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Deuteronomy 18:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— They shall have like portions to eat, besides that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “They shall eat equal portions, except [what they receive] from the sale of their fathers’ [estates].
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— —they shall have like portions to eat, besides that which he hath sold of his patrimony.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Portion for portion, shall they eat,—apart from his possessions upon his patrimony.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— portion as portion they do eat, apart from his sold things, with the fathers.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He shall receive the same portion of food that the rest do: besides that which is due to him in his own city, by succession from his fathers.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— They shall haue like portions to eate, beside that which commeth of the sale of his patrimonie.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— He shall eat an allotted portion, besides the sale of his hereditary property.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
They shall have like portions 2506
{2506} Prime
From H2505; properly smoothness (of the tongue); also an allotment.
to eat, 398
{0398} Prime
A primitive root; to eat (literally or figuratively).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
beside x905
(0905) Complement
From H0909; properly separation; by implication a part of the body, branch of a tree, bar for carrying; figuratively chief of a city; especially (with prepositional prefix) as adverb, apart, only, besides.
that which cometh of the sale 4465
{4465} Prime
From H4376; merchandise; abstractly a selling.
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
of x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
his patrimony. 1
{0001} Prime
A primitive word; father in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Deuteronomy 18:6-8.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Deuteronomy 18:1-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Deuteronomy 18:8

Like portions — With their brethren who were in actual ministration: as they share with them in the work, so shall they in the encouragements. Beside that which cometh — The reason of this law was, because he that waited on the altar, ought to live by the altar: and because it was fit he should keep his money, wherewith he might redeem what he sold, if afterwards he saw occasion for it. Mr. Henry adds a remarkable note here: especially considering he wrote threescore years ago. "A hearty, pious zeal to serve God and his church, tho' it may a little encroach upon a settled order, and there may be somewhat in it that looks irregular, yet ought to be gratified, and not discouraged. He that loves dearly to be employed in the service of the sanctuary: in God's name let him minster. He shall be as welcome to God as the Levites, whose course it was to minister, and should be so to them."

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Deuteronomy 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.

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like portions:

Leviticus 7:8-9 And the priest that offereth any man's burnt offering, [even] the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered. ... And all the meat offering that is baken in the oven, and all that is dressed in the fryingpan, and in the pan, shall be the priest's that offereth it.
Leviticus 7:14 And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation [for] an heave offering unto the LORD, [and] it shall be the priest's that sprinkleth the blood of the peace offerings.
Nehemiah 12:44 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.
Nehemiah 12:47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, every day his portion: and they sanctified [holy things] unto the Levites; and the Levites sanctified [them] unto the children of Aaron.
Luke 10:7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.
1 Corinthians 9:7-14 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? ... Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
1 Timothy 5:17-18 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. ... For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer [is] worthy of his reward.

that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony:
Heb. his sales by the fathers
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