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Bible Commentaries
Numbers 18

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-32

Chapter 18

In chapter eighteen God said in verse six,

I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given a gift to the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation ( Numbers 18:6 ).

And he goes on and speaks of the wages that were to be paid to the priests. As the people were to give a tenth of what they had to the temple and a tenth of the tenth was to go to the family of Aaron as the ministering priest within the temple. The rest of it was to be divided among the rest of the Levites. And so this form of pay and all for those who were ministering and doing the service of the Lord was ordained and that is the whole congregation of Israel bringing a tenth and then a tenth of that tenth going unto Aaron.

And then the meat that was to be theirs of the sacrifices that were brought, the meat that was to be given unto Aaron and to his family. And the Lord said,

it is a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee. [verse nineteen] and the LORD said unto Aaron, You're not going to have any inheritance in the land or among the children of Israel for I am thy part and thine inheritance ( Numbers 18:19-20 ).

That's beautiful to me. The Lord said you're not gonna inherit any of the land because "I am your inheritance".


Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Numbers 18". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/numbers-18.html. 2014.
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