Verse of the Day: Tithing in Nehemiah

May 26, 2007


Here’s another one for our tithing series.

37 to bring the firstfruits of our dough, our offerings, the fruit from all kinds of trees, the new wine and oil, to the priests, to the storerooms of the house of our God; and to bring the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all our farming communities. 38 And the priest, the descendant of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes; and the Levites shall bring up a tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the rooms of the storehouse.

39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the grain, of the new wine and the oil, to the storerooms where the articles of the sanctuary are, where the priests who minister and the gatekeepers and the singers are; and we will not neglect the house of our God.

Nehemiah 10:37-39 (NKJV)

From the Life Application Bible:

According to God’s law, the people were to give a tenth of their produce to the Temple for the support of the Levites (those who cared for the Temple and the religious observances). A tenth of what the Levites received or produced went to the priests for their support. The principle at work was to ensure the support of the house of God and his workers. We must not overlook our responsibility to God’s workers today.

2 Responses to “Verse of the Day: Tithing in Nehemiah”

  1. Please READ thd verse you aquoted.
    Lev 10:37b “…and to bring the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all our farming communities.”
    The people brought the Levitical tithe TO THE LEVIICAL CITIES and not to the Temple!!! It was the responsibility of the Levities and priests to normally bring that portion of the tithe they needed to the Temple as they ministered. That is why Mal 3:10 is interpreted wrong!
    Because of what the Bible teaches about the Levitical cities and the 24 courses of Levites adn priests, 98% of thsoe the tithe was legislated to feed were not at teh Temple most of the time. They were herding, farming and learning skills for use at the Temple.

  2. The notes from the Life Application Bible were in reference to the New Living Translation of the verse which says “Temple”:

    37 We will store the produce in the storerooms of the Temple of our God. We will bring the best of our flour and other grain offerings, the best of our fruit, and the best of our new wine and olive oil. And we promise to bring to the Levites a tenth of everything our land produces, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our rural towns.

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