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They must join[a] with you, and they will be responsible for the care of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the tent, but no unauthorized person[b] may approach you. You will be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the care of the altar, so that there will be[c] no more wrath on the Israelites. I myself have chosen[d] your brothers the Levites from among the Israelites. They are given to you as a gift from the Lord, to perform the duties[e] of the tent of meeting.

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  1. Numbers 18:4 tn Now the sentence uses the Niphal perfect with a vav (ו) consecutive from the same root לָוָה (lavah).
  2. Numbers 18:4 tn The word is “stranger, alien,” but it can also mean Israelites here.
  3. Numbers 18:5 tn The clause is a purpose clause, and the imperfect tense a final imperfect.
  4. Numbers 18:6 tn Heb “taken.”
  5. Numbers 18:6 tn The infinitive construct in this sentence is from עָבַד (ʿavad), and so is the noun that serves as its object: to serve the service.