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Numbers 18:21

    Numbers 18:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And unto the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the tent of meeting.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And to the children of Levi I have given as their heritage all the tenths offered in Israel, as payment for the work they do, the work of the Tent of meeting.

    Webster's Revision

    And unto the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the tent of meeting.

    World English Bible

    "To the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the Tent of Meeting.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And unto the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the tent of meeting.

    Definitions for Numbers 18:21

    Tabernacle - A tent, booth or dwelling.

    Clarke's Commentary on Numbers 18:21

    Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth -

    1. The Levites had the tenth of all the productions of the land.

    2. They had forty-eight cities, each forming a square of 4,000 cubits.

    3. They had 2,000 cubits of ground round each city. Total of the land they possessed, 53,000 acres.

    4. They had the first-fruits and certain parts of all the animals killed in the land.

    Canaan contained about 11,264,000 acres; therefore the portion possessed by the Levites was rather less than as one to two hundred and twelve; for 11,264,000 divided by 53,000, quotes only 212 28/53 - See Lowman, Dodd, etc. But though this was a very small proportion for a whole tribe that had consented to annihilate its political existence, that it might wait upon the service of God, and labor for the people's souls; yet let it be considered that what they possessed was the best of the land: and while it was a slender remuneration for their services, yet their portion was such as rendered them independent, and kept them comfortable; so that they could wait on the Lord's work without distraction. This is a proper pattern for the maintenance of the ministers of God: let them have a sufficiency for themselves and families, that there may be no distracting cares; and let them not be encumbered with riches or worldly possessions, that they may not be prevented from taking care of souls.

    Barnes' Notes on Numbers 18:21

    Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek: Jacob had promised the tithe of all wherewith God blessed him if he should return in peace to his father's house. But now first the Lord's tithes are assigned to the Levites for their support (compare Leviticus 27:30). The payment of tithes to them is recognized in Nehemiah 10:37; Nehemiah 12:44; Tobit 1:7.

    Wesley's Notes on Numbers 18:21

    18:21 The tenth - For the tithes were all given to the Levites, and out of their tithes the tenth was given to the priests.