Numbers 3:12
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New International Version
"I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine,


New American Standard Bible
"Now, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the sons of Israel instead of every firstborn, the first issue of the womb among the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall be Mine.


King James Bible
And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;


Holman Christian Standard Bible
See, I have taken the Levites from the Israelites in place of every firstborn Israelite from the womb. The Levites belong to Me,


International Standard Version
"I'm taking the descendants of Levi for myself from among the Israelis in place of every first-born who opens the womb. The descendants of Levi belong to me


American Standard Version
And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the first-born that openeth the womb among the children of Israel; and the Levites shall be mine:


Douay-Rheims Bible
I have taken the Levites from the children of Israel, for every firstborn that openeth the womb among the children of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine.


Darby Bible Translation
And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every firstborn that breaketh open the womb among the children of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine;


Young's Literal Translation
'And I, lo, I have taken the Levites from the midst of the sons of Israel instead of every first-born opening a womb among the sons of Israel, and the Levites have been Mine;
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Context
Duties of the Levites

5And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 6Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him. 7And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle. 8And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle. 9And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given to him out of the children of Israel. 10And you shall appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the stranger that comes near shall be put to death. 11And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 12And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that opens the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine; 13Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed to me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: my shall they be: I am the LORD.
Cross References
Exodus 13:2
Sanctify to me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.


Numbers 3:11
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,


Numbers 3:41
And you shall take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the cattle of the children of Israel.


Numbers 3:45
Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD.


Numbers 8:14
Thus shall you separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.


Numbers 8:16
For they are wholly given to me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them to me.


Numbers 18:6
And I, behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.


Treasury of Scripture

And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that opens the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;

When God miraculously destroyed all the first-born of the Egyptians, he spared those of the Israelites; and, in commemoration of that event, he was pleased to appoint that all the first-born males 'should be set apart unto himself.' God is here pleased to relinquish this claim, and to appoint the whole tribe of Levi to attend his immediate service in their stead.

Numbers 3:41,45 And you shall take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel...

Numbers 8:16,18 For they are wholly given to me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb...

Numbers 18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD...

Strong's Concordance
And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;
Topical Bible
Behold Breaketh Firstborn First-born Instead Israelite Israelites Issue Levites Male Matrix Midst Offspring Open Openeth Opening Opens Sons Womb
Resources
Numbers Chapter 3 Verse 12

Alphabetical: among are be behold every first firstborn from have I in instead Israel Israelite Israelites issue Levites male mine Now of offspring place shall So sons taken the woman womb

OT Law: Numbers 3:12 Behold I have taken the Levites (Nu Num.)
Numbers 3:11
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