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{Numbers 8:25} And from the age 1121 x4480 of fifty 2572 years 8141 they shall cease y7725 z8799 waiting y6635 upon x7725 x4480 x6635 the service 5656 [thereof], and shall serve 5647 z8799 no x3808 more: x5750
cease waiting upon the service thereof:
Heb. return from the warfare of the service, "From thirtyª yearsª oldª¹ and upwardª until¹ fiftyª yearsª oldª shalt thou numberª° them; all¹ that enter inª° to performª° the service,²¹ to doª° the workª in the tabernacleª of the congregation.ª" {Num 4:23} + "I have foughtª° a goodª fight,ª I have finishedª° [my] course,ª I have keptª° the¹ faith:ª" {2Tm 4:7}; The Levites, above fifty years of age, might superintend and assist their junior brethren in the ordinary offices, and give them and the people counsel and instruction; but they were exempted from carrying the tabernacle and from other laborious services. It is remarkable, that no law was made concerning the age at which the priests should begin to officiate, and though various blemishes disqualified them for the service of the sanctuary, yet they continued their ministrations till death, if capable. On the other hand, nothing is said concerning any bodily defects or blemishes disqualifying the Levites; but the time of their service is expressly settled. Their work was far more laborious than that of the priests; it is therefore likely that the priests would not begin very early to officiate; and the wisdom and experience of age would increase, rather than diminish, their fitness for the sacred duties of their office.

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