Numbers 8:16

Overview - Numbers 8
How the lamps are to be lighted.
The consecration of the Levites.
23 The age and time of their service.
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Numbers 8:16  (King James Version)
For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.

wholly given
{Nethunim, nethunim,} "given; given;" The word being repeated, "because," says Bp. Patrick, "the children of Israel had devoted them to him, by laying their hands upon them, (ver. 10,) and Aaron had waved them as a wave-offering to the Lord
" (ver. 11.)

instead of such
Houbigant, on the authority of the Samaritan, reads, "instead of every first-born of the children of Israel, who openeth the womb."
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