To Kohath1 belonged the clans of the Amramites, Izharites, Hebronites and Uzzielites;2 these were the Kohathite3 clans.
The number of all the males a month old or more4 was "8,600.a The Kohathites were responsible5 for the care of the sanctuary.629
The Kohathite clans were to camp on the south side7 of the tabernacle.
The leader of the families of the Kohathite clans was Elizaphan8 son of Uzziel.
They were responsible for the care of the ark,9 the table,10 the lampstand,11 the altars,12 the articles13 of the sanctuary used in ministering, the curtain,14 and everything related to their use.1532
The chief leader of the Levites was Eleazar16 son of Aaron, the priest. He was appointed over those who were responsible17 for the care of the sanctuary.1833
To Merari belonged the clans of the Mahlites and the Mushites;19 these were the Merarite clans.2034
The number of all the males a month old or more21 who were counted was 6,200.
The leader of the families of the Merarite clans was Zuriel son of Abihail; they were to camp on the north side of the tabernacle.2236
The Merarites were appointed23 to take care of the frames of the tabernacle,24 its crossbars,25 posts,26 bases, all its equipment, and everything related to their use,2737
as well as the posts of the surrounding courtyard28 with their bases, tent pegs29 and ropes.