Numbers 4:44

Overview - Numbers 4
The age at which the Levites were to begin to serve, and the duration of the service.
The duty of the Kohathites.
16 The charge of Eleazar.
17 The office of the priests.
21 The duty of the Gershonites;
29 of the Merarites.
34 The number of the Kohathites;
38 of the Gershonites
42 and of the Merarites.
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Numbers 4:44  (King James Version)
Even those that were numbered of them after their families, were three thousand and two hundred.

The family of Merari, though smaller than either of the other families of Levi, yet had a greater number of able men than any of them; for out of Numbers 4:6 Numbers 4:200 ; males of a month old and upwards, we find Numbers 4:3 Numbers 4:200 ; who were neither too young nor too old for the service of the sanctuary; which was more than one-half of their whole number. In this the wisdom and providence of God appear most conspicuously; for the Merarites were charged with the heaviest part of the sanctuary, as the boards, bars, sockets, etc; and though waggons were afterwards provided for them, yet the loading and unloading of the sockets, and other things of great weight, would require much strength, both bodily and numerical
(Compare ver. 36, ; 40, ; with ch. 3:22 28, ; 24.) Thus God ever manifests his wisdom, in fitting men for the work to which they are appointed, whether with respect to number or gifts: "For to one is given, by the Spirit, the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge, by the same Spirit; to another faith, by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing, by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."
3:34 Deuteronomy 33:25 ; 1 Corinthians 10:13 ; 12:8-12 2 Corinthians 12:9 2 Corinthians 12:10
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