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The Levites were to devote themselves to the work of the Lord and that was a full time job supported through the people’s offerings.

BibleGateway: Deuteronomy 18:1-8

ESV Text: Deuteronomy 18:1-8

KJV Text:

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     1 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance. 2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them. 3 And this shall be the priest’s due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw. 4 The firstfruit also of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him. 5 For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever. 6 And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose; 7 Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand there before the LORD. 8 They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 490 :
Pour out Thy Spirit from on High — Organ Audio

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1. Pour out Thy Spirit from on high, 
Lord, Thine assembled servants bless; 
Graces and gifts to each supply 
And clothe Thy priests with righteousness. 

2. Before Thine altar when we stand 
To teach the truth as taught by Thee, 
Savior, like stars in Thy right hand 
The angels of Thy churches be. 

3. Wisdom and zeal and faith impart, 
Firmness with meekness, from above, 
To bear Thy people on our heart 
And love the souls whom Thou dost love; 

4. To watch and pray and never faint 
By day and night strict guard to keep, 
To warn the sinner, cheer the saint, 
Nourish Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep. 

5. Then, when our work is finished here, 
We may in hope our charge resign. 
When the Chief Shepherd shall appear, 
O God, may they and we be Thine!