18:6 Suppose a Levite comes by his own free will 1 from one of your villages, from any part of Israel where he is living, 2 to the place the Lord chooses 18:7 and serves in the name of the Lord his God like his fellow Levites who stand there before the Lord. 18:8 He must eat the same share they do, despite any profits he may gain from the sale of his family’s inheritance. 3
1 tn Heb “according to all the desire of his soul.”
2 tn Or “sojourning.” The verb used here refers to living temporarily in a place, not settling down.
3 tn Presumably this would not refer to a land inheritance, since that was forbidden to the descendants of Levi (v. 1). More likely it referred to some family possessions (cf. NIV, NCV, NRSV, CEV) or other private property (cf. NLT “a private source of income”), or even support sent by relatives (cf. TEV “whatever his family sends him”).