18:1 The priests the Levites, [and] all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his a inheritance.
(a) That is, the Lord's part of his
18:3 And this shall be the
priest's due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether [it
be] ox or sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the b
shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw.
(b) The right shoulder, (Numbers
if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned,
and come with c all the desire of his
mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose;
(c) Meaning, to serve God whole heartedly, and
not to seek ease.
18:8 They shall have like
portions to eat, d beside that which
cometh of the sale of his patrimony.
(d) Not forced to live from himself.
18:10 There shall not be found
among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to e
pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or
an enchanter, or a witch,
(e) Signifying they were purged by this ceremony
of passing between two fires.
Thou shalt be f perfect with the LORD
(f) Without hypocrisy or mixture or false
18:15 The LORD thy God will
raise up unto thee a g Prophet from the
midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
(g) Meaning, a continual succession of prophets,
till Christ, the end of all prophets, comes.
will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will
put my words in his h mouth; and he
shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
(h) A promise not only made to Christ, but to all
that teach in his name, (Isaiah
18:19 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever
will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will i
require [it] of him.
(i) By executing punishment on him.
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing k
follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not
spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be
afraid of him.
(k) Under this sure note he comprises all the