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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Deuteronomy 18:6

Deuteronomy 18:6. With all the desire of his mind With full purpose to fix his abode, and to spend his whole time and strength in the service of God. It seems, the several priests were to come from their cities to the temple by turns, before David’s time; and it is certain they did so after it. But if any of them were not contented with this attendance upon God in his tabernacle, and desired more entirely and constantly to devote himself to God’s service there, he was permitted so to do,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Deuteronomy 18:1-22

Spiritual guides, good and bad (18:1-22)Further information is given concerning the support of priests (18:1-5; see notes on Numbers 18:8-20). If a Levite from the country sold his local possessions to move to the central place of worship, he could retain the money from the sale of his goods and still be financially supported by the people, the same as other Levites (6-8; see notes on Numbers 18:21-32).Israel’s law prohibited all forms of witchcraft and magic, whether cruel practices in which... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Deuteronomy 18:6

a Levite: i.e. a Tribal Levite who devoted himself to the Aaronic service. Compare Leviticus 25:33 . his mind = his soul. Hebrew. nephesh. App-13 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Deuteronomy 18:6

"And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel where he sojourneth, and come with all the desire of his soul unto the place which Jehovah shall choose; then he shall minister in the name of Jehovah his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, who stand there before Jehovah. They shall have like portions to eat, besides that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.""These verses guaranteed the rights of all Levites against any restrictive tendencies of vested priestly interests... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Deuteronomy 18:6-8

Ver. 6-8. And if a Levite— i.e. One of the tribe of Levi, whether priest or Levite: Shall come with all the desire of his mind; i.e. with a sincere desire to consecrate himself entirely to the service of the sanctuary, and to fix his abode in the same place with the sanctuary; then he shall minister in the name of the Lord, ver. 7 or, he shall minister to the name of the Lord, as in the LXX; i.e. he shall continually attend at the altar, to perform the service of the sanctuary, as the other... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Deuteronomy 18:6

6-8. if a Levite . . . come with all the desire of his mind—It appears that the Levites served in rotation from the earliest times; but, from their great numbers, it was only at infrequent intervals they could be called into actual service. Should any Levite, however, under the influence of eminent piety, resolve to devote himself wholly and continually to the sacred duties of the sanctuary, he was allowed to realize his ardent wishes; and as he was admitted to a share of the work, so also to a... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Deuteronomy 18:1-8

Priests and Levites 18:1-8The Levites lived as sojourners among the other Israelites. While they had their own cities, they did not possess land and territorial inheritances as the other Israelites did. However the privilege of serving God as they alone could was compensation much greater than their loss of physical benefits. They could eat the produce of the land. In addition to the tithes, the Levites also received the parts of the sacrifices allotted to them that included meat of various... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Deuteronomy 18:1-22

The Priestly Dues. Character and Work of the True Prophet1-8. The Priestly dues: see on Numbers 18.4. This is the only place where the priests are said to receive the first of the fleece: cp. Numbers 18:12.9-14. Condemnation of superstitious and magical practices.10. Pass through the fire] The context here seems to imply that this was a method of divining or obtaining an oracle from a god: cp. on Leviticus 18:21. Useth divination] a general term, but applied specially to the casting of lots:... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Deuteronomy 18:6-8

(6-8) And if a Levite come.—The Levites with the priests were to receive forty-eight cities in Israel, with the suburbs (Numbers 35:7). There was as yet no provision made by which all could serve in turn at the tabernacle. When David divided them all into courses, priests, Levites, singers (and porters?) alike, there was no longer any need for this provision. The institutions of David prove its antiquity. The only case in history that illustrates it is that of the child Samuel. His father,... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Deuteronomy 18:1-22

Deuteronomy 18:9-22 'A Prophet.' How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet? In the following passages our Lord claims prophetic powers: 'My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me'. 'Then shall ye know that I do nothing of Myself, but as the Father hath taught Me, I speak these things.' 'Like unto Moses.' Christ has the whole prophetic life in Himself, says a German writer. He has the pathos of an Isaiah, the melancholy of an Hosea, the meekness of a Jeremiah, the joy in nature of an... read more

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