|Overview - Numbers 3|
|1||The sons of Aaron.|
|5||The Levites are given to the priests instead of the first-born;|
|14||are numbered by their families.|
|21||The families, number, and charge of the Gershonites;|
|27||of the Kohathites;|
|33||of the Merarites.|
|38||The place and charge of Moses and Aaron.|
|40||The first-born are freed by the Levites.|
|44||The overplus are redeemed.|
Numbers 3:22 (King James Version)
Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, even those that were numbered of them were seven thousand and five hundred.
- from a month old
- The males of all the other tribes were numbered from twenty years old and upwards; but, had the Levites been numbered in this way, they would not have been nearly equal in number to the first-born of the twelve tribes. Add to this, that as there must have been first-born of all ages in the other tribes, it was necessary that the Levites, who were to be their substitutes, should also be of all ages; and it appears to have been partly on this ground, that the Levites were numbered from a month old and upwards.