After the great sickness, the Lord said to Moses and Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest,
"Count all the people of Israel by families. Count all the men who are twenty years old or older who will serve in the army of Israel."
Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke to the people on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River, across from Jericho. They said,
"Count the men twenty years old or older, as the Lord commanded Moses."
The tribe of Reuben, the first son born to Israel, was counted. From Hanoch came the Hanochite family group; from Pallu came the Palluite family group;
from Hezron came the Hezronite family group; from Carmi came the Carmite family group.
These were the family groups of Reuben, and the total number of men was 43,730.
The son of Pallu was Eliab,
and Eliab's sons were Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram were the leaders who turned against Moses and Aaron and followed Korah when he turned against the Lord.
The earth opened up and swallowed them and Korah; they died at the same time the fire burned up the 250 men. This was a warning,
but the children of Korah did not die.
These were the family groups in the tribe of Simeon: From Nemuel came the Nemuelite family group; from Jamin came the Jaminite family group; from Jakin came the Jakinite family group;
from Zerah came the Zerahite family group; from Shaul came the Shaulite family group.
These were the family groups of Simeon, and the total number of men was 22,200.
These were the family groups in the tribe of Gad: From Zephon came the Zephonite family group; from Haggi came the Haggite family group; from Shuni came the Shunite family group;
from Ozni came the Oznite family group; from Eri came the Erite family group;
from Arodi came the Arodite family group; from Areli came the Arelite family group.
These were the family groups of Gad, and the total number of men was 40,500.
Two of Judah's sons, Er and Onan, died in Canaan.
These were the family groups in the tribe of Judah: From Shelah came the Shelanite family group; from Perez came the Perezite family group; from Zerah came the Zerahite family group.
These were the family groups from Perez: From Hezron came the Hezronite family group; from Hamul came the Hamulite family group.
These were the family groups of Judah, and the total number of men was 76,500.
These were the family groups in the tribe of Issachar: From Tola came the Tolaite family group; from Puah came the Puite family group;
from Jashub came the Jashubite family group; from Shimron came the Shimronite family group.
These were the family groups of Issachar, and the total number of men was 64,300.
These were the family groups in the tribe of Zebulun: From Sered came the Seredite family group; from Elon came the Elonite family group; from Jahleel came the Jahleelite family group.
These were the family groups of Zebulun, and the total number of men was 60,500.
These were the family groups of Joseph through Manasseh and Ephraim.
These were the family groups of Manasseh: From Makir came the Makirite family group (Makir was the father of Gilead); from Gilead came the Gileadite family group.
These were the family groups that came from Gilead: From Iezer came the Iezerite family group; from Helek came the Helekite family group;
from Asriel came the Asrielite family group; from Shechem came the Shechemite family group;
from Shemida came the Shemidaite family group; from Hepher came the Hepherite family group.
(Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons; he had only daughters, and their names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.)
These were the family groups of Manasseh, and the total number of men was 52,700.
These were the family groups in the tribe of Ephraim: From Shuthelah came the Shuthelahite family group; from Beker came the Bekerite family group; from Tahan came the Tahanite family group.
This was the family group from Shuthelah: From Eran came the Eranite family group.
These were the family groups of Ephraim, and the total number of men was 32,500. These are the family groups that came from Joseph.
These were the family groups in the tribe of Benjamin: From Bela came the Belaite family group; from Ashbel came the Ashbelite family group; from Ahiram came the Ahiramite family group;
from Shupham came the Shuphamite family group; from Hupham came the Huphamite family group.
These were the family groups from Bela through Ard and Naaman: From Ard came the Ardite family group; from Naaman came the Naamite family group.
These were the family groups of Benjamin, and the total number of men was 45,600.
This was the family group in the tribe of Dan: From Shuham came the Shuhamite family group. That was the family of Dan,
and the total number of men in the Shuhamite family group of Dan was 64,400.
These were the family groups in the tribe of Asher: From Imnah came the Imnite family group; from Ishvi came the Ishvite family group; from Beriah came the Beriite family group.
These were the family groups that came from Beriah: From Heber came the Heberite family group; from Malkiel came the Malkielite family group.
(Asher also had a daughter named Serah.)
These were the family groups of Asher, and the total number of men was 53,400.
These were the family groups in the tribe of Naphtali: From Jahzeel came the Jahzeelite family group; from Guni came the Gunite family group;
from Jezer came the Jezerite family group; from Shillem came the Shillemite family group.
These were the family groups of Naphtali, and the total number of men was 45,400.
So the total number of the men of Israel was 601,730.
The Lord said to Moses,
"Divide the land among these people by the number of names.
A large tribe will get more land, and a small tribe will get less land; the amount of land each tribe gets will depend on the number of its people.
Divide the land by drawing lots, and the land each tribe gets will be named for that tribe.
