Notes for Levi:
His name in Hebrew is: לוי Lêvîy (lay-vee’) Strongs #: 3878; attached. His name
in Greek is: Λευϊ Lĕuï (lyoo-ee’) Strongs #: 3017.
Jacob, Levi’s father was 86 when Levi was born.
Jacob had already been living in Haran for nine years when Levi was born.
At the age of 11, Levi left with his family to return to where Jacob came from and
met with a few hardships along the way. (1)
The place of abode upon arriving in Canaan from Haran was outside the town of Shechem
where they stayed 18 months. (2)
Upon the kidnapping of Levi’s sister, Dinah, Levi and his older brother Simeon laid
Shechem to waste on account of their sister.
It looked like Levi would be going to his first battle at the age of 12, but it turned
out that the Canaanites decided that it wouldn’t be a very good idea. If two can
take a city, then an army of 112 would be devastating. (3)
At 13, Levi and his family moved to Bethel for a six month stay.
At 14, his Aunt Rachel died at childbirth while bringing Benjamin into the world.
At 19, Levi and his family came again to Shechem but their arrival made headline
news amongst the Canaanites since they didn’t want to lose their city again. This
time war was inevitable!
The armies of the seven Canaanite kings came against them, but to make a long story
short, Levi and his brothers destroyed the kings as well as seven cites, although
it took several days to do it. (4) In one of the battles, Levi nearly lost his
hand after his shield was shattered. (5)
Levi’s mother, Leah died when Levi was 20, and it was after that time that his half-brother
Joseph started making a nuisance of himself. Although Joseph ranked himself better
than his brothers, Father Jacob still loved the brat so much that Jacob made a colorful
coat for him with long sleeves. (6)
What was the most annoying were Joseph’s dreams, and since Levi had the gift of interpreting
dreams it made him dislike his brother all the more! (7)
The only relief from Joseph was to look after the cattle with his brothers in Shechem
(they had been dwelling in Hebron with Grandfather Isaac), but Joseph still found
his brothers even when Levi moved with his brothers 15 miles north to Dothan.
Even before Joseph arrived at the camp, Levi planned to be part of the plan to kill
Joseph, but Reuben wanted nothing to do with the plan, so Joseph was placed in a
pit so Reuben could secretly let Joseph return home.
While Reuben was away from the camp, Levi and his brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites
for 20 pieces of silver, but Levi later regretted it.
With Joseph being sold to the Ishmaelites and taken to Egypt, Levi and his brothers
took Joseph’s coat, tore it and dipped it in the blood of a goat and delivered it
to Jacob. (8)
Twenty years later at the age of 42, Levi was sent to Egypt with his brothers (except
Benjamin) to buy corn since there was a severe famine in Canaan.
Upon Levi’s brother return back to Egypt fourteen months later, troubles began after
Levi and his brothers had dined with the governor, and that was when Benjamin was
accused of stealing the Governor’s cup. However, the excitement didn’t really begin
until the governor said that he would use Benjamin as a slave in his house. (9)
Again, troubles began after Levi and his brothers had dined with the governor when
Benjamin was accused of stealing the governor’s cup. However, the excitement didn’t
really begin until the governor said that he would use Benjamin as a slave in his
This act grieved Levi and his brethren, but it wasn’t until the governor saw that
the brothers were willing to fight for their younger brother that he reviewed himself
to them that Zaphnathpaaneah was actually Joseph.
This act both gladdened and frightened Levi. (11)
Levi was able to return home with all his brethren telling Jacob the glad tidings
in which they made the trip back to Egypt with the whole family, and was able to
witness the joyous reunion of father and son in Egypt. (12)
Seventeen years later, when Levi was 61, his father died and requested to be buried
in the Cave of Machpelah, but the funeral procession was halted for short time while
by Levi’s Uncle Esau. (13)
Because of the battle at the Cave of Machpelach, another one ensued with the Edomites
in which some Edomites were taken captive and taken to Egypt. Having captive Edomites
in Egypt for slaves to the Israelites was considered a shame to the Edomites, so
war was waged against the Children of Jacob as well as the Egyptians, but the Edomites
ended up losing the battle the third time. (14)
After Levi had lived in Egypt for 93 years, he died at the age of 137. (15)
More About Levi:
Burial: 1387BC in Mauda, Canaan