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Numbers 8:16-18 New English Translation (NET Bible)

16 For they are entirely given[a] to me from among the Israelites. I have taken them for myself instead of[b] all who open the womb, the firstborn sons of all the Israelites. 17 For all the firstborn males among the Israelites are mine, both humans and animals; when I destroyed[c] all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I set them apart for myself. 18 So I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn sons among the Israelites.


  1. Numbers 8:16 tn As before, the emphasis is obtained by repeating the passive participle: “given, given to me.”
  2. Numbers 8:16 tn Or “as substitutes” for all the firstborn of the Israelites.
  3. Numbers 8:17 tn The idiomatic “on the day of” precedes the infinitive construct of נָכָה (nakhah) to form the temporal clause: “in the day of my striking…” becomes “when I struck.”
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