Numbers 1:49

“Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Onely thou shalt not number the tribe of Leui, neither take the summe of them among the children of Israel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, nor shall you take their census among the sons of Israel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Only the tribe of Levi thou shalt not number, neither shalt thou take the sum of them among the children of Israel;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Only the tribe of Levi is not to be numbered among the children of Israel,
- Basic English Bible

Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel.
- Darby Bible

Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:
- Webster's Bible

Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, neither shall you take a census of them among the children of Israel;
- World English Bible

`Only, the tribe of Levi thou dost not number, and their sum thou dost not take up in the midst of the sons of Israel;
- Youngs Literal Bible

'Howbeit the tribe of Levi thou shalt not number, neither shalt thou take the sum of them among the children of Israel;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Numbers 1:49


1:49 Levi - Because they were not generally to go out to war, which was the thing principally eyed in this muster, #Nu 1:3|,20,45, but were to attend upon the service of the tabernacle. They that minister upon holy things, should not entangle themselves in secular affairs. The ministry itself is work enough for a whole man, and all little enough to be employed in it.


Discussion for Numbers 1

  • A disciple
    James (cont.); So then for our application today we have the Lord's messages to the Churches immediately before the descriptions of the times of the end. We cannot go back and undo what Israel did and restore the kingdom of God through the house of David; God will do that Himself when He comes. For now we are to be like our Master who with singleness of purpose in faith yielded to the persecution.
  • A disciple
    James; Besides the spiritual application to us now; there was definitely a plan in set for the world then at that time. With the perverting and turning away of the hearts and minds of men over the matter of Nimrod and Babel; the whole earth was corrupted and alienated in a heathen rage against God and against His Anointed. Israel was supposed to destroy that evil and bring the world back to God!
  • JamesBonds
    I'm seeing the Lord's incredible order of building a Nation and He is the King of kings. Close to His kingdom on earth, striving for the promised land. Getting equipped, getting marching orders, when to rest, and so on; this is what God does with His people in the Spiritual conquest, especially set free, born again converts. Gods army, marching through the land.
  • William Barber
    My God has shown me so many different things and answerd so many prayers but the question is how do we know he's there the answer is cause he told us out of his mouth he will always be there but we have to seek him he says if we dint know him then we will not acknowledge us
  • Hannah
    Truly my God is AWSOME. His promise to Abram in Genesis 12:2. I will bless the and make thy name great ect. God did fullfil his promise just like he is about to fullfil his promise to me. He is truly amazing and I love my God because he is merciful toward his children. He is a promise keeper a man of his word. It's so sweet to trust in Jesus just to take him at his word so people of God trust him
  • Astrid Ihle ellingsen,Norway.
    My Lord is my best and most dear Friend. I love Him. HE is the King and Emperor of the whole Universe. HE has given us the most valuable present. HE died for us. Let us rejoice !!

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