2019-12-11

Numbers 1:36 – 2:34


Of the descendants of Benjamin, the registration of the clans of their ancestral house, as listed by name, aged twenty years and over, all who were able to bear arms--those enrolled from the tribe of Benjamin: 35,400. Of the descendants of Dan, the registration of the clans of their ancestral house, as listed by name, aged twenty years and over, all who were able to bear arms--those enrolled from the tribe of Dan: 62,700. Of the descendants of Asher, the registration of the clans of their ancestral house, as listed by name, aged twenty years and over, all who were able to bear arms--those enrolled from the tribe of Asher: 41,500. [Of] the descendants of Naphtali, the registration of the clans of their ancestral house as listed by name, aged twenty years and over, all who were able to bear arms--those enrolled from the tribe of Naphtali: 53,400. Those are the enrollments recorded by Moses and Aaron and by the chieftains of Israel, who were twelve in number, one man to each ancestral house. All the Israelites, aged twenty years and over, enrolled by ancestral houses, all those in Israel who were able to bear arms--all who were enrolled came to 603,550. The Levites, however, were not recorded among them by their ancestral tribe. For the Lord had spoken to Moses, saying: Do not on any account enroll the tribe of Levi or take a census of them with the Israelites. You shall put the Levites in charge of the Tabernacle of the Pact, all its furnishings, and everything that pertains to it: they shall carry the Tabernacle and all its furnishings, and they shall tend it; and they shall camp around the Tabernacle. When the Tabernacle is to set out, the Levites shall take it down, and when the Tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up; any outsider who encroaches shall be put to death. The Israelites shall encamp troop by troop, each man with his division and each under his standard. The Levites, however, shall camp around the Tabernacle of the Pact, that wrath may not strike the Israelite community; the Levites shall stand guard around the Tabernacle of the Pact. The Israelites did accordingly; just as the Lord had commanded Moses, so they did. The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: The Israelites shall camp each with his standard, under the banners of their ancestral house; they shall camp around the Tent of Meeting at a distance. Camped on the front, or east side: the standard of the division of Judah, troop by troop. Chieftain of the Judites: Nahshon son of Amminadab. His troop, as enrolled: 74,600. Camping next to it: The tribe of Issachar. Chieftain of the Issacharites: Nethanel son of Zuar. His troop, as enrolled: 54,400. The tribe of Zebulun. Chieftain of the Zebulunites: Eliab son of Helon. His troop, as enrolled: 57,400. The total enrolled in the division of Judah: 186,400, for all troops. These shall march first. On the south: the standard of the division of Reuben, troop by troop. Chieftain of the Reubenites: Elizur son of Shedeur. His troop, as enrolled: 46,500. Camping next to it: The tribe of Simeon. Chieftain of the Simeonites: Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai. His troop, as enrolled: 59,300. And the tribe of Gad. Chieftain of the Gadites: Eliasaph son of Reuel. His troop, as enrolled: 45,650. The total enrolled in the division of Reuben: 151,450, for all troops. These shall march second. Then, midway between the divisions, the Tent of Meeting, the division of the Levites, shall move. As they camp, so they shall march, each in position, by their standards. On the west: the standard of the division of Ephraim, troop by troop. Chieftain of the Ephraimites: Elishama son of Ammihud. His troop, as enrolled: 40,500. Next to it: The tribe of Manasseh. Chieftain of the Manassites: Gamaliel son of Pedahzur. His troop, as enrolled: 32,200. And the tribe of Benjamin. Chieftain of the Benjaminites: Abidan son of Gideoni. His troop, as enrolled: 35,400. The total enrolled in the division of Ephraim: 108,100 for all troops. These shall march third. On the north: the standard of the division of Dan, troop by troop. Chieftain of the Danites: Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai. His troop, as enrolled: 62,700. Camping next to it: The tribe of Asher. Chieftain of the Asherites: Pagiel son of Ochran. His troop, as enrolled: 41,500. And the tribe of Naphtali. Chieftain of the Naphtalites: Ahira son of Enan. 30 His troop, as enrolled: 53,400. The total enrolled in the division of Dan: 157,600. These shall march last, by their standards. Those are the enrollments of the Israelites by ancestral houses. The total enrolled in the divisions, for all troops: 603,550. The Levites, however, were not recorded among the Israelites, as the Lord had commanded Moses. The Israelites did accordingly; just as the Lord had commanded Moses, so they camped by their standards, and so they marched, each with his clan according to his ancestral house.
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