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Duties of the Kohathites

1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2 “Take Ia census of the IIdescendants of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers’ households, 3 from athirty years and upward, even to fifty years old, all who enter the service to do the work in the tent of meeting. 4 This is the work of the Idescendants of Kohath in the tent of meeting, [concerning] the most holy things.

[2] ILit the sum IILit sons
[3] aNu 4:23, 30, 35; 8:24; 1Ch 23:3, 24, 27; Ezr 3:8
[4] ILit sons

5 ¶ “When the camp sets out, Aaron and his sons shall go in and they shall take down athe veil of the screen and cover the bark of the testimony with it; 6 and they shall lay a acovering of porpoise skin on it, and shall spread over [it] a cloth of pure Iblue, and shall insert its poles. 7 Over the table of the bread of the Presence they shall also spread a cloth of Iblue and put on it the dishes and the pans and the sacrificial bowls and the jars for the drink offering, and athe continual bread shall be on it. 8 They shall spread over them a cloth of scarlet [material], and cover the same with a covering of porpoise skin, and they shall insert its poles. 9 Then they shall take a Iblue cloth and cover the alampstand for the light, balong with its lamps and its snuffers, and its IItrays and all its oil vessels, by which they serve it; 10 and they shall put it and all its utensils in a covering of porpoise skin, and shall put it on the carrying bars. 11 Over the golden altar they shall spread a Iblue cloth and cover it with a covering of porpoise skin, and shall insert its poles; 12 and they shall take all the utensils of service, with which they serve in the sanctuary, and put them in a Iblue cloth and cover them with a covering of porpoise skin, and put them on the carrying bars. 13 Then they shall take away the Iashes from the aaltar, and spread a purple cloth over it. 14 They shall also put on it all its utensils by which they serve in connection with it: the firepans, the forks and shovels and the basins, all the utensils of the altar; and they shall spread a cover of porpoise skin over it and insert its poles. 15 When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy [objects] and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is to set out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry [them], so that they will not touch the holy [objects] aand die. These are the Ithings in the tent of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry.

[5] aEx 40:5; Lv 16:2; 2Ch 3:14; Mt 27:51; He 9:3 bEx 25:10-16
[6] IOr violet aNu 4:25
[7] IOr violet aEx 25:30; Lv 24:5-9
[9] IOr violet IILit snuff dishes aEx 25:31 bEx 25:37, 38
[11] IOr violet
[12] IOr violet
[13] IOr fat ashes; i.e. soaked with fat aEx 27:1-8
[15] ILit burden...of the sons aNu 1:51; 4:19, 20; 2S 6:6, 7

16 ¶ “The responsibility of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest is athe oil for the light and the bfragrant incense and cthe continual grain offering and dthe anointing oil—the responsibility of all the Itabernacle and of all that is in it, with the sanctuary and its furnishings.”

[16] ILit dwelling place, and so throughout the ch aLv 24:1-3 bEx 30:34-38 cLv 6:20 dEx 30:22-33

17 ¶ Then the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 18 “Do not let the tribe of the families of the Kohathites be cut off from among the Levites. 19 But do this to them that they may live and anot die when they approach the most holy [objects]: Aaron and his sons shall go in and assign each of them to his work and to his load; 20 but athey shall not go in to see the holy [objects] even for a moment, or they will die.”

[19] aNu 4:15
[20] aEx 19:21; 1S 6:19

Duties of the Gershonites

21 ¶ Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 22 “Take Ia census of the sons of Gershon IIalso, by their fathers’ households, by their families; 23 from athirty years and upward to fifty years old, you shall Inumber them; all who enter to perform the service to do the work in the tent of meeting. 24 This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, in serving and in carrying: 25 they shall carry athe curtains of the tabernacle and the tent of meeting [with] its covering and bthe covering of porpoise skin that is on top of it, and the screen for the doorway of the tent of meeting, 26 and athe hangings of the court, and the screen for the doorway of the gate of the court which is around the tabernacle and the altar, and their cords and all the equipment for their service; and all that is to be done, Ithey shall perform. 27 All the service of the sons of the Gershonites, in all their loads and in all their work, shall be [performed] at the Icommand of Aaron and his sons; and you shall assign to them as a duty all their loads. 28 This is the service of the families of the sons of the Gershonites in the tent of meeting, and their duties [shall be] Iunder the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.

