The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 3:11–13

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11  And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

11  And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

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12  'And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every first-born that openeth the womb among the children of Israel; and the Levites shall be Mine;

12  Behold, I have taken the Levites from the midst of the children of Israel, instead of every male that opens the womb from among the children of Israel: they shall be their ransom, and the Levites shall be mine.

12  “I have taken the Levites from the sons of Israel. For the Levites, and all the firstborn who open the womb among the sons of Israel, shall be mine.

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13  for all the first-born are Mine: on the day that I smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto Me all the first- born in Israel, both man and beast, Mine they shall be: I am YHWH.'

13  For every first-born is mine; in the day in which I smote every first-born in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to myself every first-born in Israel: both of man and beast, they shall be mine: I am the Lord.

13  Because all the first-born are mine; for on the day that I smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt, I consecrated to me all the first-born in Israel, both man and beast; they shall be mine; I am the LORD.