New International Version
You are to bring the Levites before the LORD, and the Israelites are to lay their hands on them.
King James Bible
And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites:
Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt bring the Levites before Jehovah; and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites.
World English Bible
You shall present the Levites before Yahweh. The children of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites,
Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast brought near the Levites before Jehovah, and the sons of Israel have laid their hands on the Levites,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Shall put their hands upon the Levites - It has been argued from this that the congregation had a part in the appointment of their own ministers, and that this was done by the imposition of hands. However that may be, it appears that what was done on this occasion meant no more than that the people gave up this whole tribe to God in place of their firstborn; and that by this act they bound themselves to provide for them who, because of their sacred service, could follow no secular work. And surely it was right, that they who served the altar should live by the altar. The ministers of God perform offices for the people which the people cannot perform for themselves; and nothing can be more reasonable than that the people should give them the necessaries and comforts of life while they are thus employed in their behalf.
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LibraryOur Lord's Prayer for his People's Sanctification
In this wonderful prayer, our Lord, as our great High Priest, appears to enter upon that perpetual office of intercession which he is now exercising at the right hand of the Father. Our Lord ever seemed, in the eagerness of his love, to be anticipating his work. Before he was set apart for his life-work, by the descent of the Holy Ghost upon him, he must needs be about his Father's business; before he finally suffered at the hands of cruel men, he had a baptism to be baptized with, and he was straitened …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 32: 1886
They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
You are to lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on your behalf to make atonement for you.
The elders of the community are to lay their hands on the bull's head before the LORD, and the bull shall be slaughtered before the LORD.
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