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1 This is the family line of Aaron and Moses as it was recorded when the LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai: 1 This is the account of the family of Aaron and Moses at the time the LORD talked with Moses on Mount Sinai.
2 Aaron's sons were Nadab (the firstborn), Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 2 The names of the sons of Aaron were Nadab the firstborn and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
3 They were anointed and set apart to minister as priests. 3 Those were the names of Aaron's sons, the anointed priests, who were ordained to serve as priests.
4 But Nadab and Abihu died in the LORD's presence in the wilderness of Sinai when they burned before the LORD a different kind of fire than he had commanded. Since they had no sons, this left only Eleazar and Ithamar to serve as priests with their father, Aaron. 4 Nadab and Abihu, however, fell dead before the LORD when they made an offering with unauthorized fire before him in the Desert of Sinai. They had no sons; so only Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests during the lifetime of their father Aaron.
5 Then the LORD said to Moses, 5 The LORD said to Moses,
6 "Call forward the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest as his assistants. 6 "Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him.
7 They will serve Aaron and the whole community, performing their sacred duties in and around the Tabernacle. 7 They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the Tent of Meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle.
8 They will also maintain all the furnishings of the sacred tent, serving in the Tabernacle on behalf of all the Israelites. 8 They are to take care of all the furnishings of the Tent of Meeting, fulfilling the obligations of the Israelites by doing the work of the tabernacle.
9 Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons as their assistants. 9 Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him.
10 Appoint Aaron and his sons to carry out the duties of the priesthood. Anyone else who comes too near the sanctuary must be executed!" 10 Appoint Aaron and his sons to serve as priests; anyone else who approaches the sanctuary must be put to death."
11 And the LORD said to Moses, 11 The LORD also said to Moses,
12 "I have chosen the Levites from among the Israelites as substitutes for all the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. The Levites are mine 12 "I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine,
13 because all the firstborn sons are mine. From the day I killed all the firstborn sons of the Egyptians, I set apart for myself all the firstborn in Israel of both men and animals. They are mine; I am the LORD." 13 for all the firstborn are mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether man or animal. They are to be mine. I am the LORD."
14 The LORD spoke again to Moses, there in the wilderness of Sinai. He said, 14 The LORD said to Moses in the Desert of Sinai,
15 "Take a census of the tribe of Levi by its families and clans. Count every male who is one month old or older." 15 "Count the Levites by their families and clans. Count every male a month old or more."
16 So Moses counted them, just as the LORD had commanded. 16 So Moses counted them, as he was commanded by the word of the LORD.
17 Levi had three sons, who were named Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 17 These were the names of the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
18 The clans descended from Gershon were named for two of his descendants, Libni and Shimei. 18 These were the names of the Gershonite clans: Libni and Shimei.
19 The clans descended from Kohath were named for four of his descendants, Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 19 The Kohathite clans: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.
20 The clans descended from Merari were named for two of his descendants, Mahli and Mushi. These were the Levite clans, listed according to their family groups. 20 The Merarite clans: Mahli and Mushi. These were the Levite clans, according to their families.
21 The descendants of Gershon were composed of the clans descended from Libni and Shimei. 21 To Gershon belonged the clans of the Libnites and Shimeites; these were the Gershonite clans.
22 There were 7,500 males one month old or older among these Gershonite clans. 22 The number of all the males a month old or more who were counted was 7,500.
23 They were assigned the area to the west of the Tabernacle for their camp. 23 The Gershonite clans were to camp on the west, behind the tabernacle.
24 The leader of the Gershonite clans was Eliasaph son of Lael. 24 The leader of the families of the Gershonites was Eliasaph son of Lael.
25 These two clans were responsible to care for the tent of the Tabernacle with its layers of coverings, its entry curtains, 25 At the Tent of Meeting the Gershonites were responsible for the care of the tabernacle and tent, its coverings, the curtain at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting,
26 the curtains of the courtyard that surrounded the Tabernacle and altar, the curtain at the courtyard entrance, the cords, and all the equipment related to their use. 26 the curtains of the courtyard, the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard surrounding the tabernacle and altar, and the ropes--and everything related to their use.
27 The descendants of Kohath were composed of the clans descended from Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 27 To Kohath belonged the clans of the Amramites, Izharites, Hebronites and Uzzielites; these were the Kohathite clans.
28 There were 8,600 males one month old or older among these Kohathite clans. They were responsible for the care of the sanctuary. 28 The number of all the males a month old or more was "8,600. The Kohathites were responsible for the care of the sanctuary.
