
Take heed to yourself that you don't forsake the Levite as long as you live in your land.
Young's Literal Translation
take heed to thee lest thou forsake the Levite all thy days on thy ground.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Forsake not the Levite - These had no inheritance, and were to live by the sanctuary: if therefore the offerings were withheld by which the Levites were supported, they of course must perish. Those who have devoted themselves to the service of God in ministering to the salvation of the souls of men, should certainly be furnished at least with all the necessaries of life. Those who withhold this from them sin against their own mercies, and that ordinance of God by which a ministry is established for the salvation of souls.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
as long [heb] all thy days.
LibraryThe Eating of the Peace-Offering
'But thou must eat them before the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.'--DEUT. xii. 18. There were three bloody sacrifices, the sin-offering, the burnt- offering, and the peace-offering. In all three expiation was the first idea, but in the second of them the act …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The King --Continued.
And there rejoice before the LORD your God--you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns who have no allotment or inheritance of their own.
And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.
I also learned that the portions assigned to the Levites had not been given to them, and that all the Levites and musicians responsible for the service had gone back to their own fields.
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