Numbers 8:16
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New International Version
They are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to me. I have taken them as my own in place of the firstborn, the first male offspring from every Israelite woman.


New American Standard Bible
for they are wholly given to Me from among the sons of Israel. I have taken them for Myself instead of every first issue of the womb, the firstborn of all the sons of Israel.


King James Bible
For they are wholly given unto 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 unto me.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
For they have been exclusively assigned to Me from the Israelites. I have taken them for Myself in place of all who come first from the womb, every Israelite firstborn.


International Standard Version
since they've been set apart for me from among the Israelis. I've taken them for myself instead of the first to open the womb—every firstborn of the Israelis,


American Standard Version
For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of all that openeth the womb, even the first-born of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.


Douay-Rheims Bible
I have taken them instead of the firstborn that open every womb in Israel,


Darby Bible Translation
For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of every one that breaketh open the womb, instead of every firstborn among the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.


Young's Literal Translation
'For they are certainly given to Me out of the midst of the sons of Israel, instead of him who openeth any womb -- the first-born of all -- from the sons of Israel I have taken them to Myself;
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Context
Cleansing the Levites

5And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 6Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them. 7And thus shall you do to them, to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purifying on them, and let them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean. 8Then let them take a young bullock with his meat offering, even fine flour mingled with oil, and another young bullock shall you take for a sin offering. 9And you shall bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the congregation: and you shall gather the whole assembly of the children of Israel together: 10And you shall bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands on the Levites: 11And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute the service of the LORD. 12And the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bullocks: and you shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, to the LORD, to make an atonement for the Levites. 13And you shall set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them for an offering to the LORD. 14Thus shall you separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine. 15And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and you shall cleanse them, and offer them for an offering. 16For 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. 17For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself. 18And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel. 19And 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 near to the sanctuary. 20And Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, did to the Levites according to all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did the children of Israel to them. 21And the Levites were purified, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them as an offering before the LORD; and Aaron made an atonement for them to cleanse them. 22And 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 to them.
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 3:9
And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given to him out of the children of Israel.


Numbers 3:12
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;


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.


Treasury of Scripture

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.

wholly given. The word being repeated, 'because,' says Bp. Patrick, 'the children of Israel had devoted them to him, by laying their hands upon them, and Aaron had waved them as a wave-offering to the Lord.' instead of such. Houbigant, on the authority of the Samaritan, reads, 'instead of every first-born of the children of Israel, who openeth the womb.'

Numbers 3:12,45 And I, behold...

Strong's Concordance
For they [are] wholly given unto 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 unto me.
Topical Bible
Birth Breaketh Certainly Firstborn First-born Instead Israelite Issue Male Midst Mother's Myself Offspring Open Openeth Sons Wholly Womb
Resources
Numbers Chapter 8 Verse 16

Alphabetical: all among are as be every first firstborn for from given have I in instead Israel Israelite Israelites issue male me my Myself of offspring own place sons taken the them They to who wholly woman womb

OT Law: Numbers 8:16 For they are wholly given to me (Nu Num.)
Numbers 8:15
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