Numbers 3:1-24

Levites to Be Priesthood

1 1Now these are the records of the generations of Aaron and Moses at the time when the LORD spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai.
2 2These then are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
3 These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the 3anointed priests, whom he ordained * to serve as priests.
4 4But Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD when they offered strange fire before the LORD in the wilderness of Sinai; and they had no children. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests in the lifetime of their father Aaron.
5 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
6 "5Bring the tribe of Levi near and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him.
7 "They shall perform the duties for him and for the whole congregation before the tent of meeting, to do the 6service of the tabernacle.
8 "They shall also keep all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, along with the duties of the sons of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.
9 "You shall thus 7give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are wholly given to him from among the sons of Israel.
10 "So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons that 8they may keep their priesthood, but 9the layman who comes near shall be put to death."
11 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
12 "Now, behold, I 10have taken the Levites from among the sons of Israel instead of every 11firstborn, the first issue of the womb among the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall be Mine.
13 "For 12all the firstborn are Mine; on the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to Myself all the firstborn in Israel, from man to beast. They shall be Mine; I am the LORD."
14 Then the LORD spoke to Moses 13in the wilderness of Sinai, saying,
15 "14Number the sons of Levi by their fathers' households, by their families; every male from a month old and upward you shall number."
16 So Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD, just as he had been commanded.
17 15These then are the sons of Levi by their names: Gershon and Kohath and Merari.
18 These are the names of the 16sons of Gershon by their families: Libni and Shimei;
19 and the sons of Kohath by their families: Amram and Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel;
20 and the sons of Merari by their families: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to their fathers' households.
21 Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites and the family of the Shimeites; these were the families of the Gershonites.
22 Their numbered men, in the numbering of every male from a month old and upward, even their numbered men were 7,500 * * *.
23 The families of the Gershonites were to camp behind the tabernacle westward,
24 and the leader of the fathers' households of the Gershonites was Eliasaph the son of Lael.
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