Numbers 4 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Census of the Kohathites

1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 "{Take a census}a of the descendantsb of Kohath from the midst of the descendantsc of Levi, according to their clans and {their families},d 3 from {thirty years old}e and above, up to {fifty years old},f everyone who comes to the service to do the work in the tent of assembly. 4 This [is] the work of the descendantsg of Kohath in the tent of assembly, concerning the holiness of the sanctuary: 5 When setting out the camp, Aaron and his sons will go and lower the curtain of the covering and cover with it the ark of the testimony.h 6 They will put on it a covering of {fine leather},i and they will spread a cloth of perfect blue over it, and they will place its poles. 7 And over the table of the presence they will spread [out] a blue cloth and put on it the plates, dishes, and libation bowls, and the pitchers of the libation; and the bread of continuity will be on it. 8 They will spread over it a scarlet cloth, and they will cover it with a covering of {fine leather},j and they will place its poles. 9 They will take a blue cloth and cover the lampstand for the light source, its lamps, a pair of its tongs, its small pans, and all the vessels of its oil with which they attend to it. 10 They will put it and all its vessels inside a covering of {fine leather}k and put it on the carrying frame. 11 Over the altar of gold they will spread a blue cloth, and they will cover it with a covering of {fine leather}l and place its poles. 12 They will take all the vessels of the cultic service with which they serve in the sanctuary and put [them] on a blue cloth, and they will cover them with a covering of {fine leather};m and they will put [them] on the carrying frame. 13 They will remove the fat-soaked ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth over it; 14 they will put on it all the vessels with which they serve, the fire pans, forks, shovels, and bowls--all the vessels of the altar. They will spread on it a covering of {fine leather};n and they will place its poles. 15 And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the vessels of the sanctuary when the camp sets out, the descendantso of Kohath will come after to carry [these], but they must not touch the sanctuary, or they will die. These [are] the load of the descendantsp of Kohath in the tent of assembly. 16 "Eleazar son of Aaron the priest is to supervise the oil of the light source, the incense, {the regular grain offering},q the oil of anointment, the supervision of all the tabernacle and all that [is] in it, in the sanctuary and in its vessels." 17 Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 18 "You must not cut off the tribe of the clan of the Kohathitesr from the midst of the Levites. 19 Do this to them and they will live and not die when they come near the most holy things. Aaron and his sons will go and appoint them, each one to his task and burden. 20 But they must not go and look {for a moment}s at the holy objects." 21 Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 22 "{Take a census}t of the descendantsu of Gershon also, according to {their families}v and clans, 23 from {those twenty years old}w and above until {fifty years old};x you will mustery them, all who come to help to do the work of the tent of assembly. 24 This [is] the work of the clans of the Gershonites:z to serve and to carry. 25 They will carry the curtains of the tabernacle and the tent of assembly [and] its covering and the covering of {fine leather},aa which {is on top of it},bb and the curtain of the doorway of the tent of assembly, 26 and the curtains of the courtyard, and the covering for the doorway of the gate of the courtyard, which [is] all around on the tabernacle and altar, and their cords and all the vessels of their work; and all that is done to them they will do. 27 And all the work of the descendantscc of the Gershonitesdd will be at {the command}ee of Aaron and his sons, for all they [are to] carry and for all their work, and you will appoint to them responsibility for all they [are to] carry. 28 This [is] the work of the clan of the descendantsff of the Gershonitesgg in the tent of assembly, and their responsibility [lies] {under the direction}hh of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest. 29 "[For] the descendantsii of Merari according to their clans, according to {their families},jj you will musterkk them; 30 from {those thirty years old}ll and above until {fifty years old};mm you will musternn them, all who come to do the work of the tent of assembly. 31 And this [is] the responsibility of {those who are to carry},oo all their work in the tent of assembly: the frames of the tabernacle and its bars, pillars, and bases, 32 and the pillars of the courtyard all around, and their bases, pegs, and cords, with all their vessels and for all their work. You will appoint by name the vessels that they [are] responsible to carry. 33 This [is] the work of the clan of the descendantspp of Merari, for all their work in the tent of assembly {under the direction}qq of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest." 34 And Moses and Aaron mustered the leaders of the community according to the house of {their families},rr 35 from {those thirty years old}ss and above until {fifty years old};tt everyone who comes to the service to work in the tent of assembly, 36 the {ones counted}uu were two thousand seven hundred and fifty. 37 These [were] those counted of the clans of the Kohathites,vv everyone who served in the tent of assembly whom Moses and Aaron musteredww according to {the command}xx of Yahweh by the hand of Moses.yy 38 And the descendantszz of Gershon counted according to their clans and according to {their families},52 39 from {those thirty years old}53 and above until {fifty years old},54 everyone who comes to the service to work in the tent of assembly; 40 the {ones counted},55 according to their clans, according to {their families},56 were two thousand six hundred and thirty. 41 These [were] those counted of the clans of the descendants57 of Gershon, everyone who serves in the tent of assembly whom Moses and Aaron mustered58 according to {the command}59 of Yahweh. 42 Those counted of the clans of the descendants60 of Merari according to their clans, according to {their families},61 43 from {those thirty years old}62 and above until {fifty years old},63 everyone who comes to the service to work in the tent of assembly, 44 the {ones counted},64 according to their clans, were three thousand two hundred. 45 These [were] those counted of the clans of the descendants65 of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron mustered66 according to {the command}67 of Yahweh by the hand of Moses.68 46 All those counted of the Levites whom Moses and Aaron and all the leaders of Israel mustered69 according to their clans, according to {their families},70 47 from {those thirty years old}71 and above until {fifty years old},72 everyone who comes to the service to do [the] work of the service carrying in the tent of assembly, 48 the {ones counted}73 were eighty thousand five hundred and eighty. 49 According to {the command}74 of Yahweh by the hand of Moses75 {they were mustered},76 each man according to his service and according to their77 service and according to their78 burden; and so they were counted by him just as Yahweh commanded Moses.
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