Divide the land between large and small groups by drawing lots."
The tribe of Levi was also counted. These were the family groups of Levi: From Gershon came the Gershonite family group; from Kohath came the Kohathite family group; from Merari came the Merarite family group.
These also were Levite family groups: the Libnite family group, the Hebronite family group, the Mahlite family group, the Mushite family group, and the Korahite family group. (Kohath was the ancestor of Amram,
whose wife was named Jochebed. She was from the tribe of Levi and she was born in Egypt. She and Amram had two sons, Aaron and Moses, and their sister Miriam.
Aaron was the father of Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
But Nadab and Abihu died because they made an offering before the Lord with the wrong kind of fire.)
The total number of male Levites one month old or older was 23,000. But these men were not counted with the other Israelites, because they were not given any of the land among the other Israelites.
Moses and Eleazar the priest counted all these people. They counted the Israelites on the plains of Moab across the Jordan River from Jericho.
Moses and Aaron the priest had counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai, but no one Moses counted on the plains of Moab was in the first counting.
The Lord had told the Israelites they would all die in the desert, and the only two left were Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.
Then the daughters of Zelophehad came near. Zelophehad was the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh. Zelophehad's daughters belonged to the family groups of Manasseh son of Joseph. The daughters' names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
They went to the entrance of the Meeting Tent and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the people. They said,
"Our father died in the desert. He was not one of Korah's followers who came together against the Lord, but he died because of his own sin, and he had no sons.
Our father's name will die out because he had no sons. Give us property among our father's relatives."
So Moses brought their case to the Lord,
and the Lord said to him,
"The daughters of Zelophehad are right; they should certainly get what their father owned. Give them property among their father's relatives.
"Tell the Israelites, 'If a man dies and has no son, then everything he owned should go to his daughter.
If he has no daughter, then everything he owned should go to his brothers.
If he has no brothers, then everything he owned should go to his father's brothers.
And if his father had no brothers, then everything he owned should go to the nearest relative in his family group. This should be a rule among the people of Israel, as the Lord has given this command to Moses.'"
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Climb this mountain in the Abarim Mountains, and look at the land I have given to the Israelites.
After you have seen it, you will die and join your ancestors as your brother Aaron did,
because you both acted against my command in the Desert of Zin. You did not honor me as holy before the people at the waters of Meribah." (This was at Meribah in Kadesh in the Desert of Zin.)
Moses said to the Lord,
"The Lord is the God of the spirits of all people. May he choose a leader for these people,
who will go in and out before them. He must lead them out like sheep and bring them in; the Lord's people must not be like sheep without a shepherd."
So the Lord said to Moses, "Take Joshua son of Nun, because my Spirit is in him. Put your hand on him,
and have him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the people. Then give him his orders as they watch.
Let him share your honor so that all the Israelites will obey him.
He must stand before Eleazar the priest, and Eleazar will get advice from the Lord by using the Urim. At his command all the Israelites will go out, and at his command they will all come in."
Moses did what the Lord told him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the people,
and he put his hands on him and gave him orders, just as the Lord had told him.
The Lord said to Moses,
"Give this command to the Israelites. Tell them: 'Bring me food offerings made by fire, for a smell that is pleasing to me, and be sure to bring them at the right time.'
Say to them, 'These are the offerings you must bring to the Lord: two male lambs, a year old, as a burnt offering each day. They must have nothing wrong with them.
Offer one lamb in the morning and the other lamb at twilight.
Also bring a grain offering of two quarts of fine flour, mixed with one quart of oil from pressed olives.
This is the daily burnt offering which began at Mount Sinai; its smell is pleasing to the Lord.
Offer one quart of wine with each lamb as a drink offering; pour it out to the Lord at the Holy Place.
Offer the second lamb at twilight. As in the morning, also give a grain offering and a drink offering. This offering is made by fire, and its smell is pleasing to the Lord.
"'On the Sabbath day you must give two male lambs, a year old, that have nothing wrong with them. Also give a drink offering and a grain offering; the grain offering must be four quarts of fine flour mixed with olive oil.
This is the burnt offering for every Sabbath, in addition to the daily burnt offering and drink offering.
"'On the first day of each month bring a burnt offering to the Lord. This will be two young bulls, one male sheep, and seven male lambs a year old, and they must have nothing wrong with them.
Give a grain offering with each bull of six quarts of fine flour mixed with olive oil. Also give a grain offering with the male sheep. It must be four quarts of fine flour mixed with olive oil.
And give a grain offering with each lamb of two quarts of fine flour mixed with olive oil. This is a burnt offering, and its smell is pleasing to the Lord.
The drink offering with each bull will be two quarts of wine, with the male sheep it will be one and one-third quarts, and with each lamb it will be one quart of wine. This is the burnt offering that must be offered each month of the year.
