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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Numbers 3:14–4:16

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14 Then the Lord spoke to Moses ain the wilderness of Sinai, saying,

15 “1aNumber the sons of Levi by their fathers’ households, by their families; every male from a month old and upward you shall number.”

16 So Moses numbered them according to the 1word of the Lord, just as he had been commanded.

17 aThese then are the sons of Levi by their names: Gershon and Kohath and Merari.

18 These are the names of the asons of Gershon by their families: Libni and Shimei;

19 and the sons of Kohath by their families: Amram and Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel;

20 and the sons of Merari by their families: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to their fathers’ households.

21 Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites and the family of the Shimeites; these were the families of the Gershonites.

22 Their numbered men, in the numbering of every male from a month old and upward, even their numbered men were 7,500.

23 The families of the Gershonites were to camp behind the 1tabernacle westward,

24 and the leader of the fathers’ households of the Gershonites was Eliasaph the son of Lael.

Duties of the Priests

25 Now athe duties of the sons of Gershon in the tent of meeting involved the tabernacle and bthe tent, its covering, and cthe screen for the doorway of the tent of meeting,

26 and athe hangings of the court, and bthe screen for the doorway of the court which is around the tabernacle and the altar, and its cords, according to all the service 1concerning them.

27 Of Kohath was the family of the Amramites and the family of the Izharites and the family of the Hebronites and the family of the Uzzielites; these were the families of the Kohathites.

28 In the numbering of every male from a month old and upward, there were 8,600, performing the duties of the sanctuary.

29 The families of the sons of Kohath were to camp on the southward side of the tabernacle,

30 and the leader of the fathers’ households of the Kohathite families was 1Elizaphan the son of Uzziel.

31 Now atheir duties involved bthe ark, cthe table, dthe lampstand, ethe altars, and the utensils of the sanctuary with which they minister, and the screen, and all the service 1concerning them;

32 and Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest was the chief of the leaders of Levi, and had the oversight of those who perform the duties of the sanctuary.

33 Of Merari was the family of the Mahlites and the family of the Mushites; these were the families of Merari.

34 Their numbered men in the numbering of every male from a month old and upward, were 6,200.

35 The leader of the fathers’ households of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail. They were to acamp on the northward side of the tabernacle.

36 Now the appointed duties of the sons of Merari involved the frames of the tabernacle, its bars, its pillars, its sockets, all its equipment, and the service concerning them,

37 and the pillars around the court with their sockets and their pegs and their cords.

38 Now those who were to acamp before the tabernacle eastward, before the tent of meeting toward the sunrise, are Moses and Aaron and his sons, performing the duties of the sanctuary for the obligation of the sons of Israel; but bthe 1layman coming near was to be put to death.

39 All the numbered men of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered at the 1command of the Lord by their families, every male from a month old and upward, were a22,000.

Firstborn Redeemed

40 Then the Lord said to Moses, “aNumber every firstborn male of the sons of Israel from a month old and upward, and 1make a list of their names.

41 “You ashall take the Levites for Me, I am the Lord, instead of all the firstborn among the sons of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the cattle of the sons of Israel.”

42 So Moses numbered all the firstborn among the sons of Israel, just as the Lord had commanded him;

43 and all the firstborn males by the number of names from a month old and upward, for their numbered men were a22,273.

44 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

45 “aTake the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the sons of Israel and the cattle of the Levites. And the Levites shall be Mine; I am the Lord.

46 “aFor the ransom of the 273 of the firstborn of the sons of Israel who are in excess beyond the Levites,

47 you shall take afive shekels apiece, per head; you shall take them in bterms of the shekel of the sanctuary (cthe shekel is twenty 1gerahs),

48 and give the money, the ransom of those who are in excess among them, to Aaron and to his sons.”

49 So Moses took the ransom money from those who were in excess, beyond those ransomed by the Levites;

50 from the firstborn of the sons of Israel he took the money in terms of the shekel of the sanctuary, 1,365.

51 Then Moses gave the ransom money to Aaron and to his sons, at the 1command of the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Chapter 4

Duties of the Kohathites

1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,

2 “Take 1a census of the 2descendants of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers’ households,

3 from athirty years and upward, even to fifty years old, all who enter the service to do the work in the tent of meeting.

4 “This is the work of the 1descendants of Kohath in the tent of meeting, concerning the most holy things.

5 “When the camp sets out, Aaron and his sons shall go in and they shall take down athe veil of the screen and cover the bark of the testimony with it;

6 and they shall lay a acovering of porpoise skin on it, and shall spread over it a cloth of pure 1blue, and shall insert its poles.

7 “Over the table of the bread of the Presence they shall also spread a cloth of 1blue and put on it the dishes and the pans and the sacrificial bowls and the jars for the drink offering, and athe continual bread shall be on it.

8 “They shall spread over them a cloth of scarlet material, and cover the same with a covering of porpoise skin, and they shall insert its poles.

9 “Then they shall take a 1blue cloth and cover the alampstand for the light, balong with its lamps and its snuffers, and its 2trays and all its oil vessels, by which they serve it;

10 and they shall put it and all its utensils in a covering of porpoise skin, and shall put it on the carrying bars.

11 “Over the golden altar they shall spread a 1blue cloth and cover it with a covering of porpoise skin, and shall insert its poles;

12 and they shall take all the utensils of service, with which they serve in the sanctuary, and put them in a 1blue cloth and cover them with a covering of porpoise skin, and put them on the carrying bars.

13 “Then they shall take away the 1ashes from the aaltar, and spread a purple cloth over it.

14 “They shall also put on it all its utensils by which they serve in connection with it: the firepans, the forks and shovels and the basins, all the utensils of the altar; and they shall spread a cover of porpoise skin over it and insert its poles.

15 “When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy objects and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is to set out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry them, so that they will not touch the holy objects aand die. These are the 1things in the tent of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry.

16 “The responsibility of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest is athe oil for the light and the bfragrant incense and cthe continual grain offering and dthe anointing oil—the responsibility of all the 1tabernacle and of all that is in it, with the sanctuary and its furnishings.”

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