New Living Translation
"Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count them with the rest of the Israelites.
King James Bible
Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:
Darby Bible Translation
Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel.
World English Bible
"Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, neither shall you take a census of them among the children of Israel;
Young's Literal Translation
'Only, the tribe of Levi thou dost not number, and their sum thou dost not take up in the midst of the sons of Israel;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:49 Levi - Because they were not generally to go out to war, which was the thing principally eyed in this muster, Nu 1:3,20,45, but were to attend upon the service of the tabernacle. They that minister upon holy things, should not entangle themselves in secular affairs. The ministry itself is work enough for a whole man, and all little enough to be employed in it.
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
For the LORD had said to Moses,
The men from the Levite clans who were one month old or older numbered 23,000. But the Levites were not included in the registration of the rest of the people of Israel because they were not given an allotment of land when it was divided among the Israelites.
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