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32凡牛群 羊群 中,一切从杖 下经过的 ,每第十只 要归给耶和华 为圣 。
32And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
32 Verse 32. Whatsoever passeth under the rod] The

signification of this verse is well given by the rabbins: "When a

man was to give the tithe of his sheep or calves to God, he was

to shut up the whole flock in one fold, in which there was one

narrow door capable of letting out one at a time. The owner,

about to give the tenth to the Lord, stood by the door with a rod

in his hand, the end of which was dipped in vermilion or red

ochre. The mothers of those lambs or calves stood without: the

door being opened, the young ones ran out to join themselves to

their dams; and as they passed out the owner stood with his rod

over them, and counted one, two, three, four, five, &c., and when

the tenth came, he touched it with the coloured rod, by which it

was distinguished to be the tithe calf, sheep, &c., and whether

poor or lean, perfect or blemished, that was received as the

legitimate tithe." It seems to be in reference to this custom

that the Prophet Ezekiel, speaking to Israel, says: I will cause

you to pass under the rod, and will bring you into the bond of

the covenant-you shall be once more claimed as the Lord's

property, and be in all things devoted to his service, being

marked or ascertained, by especial providences and manifestations

of his kindness, to be his peculiar people.

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