Numbers 1:49

49 “You must not count the tribe of Levi or include them in the census of the other Israelites.

Read Numbers 1:49 Using Other Translations

Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:
"Only the tribe of Levi you shall not list, and you shall not take a census of them among the people of Israel.
“Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count them with the rest of the Israelites.

What does Numbers 1:49 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 1:49

Only thou shall not number the tribe of Levi
That is, along with the other tribes, for it might be numbered by itself, as it afterwards was, ( Numbers 3:43 ) ;

neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel;
which confirms what is before observed: now this being the declared will of God clears Moses from all partiality to his own tribe, he doing nothing but what he had a command of God for it.

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