1 The LordI spokeII to MosesIII and Aaron,IV saying,
2 “TakeV a censusVI of the KohathitesVII separate fromVIII
the other Levites,IX by their clansX and their ancestralXI houses,XII
3 from thirtyXIII yearsXIV oldXV upXVI to fiftyXVII years old,
allXVIII who qualifyXIX to doXX
workXXI relating to the tentXXII of meeting.XXII 4 The serviceXXIV of the Kohathites relating to the tent of meeting concerns the most holy things.XXV
5 “When the campXXVI is to set out,XXVII Aaron and his sonsXXVIII shall go inXXIX and take downXXX
the screeningXXXI curtainXXXII and coverXXXIII the arkXXXIV of the covenantXXXV with it;
6 then they shall putXXXVI on it a coveringXXXVII of fineXXXVIII leatherXXXIX and spreadXL overXLI
that a clothXLII allXLIII of blueXLIV and put its polesXLV in place.XLVI
7 Over the tableXLVII of the PresenceXLVIII they shall spread a blue cloth and putXLIX on it the plates,L
the dishesLI for incense, the bowls,LII and the flagonsLIII for the drink offering;LIV
the regularLV breadLVI also shall beLVII on it; 8 then they shall spread over them a crimsonLVIII cloth and cover it with a coveringLIX of fine leather and put its poles in place.
9 They shall takeLX a blue cloth and cover the lampstandLXI for the light,LXII with its lamps,LXIII its snuffers,LXIV its trays,LXV
and allLXVI the vesselsLXVII for oilLXVIII with which it is supplied,LXIX
10 and they shall putLXX it with allLXXI its utensilsLXXII in a coveringLXXIII of fine leather and putLXXIV it on the carrying frame.LXXV
11 Over the goldenLXXVI altarLXXVII they shall spread a blue cloth and cover it with a coveringLXXVIII of fine leather and put its poles in place, 12 and they shall take allLXXIX the utensils of the serviceLXXX that are usedLXXXI in the sanctuaryLXXXII
and putLXXXIII them in a blue cloth and cover them with a coveringLXXXIV of fine leather and putLXXXV them on the carrying frame. 13 They shall take away the ashesLXXXVI from the altar and spread a purpleLXXXVII cloth over it, 14 and they shall putLXXXVIII on it allLXXXIX the utensils of the altar,
which are used for the serviceXC there, the firepans,XCI the forks,XCII the shovels,XCIII and the basins,XCIV allXCV the utensils of the altar, and they shall spread on it a coveringXCVI of fine leather and put its poles in place.
15 When Aaron and his sons have finishedXCVII covering the sanctuary and allXCVIII the furnishingsXCIX of the sanctuary, as the camp sets out, afterC thatCI the Kohathites
shall comeCII to carryCIII these, but they must not touchCIV the holy things,CV or they will die.CVI These are the things of the tent of meeting that the Kohathites are to carry.CVII
16 “EleazarCVIII son of Aaron the priestCIX shall have chargeCX of the oil for the light, the fragrantCXI incense,CXII
the regular grain offering,CXIII and the anointingCXIV oil, the oversightCXV of allCXVI the tabernacleCXVII and allCXVIII that is in it, in the sanctuary and in its utensils.”
17 Then the LordCXIX spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 18 “You must not let the tribeCXX of the clans of the KohathitesCXXI be destroyedCXXII from amongCXXIII the Levites.
19 This is how you shall dealCXXIV with them in order that they may liveCXXV and not die when they come nearCXXVI the most holy things: Aaron and his sons shall go in and assignCXXVII eachCXXVIII
to a particular taskCXXIX or burden.CXXX 20 But the Kohathites must not go in to lookCXXXI on the holy things even for a moment,CXXXII or they will die.”
21 Then the LordCXXXIII spoke to Moses, saying, 22 “TakeCXXXIV a census of the GershonitesCXXXV also, by their ancestral houses and by their clans;
23 from thirty years old up to fifty years old you shall enrollCXXXVI them, allCXXXVII who qualifyCXXXVIII to doCXXXIX workCXL in the tent of meeting.
