In the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth day of the month, the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle of the testimony,
and the people of Israel set out by stages from the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud settled down in the wilderness of Paran.
They set out for the first time at the command of the LORD by Moses.
The standard of the camp of the men of Judah set out first by their companies; and over their host was Nahshon the son of Ammin'adab.
And over the host of the tribe of the men of Is'sachar was Nethan'el the son of Zu'ar.
And over the host of the tribe of the men of Zeb'ulun was Eli'ab the son of Helon.
And when the tabernacle was taken down, the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merar'i, who carried the tabernacle, set out.
And the standard of the camp of Reuben set out by their companies; and over their host was Eli'zur the son of Shed'eur.
And over the host of the tribe of the men of Simeon was Shelu'mi-el the son of Zurishad'dai.
And over the host of the tribe of the men of Gad was Eli'asaph the son of Deu'el.
Then the Ko'hathites set out, carrying the holy things, and the tabernacle was set up before their arrival.
And the standard of the camp of the men of E'phraim set out by their companies; and over their host was Eli'shama the son of Ammi'hud.
And over the host of the tribe of the men of Manas'seh was Gama'liel the son of Pedah'zur.
And over the host of the tribe of the men of Benjamin was Abi'dan the son of Gideo'ni.
Then the standard of the camp of the men of Dan, acting as the rear guard of all the camps, set out by their companies; and over their host was Ahie'zer the son of Ammishad'dai.
And over the host of the tribe of the men of Asher was Pa'giel the son of Ochran.
And over the host of the tribe of the men of Naph'tali was Ahi'ra the son of Enan.
This was the order of march of the people of Israel according to their hosts, when they set out.
And Moses said to Hobab the son of Reu'el the Mid'ianite, Moses' father-in-law, "We are setting out for the place of which the LORD said, 'I will give it to you'; come with us, and we will do you good; for the LORD has promised good to Israel."
But he said to him, "I will not go; I will depart to my own land and to my kindred."
And he said, "Do not leave us, I pray you, for you know how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and you will serve as eyes for us.
And if you go with us, whatever good the LORD will do to us, the same will we do to you."
So they set out from the mount of the LORD three days' journey; and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them three days' journey, to seek out a resting place for them.
And the cloud of the LORD was over them by day, whenever they set out from the camp.
And whenever the ark set out, Moses said, "Arise, O LORD, and let thy enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee."
And when it rested, he said, "Return, O LORD, to the ten thousand thousands of Israel."
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)