Numbers 3:6

6 “Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him.

Numbers 3:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him.
ESV
6 "Bring the tribe of Levi near, and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him.
NLT
6 “Call forward the tribe of Levi, and present them to Aaron the priest to serve as his assistants.
MSG
6 "Bring forward the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron so they can help him.
CSB
6 "Bring the tribe of Levi near and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him.

Numbers 3:6 Meaning and Commentary

Numbers 3:6

Bring the tribe of Levi near
Separate them from the rest, set them apart for special service about, the sanctuary, let them have a place nearer to it than the other tribes, or offer them, that is, to the Lord, as in ( Numbers 8:11 ) ; as well as bring them near to Aaron; so it follows:

and present them before Aaron the priest;
that he may receive them as a gift unto him, as servants to wait upon him; and! that he may appoint and declare unto them their work, and set them about it:

that they may minister unto him;
in guarding the tabernacle taking care of the vessels of it, taking it down, carrying it, from place to place, and setting it up as there was occasion for it.

Numbers 3:6 In-Context

4 Nadab and Abihu, however, died before the LORD when they made an offering with unauthorized fire before him in the Desert of Sinai. They had no sons, so Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests during the lifetime of their father Aaron.
5 The LORD said to Moses,
6 “Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him.
7 They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the tent of meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle.
8 They are to take care of all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, fulfilling the obligations of the Israelites by doing the work of the tabernacle.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Deuteronomy 10:8; Deuteronomy 31:9; 1 Chronicles 15:2
  • 2. Numbers 8:6-22; Numbers 18:1-7; 2 Chronicles 29:11