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16 For they are (A)wholly given to Me from among the children of Israel; I have taken them for Myself (B)instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the children of Israel. 17 (C)For all the firstborn among the children of Israel are Mine, both man and beast; on the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I [a]sanctified them to Myself. 18 I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

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  1. Numbers 8:17 set them apart

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