Numbers 3:46

46 To redeem the 273 firstborn Israelites who exceed the number of the Levites,

Read Numbers 3:46 Using Other Translations

And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites;
And as the redemption price for the 273 of the firstborn of the people of Israel, over and above the number of the male Levites,
There are 273 more firstborn sons of Israel than there are Levites. To redeem these extra firstborn sons,

What does Numbers 3:46 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 3:46

And for those that are to be redeemed
With money, there being not Levites enough to answer to them, and exchange for them:

of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the
children of Israel, which are more than the Levites;
for the sum total of the Levites, as given, was but 22,000, ( Numbers 3:39 ) , whereas the sum total of the firstborn of Israel were 22,273, ( Numbers 3:43 ) , so that there were, two hundred seventy three more of the latter than of the former; and what was to be done with these next follows.

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