The Lord spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting in the Wilderness of Sinai, on the first [day] of the second month of the second yeara after Israel's departure from the land of Egypt:
"Take a censusb of the entire Israelite community by their clans and their ancestral houses, counting the names of every male one by one.
You and Aaron are to register those who are 20 years old or more by their military divisions-everyone who can serve in Israel's army.c4
A man from each tribe is to be with you, each one the head of his ancestral house.
These are the names of the men who are to assist you: Elizur son of Shedeur from Reuben;
Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai from Simeon;