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Numbers 3 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Levite Priesthood Established

(Lev 10:1–7 )
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:1 - Now these are the records of the generations of Aaron and Moses at the time when the LORD spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:2 - These then are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:3 - These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the anointed priests, whom he [fn]ordained to serve as priests.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:4 - But Nadab and Abihu died in the presence of the LORD when they offered [fn]strange fire before the LORD in the wilderness of Sinai; and they had no children. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests [fn]in the lifetime of their father Aaron.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:5 - Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:6 - “Bring the tribe of Levi forward and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:7 - “They shall perform the duties for [fn]him and for the whole congregation in front of the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:8 - “They shall also take care of all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, along with the duties of the sons of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:9 - “So you shall assign the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are exclusively assigned to him from the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:10 - “So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons that they may [fn]keep their priesthood, but the [fn]layman who comes near shall be put to death.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:11 - Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:12 - “Now, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the sons of Israel instead of every firstborn, the firstborn of the womb among the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall be Mine.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:13 - “For all the firstborn are Mine; on the day that I fatally struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to Myself all the firstborn in Israel, from the human firstborn to animals. They shall be Mine; I am the LORD.”
(cf. Num 1:47–54 )
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:14 - Then the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:15 - [fn]Count the sons of Levi by their fathers’ households, by their families; every male from a month old and upward you shall count.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:16 - So Moses counted them according to the [fn]word of the LORD, just as he had been commanded.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:17 - These, then, are the sons of Levi by their names: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:18 - And these are the names of the sons of Gershon by their families: Libni and Shimei;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:19 - and the sons of Kohath by their families: Amram and Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:20 - and the sons of Merari by their families: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to their fathers’ households.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:21 - Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites and the family of the Shimeites; these were the families of the Gershonites.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:22 - Their numbered men, in the counting of every male from a month old and upward, their numbered men were 7,500.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:23 - The families of the Gershonites were to camp behind the [fn]tabernacle westward,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:24 - and the leader of the fathers’ households of the Gershonites: Eliasaph the son of Lael.

Duties of the Levites

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:25 - Now the duties of the sons of Gershon in the tent of meeting included the tabernacle and the tent, its covering, and the curtain for the entrance of the tent of meeting,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:26 - and the curtains of the courtyard, the curtain for the entrance of the courtyard which is around the tabernacle and the altar, and its ropes, according to all the service [fn]concerning them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:27 - Of Kohath was the family of the Amramites, the family of the Izharites, the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites; these were the families of the Kohathites.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:28 - In the counting of every male from a month old and upward, there were 8,600, performing the duties of the sanctuary.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:29 - The families of the sons of Kohath were to camp on the south side of the tabernacle,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:30 - and the leader of the fathers’ households of the Kohathite families: [fn]Elizaphan the son of Uzziel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:31 - Now their duties included the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the utensils of the sanctuary with which they minister, the [fn]curtain, and all the service [fn]concerning them;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:32 - and Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest was the head of the leaders of Levi, and he had the supervision of those who performed the duties of the sanctuary.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:33 - Of Merari was the family of the Mahlites and the family of the Mushites; these were the families of Merari.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:34 - Their numbered men in the counting of every male from a month old and upward: 6,200.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:35 - And the leader of the fathers’ households of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail. They were to camp on the northward side of the tabernacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:36 - Now the appointment of duties of the sons of Merari included the framework of the tabernacle, its bars, its pillars, its bases, all its equipment, and all the service concerning them,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:37 - and the pillars around the courtyard with their bases, their pegs, and their ropes.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:38 - Now those who were to camp in front of the tabernacle eastward, in front of the tent of meeting toward the sunrise, were Moses and Aaron and his sons, performing the duties of the sanctuary for the obligation of the sons of Israel; but the [fn]layman coming near was to be put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:39 - All the numbered men of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron counted at the [fn]command of the LORD by their families, every male from a month old and upward, were twenty-two thousand.

Firstborn Redeemed

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:40 - Then the LORD said to Moses, “Count every firstborn male of the sons of Israel from a month old and upward, and [fn]make a list of their names.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:41 - “And you shall take the Levites for Me—I am the LORD—instead of all the firstborn among the sons of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites in place of all the firstborn among the cattle of the sons of Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:42 - So Moses counted all the firstborn among the sons of Israel, just as the LORD had commanded him;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:43 - and all the firstborn males, by the number of names from a month old and upward for their numbered men, were 22,273.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:44 - Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:45 - “Take the Levites in place of all the firstborn among the sons of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites in place of their cattle. And the Levites shall be Mine; I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:46 - “And as [fn]a redemption price for the 273 of the firstborn of the sons of Israel who are in excess of the number of the Levites,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:47 - you shall take five shekels apiece, per head; you shall take them in terms of the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty [fn]gerahs),
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:48 - and you shall give the money, the redemption price of those who are in excess among them, to Aaron and to his sons.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:49 - So Moses took the redemption money from those who were in excess of the number of those redeemed by the Levites;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:50 - from the firstborn of the sons of Israel he took the money in terms of the shekel of the sanctuary, 1,365.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:51 - Then Moses gave the redemption money to Aaron and to his sons, at the [fn]command of the LORD, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit filled their hand
I.e., prohibited
Lit before the face
Lit him and the duties of the whole congregation
Or perform
Lit stranger
Lit muster, and so throughout the ch
Lit mouth
Lit dwelling place, and so throughout the ch
Lit of it
In Ex 6:22, Elzaphan
I.e., the veil between the Holy Place and Most Holy Place
Lit of it
Lit stranger
Lit mouth
Lit take up the number
Or ransom
A gerah is about 0.025 oz. or 0.7 gm
Lit mouth
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