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Numbers 3

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 1 These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spoke with Moses in mount Sinai.

 2 And these 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 priests who were anointed and whom he consecrated to minister in the priest's office.

 4 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; and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest's office in the sight of Aaron their father.

 5 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 6 "Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him.

 7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.

 8 And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.

 9 And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are wholly given to him out of the children of Israel.

 10 And you shall appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall attend and serve their priest's office; and the stranger that comes near shall be put to death."

 11 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 12 "Behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that opens the womb among the children of Israel; therefore the Levites shall be mine;

 13 Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed to me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast; they shall be mine. I am the LORD."

 14 And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying,

 15 "Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families' every male from a month old and upward."

 16 And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD, as he was commanded.

 17 And these were the sons of Levi by their names; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari.

 18 And these are the names of the sons of Gershon by their families; Libni, and Shimei.

 19 And the sons of Kohath by their families; Amram, and Izehar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

 20 And the sons of Merari by their families; Mahli, and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers.

 21 Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimites: these are the families of the Gershonites.

 22 Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, even those that were numbered of them were seven thousand five hundred.

 23 The families of the Gershonites shall pitch behind the tabernacle westward.

 24 And the chief of the house of the father of the Gershonites shall be Eliasaph the son of Lael.

 25 And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation shall be the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,

 26 And the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court, which is by the tabernacle, and by the altar round about, and the cords of it for all the service thereof.

 27 And of Kohath was the family of the Amramites, and the family of the Izeharites, and the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites; these are the families of the Kohathites.

 28 In the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were eight thousand six hundred, keeping the charge of the sanctuary.

 29 The families of the sons of Kohath shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle southward.

 30 And the chief of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites shall be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel.

 31 And their charge shall be the ark, the table, the candlestick, the altars, the vessels of the sanctuary with which they minister, the hanging, and all its service.

 32 And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be chief over the chief of the Levites and have the oversight of those who keep the charge of the sanctuary.

 33 Of Merari was the family of the Mahlites, and the family of the Mushites; these are the families of Merari.

 34 And those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were six thousand two hundred.

 35 And the chief of the house of the father of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail: these shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle northward.

 36 And under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the tabernacle, its bars, its pillars, its sockets, all its vessels , all that serves it,

 37 The pillars of the court around, their sockets, their pins, and their cords.

 38 But those who encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that comes near shall be put to death.

 39 All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty two thousand.

 40 And the LORD said to Moses, "Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number of their names.

 41 And you shall take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel."

 42 And Moses numbered, as the LORD commanded him, all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

 43 And all the firstborn males by the number of names, from a month old and upward, of those that were numbered of them, were twenty two thousand two hundred seventy three.

 44 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 45 "Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine. I am the LORD.

 46 And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred seventy three of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites;

 47 You shall even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shall you take them, (the shekel is twenty gerahs).

 48 And you shall give the money, with which the odd number of them is to be redeemed, to Aaron and to his sons."

 49 And Moses took the redemption money of those who were over and above those who were redeemed by the Levites.

 50 Of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred sixty five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.

 51 And Moses gave the money of those who were redeemed to Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses.


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