New International Version
They are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to me. I have taken them as my own in place of the firstborn, the first male offspring from every Israelite woman.
King James Bible
For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.
Darby Bible Translation
For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of every one that breaketh open the womb, instead of every firstborn among the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.
World English Bible
For they are wholly given to me from among the children of Israel; instead of all who open the womb, even the firstborn of all the children of Israel, I have taken them to me.
Young's Literal Translation
'For they are certainly given to Me out of the midst of the sons of Israel, instead of him who openeth any womb -- the first-born of all -- from the sons of Israel I have taken them to Myself;
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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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
wholly given. The word being repeated, 'because,' says Bp. Patrick, 'the children of Israel had devoted them to him, by laying their hands upon them, and Aaron had waved them as a wave-offering to the Lord.' instead of such. Houbigant, on the authority of the Samaritan, reads, 'instead of every first-born of the children of Israel, who openeth the womb.'
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
"Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal."
Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him.
"I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine,
"Take the Levites in place of all the firstborn of Israel, and the livestock of the Levites in place of their livestock. The Levites are to be mine. I am the LORD.
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