Numbers 4:1-8 NIV

The Kohathites

1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron:

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      2 "Take a census1 of the Kohathite branch of the Levites by their clans and families.

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      3 Count2 all the men from thirty to fifty years of age3 who come to serve in the work in the Tent of Meeting.

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      4 "This is the work4 of the Kohathites5 in the Tent of Meeting: the care of the most holy things.6

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          5 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.9

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          6 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.

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            • a 4:6 - That is, dugongs; also in verses 8, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 25
              7 "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.

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              8 Over these they are to spread a scarlet cloth, cover that with hides of sea cows and put its poles15 in place.

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