14 Then the Lord spoke to Moses ain the wilderness of Sinai, saying,
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;
23 The families of the Gershonites were to camp behind the 1tabernacle westward,
30 and the leader of the fathers’ households of the Kohathite families was 1Elizaphan the son of Uzziel.
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.
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.
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.”
43 and all the firstborn males by the number of names from a month old and upward, for their numbered men were a22,273.
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,
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.
1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
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.
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.
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.
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.”