Numbers 3:9
New International Version
Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him.

New Living Translation
Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons. They have been given from among all the people of Israel to serve as their assistants.

English Standard Version
And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are wholly given to him from among the people of Israel.

Berean Study Bible
Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they have been given exclusively to him from among the Israelites.

King James Bible
And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.

New King James Version
And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are given entirely to him from among the children of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
So you shall assign the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are exclusively assigned to him from the sons of Israel.

NASB 1995
“You shall thus give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are wholly given to him from among the sons of Israel.

NASB 1977
“You shall thus give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are wholly given to him from among the sons of Israel.

Amplified Bible
You shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons [as servants and helpers]; they are to be given wholly to him from among the Israelites.

Christian Standard Bible
Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they have been assigned exclusively to him from the Israelites.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they have been assigned exclusively to him from the Israelites.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him on the behalf of the children of Israel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you shall give the Levites to Ahron and to his sons; they are a gift given to him from within the sons of Israel.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And thou shalt give the Levites to Aaron, and to his sons the priests; they are given for a gift to me of the children of Israel.

Contemporary English Version
They are assigned to help Aaron and his sons,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt give the Levites for a gift,

English Revised Version
And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him on the behalf of the children of Israel.

Good News Translation
The only responsibility the Levites have is to serve Aaron and his sons.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons. The Levites will be the only Israelites given to them.

International Standard Version
Assign the descendants of Levi to Aaron and his sons from among the Israelis.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons; they are wholly given unto him from the children of Israel.

Literal Standard Version
and you have given the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are surely given to him out of the sons of Israel.

NET Bible
You are to assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they will be assigned exclusively to him out of all the Israelites.

New Heart English Bible
You shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons. They are wholly given to him on the behalf of the children of Israel.

World English Bible
You shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons. They are wholly given to him on the behalf of the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast given the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are surely given to him out of the sons of Israel.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Duties of the Levites
8They shall take care of all the furnishings of the Tent of Meeting and fulfill obligations for the Israelites by attending to the service of the tabernacle. 9Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they have been given exclusively to him from among the Israelites. 10So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons to carry out the duties of the priesthood; but any outsider who approaches the tabernacle must be put to death.”…

Cross References
Numbers 3:8
They shall take care of all the furnishings of the Tent of Meeting and fulfill obligations for the Israelites by attending to the service of the tabernacle.

Numbers 8:16
For the Levites have been wholly given to Me from among the sons of Israel. I have taken them for Myself in place of all who come first from the womb, the firstborn of all the sons of Israel.

Numbers 8:19
And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the Israelites, to perform the service for the Israelites at the Tent of Meeting and to make atonement on their behalf, so that no plague will come against the Israelites when they approach the sanctuary."

Numbers 16:9
Is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel and brought you near to Himself to perform the work at the LORD's tabernacle, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them?

Numbers 18:6
Behold, I Myself have selected your fellow Levites from the Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated to the LORD to perform the service for the Tent of Meeting.


Treasury of Scripture

And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given to him out of the children of Israel.

Numbers 8:19
And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.

Numbers 18:6,7
And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation…

Ephesians 4:8,11
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men…









(9) They are wholly given unto him.--Hebrew, Given, given are they to him. This repetition of the word nethunim (given) is emphatic. The same repetition occurs in Numbers 8:16, where the Levites are represented as "wholly given" to the Lord instead of the firstborn; and in Numbers 3:19 of that chapter, as in Numbers 3:12 of this chapter, they are represented as being given by Him to Aaron and his sons. The word nethunim must not be confounded with Nethinim, the name given at a later date (1Chronicles 9:2; Ezra 2:43; Nehemiah 3:26; Nehemiah 3:31) to the Gibeonites, who were made "hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the Lord" (Joshua 9:27). The tribe of Levi had proved themselves the most zealous for the honour of the Lord at the time of the worship of the golden calf (Exodus 32:26-29), and it was then that Moses gave them the charge to consecrate themselves (literally, to fill their hands, comp. Numbers 3:3 of this chapter) to the Lord. There was, therefore, a special reason for the selection of this tribe, independently of the fact that Moses and Aaron (and consequently the priests, as the descendants of Aaron) belonged to it. . . . Verse 9. They are wholly given unto him. The word nethunim (wholly given) is emphatic here, and in Numbers 8:16. As the whole house of Israel at large, so especially (for a reason which will presently appear) the tribe of Levi belonged absolutely to God; and he, as absolutely, made them over to Aaron and the priests for the service of his sanctuary. Cf. Ephesians 4:11, "gave some apostles," etc. The Levites, as gifts from God (nethunim) to their brethren the priests, must be distinguished from the nethinim or serfs of foreign extraction given by the congregation to the Levites to do their most menial work for them (Joshua 9:27).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Assign
וְנָתַתָּה֙ (wə·nā·ṯat·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

the Levites
הַלְוִיִּ֔ם (hal·wî·yim)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's 3881: Levites -- descendant of Levi

to Aaron
לְאַהֲרֹ֖ן (lə·’a·hă·rōn)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 175: Aaron -- an elder brother of Moses

and his sons;
וּלְבָנָ֑יו (ū·lə·ḇā·nāw)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1121: A son

they
הֵ֙מָּה֙ (hêm·māh)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They

have been given exclusively
נְתוּנִ֨ם (nə·ṯū·nim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

to him
ל֔וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

from among
מֵאֵ֖ת (mê·’êṯ)
Preposition-m
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

the Israelites.
בְּנֵ֥י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1121: A son


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