10:9 Therefore Levi has no allotment or inheritance 1 among his brothers; 2 the Lord is his inheritance just as the Lord your God told him.
18:1 The Levitical priests 3 – indeed, the entire tribe of Levi – will have no allotment or inheritance with Israel; they may eat the burnt offerings of the Lord and of his inheritance. 4 18:2 They 5 will have no inheritance in the midst of their fellow Israelites; 6 the Lord alone is their inheritance, just as he had told them.
1 sn Levi has no allotment or inheritance. As the priestly tribe, Levi would have no land allotment except for forty-eight towns set apart for their use (Num 35:1-8; Josh 21:1-42). But theirs was a far greater inheritance, for the
2 tn That is, among the other Israelite tribes.
3 tn The MT places the terms “priests” and “Levites” in apposition, thus creating an epexegetical construction in which the second term qualifies the first, i.e., “Levitical priests.” This is a way of asserting their legitimacy as true priests. The Syriac renders “to the priest and to the Levite,” making a distinction between the two, but one that is out of place here.
4 sn Of his inheritance. This is a figurative way of speaking of the produce of the land the
5 tn Heb “he” (and throughout the verse).
6 tn Heb “brothers,” but not referring to actual siblings. Cf. NASB “their countrymen”; NRSV “the other members of the community.”