Besides the daily burnt offerings and drink offerings, bring a sin offering of one goat to the Lord.
"'The Lord's Passover will be on the fourteenth day of the first month.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the fifteenth day of that month. For seven days, you may eat only bread made without yeast.
Have a holy meeting on the first day of the festival, and don't work that day.
Bring to the Lord an offering made by fire, a burnt offering of two young bulls, one male sheep, and seven male lambs a year old. They must have nothing wrong with them.
With each bull give a grain offering of six quarts of fine flour mixed with olive oil. With the male sheep it must be four quarts of fine flour mixed with oil.
With each of the seven lambs, it must be two quarts of fine flour mixed with oil.
Bring one goat as a sin offering, to remove your sins so you will belong to God.
Bring these offerings in addition to the burnt offerings you give every morning.
So bring food for the offering made by fire each day for seven days, for a smell that is pleasing to the Lord. Do it in addition to the daily burnt offering and its drink offering.
On the seventh day have a holy meeting, and don't work that day.
"'On the day of firstfruits when you bring new grain to the Lord during the Feast of Weeks, have a holy meeting. Don't work that day.
Bring this burnt offering to the Lord: two young bulls, one male sheep, and seven male lambs a year old. This smell is pleasing to the Lord.
Also, with each bull give a grain offering of six quarts of fine flour mixed with oil. With the male sheep, it must be four quarts of flour,
and with each of the seven lambs offer two quarts of flour.
Offer one male goat to remove your sins so you will belong to God.
Bring these offerings and their drink offerings in addition to the daily burnt offering and its grain offering. The animals must have nothing wrong with them.
Another time there was a great crowd with Jesus that had nothing to eat. So Jesus called his followers and said,
"I feel sorry for these people, because they have already been with me for three days, and they have nothing to eat.
If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way. Some of them live a long way from here."
Jesus' followers answered, "How can we get enough bread to feed all these people? We are far away from any town."
Jesus asked, "How many loaves of bread do you have?" They answered, "Seven."
Jesus told the people to sit on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, gave thanks to God, and divided the bread. He gave the pieces to his followers to give to the people, and they did so.
The followers also had a few small fish. After Jesus gave thanks for the fish, he told his followers to give them to the people also.
All the people ate and were satisfied. Then his followers filled seven baskets with the leftover pieces of food.
There were about four thousand people who ate. After they had eaten, Jesus sent them home.
Then right away he got into a boat with his followers and went to the area of Dalmanutha.
The Pharisees came to Jesus and began to ask him questions. Hoping to trap him, they asked Jesus for a miracle from God.
Jesus sighed deeply and said, "Why do you people ask for a miracle as a sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to you."
Then Jesus left the Pharisees and went in the boat to the other side of the lake.
His followers had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat; they had forgotten to bring more.
Jesus warned them, "Be careful! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod."
His followers discussed the meaning of this, saying, "He said this because we have no bread."
Knowing what they were talking about, Jesus asked them, "Why are you talking about not having bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your minds closed?
You have eyes, but you don't really see. You have ears, but you don't really listen. Remember when
I divided five loaves of bread for the five thousand? How many baskets did you fill with leftover pieces of food?" They answered, "Twelve."
"And when I divided seven loaves of bread for the four thousand, how many baskets did you fill with leftover pieces of food?" They answered, "Seven."
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand yet?"
Jesus and his followers came to Bethsaida. There some people brought a blind man to Jesus and begged him to touch the man.
So Jesus took the blind man's hand and led him out of the village. Then he spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on the man and asked, "Can you see now?"
The man looked up and said, "Yes, I see people, but they look like trees walking around."
Again Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then the man opened his eyes wide and they were healed, and he was able to see everything clearly.
Jesus told him to go home, saying, "Don't go into the town."
Jesus and his followers went to the towns around Caesarea Philippi. While they were traveling, Jesus asked them, "Who do people say I am?"
They answered, "Some say you are John the Baptist. Others say you are Elijah, and others say you are one of the prophets."
Then Jesus asked, "But who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ."
Jesus warned his followers not to tell anyone who he was.
Then Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and that he would be rejected by the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law. He told them that the Son of Man must be killed and then rise from the dead after three days.
Jesus told them plainly what would happen. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to tell him not to talk like that.
But Jesus turned and looked at his followers. Then he told Peter not to talk that way. He said, "Go away from me, Satan! You don't care about the things of God, but only about things people think are important."
Then Jesus called the crowd to him, along with his followers. He said, "If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing even to give up their lives to follow me.
Those who want to save their lives will give up true life. But those who give up their lives for me and for the Good News will have true life.
It is worth nothing for them to have the whole world if they lose their souls.
They could never pay enough to buy back their souls.
The people who live now are living in a sinful and evil time. If people are ashamed of me and my teaching, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes with his Father's glory and with the holy angels."