Deuteronomy 18:8

8 He is to share equally in their benefits, even though he has received money from the sale of family possessions.

Deuteronomy 18:8 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
8 They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 then he may have equal portions to eat, besides what he receives from the sale of his patrimony.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 He may eat his share of the sacrifices and offerings, even if he also receives support from his family.
The Message Bible (MSG)
8 And he will get an equal share to eat, even though he has money from the sale of his parents' possessions.
American Standard Version (ASV)
8 They shall have like portions to eat, besides that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
8 If he does, he'll get the same amount of food as they do, in addition to what he gets from selling his family's goods.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 They will eat equal portions besides what he has received from the sale of the family estate.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
8 He must have an equal share of the good things they have. That applies even if he has already received money by selling things his family owned.

Deuteronomy 18:8 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 18:8

They shall have like portions to eat
Equal parts of the sacrifices with the priests that usually ministered there; hence we learn, says Jarchi, that they divided the skins and flesh of the sin offerings; perhaps even such as did not come by virtue of the feast, as the daily sacrifices, and the additions of the sabbath, and the vows, and the freewill offerings:

beside that which cometh by the sale of his patrimony:
for though the priests and Levites had no inheritance divided to them in the land, yet they might buy houses and fields, and leave them to their children, and this may be called their patrimony; now it was not reasonable that they should wholly live upon this, or spend what their fathers left them; but, besides the income of that, were to have their part and portion with their brethren in the sacrifices of the sanctuary. But some interpret these words in a different way, as if they had respect to the gifts and oblations in the several wards in which the priests ministered, as they were ordered by their fathers, Eleazar, Ithamar, Samuel, David, and Solomon; so the Targums of Onkelos, Jonathan, and Jarchi. In the times of Eleazar and Ithamar, there were only eight wards or courses, which ministered in their turns, but in the days of David they were divided into twenty four; (See Gill on Luke 1:8); now the ordering and fixing these in their turns is called a vendition or sale; and these country priests might partake of all sacrifices at the feast, excepting those which belonged to him whose course it was that week.

Deuteronomy 18:8 In-Context

6 If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he is living, and comes in all earnestness to the place the LORD will choose,
7 he may minister in the name of the LORD his God like all his fellow Levites who serve there in the presence of the LORD.
8 He is to share equally in their benefits, even though he has received money from the sale of family possessions.
9 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.
10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,

Cross References 1

  • 1. Numbers 18:24; 2 Chronicles 31:4; Nehemiah 12:44,47; Nehemiah 13:12
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