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The Service of the Kohathites

4:1 1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: 4:2 “Take a census2 of the Kohathites from among the Levites, by their families and by their clans, 4:3 from thirty years old and upward to fifty years old, all who enter the company3 to do the work in the tent of meeting. 4:4 This is the service of the Kohathites in the tent of meeting, relating to the most holy things.4 4:5 When it is time for the camp to journey,5 Aaron and his sons must come and take down the screening curtain and cover the ark of the testimony with it. 4:6 Then they must put over it a covering of fine leather6 and spread over that a cloth entirely of blue, and then they must insert its poles.

4:7 “On the table of the presence7 they must spread a blue8 cloth, and put on it the dishes, the pans, the bowls, and the pitchers for pouring, and the Bread of the Presence must be on it continually. 4:8 They must spread over them a scarlet cloth, and cover the same with a covering of fine leather; and they must insert its poles.

4:9 “They must take a blue cloth and cover the lampstand of the light, with its lamps, its wick-trimmers, its trays, and all its oil vessels, with which they service it. 4:10 Then they must put it with all its utensils in a covering of fine leather, and put it on a carrying beam.9

4:11 “They must spread a blue cloth on the gold altar, and cover it with a covering of fine leather; and they must insert its poles. 4:12 Then they must take all the utensils of the service, with which they serve in the sanctuary, put them in a blue cloth, cover them with a covering of fine leather, and put them on a carrying beam. 4:13 Also, they must take away the ashes from the altar10 and spread a purple cloth over it. 4:1Then they must place on it all its implements with which they serve there—the trays, the meat forks, the shovels, the basins, and all the utensils of the altar—and they must spread on it a covering of fine leather, and then insert its poles.11

4:15 “When Aaron and his sons have finished12 covering13 the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is ready to journey, then14 the Kohathites will come to carry them;15 but they must not touch16 any17 holy thing, or they will die.18 These are the responsibilities19 of the Kohathites with the tent of meeting.

4:16 “The appointed responsibility of Eleazar son of Aaron the priest is for the oil for the light, and the spiced incense, and the daily grain offering, and the anointing oil; he also has20 the appointed responsibility over all the tabernacle with21 all that is in it, over the sanctuary and over all its furnishings.”22

4:17 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: 4:18 “Do not allow the tribe of the families of the Kohathites to be cut off23 from among the Levites; 4:19 but in order that they will live24 and not die when they approach the most holy things, do this for them: Aaron and his sons will go in and appoint25 each man26 to his service and his responsibility. 4:20 But the Kohathites27 are not to go in to watch while the holy things are being covered, or they will die.”


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