13:10 portions of the Levites. These words link this section to the pledge in 10:37. The Levites possessed no land (Num. 18:20–24; Deut. 14:29; 18:1), though some may have had private income (Deut. 18:8). The dependence of the Levites on the support of the people may explain the reluctance of many Levites to leave Babylonia (Ezra 8:15–20).