[22] ILit the sum IILit also them
[23] ILit muster, and so throughout the ch aNu 4:3; 1Ch 23:3, 24, 27
[25] aEx 40:19 bEx 26:14; Nu 4:6
[26] ILit so they shall serve aEx 38:9
[27] ILit mouth
[28] ILit in the hand

Duties of the Merarites

29 ¶ “[As for] the sons of Merari, you shall number them by their families, by their fathers’ households; 30 from athirty years and upward even to fifty years old, you shall number them, everyone who enters the service to do the work of the tent of meeting. 31 Now this is the duty of their loads, for all their service in the tent of meeting: the boards of the tabernacle and its bars and its pillars and its Isockets, 32 and the pillars around the court and their Isockets and their pegs and their cords, with all their equipment and with all their service; and you shall assign [each man] by name the items IIhe is to carry. 33 This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari, according to all their service in the tent of meeting, Iunder the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.”

[30] aNu 4:3; 8:24-26
[31] IOr bases
[32] IOr bases IILit of the duty of their loads
[33] ILit in the hand

34 ¶ So Moses and Aaron and the leaders of the congregation numbered the sons of the Kohathites by their families and by their fathers’ households, 35 from athirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered the service for work in the tent of meeting. 36 Their numbered men by their families were 2,750. 37 These are the numbered men of the Kohathite families, everyone who was serving in the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the Icommandment of the LORD IIthrough Moses.

[35] a1Ch 23:24
[37] ILit mouth IILit by the hand of

38 ¶ The numbered men of the sons of Gershon by their families and by their fathers’ households, 39 from thirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered the service for work in the tent of meeting. 40 Their numbered men by their families, by their fathers’ households, were 2,630. 41 These are the numbered men of the families of the sons of Gershon, everyone who was serving in the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the Icommandment of the LORD.

[41] ILit mouth

42 ¶ The numbered men of the families of the sons of Merari by their families, by their fathers’ households, 43 from athirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered the service for work in the tent of meeting. 44 Their numbered men by their families were 3,200. 45 These are the numbered men of the families of the sons of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the Icommandment of the LORD IIthrough Moses.

[43] aNu 8:24-26
[45] ILit mouth IILit by the hand of

46 ¶ All the numbered men of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron and the leaders of Israel numbered, by their families and by their fathers’ households, 47 from thirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who could enter to do the work of service and the work of carrying in the tent of meeting. 48 Their numbered men were a8,580. 49 According to the Icommandment of the LORD IIthrough Moses, they awere numbered, everyone by his serving or carrying; thus [these were] his numbered men, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

[48] aNu 3:39
[49] ILit mouth IILit by the hand of aNu 1:47


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The age and time of the Levites' service.

1 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 2 Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers, 3 From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.

[2] Nu 3:19, 27.
[3] Gn 41:46; Nu 3:7; 8:24; 16:9; 2K 11:4; 1Ch 6:48; 23:3, 4, 24, 28; 28:12; 2Ch 23:1; Lk 3:23; 2Co 10:3; Ep 6:10; 1Ti 1:18; 3:1, 6.

The carriage of the Kohathites, when the priests have taken down the Tabernacle.

4 This [shall be] the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation, [about] the most holy things:

[4] Nu 3:30; 4:15, 19, 24, 30; Mk 13:34.

