Numbers 3

CHAPTER 3

The Levites Officiate

And these are the origins of Aaron and Moses in which day the  lord spoke to Moses on mount Sinai. And these are the names of the sons of Aaron -- first-born Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests, the ones being anointed whom were perfected of their hands to officiate as priest. And [4came to an end 1Nadab 2and 3Abihu] before the  lord, of their offering [2fire 1alien] before the  lord in the wilderness of Sinai, and [2children 1there were no] to them. And [4officiated as priest 1Eleazar 2and 3Ithamar] with Aaron their father. And the  lord spoke to Moses, saying, Take the tribe of Levi! And you shall set them before Aaron the priest, and they shall officiate to him, and they shall guard his watches, and the watches of the sons of Israel before the tent of the testimony, to work the works of the tent. And they shall guard all the items of the tent of the testimony, and the watches of the sons of Israel, according to all the works of the tent. And you shall give the Levites to Aaron your brother, and to his sons to the priests for a gift being given; these to me are from the sons of Israel. 10 And Aaron and his sons you shall place over the tent of the testimony, and they shall guard their priesthood. And the foreigner touching shall die. 11 And the  lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 And behold, I have taken the Levites from the midst of the sons of Israel, in place of every first-born male opening wide the womb of the sons of Israel; [2their ransoms 1they shall be], and [3will be 4mine 1the 2Levites]. 13 [4is mine 1For 2every 3first-born]. In which day I struck all the first-born in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to myself every first-born in Israel; from man unto beast they shall be mine. I am the  lord.

The Levites are Numbered

14 And the  lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying, 15 Number the sons of Levi according to the houses of their patrimony, according to their kin! Every male from a month and up you number them! 16 And [4numbered 5them 1Moses 2and 3Aaron] because of the voice of the  lord in which manner [2gave orders 3to them 1the  lord]. 17 And these were the sons of Levi by their names -- Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 18 And these are the names of the sons of Gershon according to their peoples -- Libni and Shimei. 19 And the sons of Kohath according to their peoples -- Amram, and Izehar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 20 And the sons of Merari according to their peoples -- Mahli, and Mushi. These are the peoples of the Levites according to the houses of their patrimony. 21 To Gershon was the people of Libni, and the people of Shemei; these are the peoples of Gershon -- 22  their numbering according to the number of every male from a month and up in their numbering -- seven thousand and five hundred. 23 And the sons of Gershon [2behind 3the 4tent 1shall camp] towards the west. 24 And the ruler of the household of the family of the people of Gershon was Elisaph son of Lael. 25 And the watch of the sons of Gershon was in the tent of the testimony -- the tent, and the covering, and the overcovering of the door of the tent of the testimony, 26 and the shrouds of the courtyard, and the veil of the gate of the courtyard, of the one being at the tent, and the remainder of all its works. 27 To Kohath was [2division of people 3for Amram 1one], and [2division of people 3for Izehar 1one], and [2division of people 3for Hebron 1one], and [2division of people 3for Uzziel 1one]. These are the peoples of Kohath according to number. 28 Every male from a month and up -- eight thousand and six hundred, guarding the watches of the holy place. 29 The peoples of the sons of Kohath shall camp by the side of the tent towards the south. 30 And the ruler of the house of the patrimony of the peoples of Kohath was Elizaphan son of Uzziel. 31 And their watch is the ark, and the table, and the lamp-stand, and the altars, and the items of the holy place, as many as they officiate with them, and the overcovering, and all their works. 32 And the ruler, the one over the rulers of the Levites was Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest being placed, to guard the watches of the holy places. 33 To Merari was the people Mahli, and the people Mushi. These are the peoples of Merari. 34  Their numbering according to the number of every male, from a month and up -- six thousand and two hundred. 35 And the ruler of the house of the patrimony of the people of Merari was Zuriel son of Abihail. By the side of the tent they shall camp towards the north. 36 The numbering of the watch of the sons of Merari is the tips of the tent, and their bars, and their posts, and their bases, and all their items, and their works, 37 and the posts of the courtyard round about, and their bases, and their stanchions, and their ropes. 38 The ones camping according to the front of the tent of the testimony, from the east was Moses and Aaron and his sons, guarding the watches of the holy place, for the watches of the sons of Israel; and the foreigner approaching shall die. 39 All the numbering of the Levites, whom [4numbered 1Moses 2and 3Aaron] through the voice of the  lord, according to their peoples, every male from a month and up -- two and twenty thousand. 40 And the  lord said to Moses, saying, Number every first-born male of the sons of Israel, from a month and up, and take their number by name! 41 And you shall take the Levites for me, I am the  lord, in place of all the first-born of the sons of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites in place of all the first-born among the cattle of the sons of Israel. 42 And Moses numbered in which manner the  lord gave charge to him -- every first-born among the sons of Israel. 43 And were all the first-born males, by number, and by name, from a month and up, from their numbering -- two and twenty thousand and three and seventy and two hundred. 44 And the  lord spoke to Moses, saying, 45 Take the Levites in place of all the first-born sons of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites in place of their cattle! And [3will be 4mine 1the 2Levites]. I am the  lord. 46 And for the ransoms of three and seventy and two hundred -- the ones abounding over the Levites, from the first-born of the sons of Israel, 47  you shall take five shekels per head; according to the double-drachma of the holy place you shall take them; twenty oboli was the shekel. 48 And you shall give the money to Aaron and his sons, the ransoms of the ones abounding to them. 49 And Moses took the money, the ransoms for the ones abounding for the ransoming of the Levites. 50 From the first-born of the sons of Israel he took the money -- a thousand three hundred sixty-five shekels, according to the shekel of the holy place. 51 And Moses gave the money, the ransoms for the ones abounding, to Aaron and to his sons, by the voice of the  lord, in which manner the  lord gave charge to Moses.
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