24 This is the serviceCXLI of the clans of the Gershonites,CXLII in servingCXLIII and bearing burdens: 25 They shall carry the curtainsCXLIV of the tabernacle, and the tent of meeting with its covering,CXL
and the outer coveringCXLVI of fine leather that is on topCXLVII of it, and the screen for the entranceCXLVIII of the tent of meeting, 26 and the hangingsCXLIX of the court,CL
and the screen for the entrance of the gateCLI of the court that is aroundCLII the tabernacle and the altar, and their cords,CLIII
and allCLIV the equipmentCLV for their service,CLVI and they shall doCLVII allCLVIII that needs to be doneCLIX with regard to them.
27 AllCLX the serviceCLXI of the GershonitesCLXII shall be at the commandCLXIII of Aaron and his sons, in allCLXIV
that they are to carryCLXV and in allCLXVI that they have to do,CLXVII and you shall assignCLXVIII to them as dutiesCLXIX allCLXX that they are to carry.
28 This is the serviceCLXXI of the clans of the GershonitesCLXXII relating to the tent of meeting, and their duties are to be under the oversightCLXXIII of IthamarCLXXIV son of Aaron the priest.
29 “As for the Merarites,CLXXV you shall enroll them by their clans and their ancestral houses; 30 from thirty years old up to fifty years old you shall enroll them, everyoneCLXXVI who qualifies to doCLXXVII the workCLXXVIII of the tent of meeting.
31 This is their duty to carry,CLXXIX as the wholeCLXXX of their serviceCLXXXI in the tent of meeting: the framesCLXXXII of the tabernacle, with its bars,CLXXXIII pillars,CLXXXIV and bases,CLXXXV
32 and the pillars of the court all aroundCLXXXVI with their bases, pegs,CLXXXVII and cords, with allCLXXXVIII their equipment and allCLXXXIX their related service,CXC
and you shall assignCXCI by nameCXCII the objectsCXCIII that they are requiredCXCIV to carry.CXCV
33 This is the serviceCXCVI of the clans of the Merarites, the whole of their serviceCXCVII relating to the tent of meeting, under the handCXCVIII of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.”
34 So Moses and Aaron and the leadersCXCIX of the congregationCC
enrolled the Kohathites,CCI by their clans and their ancestral houses, 35 from thirty years old up to fifty years old, everyone who qualified for workCCII relating to the tent of meeting, 36 and their enrollmentCCIII by clans was two thousandCCIV sevenCCV hundredCCVI fifty.
37 This was the enrollmentCCVII of the clans of the Kohathites,CCVIII allCCIX who servedCCX at the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron enrolled according to the commandmentCCXI of the LordCCXII by Moses.
38 The enrollment of the Gershonites,CCXIII by their clans and their ancestral houses, 39 from thirty years old up to fifty years old, everyone who qualified for workCCXIV relating to the tent of meeting— 40 their enrollment by their clans and their ancestral houses was two thousand sixCCXV hundred thirty. 41 This was the enrollment of the clans of the Gershonites,CCXVI allCCXVII who served at the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron enrolled according to the commandment of the Lord.
42 The enrollment of the clans of the Merarites, by their clans and their ancestral houses, 43 from thirty years old up to fifty years old, everyone who qualified for workCCXVIII relating to the tent of meeting, 44 and their enrollment by their clans was threeCCXIX thousand two hundred. 45 This is the enrollment of the clans of the Merarites, whom Moses and Aaron enrolled according to the commandment of the LordCCXX by Moses.
46 AllCCXXI those who were enrolled of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron and the leaders of IsraelCCXXII enrolled, by their clans and their ancestral houses, 47 from thirty years old up to fifty years old, allCCXXIII who qualified
to do the workCCXXIV of serviceCCXXV and the workCCXXVI of bearing burdens relating to the tent of meeting, 48 and their enrollment was eightCCXXVII thousand fiveCCXXVIII hundred eighty.CCXXIX
49 According to the commandment of the LordCCXXX throughCCXXXI Moses, they were appointedCCXXXII to their several tasksCCXXXIII
of servingCCXXXIV or carrying;CCXXXV thus they were enrolled by him, as the LordCCXXXVI commandedCCXXXVII Moses.
Image credit: “Desert Sunset” by Ruth Tate, 2008.