Numbers 18:21

“And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And behold, I haue giuen the children of Leui all the tenth in Israel, for an inheritance, for their seruice which they serue, euen the seruice of the Tabernacle of the Congregation.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"To the sons of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they perform, the service of the tent of meeting.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And unto the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the tent of meeting.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And to the children of Levi I have given as their heritage all the tenths offered in Israel, as payment for the work they do, the work of the Tent of meeting.
- Basic English Bible

And to the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithes in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they perform, the service of the tent of meeting.
- Darby Bible

And behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
- Webster's Bible

To the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the Tent of Meeting.
- World English Bible

and to the sons of Levi, lo, I have given all the tenth in Israel for inheritance in exchange for their service which they are serving -- the service of the tent of meeting.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And unto the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the tent of meeting.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Numbers 18:21


18:21 The tenth - For the tithes were all given to the Levites, and out of their tithes the tenth was given to the priests.


Discussion for Numbers 18:21

  • Rev. Autrey for verse 21
    (Verse 21) "As for the tribe of Levi, your relatives, I will pay them for their services in the Tabernacle with the tithes (10% of your income) from the entire land of Israel."

    This is a part of the Law of Moses under the old covenant. And as Galatians 3:24 explains, it was given to point us to our coming Savior: "Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian and teacher to lead us until Christ came. So now, through faith in Christ, we are made right with God." What I am saying is, when the Jews gave 10% of their income to support their priesthood, they were supposed to see this as a picture of Christ giving himself to God to support his work. That is, Jesus gave himself to God as as atoning sacrifice to pay for the sins of the world. This was his work for God.

    Let me put it this way. God divided the dollar into two parts: 10% and 90%. The 10% pictures Christ giving himself to God to redeem the 90%, the world. It can be no other way, because if Jesus did not die for our sins, it makes no difference what we do. We are still lost in our sins.

    This is a hard concept for most people to understand because we are too steeped in pride and self-righteousness to allow our minds to think along these lines. We want to think that we are good, and that we can save ourselves by paying money, or that we donít need any saving at all.

    Just think of it: All because of the lawís demand, nearly 2,000 years ago, a poor, helpless man in His early 30ís was executed by crucifixion like a common criminal. He never wrote a book, never pastured a mega-church, never traveled on an airplane, and never was awarded man-of-the-year. Furthermore, He never took a wife, and never had the pleasure of eating a meal in a fine restaurant. Yet, His death saved us all.

    Why? Because His death was a substitutional atonement; that is, the law recognized it as a legal replacement for all mankind, and at the same time the only means by which man could be reconciled to God. Thatís why the cross is the symbol of the Christian faith and the crux of human history.

    The first two verses and refrain of the old hymn, ďAt the Cross,Ē express this view:
    Alas, and did my Savior bleed
    And did my Sovíreign die?
    Would He devote ... [such a] sacred head
    For such a worm ... [am] I?
    Was it for crimes that I had done?
    He groaned upon the tree
    Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
    And love beyond degree!
    At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light
    And the burden of my heart rolled away,
    It was there by faith I received my sight,
    And now I am happy all the day!

    God bless you!

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