Moses, Aaron, and his sons, who performed the duties ofa the sanctuary as a service on behalf of the Israelites, camped in front of the tabernacle on the east,b in front of the tent of meeting toward the sunrise. Any unauthorized person who came near [it] was to be put to death.c39
The total number of all the Levite males one month old or more that Moses and Aarond registered by their clans at the Lord's command was 22,000.
The Lord told Moses: "Register every firstborn male of the Israelitese one month old or more, and list their names.
You are to take the Levites for Me-I am the Lord-in place of every firstborn among the Israelites, and the Levites' cattle in place of every firstborn among the Israelites' cattle."
So Moses registered every firstborn among the Israelites, as the Lord commanded him.
The total number of the firstborn males one month old or more listed by name was 22,273.
The Lord spoke to Moses again:
"Take the Levites in place of every firstborn among the Israelites, and the Levites' cattle in place of their cattle. The Levites belong to Me; I am the Lord.f46
As the redemption price for the 273 firstborn Israelites who outnumber the Levites,
collect five shekels for each person, according to the standard sanctuary shekel-20 gerahs to the shekel.g48
Give the money to Aaron and his sons as the redemption price for those who are in excess among the Israelites."