New International Version
Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazar the priest as the LORD's part.
King James Bible
Take it of their half, and give it unto Eleazar the priest, for an heave offering of the LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
Of their half shall ye take it, and give it unto Eleazar the priest, for a heave-offering of Jehovah.
World English Bible
take it of their half, and give it to Eleazar the priest, for Yahweh's wave offering.
Young's Literal Translation
from their half ye do take, and thou hast given to Eleazar the priest -- the heave-offering of Jehovah.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And levy a tribute unto the Lord - one soul of five hundred, etc. - The person to be employed in the Lord's service, under the Levites - the cattle either for sacrifice, or for the use of the Levites, Numbers 31:30. Some monsters have supposed that one out of every five hundred of the captives was offered in sacrifice to the Lord! but this is abominable. When God chose to have the life of a man, he took it in the way of justice, as in the case of Midianites above, but never in the way of sacrifice.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called, 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
From the soldiers who fought in the battle, set apart as tribute for the LORD one out of every five hundred, whether people, cattle, donkeys or sheep.
From the Israelites' half, select one out of every fifty, whether people, cattle, donkeys, sheep or other animals. Give them to the Levites, who are responsible for the care of the LORD's tabernacle."
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