The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 18:1–8

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The priests the Levites, even all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the offerings of YHWH made by fire, and His inheritance.

“The priests and the Levites, and all who are from the same tribe, shall have no portion or inheritance with the rest of Israel. For they shall eat the sacrifices of the Lord and his oblations.

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And they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; YHWH is their inheritance, as He hath spoken unto them.

And they shall receive nothing else from the possession of their brothers. For the Lord himself is their inheritance, just as he said to them.

Therefore they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; the LORD is their inheritance, as he has said to them.

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And this shall be the priests' due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep, that they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw.

And this is the due of the priests in the things coming from the people from those who offer sacrifices, whether it be a calf or a sheep; and thou shalt give the shoulder to the priest, and the cheeks, and the great intestine

This shall be the recompense for the priests from the people, and from those who offer victims, whether they will immolate an ox or a sheep. They shall give to the priest the shoulder and the breast,

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The first-fruits of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him.

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For YHWH thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the YHWH, him and his sons for ever.

because the Lord has chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand before the Lord thy God, to minister and bless in his name, himself and his sons among the children of Israel.

For the Lord your God himself has chosen him out of all your tribes, so that he may stand and minister to the name of the Lord, him and his sons, forever.

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And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourneth, and come with all the desire of his soul unto the place which YHWH shall choose;

If a Levite departs from one of the cities, throughout all of Israel, in which he lives, and if he wills and desires to go to the place which the Lord will choose,

then he shall minister in the name of YHWH his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, who stand there before the YHWH.

he shall minister in the name of the Lord his God, as do all his brothers, the Levites, who will be standing at that time in the sight of the Lord.

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They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which is his due according to the fathers' houses.

He shall eat an allotted portion, besides the sale of his hereditary property.

He shall receive the same portion of food as the rest also receive, besides that which is due to him in his own city, by succession from his fathers.