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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Numbers 4:21–5:10

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Duties of the Gershonites

21 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

22 “Take 1a census of the sons of Gershon 2also, by their fathers’ households, by their families;

23 from athirty years and upward to fifty years old, you shall 1number them; all who enter to perform the service to do the work in the tent of meeting.

24 “This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, in serving and in carrying:

25 they shall carry athe curtains of the tabernacle and the tent of meeting with its covering and bthe covering of porpoise skin that is on top of it, and the screen for the doorway of the tent of meeting,

26 and athe hangings of the court, and the screen for the doorway of the gate of the court which is around the tabernacle and the altar, and their cords and all the equipment for their service; and all that is to be done, 1they shall perform.

27 “All the service of the sons of the Gershonites, in all their loads and in all their work, shall be performed at the 1command of Aaron and his sons; and you shall assign to them as a duty all their loads.

28 “This is the service of the families of the sons of the Gershonites in the tent of meeting, and their duties shall be 1under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.

Duties of the Merarites

29As for the sons of Merari, you shall number them by their families, by their fathers’ households;

30 from athirty years and upward even to fifty years old, you shall number them, everyone who enters the service to do the work of the tent of meeting.

31 “Now this is the duty of their loads, for all their service in the tent of meeting: the boards of the tabernacle and its bars and its pillars and its 1sockets,

32 and the pillars around the court and their 1sockets and their pegs and their cords, with all their equipment and with all their service; and you shall assign each man by name the items 2he is to carry.

33 “This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari, according to all their service in the tent of meeting, 1under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.”

34 So Moses and Aaron and the leaders of the congregation numbered the sons of the Kohathites by their families and by their fathers’ households,

35 from athirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered the service for work in the tent of meeting.

36 Their numbered men by their families were 2,750.

37 These are the numbered men of the Kohathite families, everyone who was serving in the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the 1commandment of the Lord 2through Moses.

38 The numbered men of the sons of Gershon by their families and by their fathers’ households,

39 from thirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered the service for work in the tent of meeting.

40 Their numbered men by their families, by their fathers’ households, were 2,630.

41 These are the numbered men of the families of the sons of Gershon, everyone who was serving in the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the 1commandment of the Lord.

42 The numbered men of the families of the sons of Merari by their families, by their fathers’ households,

43 from athirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered the service for work in the tent of meeting.

44 Their numbered men by their families were 3,200.

45 These are the numbered men of the families of the sons of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the 1commandment of the Lord 2through Moses.

46 All the numbered men of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron and the leaders of Israel numbered, by their families and by their fathers’ households,

47 from thirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who could enter to do the work of service and the work of carrying in the tent of meeting.

48 Their numbered men were a8,580.

49 According to the 1commandment of the Lord 2through Moses, they awere numbered, everyone by his serving or carrying; thus these were his numbered men, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Chapter 5

On Defilement

1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

2 “Command the sons of Israel that they asend away from the camp every leper and everyone having a bdischarge and everyone who is cunclean because of a dead person.

3 “You shall send away both male and female; you shall send them outside the camp so that they will not defile their camp where I dwell ain their midst.”

4 The sons of Israel did so and sent them outside the camp; just as the Lord had spoken to Moses, thus the sons of Israel did.

5 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

6 “Speak to the sons of Israel, ‘aWhen a man or woman commits any of the sins of mankind, acting unfaithfully against the Lord, and that person is guilty,

7 then 1he shall aconfess 2his sins which 3he has committed, and he bshall make restitution in full for his wrong and add to it one-fifth of it, and give it to him whom he has wronged.

8 ‘But if the man has no 1relative to whom restitution may be made for the wrong, the restitution which is made for the wrong must go to the Lord for the priest, besides the ram of atonement, by which atonement is made for him.

9 ‘aAlso every 1contribution pertaining to all the holy gifts of the sons of Israel, which they offer to the priest, shall be his.

10 ‘So every man’s holy gifts shall be his; whatever any man gives to the priest, it abecomes his.’ ”

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