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{Numbers 18:2} And x853 thy brethren 251 also x1571 of the tribe 4294 of Levi, 3878 the tribe 7626 of thy father, 1 bring 7126 z8685 thou with x854 thee, that they may be joined 3867 z8735 unto x5921 thee, and minister 8334 z8762 unto thee: but thou x859 and thy sons 1121 with x854 thee [shall minister] before 6440 the tabernacle 168 of witness. 5715
joined unto thee:
There is a fine paronomasia in the original. Levi is desired from lawah, to join, couple, associate; hence Moses says, the Levites yillawoo, "shall be joined," or associated, with the priests. They shall conjointly perform the sacred office, but the priests shall be principal, the Levites their associates or assistants. "And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you." {Num 18:4} + "And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi." {Gen 29:34}
minister:
"Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him. ... And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they [are] wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel." {Num 3:6-9} + "And I have given the Levites [as] a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary." {Num 8:19} + "And after that went the Levites in to do their service in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron, and before his sons: as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them." {Num 8:22}
but thou:
"And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death. ... Because all the firstborn [are] mine; [for] on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I [am] the LORD." {Num 3:10-13} + "And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear [it]: but they shall not touch [any] holy thing, lest they die. These [things are] the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation." {Num 4:15} + "[To be] a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which [is] not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses." {Num 16:40} + "And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness." {Num 17:7} + "And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that [was] at Gibeon, ... To offer burnt offerings unto the LORD upon the altar of the burnt offering continually morning and evening, and [to do] according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which he commanded Israel;" {1Ch 16:39-40} + "And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, [which they received] of the hand of the Levites." {2Ch 30:16} + "But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:" {Ezk 44:15}

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