Numbers 1

1The Lord spoke to Moses in the Meeting Tent. This was in the Sinai Desert. It was on the first day of the second month of the second year after the people of Israel left Egypt. The Lord said to Moses: 2“Count all the people of Israel. List the name of each man with his family and his family group. 3You and Aaron must count all the men of Israel who are 20 years old or older. (These are the men who serve in the army of Israel.) List them by their group. 4One man from each and every family group ˻will help you˼. This man will be the leader of his family group. 5These are the names of the men who will stand with you ˻and help you˼: from Reuben’s family group—Elizur son of Shedeur; 6from Simeon’s family group—Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai; 7from Judah’s family group—Nahshon son of Amminadab; 8from Issachar’s family group—Nethanel son of Zuar; 9from Zebulun’s family group—Eliab son of Helon; 10from the descendants of Joseph from Ephraim’s family group—Elishama son of Ammihud; from Manasseh’s family group—Gamaliel son of Pedahzur; 11from Benjamin’s family group—Abidan son of Gideoni; 12from Dan’s family group—Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai; 13from Asher’s family group—Pagiel son of Ocran; 14from Gad’s family group—Eliasaph son of Deuel; 15from Naphtali’s family group—Ahira son of Enan.” 16All those men are the leaders of their families. The people also chose them to be leaders of their family groups. 17Moses and Aaron took these men who had been chosen to be leaders. 18And Moses and Aaron called all the people of Israel together. Then the people were listed by their families and their family groups. All the men who were 20 years old or older were listed. 19Moses did exactly what the Lord commanded—Moses counted the people while they were in the Sinai desert. 20They counted Reuben’s family group. (Reuben was the firstborn son of Israel.) The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 21The total number of men counted from Reuben’s family group was 46,500. 22They counted Simeon’s family group. The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 23The total number of men counted from Simeon’s family group was 59,300. 24They counted Gad’s family group. The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 25The total number of men counted from Gad’s family group was 45,650. 26They counted Judah’s family group. The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 27The total number of men counted from Judah’s family group was 74,600. 28They counted Issachar’s family group. The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 29The total number of men counted from Issachar’s family group was 54,400. 30They counted Zebulun’s family group. The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 31The total number of men counted from Zebulun’s family group was 57,400. 32They counted Ephraim’s family group. (Ephraim was Joseph’s son.) The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 33The total number of men counted from Ephraim’s family group was 40,500. 34They counted Manasseh’s family group. (Manasseh was also Joseph’s son.) The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 35The total number of men counted from Manasseh’s family group was 32,200. 36They counted Benjamin’s family group. The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 37The total number of men counted from Benjamin’s family group was 35,400. 38They counted Dan’s family group. The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 39The total number of men counted from Dan’s family group was 62,700. 40They counted Asher’s family group. The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed with their families and family groups. 41The total number of men counted from Asher’s family group was 41,500. 42They counted Naphtali’s family group. The names of all the men who were 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army were listed. They were listed by name with their families and family groups. 43The total number of men counted from Naphtali’s family group was 53,400. 44Moses, Aaron, and the twelve leaders of Israel counted these men. (There was one leader from each family group.) 45They counted every man who was 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army. Each man was listed with his family. 46The total number of men counted was 603,550 men. 47The families from the Levi family group were not counted with the other people of Israel. 48The Lord had told Moses: 49“Don’t count the men from Levi’s family group or include them with the other people of Israel. 50Tell the men of Levi that they are responsible for the Holy Tent of the Agreement. They must take care of that tent and all the things that are with it. They must carry the Holy Tent and everything in it. They must make their camp around it and take care of it. 51Whenever the Holy Tent is moved, the men of Levi must do it. Whenever the Holy Tent is set up, the men of Levi must do it. They are the men who will take care of the Holy Tent. If any person who is not from Levi’s family group tries to take care of the tent, he must be killed. 52The people of Israel will make their camps in separate groups. Each person should camp near his family flag. 53But the men of Levi must make their camp around the Holy Tent. The men of Levi will guard the Holy Tent of the Agreement. ˻They will protect the Holy Tent˼ so that nothing bad will happen to the people of Israel.” 54So the people of Israel obeyed all the things that the Lord commanded Moses.

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