29 They were assigned the area south of the Tabernacle for their camp. 29 The Kohathite clans were to camp on the south side of the tabernacle.
30 The leader of the Kohathite clans was Elizaphan son of Uzziel. 30 The leader of the families of the Kohathite clans was Elizaphan son of Uzziel.
31 These four clans were responsible for the care of the Ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the various utensils used in the sanctuary, the inner curtain, and all the equipment related to their use. 31 They were responsible for the care of the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the articles of the sanctuary used in ministering, the curtain, and everything related to their use.
32 Eleazar the priest, Aaron's son, was the chief administrator over all the Levites, with special responsibility for the oversight of the sanctuary. 32 The chief leader of the Levites was Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest. He was appointed over those who were responsible for the care of the sanctuary.
33 The descendants of Merari were composed of the clans descended from Mahli and Mushi. 33 To Merari belonged the clans of the Mahlites and the Mushites; these were the Merarite clans.
34 There were 6,200 males one month old or older among these Merarite clans. 34 The number of all the males a month old or more who were counted was 6,200.
35 They were assigned the area north of the Tabernacle for their camp. The leader of the Merarite clans was Zuriel son of Abihail. 35 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.
36 These two clans were responsible for the care of the frames supporting the Tabernacle, the crossbars, the pillars, the bases, and all the equipment related to their use. 36 The Merarites were appointed to take care of the frames of the tabernacle, its crossbars, posts, bases, all its equipment, and everything related to their use,
37 They were also responsible for the posts of the courtyard and all their bases, pegs, and cords. 37 as well as the posts of the surrounding courtyard with their bases, tent pegs and ropes.
38 The area in front of the Tabernacle in the east toward the sunrise was reserved for the tents of Moses and of Aaron and his sons, who had the final responsibility for the sanctuary on behalf of the people of Israel. Anyone other than a priest or Levite who came too near the sanctuary was to be executed. 38 Moses and Aaron and his sons were to camp to the east of the tabernacle, toward the sunrise, in front of the Tent of Meeting. They were responsible for the care of the sanctuary on behalf of the Israelites. Anyone else who approached the sanctuary was to be put to death.
39 So among the Levite clans counted by Moses and Aaron at the LORD's command, there were 22,000 males one month old or older. 39 The total number of Levites counted at the LORD's command by Moses and Aaron according to their clans, including every male a month old or more, was 22,000.
40 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now count all the firstborn sons in Israel who are one month old or older, and register each name. 40 The LORD said to Moses, "Count all the firstborn Israelite males who are a month old or more and make a list of their names.
41 The Levites will be reserved for me as substitutes for the firstborn sons of Israel; I am the LORD. And the Levites' livestock are mine as substitutes for the firstborn livestock of the whole nation of Israel." 41 Take the Levites for me in place of all the firstborn of the Israelites, and the livestock of the Levites in place of all the firstborn of the livestock of the Israelites. I am the LORD."
42 So Moses counted the firstborn sons of the people of Israel, just as the LORD had commanded. 42 So Moses counted all the firstborn of the Israelites, as the LORD commanded him.
43 The total number of firstborn sons who were one month old or older was 22,273. 43 The total number of firstborn males a month old or more, listed by name, was 22,273.
44 Now the LORD said to Moses, 44 The LORD also said to Moses,
45 "Take the Levites in place of the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. And take the livestock of the Levites as substitutes for the firstborn livestock of the people of Israel. The Levites will be mine; I am the LORD. 45 "Take the Levites in place of all the firstborn of Israel, and the livestock of the Levites in place of their livestock. The Levites are to be mine. I am the LORD.
46 To redeem the 273 firstborn sons of Israel who are in excess of the number of Levites, 46 To redeem the 273 firstborn Israelites who exceed the number of the Levites,
47 collect five pieces of silver for each person, each piece weighing the same as the standard sanctuary shekel. 47 collect five shekels for each one, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs.
48 Give the silver to Aaron and his sons as the redemption price for the extra firstborn sons." 48 Give the money for the redemption of the additional Israelites to Aaron and his sons."
49 So Moses collected redemption money for the firstborn sons of Israel who exceeded the number of Levites. 49 So Moses collected the redemption money from those who exceeded the number redeemed by the Levites.
50 The silver collected on behalf of these firstborn sons of Israel came to about thirty-four pounds in weight. 50 From the firstborn of the Israelites he collected silver weighing "1,365 shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel.
51 And Moses gave the redemption money to Aaron and his sons as the LORD had commanded. 51 Moses gave the redemption money to Aaron and his sons, as he was commanded by the word of the LORD.