The LORD spoke to Moses in the Tent of Meeting1 in the Desert of Sinai2 on the first day of the second month3 of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt.4 He said:
"Take a census5 of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families,6 listing every man by name,7 one by one.
You and Aaron8 are to number by their divisions all the men in Israel twenty years old or more9 who are able to serve in the army.104
One man from each tribe,11 each the head of his family,12 is to help you.135
These are the names14 of the men who are to assist you: from Reuben,15 Elizur son of Shedeur;166
from Simeon,17 Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai;18