5 ¶ And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it: 6 And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over [it] a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof. 7 And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon: 8 And they shall spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put in the staves thereof. 9 And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it: 10 And they shall put it and all the vessels thereof within a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put [it] upon a bar. 11 And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put to the staves thereof: 12 And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put [them] in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put [them] on a bar: 13 And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon: 14 And they shall put upon it all the vessels thereof, wherewith they minister about it, [even] the censers, the fleshhooks, and the shovels, and the basons, all the vessels of the altar; and they shall spread upon it a covering of badgers' skins, and put to the staves of it. 15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear [it]: but they shall not touch [any] holy thing, lest they die. These [things are] the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.

[5] Ex 25:10; 26:31; 36:35; 37:1; 40:3; Nu 2:16; 3:27; 4:15; 10:14; 2S 6:2; Is 25:7; Mt 27:51; He 9:3; 10:20.
[6] Ex 25:13; 35:19; 39:1, 41; Nu 4:7, 11, 24, 25; 1K 8:7.
[7] Ex 25:23; 37:10; Lv 24:5.
[8] Nu 4:6, 9, 11.
[9] Ex 25:31; 37:17; Ps 119:105; Rv 1:20; 2:1.
[10] Nu 4:6, 12.
[11] Ex 30:1; 37:25; 39:38; 40:5, 26.
[12] Ex 25:9; 31:10; Nu 3:8; 4:7, 9; 2K 25:14; 1Ch 9:29; 2Ch 4:11, 16, 19, 22.
[13] Ex 27:3; 39:1, 41; Lv 6:12; Nu 4:6, 11.
[14] Ex 38:1; 2Ch 4:19.
[15] Ex 19:12; Nu 3:30, 38; 7:9; 10:21; Dt 31:9; Jsh 4:10; 1S 6:19; 2S 6:6, 13; 1Ch 13:9; 15:2, 15; He 12:18.

The charge of Eleazar.

16 ¶ And to the office of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest [pertaineth] the oil for the light, and the sweet incense, and the daily meat offering, and the anointing oil, [and] the oversight of all the tabernacle, and of all that therein [is], in the sanctuary, and in the vessels thereof.

[16] Ex 25:6; 27:20; 29:39; 30:23, 34; 37:29; Lv 24:2; Nu 3:32; 4:9; Lk 4:18; Ac 20:28; 1Co 4:1; 1Ti 2:5; He 3:1, 6; 1P 2:25; 5:2.

The office of the priests.

17 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 18 Cut ye not off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the Levites: 19 But thus do unto them, that they may live, and not die, when they approach unto the most holy things: Aaron and his sons shall go in, and appoint them every one to his service and to his burden: 20 But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

[18] Ex 19:21; Lv 10:1; Nu 4:20; 16:32; 17:10; 18:5; 1S 6:19; 2S 6:6; Jr 38:23.
[19] Nu 4:4.
[20] Ex 19:21; Lv 10:2; Nu 4:15, 19; 1S 6:19; 1K 8:8; 2Ch 5:9; He 10:19; Rv 11:19.

The carriage of the Merarites.

21 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 22 Take also the sum of the sons of Gershon, throughout the houses of their fathers, by their families; 23 From thirty years old and upward until fifty years old shalt thou number them; all that enter in to perform the service, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation. 24 This [is] the service of the families of the Gershonites, to serve, and for burdens: 25 And they shall bear the curtains of the tabernacle, and the tabernacle of the congregation, his covering, and the covering of the badgers' skins that [is] above upon it, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, 26 And the hangings of the court, and the hanging for the door of the gate of the court, which [is] by the tabernacle and by the altar round about, and their cords, and all the instruments of their service, and all that is made for them: so shall they serve. 27 At the appointment of Aaron and his sons shall be all the service of the sons of the Gershonites, in all their burdens, and in all their service: and ye shall appoint unto them in charge all their burdens. 28 This [is] the service of the families of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation: and their charge [shall be] under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.

