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Numbers 10:17

17 Then the tabernacle was taken down, and the Gershonites and Merarites, who carried it, set out.

Read Numbers 10:17 Using Other Translations

And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the tabernacle.
And when the tabernacle was taken down, the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who carried the tabernacle, set out.
Then the Tabernacle was taken down, and the Gershonite and Merarite divisions of the Levites were next in the line of march, carrying the Tabernacle with them.

What does Numbers 10:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 10:17

And the tabernacle was taken down
By the Levites, as Aben Ezra, and which appears to be their work, from ( Numbers 1:51 ) ; this began to be done by them as soon as the cloud was perceived to move upwards, and the camp of Judah was preparing to march; and after Aaron and his sons had taken the holy vessels out of the holy and most holy place, and had packed up and covered them as directed, ( Numbers 4:5-15 ) ; this was an emblem of the taking down of the Jewish church state, the abolition of the service of the sanctuary, as well as of the changeable condition of the Gospel church in the wilderness, which is not always in one and the same place, but is moved from place to place, and that by the ministers of the word, signified by the Levites, who are sent and carry the Gospel here and there:

and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing
the tabernacle;
the former, the hangings and vail, and the latter the boards, pillars, sockets each of them having wagons for their assistance: these followed immediately after the camp of Judah.

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