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Numbers 10

The Silver Trumpets

1 The LORD spoke further to Moses, saying,
2 "Make yourself two trumpets of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for 1summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out.
3 "2When both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
4 "Yet if only one is blown, then the 3leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall assemble before you.
5 "But when you blow an alarm, the camps that are pitched 4on the east side shall set out.
6 "When you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are pitched on 5the south side shall set out; an alarm is to be blown for them to set out.
7 "When convening the assembly, however, you shall blow without 6sounding an alarm.
8 "7The priestly sons of Aaron, moreover, shall blow the trumpets; and this shall be for you a perpetual statute throughout your generations.
9 "When you go to war in your land against the adversary who 8attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be 9remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies.
10 "Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts, and on the first days of your months, 10you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder of you before your God. I am the LORD your God."

The Tribes Leave Sinai

11 Now in 11the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth of the month, the cloud was lifted from over the tabernacle of the testimony;
12 and the sons of Israel set out on 12their journeys from the wilderness of Sinai. Then the cloud settled down in the 13wilderness of Paran.
13 14So they moved out for the first time according to the commandment of the LORD through Moses.
14 The standard of the camp of the sons of Judah, according to their armies, 15set out first, with Nahshon the son of Amminadab, over its army,
15 and Nethanel the son of Zuar, over the tribal army of the sons of Issachar;
16 and Eliab the son of Helon over the tribal army of the sons of Zebulun.
17 16Then the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who were carrying the tabernacle, set out.
18 Next 17the standard of the camp of Reuben, according to their armies, set out with Elizur the son of Shedeur, over its army,
19 and Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai over the tribal army of the sons of Simeon,
20 and Eliasaph the son of Deuel was over the tribal army of the sons of Gad.
21 18Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy objects; and 19the tabernacle was set up before their arrival.
22 20Next the standard of the camp of the sons of Ephraim, according to their armies, was set out, with Elishama the son of Ammihud over its army,
23 and Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur over the tribal army of the sons of Manasseh;
24 and Abidan the son of Gideoni over the tribal army of the sons of Benjamin.
25 21Then the standard of the camp of the sons of Dan, according to their armies, which formed the 22rear guard for all the camps, set out, with Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai over its army,
26 and Pagiel the son of Ochran over the tribal army of the sons of Asher;
27 and Ahira the son of Enan over the tribal army of the sons of Naphtali.
28 This was the order of march of the sons of Israel by their armies as they set out.
29 Then Moses said to 23Hobab the son of 24Reuel the Midianite, Moses' father-in-law, "We are setting out to the place of which the LORD said, '25I will give it to you'; 26come with us and we will do you good, for the LORD 27has promised good concerning Israel."
30 But he said to him, "28I will not come, but rather * will go to my own land and relatives."
31 Then he said, "Please do not leave us, inasmuch * * as you know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you 29will be as eyes for us.
32 "So it will be, if you go with us, that 30whatever good the LORD does for us, 31we will do for you."
33 32Thus they set out from the mount of the LORD three days' journey, with 33the ark of the covenant of the LORD journeying in front of them for the three days, to seek out 34a resting place for them.
34 35The cloud of the LORD was over them by day when they set out from the camp.
35 Then it came about when the ark set out that Moses said, "36Rise up, O LORD! And let Your enemies be scattered, And let those 37who hate You flee before * You."
36 When it came to rest, he said, "38Return, O LORD, To the myriad 39thousands of Israel."
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