[22] Nu 3:18, 21, 24.
[23] Nu 4:3; Is 63:1; Ro 7:14; 1Co 9:7; 2Co 6:7; 10:3; Ga 5:17, 24; Ep 6:10; 1Ti 1:18; 2Ti 2:3; 4:7.
[24] Nu 4:15, 19, 27, 31, 47, 49.
[25] Ex 26:14; Nu 3:25; 7:5.
[26] Ex 27:9; 35:18.
[27] Nu 4:33; Lk 1:70; 1Co 11:2.
[28] Nu 4:33; 1Co 12:5.

29 ¶ As for the sons of Merari, thou shalt number them after their families, by the house of their fathers; 30 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old shalt thou number them, every one that entereth into the service, to do the work of the tabernacle of the congregation. 31 And this [is] the charge of their burden, according to all their service in the tabernacle of the congregation; the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and sockets thereof, 32 And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords, with all their instruments, and with all their service: and by name ye shall reckon the instruments of the charge of their burden. 33 This [is] the service of the families of the sons of Merari, according to all their service, in the tabernacle of the congregation, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.

[29] Nu 3:33.
[30] Nu 4:3, 23; Ps 110:1; 1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 2:4; 4:7.
[31] Ex 26:15; Nu 3:36; 7:8.
[32] Ex 25:9; 38:17, 21; Nu 3:8; 7:1; 1Ch 9:29.
[33] Nu 4:28; Jsh 3:6; Is 3:6.

The number of the Kohathites,

34 ¶ And Moses and Aaron and the chief of the congregation numbered the sons of the Kohathites after their families, and after the house of their fathers, 35 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that entereth into the service, for the work in the tabernacle of the congregation: 36 And those that were numbered of them by their families were two thousand seven hundred and fifty. 37 These [were] they that were numbered of the families of the Kohathites, all that might do service in the tabernacle of the congregation, which Moses and Aaron did number according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

[34] Nu 4:2.
[35] Nu 4:3, 23, 30, 39, 43, 47; 8:24; 1Ch 23:3, 24, 26; 28:13; Lk 3:23; 1Ti 3:6.

of the Gershonites,

38 And those that were numbered of the sons of Gershon, throughout their families, and by the house of their fathers, 39 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that entereth into the service, for the work in the tabernacle of the congregation, 40 Even those that were numbered of them, throughout their families, by the house of their fathers, were two thousand and six hundred and thirty. 41 These [are] they that were numbered of the families of the sons of Gershon, of all that might do service in the tabernacle of the congregation, whom Moses and Aaron did number according to the commandment of the LORD.

[40] Nu 3:32.
[41] Nu 4:22.

and of the Merarites.

42 ¶ And those that were numbered of the families of the sons of Merari, throughout their families, by the house of their fathers, 43 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that entereth into the service, for the work in the tabernacle of the congregation, 44 Even those that were numbered of them after their families, were three thousand and two hundred. 45 These [be] those that were numbered of the families of the sons of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses. 46 All those that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron and the chief of Israel numbered, after their families, and after the house of their fathers, 47 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that came to do the service of the ministry, and the service of the burden in the tabernacle of the congregation, 48 Even those that were numbered of them, were eight thousand and five hundred and fourscore. 49 According to the commandment of the LORD they were numbered by the hand of Moses, every one according to his service, and according to his burden: thus were they numbered of him, as the LORD commanded Moses.

[44] Nu 3:22, 24, 28, 34; 4:36, 40; Dt 33:25; 1Co 10:13; 12:8; 2Co 12:9.
[45] Nu 4:29.
[47] Nu 4:3, 15, 23, 24, 30, 37; 1Ch 23:3, 27; Ro 12:6; 1Co 12:4.
[48] Nu 3:39; Mt 7:14; 20:16; 22:15.
[49] Nu 1:54; 2:33; 3:51; 4:1, 15, 21, 24, 31, 37, 41, 45; Is 11:2; 42:1; 49:1; Ro 12:4.


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