* the end.
22 26:12-15 Am 4:4
* thou shalt bring.
As the Levites had no inheritance, the Israelites were not to
forget them, but truly tithe their increase. For their
support, the Levites had, 1. The tenth of all the productions
of the land. 2. Forty-eight cities, each forming a square of
4,000; cubits. 3. Two thousand cubits of ground round each
city; total of land, 53,000; acres. 4. The first-fruits, and
certain parts of all the animals killed in the land. But
though this was a very small proportion for a whole tribe that
had consented to annihilate its political existence, that it
might wait upon the service of God, yet, let it be considered,
that what they possessed was the best of the land: and while
it was slender remuneration for their services, yet their
portion was such as rendered them independent, and kept them
comfortable; so that they could wait on God, and labour in his
work, without distraction.