18:20 The Lord spoke to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any portion of property 2 among them – I am your portion and your inheritance among the Israelites.
1 sn Salt was used in all the offerings; its importance as a preservative made it a natural symbol for the covenant which was established by sacrifice. Even general agreements were attested by sacrifice, and the phrase “covenant of salt” speaks of such agreements as binding and irrevocable. Note the expression in Ezra 4:14, “we have been salted with the salt of the palace.” See further J. F. Ross, IDB 4:167.
2 tn The phrase “of property” is supplied as a clarification.