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Provision for Priests and Levites

18:1 The Levitical priests1—indeed, the entire tribe of Levi—will have no allotment or inheritance with Israel; they may eat the burnt offerings of the Lord and of his inheritance.2 18:2 They3 will have no inheritance in the midst of their fellow Israelites;4 the Lord alone is their inheritance, just as he had told them. 18:3 This shall be the priests’ fair allotment5 from the people who offer sacrifices, whether bull or sheep—they must give to the priest the shoulder, the jowls, and the stomach. 18:4 You must give them the best of your6 grain, new wine, and olive oil, as well as the best of your wool when you shear your flocks. 18:5 For the Lord your God has chosen them and their sons from all your tribes to stand7 and serve in his name8 permanently. 18:6 Suppose a Levite comes by his own free will9 from one of your villages, from any part of Israel where he is living,10 to the place the Lord chooses 18:7 and serves in the name of the Lord his God like his fellow Levites who stand there before the Lord. 18:8 He must eat the same share they do, despite any profits he may gain from the sale of his family’s inheritance.11


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