The LORD said to Moses and Aaron:
"Take a census1 of the Kohathite branch of the Levites by their clans and families.
Count2 all the men from thirty to fifty years of age3 who come to serve in the work in the Tent of Meeting.
"This is the work4 of the Kohathites5 in the Tent of Meeting: the care of the most holy things.65
When the camp is to move,7 Aaron and his sons are to go in and take down the shielding curtain8 and cover the ark of the Testimony with it.96
Then they are to cover this with hides of sea cows,a10 spread a cloth of solid blue over that and put the poles11 in place.
"Over the table of the Presence12 they are to spread a blue cloth and put on it the plates, dishes and bowls, and the jars for drink offerings;13 the bread that is continually there14 is to remain on it.
Over these they are to spread a scarlet cloth, cover that with hides of sea cows and put its poles15 in place.
"They are to take a blue cloth and cover the lampstand that is for light, together with its lamps, its wick trimmers and trays,16 and all its jars for the oil used to supply it.
Then they are to wrap it and all its accessories in a covering of hides of sea cows and put it on a carrying frame.17