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Numbers 18:31 ASV
And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it is your reward in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 BBE
It is to be your food, for you and your families in every place: it is your reward for your work in the Tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 CEB
You and your household may eat it anywhere, because it is payment for your service in the meeting tent.
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Numbers 18:31 CJB
You may eat it anywhere, you and your households; because it is your payment in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 RHE
And you shall eat them in all your places, both you and your families: because it is your reward for the ministry, wherewith you serve in the tabernacle of the testimony.
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Numbers 18:31 ESV
And you may eat it in any place, you and your households, for it is your reward in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 GW
So you and your households may eat it anywhere, because it's the wages you receive for your work at the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 GNT
You and your families may eat the rest anywhere, because it is your wages for your service in the Tent.
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Numbers 18:31 HNV
You shall eat it in every place, you and your households: for it is your reward in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 CSB
then you and your household may eat it anywhere. It is your wage in return for your work at the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 KJV
And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it is your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.
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Numbers 18:31 LEB
You may eat it anywhere, you and your household, because it [is] a wage in return for your service in the tent of assembly.
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Numbers 18:31 NAS
'You may eat it anywhere , you and your households, for it is your compensation in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 NCV
You and your families may eat all that is left anywhere, because it is your pay for your work in the Meeting Tent.
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Numbers 18:31 NIRV
You and your families can eat the rest of it anywhere. It is your pay for your work at the Tent of Meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 NIV
You and your households may eat the rest of it anywhere, for it is your wages for your work at the Tent of Meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 NKJV
You may eat it in any place, you and your households, for it is your reward for your work in the tabernacle of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 NLT
You Levites and your families may eat this food anywhere you wish, for it is your compensation for serving in the Tabernacle.
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Numbers 18:31 NRS
You may eat it in any place, you and your households; for it is your payment for your service in the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 RSV
and you may eat it in any place, you and your households; for it is your reward in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 DBY
And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households; for it is your reward for your service in the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 MSG
You and your households are free to eat the rest of it anytime and anyplace - it's your wages for your work at the Tent of Meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 WBT
And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it [is] your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.
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Numbers 18:31 TMB
And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households, for it is your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.
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Numbers 18:31 TNIV
You and your households may eat the rest of it anywhere, for it is your wages for your work at the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 TYN
And ye shall eate it in all places both ye and youre housholdes for it is youre rewarde for youre seruyce in the tabernacle of witnesse.
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Numbers 18:31 WEB
You shall eat it in every place, you and your households: for it is your reward in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
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Numbers 18:31 WYC
And ye shall eat those tithes in all your places, as well ye as your families, for it is the price for the service, for which ye serve in the tabernacle of witnessing. (And ye shall eat those tithes in all your dwelling places, ye as well as your families, or your households, for it is the payment for the service which ye do, in the Tabernacle of the Witnessing.)
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Numbers 18:31 YLT
and ye have eaten it in every place, ye and your households, for it [is] your hire in exchange for your service in the tent of meeting;
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Numbers 18 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 18

The charge of the priests and Levites. (1-7) The priests' portion. (8-19) The Levites' portion. (20-32)

Verses 1-7 The people complained of their difficulty and peril in drawing near to God. God here gives them to understand, that the priests should come near for them. Aaron would see reason not to be proud of his preferment, when he considered the great care and charge upon him. Be not high-minded, but fear. The greater the trust of work and power that is committed to us, the greater danger there is of betraying that trust. This is a good reason why we should neither envy others' honours, nor desire high places.

Verses 8-19 All believers are spiritual priests, and God has promised to take care of them. Godliness has the promise of the life that now is. And from the provision here made for the priests, the apostle shows that it is the duty of christian churches to maintain their ministers. Scandalous maintenance makes scandalous ministers. The priests were to be wholly devoted to their ministry, not diverted from it, or disturbed in it, by worldly care or business. Also, that they might be examples of living by faith, not only in God's providence, but in his ordinances. The best should be offered for the first-fruits unto the Lord. Those who think to save, by putting God off with the refuse, deceive themselves, for God is not mocked.

