Numbers 1:47-54 (New American Standard)

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Levites Exempted

47 1The Levites, however, were not numbered among them by their fathers' tribe. 48 For the LORD had spoken to Moses, saying, 49 "Only the tribe of Levi 2you shall not number, nor shall you take their acensus among the sons of Israel. 50 "But you shall 3appoint the Levites over the btabernacle of the testimony, and over all its furnishings and over all that belongs to it. They shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings, and they shall take care of it; they shall also camp around the ctabernacle. 51 "4So when the tabernacle is to set out, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle encamps, the Levites shall set it up. But 5the dlayman who comes near shall be put to death. 52 "6The sons of Israel shall camp, each man by his own camp, and each man by his own standard, according to their armies. 53 "7But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there will be 8no wrath on the congregation of the sons of Israel. 9So the Levites shall keep charge of the tabernacle of the testimony." 54 Thus the sons of Israel did; according to all which the LORD had commanded Moses, so they did.
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