471The Levites, however, were not numberedamong them by their fathers'tribe.
For the LORD had spoken to Moses, saying,
49"Only the tribe of Levi2you shall not number, nor shall you take their acensusamong the sons of Israel.
"But you shall 3appoint the Levitesover the btabernacle of the testimony, and overall its furnishings and overall that belongs to it. They shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings, and they shall takecare of it; they shall also camparound the ctabernacle.
"4So when the tabernacle is to set out, the Levites shall take it down ; and when the tabernacleencamps, the Levites shall set it up. But 5the dlayman who comesnear shall be put to death.
"6The sons of Israel shall camp, eachman by his own camp, and eachman by his own standard, according to their armies.
"7But the Levites shall camparound the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there will be 8nowrath on the congregation of the sons of Israel. 9So the Levites shall keepcharge of the tabernacle of the testimony."
Thus the sons of Israeldid ; according to allwhich the LORD had commandedMoses, so they did.