Numbers 10

1The Lord said to Moses: 2“Make two trumpets. Use silver and hammer it to make the trumpets. These trumpets will be for calling the people together and for telling them when it is time to move the camp. 3If you blow long blasts on both trumpets, then all the people must meet together at the entrance of the Meeting Tent. 4But if you blow long blasts on only one trumpet, then only the leaders will come to meet with you. (These are the leaders of the twelve family groups of Israel.) 5“Short blasts on the trumpets will be the way to tell the people to move the camp. The first time you blow a short blast on the trumpets, the family groups camping on the east ˻side of the Meeting Tent˼ must begin to move. 6The second time you blow a short blast on the trumpets, the family groups camping on the south ˻side of the Meeting Tent˼ will begin to move. 7But if you want to gather the people together for a special meeting, then blow the trumpets in a different way—blow a long steady blast on the trumpets. 8Only Aaron’s sons, the priests, should blow the trumpets. This is a law for you that will continue forever, for generations to come. 9“If you are fighting an enemy in your own land, then blow loudly on the trumpets before you go to fight them. The Lord your God will hear you, and he will save you from your enemies. 10Also you should blow these trumpets for your special meetings, new moon days, and all your happy times together. Blow the trumpets when you give your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. This will be a special way for the Lord your God to remember you. I command you to do this; I am the Lord your God.” 11On the 20th day of the second month of the second year after the people of Israel left Egypt, the cloud rose from above the Tent of the Agreement. 12So the people of Israel began their journeys. They left the Sinai desert and traveled until the cloud stopped in the desert of Paran. 13This was the first time the people moved their camp. They moved it the way the Lord commanded Moses. 14The three groups from Judah’s camp went first. They traveled under their flag. The first group was Judah’s family group. Nahshon son of Amminadab was the commander of that group. 15Next came Issachar’s family group. Nethanel son of Zuar was the commander of that group. 16And then came Zebulun’s family group. Eliab son of Helon was the commander of that group. 17Then the Holy Tent was taken down. And the men from the Gershon and the Merari families carried the Holy Tent. So the people from these families were next in line. 18Then came the three groups from Reuben’s camp. They traveled under their flag. The first group was Reuben’s family group. Elizur son of Shedeur was the commander of that group. 19Next came Simeon’s family group. Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai was the commander of that group. 20And then came Gad’s family group. Eliasaph son of Deuel was the commander of that group. 21Then came the people from the Kohath family. They carried the holy things ˻from inside the Holy Place˼. These people came at this time so that the other people could set up the Holy Tent and make it ready ˻at the new camp˼ before these people arrived. 22Next came the three groups from Ephraim’s camp. They traveled under their flag. The first group was Ephraim’s family group. Elishama son of Ammihud was the commander of that group. 23Next came Manasseh’s family group. Gamaliel son of Pedahzur was the commander of that group. 24Then came Benjamin’s family group. Abidan son of Gideoni was the commander of that group. 25The last three family groups in the line were the rear guard for all the other family groups. These were the groups from Dan’s camp. They traveled under their flag. The first group was Dan’s family group. Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai was their commander. 26Next came Asher’s family group. Pagiel son of Ocran was the commander of that group. 27Then came Naphtali’s family group. Ahira son of Enan was the commander of that group. 28That was the way the people of Israel marched when they moved from place to place. 29Hobab was the son of Reuel, the Midianite. (Reuel was Moses’ father-in-law.) Moses said to Hobab, “We are traveling to the land that God promised to give to us. Come with us and we will be good to you. The Lord has promised good things to the people of Israel.” 30But Hobab answered, “No, I will not go with you. I will go back to my homeland and to my own people.” 31Then Moses said, “Please don’t leave us. You know more about the desert than we do. You can be our guide. 32If you come with us, then we will share with you all the good things that the Lord gives us.” 33˻So Hobab agreed,˼ and they began traveling from the mountain of the Lord. The priests took the Box of the Lord’s Agreement and walked in front of the people. They carried the Holy Box for three days, looking for a place to camp. 34The Lord’s cloud was over them every day. And when they left their camp every morning, the cloud was there to lead them. 35When the people lifted the Holy Box to move the camp, Moses always said, “Get up, Lord! May your enemies be scattered. May your enemies run away from you.” 36And when the Holy Box was put in its place, Moses always said, “Come back, Lord, to the millions of people of Israel.”

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