3:12 “Look, 1 I myself have taken the Levites from among the Israelites instead of 2 every firstborn who opens the womb among the Israelites. So the Levites belong to me,
1 tn The particle הִנֵּה (hinneh) here carries its deictic force, calling attention to the fact that is being declared. It is underscoring the fact that the Lord himself chose Levi.
2 tn Literally “in the place of.”