Numbers 8:18
New International Version
And I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons in Israel.

New Living Translation
Yes, I have claimed the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons of Israel.

English Standard Version
and I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the people of Israel.

Berean Study Bible
But I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn among the sons of Israel.

King James Bible
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

New King James Version
I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
But I have taken the Levites instead of every firstborn among the sons of Israel.

NASB 1995
“But I have taken the Levites instead of every firstborn among the sons of Israel.

NASB 1977
“But I have taken the Levites instead of every first-born among the sons of Israel.

Amplified Bible
And I have taken the Levites instead of every firstborn among the Israelites.

Christian Standard Bible
But I have taken the Levites in place of every firstborn among the Israelites.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I have taken the Levites in place of every firstborn among the Israelites.

American Standard Version
And I have taken the Levites instead of all the first-born among the children of Israel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I have brought the Levites in the place of the firstborn of the children Israel.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I took the Levites in the place of every first-born among the children of Israel.

Contemporary English Version
But now I have chosen these Levites as substitutes for the first-born sons,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel:

English Revised Version
And I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

Good News Translation
I am now taking the Levites instead of all the first-born of the Israelites,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I have taken the Levites as substitutes for all the firstborn sons of the Israelites.

International Standard Version
taking the descendants of Levi instead of every firstborn of the Israelis.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I have taken the Levites instead of all the first-born among the children of Israel.

Literal Standard Version
and I take the Levites instead of every firstborn among the sons of Israel.

NET Bible
So I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn sons among the Israelites.

New Heart English Bible
I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

World English Bible
I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and I take the Levites instead of every first-born among the sons of Israel:

Additional Translations ...
Context
Cleansing the Levites
17For every firstborn male in Israel is Mine, both man and beast. I set them apart for Myself on the day I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. 18But I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn among the sons of Israel. 19And 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.”…

Cross References
Numbers 8:17
For every firstborn male in Israel is Mine, both man and beast. I set them apart for Myself on the day I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt.

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."


Treasury of Scripture

And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But I have taken
וָאֶקַּח֙ (wā·’eq·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3947: To take

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

in place of
תַּ֥חַת (ta·ḥaṯ)
Preposition
Strong's 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the firstborn
בְּכ֖וֹר (bə·ḵō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1060: Firstborn, chief

among the sons
בִּבְנֵ֥י (biḇ·nê)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1121: A son

of Israel.
יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc


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