"This is the work1 of the Kohathites2 in the Tent of Meeting: the care of the most holy things.35
When the camp is to move,4 Aaron and his sons are to go in and take down the shielding curtain5 and cover the ark of the Testimony with it.66
Then they are to cover this with hides of sea cows,a7 spread a cloth of solid blue over that and put the poles8 in place.
"Over the table of the Presence9 they are to spread a blue cloth and put on it the plates, dishes and bowls, and the jars for drink offerings;10 the bread that is continually there11 is to remain on it.
Over these they are to spread a scarlet cloth, cover that with hides of sea cows and put its poles12 in place.
"They are to take a blue cloth and cover the lampstand that is for light, together with its lamps, its wick trimmers and trays,13 and all its jars for the oil used to supply it.
Then they are to wrap it and all its accessories in a covering of hides of sea cows and put it on a carrying frame.1411
"Over the gold altar15 they are to spread a blue cloth and cover that with hides of sea cows and put its poles16 in place.
"They are to take all the articles17 used for ministering in the sanctuary, wrap them in a blue cloth, cover that with hides of sea cows and put them on a carrying frame.1813
"They are to remove the ashes19 from the bronze altar20 and spread a purple cloth over it.
Then they are to place on it all the utensils21 used for ministering at the altar, including the firepans,22 meat forks,23 shovels24 and sprinkling bowls.25 Over it they are to spread a covering of hides of sea cows and put its poles26 in place.
"After Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy furnishings and all the holy articles, and when the camp is ready to move,27 the Kohathites28 are to come to do the carrying.29 But they must not touch the holy things30 or they will die.3132 The Kohathites are to carry those things that are in the Tent of Meeting.