Numbers 3:12
Text Analysis
Strong'sHebrewEnglishMorphology
589 [e]וַאֲנִ֞י
wa-’ă-nî
and IConj-w | Pro-1cs
2009 [e]הִנֵּ֧ה
hin-nêh
beholdInterjection
3947 [e]לָקַ֣חְתִּי
lā-qaḥ-tî
have takenV-Qal-Perf-1cs
853 [e]אֶת־
’eṯ-
-DirObjM
3881 [e]הַלְוִיִּ֗ם
hal-wî-yim,
the LevitesArt | N-proper-mp
8432 [e]מִתּוֹךְ֙
mit-tō-wḵ
from amongPrep-m | N-msc
1121 [e]בְּנֵ֣י
bə-nê
the sonsN-mpc
3478 [e]יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל
yiś-rā-’êl,
of IsraelN-proper-ms
8478 [e]תַּ֧חַת
ta-ḥaṯ
insteadPrep
3605 [e]כָּל־
kāl-
of everyN-msc
1060 [e]בְּכ֛וֹר
bə-ḵō-wr
firstbornN-ms
6363 [e]פֶּ֥טֶר
pe-ṭer
who opensN-msc
7358 [e]רֶ֖חֶם
re-ḥem
the wombN-ms
1121 [e]מִבְּנֵ֣י
mib-bə-nê
among the sonsPrep-m | N-mpc
3478 [e]יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל
yiś-rā-’êl;
of IsraelN-proper-ms
1961 [e]וְהָ֥יוּ
wə-hā-yū
Therefore shall beConj-w | V-Qal-ConjPerf-3cp
  לִ֖י
MinePrep | 1cs
3881 [e]הַלְוִיִּֽם׃
hal-wî-yim.
the LeviteArt | N-proper-ms









Hebrew Texts
במדבר 3:12 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex
וַאֲנִ֞י הִנֵּ֧ה לָקַ֣חְתִּי אֶת־הַלְוִיִּ֗ם מִתֹּוךְ֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל תַּ֧חַת כָּל־בְּכֹ֛ור פֶּ֥טֶר רֶ֖חֶם מִבְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל וְהָ֥יוּ לִ֖י הַלְוִיִּֽם׃

במדבר 3:12 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants Only)
ואני הנה לקחתי את־הלוים מתוך בני ישראל תחת כל־בכור פטר רחם מבני ישראל והיו לי הלוים׃

במדבר 3:12 Paleo-Hebrew OT: WLC (Font Required)
ואני הנה לקחתי את־הלוים מתוך בני ישראל תחת כל־בכור פטר רחם מבני ישראל והיו לי הלוים׃

במדבר 3:12 Hebrew Bible
ואני הנה לקחתי את הלוים מתוך בני ישראל תחת כל בכור פטר רחם מבני ישראל והיו לי הלוים׃

Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
"Now, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the sons of Israel instead of every firstborn, the first issue of the womb among the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall be Mine.

King James Bible
And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
See, I have taken the Levites from the Israelites in place of every firstborn Israelite from the womb. The Levites belong to Me,
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

When God miraculously destroyed all the first-born of the Egyptians, he spared those of the Israelites; and, in commemoration of that event, he was pleased to appoint that all the first-born males 'should be set apart unto himself.' God is here pleased to relinquish this claim, and to appoint the whole tribe of Levi to attend his immediate service in their stead.

Numbers 3:41,45 And you shall take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of …

Numbers 8:16,18 For they are wholly given to me from among the children of Israel; …

Numbers 18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among …

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