Verses 20-32 As Israel was a people not to be numbered among the nations, so Levi was a tribe to be distinguished from the rest. Those who have God for their Inheritance and their Portion for ever, ought to look with holy contempt and indifference upon the possessions of this world. The Levites were to give God his dues out of their tithes, as well as the Israelites out of their increase. See, in ver. ( 31 ) , the way to have comfort in all our worldly possessions, so as to bear no sin by reason of them. 1. We must be sure that what we have is got honestly and in the service of God. That meat is best eaten which is first earned; ( 2 Thessalonians. 3:10 ) We must be sure that God has his dues out of it. We have the comfort of our substance, when we have honoured the Lord with it. Ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved the best from it. We should give alms of such things as we have, that all may be holy and comfortable to us.

Numbers 18 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 18

Numbers 18:1-7 . THE CHARGE OF THE PRIESTS AND LEVITES.

1. the Lord said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father's house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary--Security is here given to the people from the fears expressed ( Numbers 17:12 ), by the responsibility of attending to all sacred things being devolved upon the priesthood, together with the penalties incurred through neglect; and thus the solemn responsibilities annexed to their high dignity, of having to answer not only for their own sins, but also for the sins of the people, were calculated in a great measure to remove all feeling of envy at the elevation of Aaron's family, when the honor was weighed in the balance with its burdens and dangers.

2-7. thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi--The departments of the sacred office, to be filled respectively by the priests and Levites, are here assigned to each. To the priests was committed the charge of the sanctuary and the altar, while the Levites were to take care of everything else about the tabernacle. The Levites were to attend the priests as servants--bestowed on them as "gifts" to aid in the service of the tabernacle--while the high and dignified office of the priesthood was a "service of gift." "A stranger," that is, one, neither a priest nor a Levite, who should intrude into any departments of the sacred office, should incur the penalty of death.

Numbers 18:8-20 . THE PRIESTS' PORTION.

8-13. the Lord spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge of my heave offerings--A recapitulation is made in this passage of certain perquisites specially appropriated to the maintenance of the priests. They were parts of the votive and freewill offerings, including both meat and bread, wine and oil, and the first-fruits, which formed a large and valuable item.

14. Every thing devoted in Israel shall be thine--provided it was adapted for food or consumable by use; for the gold and silver vessels that were dedicated as the spoils of victory were not given to the priests, but for the use and adornment of the sacred edifice.

19. it is a covenant of salt--that is, a perpetual ordinance. This figurative form of expression was evidently founded on the conservative property of salt, which keeps meat from corruption; and hence it became an emblem of inviolability and permanence. It is a common phrase among Oriental people, who consider the eating of salt a pledge of fidelity, binding them in a covenant of friendship. Hence the partaking of the altar meats, which were appropriated to the priests on condition of their services and of which salt formed a necessary accompaniment, was naturally called "a covenant of salt" ( Leviticus 2:13 ).

Numbers 18:21-32 . THE LEVITES' PORTION.

21, 22. I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve--Neither the priests nor the Levites were to possess any allotments of land but to depend entirely upon Him who liberally provided for them out of His own portion; and this law was subservient to many important purposes--such as that, being exempted from the cares and labors of worldly business, they might be exclusively devoted to His service; that a bond of mutual love and attachment might be formed between the people and the Levites, who, as performing religious services for the people, derived their subsistence from them; and further, that being the more easily dispersed among the different tribes, they might be more useful in instructing and directing the people.

23. But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: they shall bear their iniquity--They were to be responsible for the right discharge of those duties that were assigned to them, and consequently to bear the penalty that was due to negligence or carelessness in the guardianship of the holy things.

26. the Levites . . . offer . . . a tenth of the tithe--Out of their own they were to pay tithes to the priests equally as the people gave to them. The best of their tithes was to be assigned to the priests, and afterwards they enjoyed the same liberty to make use of the remainder that other Israelites had of the produce of their threshing-floors and wine-presses.

32. ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, &c.--Neglect in having the best entailed sin in the use of such unhallowed food. And the holy things would be polluted by the reservation to themselves of what should be offered to God and the priests.