Numbers 18:20
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New International Version
The LORD said to Aaron, "You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites.

King James Bible
And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said to Aaron, In their land thou shalt have no inheritance, neither shalt thou have any portion among them: I am thy portion and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.

World English Bible
Yahweh said to Aaron, "You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any portion among them. I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto Aaron, 'In their land thou dost not inherit, and a portion thou hast not in their midst: I am thy portion, and thine inheritance in the midst of the sons of Israel;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I am thy part and thine inheritance - The principal part of what was offered to God was the portion of the priests, therefore they had no inheritance of land in Israel; independently of that they had a very ample provision for their support. The rabbins say twenty-four gifts were given to the priests, and they are all expressed in the law. Eight of those gifts the priests ate nowhere but in the sanctuary: these eight are the following: -

1. The flesh of the Sin-Offering, whether of beasts or fowls, Leviticus 6:25, Leviticus 6:26.

2. The flesh of the Trespass-Offering, Leviticus 7:1, Leviticus 7:6.

3. The Peace-Offerings of the congregation, Leviticus 23:19, Leviticus 23:20.

4. The remainder of the Omer or Sheaf, Leviticus 23:10, etc.

5. The remnants of the Meat-Offerings of the Israelites, Leviticus 6:16.

6. The two Loaves, Leviticus 23:17.

7. The Shew-Bread, Leviticus 24:9.

8. The Log of oil offered by the leper, Leviticus 14:10, etc.

Five of those gifts they ate only in Jerusalem: -

1. The breast and shoulder of the Peace-Offerings, Leviticus 7:31, Leviticus 7:34.

2. The Heave-Offering of the sacrifice of confession, Leviticus 7:12-14.

3. The Heave-Offering of the Nazarite's ram, Leviticus 6:17-20.

4. The Firstling of the clean beast, Numbers 18:15; Deuteronomy 15:19, Deuteronomy 15:20.

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thou shalt have. The principal part of what was offered to God was the portion of the priests; who had no inheritance of land in Israel. The Rabbins say,

Numbers 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering to the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit...

gifts were given to the priests; all of which are expressed in the law. Eight were only eaten in the sanctuary:

1.The flesh of the sin-offering.

2. The flesh of the trespass-offering.

3.The peace-offering of the congregation.

4.The remainder of the sheaf.

5.The remnants of the meat-offerings.

6.The two loaves.

7.The shew-bread.

8.The log of oil offered by the leper. Five they ate only at Jerusalem:

1.The breast and shoulder of the peace-offerings.

2. The heave-offering of confession.

3.The heave-offering of the Nazarite's ram.

4.The firstling.

5.The first-fruits. Five were due to them only in the land of Israel:

1.The heave-offering of first-fruits.

2. Of the tithe.

3.The cake.

4.The first of the fleece.

5.The field of possession. Five were due both within and without the land:

1.The gifts of slain beasts.

2. The redemption of the first-born.

3.The lamb for a firstling ass.

4.That taken by violence from a stranger.

5.All devoted things. One was from the sanctuary, the skins. no inheritance.

Numbers 18:23,24 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity...

Numbers 26:62 And those that were numbered of them were twenty and three thousand, all males from a month old and upward...

Deuteronomy 10:9 Why Levi has no part nor inheritance with his brothers; the LORD is his inheritance, according as the LORD your God promised him.

Deuteronomy 12:12 And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants...

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...

Joshua 14:3 For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe on the other side Jordan...

I am thy part

Deuteronomy 18:1,2 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel...

Joshua 13:14,33 Only to the tribes of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices of the LORD God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance...

Joshua 14:3 For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe on the other side Jordan...

Joshua 18:7 But the Levites have no part among you; for the priesthood of the LORD is their inheritance: and Gad, and Reuben...

Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: you maintain my lot.

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Psalm 142:5 I cried to you, O LORD: I said, You are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

Lamentations 3:24 The LORD is my portion, said my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

Ezekiel 44:28 And it shall be to them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and you shall give them no possession in Israel...

1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours...

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them...

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Service a Gift
... I have given your priest's office unto you as a service of gift.'--NUM. xviii. 7. All Christians are priests--to offer sacrifices, alms, especially prayers; to make God known to men. I. Our priesthood is a gift of God's love. We are apt to think of our duties as burdensome. They are an honour and a mark of God's grace. 1. They are His gift-- (a) The power to do. All capacities and possessions from Him. (b) The wish to do. 'Worketh in you to will.' (c) The right to do, through Christ. 2.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Numbers
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called,[1] rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Genesis 15:1
After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward."

Numbers 18:7
But only you and your sons may serve as priests in connection with everything at the altar and inside the curtain. I am giving you the service of the priesthood as a gift. Anyone else who comes near the sanctuary is to be put to death."

Numbers 18:23
It is the Levites who are to do the work at the tent of meeting and bear the responsibility for any offenses they commit against it. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. They will receive no inheritance among the Israelites.

Deuteronomy 10:9
That is why the Levites have no share or inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the LORD is their inheritance, as the LORD your God told them.)

Deuteronomy 12:12
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.

Deuteronomy 14:27
And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.

Deuteronomy 14:29
so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

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