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Numbers 26 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Second Census

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:1 - After the plague the LORD said to Moses and Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:2 - “Take a census of the whole Israelite community by families—all those twenty years old or more who are able to serve in the army of Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:3 - So on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke with them and said,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:4 - “Take a census of the men twenty years old or more, as the LORD commanded Moses.” These were the Israelites who came out of Egypt:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:5 - The descendants of Reuben, the firstborn son of Israel, were: through Hanok, the Hanokite clan; through Pallu, the Palluite clan;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:6 - through Hezron, the Hezronite clan; through Karmi, the Karmite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:7 - These were the clans of Reuben; those numbered were 43,730.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:8 - The son of Pallu was Eliab,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:9 - and the sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan and Abiram. The same Dathan and Abiram were the community officials who rebelled against Moses and Aaron and were among Korah’s followers when they rebelled against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:10 - The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them along with Korah, whose followers died when the fire devoured the 250 men. And they served as a warning sign.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:11 - The line of Korah, however, did not die out.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:12 - The descendants of Simeon by their clans were: through Nemuel, the Nemuelite clan; through Jamin, the Jaminite clan; through Jakin, the Jakinite clan;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:13 - through Zerah, the Zerahite clan; through Shaul, the Shaulite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:14 - These were the clans of Simeon; those numbered were 22,200.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:15 - The descendants of Gad by their clans were: through Zephon, the Zephonite clan; through Haggi, the Haggite clan; through Shuni, the Shunite clan;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:16 - through Ozni, the Oznite clan; through Eri, the Erite clan;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:17 - through Arodi,[fn] the Arodite clan; through Areli, the Arelite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:18 - These were the clans of Gad; those numbered were 40,500.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:19 - Er and Onan were sons of Judah, but they died in Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:20 - The descendants of Judah by their clans were: through Shelah, the Shelanite clan; through Perez, the Perezite clan; through Zerah, the Zerahite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:21 - The descendants of Perez were: through Hezron, the Hezronite clan; through Hamul, the Hamulite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:22 - These were the clans of Judah; those numbered were 76,500.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:23 - The descendants of Issachar by their clans were: through Tola, the Tolaite clan; through Puah, the Puite[fn] clan;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:24 - through Jashub, the Jashubite clan; through Shimron, the Shimronite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:25 - These were the clans of Issachar; those numbered were 64,300.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:26 - The descendants of Zebulun by their clans were: through Sered, the Seredite clan; through Elon, the Elonite clan; through Jahleel, the Jahleelite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:27 - These were the clans of Zebulun; those numbered were 60,500.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:28 - The descendants of Joseph by their clans through Manasseh and Ephraim were:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:29 - The descendants of Manasseh: through Makir, the Makirite clan (Makir was the father of Gilead); through Gilead, the Gileadite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:30 - These were the descendants of Gilead: through Iezer, the Iezerite clan; through Helek, the Helekite clan;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:31 - through Asriel, the Asrielite clan; through Shechem, the Shechemite clan;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:32 - through Shemida, the Shemidaite clan; through Hepher, the Hepherite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:33 - (Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons; he had only daughters, whose names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah.)
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:34 - These were the clans of Manasseh; those numbered were 52,700.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:35 - These were the descendants of Ephraim by their clans: through Shuthelah, the Shuthelahite clan; through Beker, the Bekerite clan; through Tahan, the Tahanite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:36 - These were the descendants of Shuthelah: through Eran, the Eranite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:37 - These were the clans of Ephraim; those numbered were 32,500.These were the descendants of Joseph by their clans.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:38 - The descendants of Benjamin by their clans were: through Bela, the Belaite clan; through Ashbel, the Ashbelite clan; through Ahiram, the Ahiramite clan;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:39 - through Shupham,[fn] the Shuphamite clan; through Hupham, the Huphamite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:40 - The descendants of Bela through Ard and Naaman were: through Ard,[fn] the Ardite clan; through Naaman, the Naamite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:41 - These were the clans of Benjamin; those numbered were 45,600.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:42 - These were the descendants of Dan by their clans: through Shuham, the Shuhamite clan. These were the clans of Dan:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:43 - All of them were Shuhamite clans; and those numbered were 64,400.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:44 - The descendants of Asher by their clans were: through Imnah, the Imnite clan; through Ishvi, the Ishvite clan; through Beriah, the Beriite clan;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:45 - and through the descendants of Beriah: through Heber, the Heberite clan; through Malkiel, the Malkielite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:46 - (Asher had a daughter named Serah.)
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:47 - These were the clans of Asher; those numbered were 53,400.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:48 - The descendants of Naphtali by their clans were: through Jahzeel, the Jahzeelite clan; through Guni, the Gunite clan;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:49 - through Jezer, the Jezerite clan; through Shillem, the Shillemite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:50 - These were the clans of Naphtali; those numbered were 45,400.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:51 - The total number of the men of Israel was 601,730.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:52 - The LORD said to Moses,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:53 - “The land is to be allotted to them as an inheritance based on the number of names.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:54 - To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one; each is to receive its inheritance according to the number of those listed.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:55 - Be sure that the land is distributed by lot. What each group inherits will be according to the names for its ancestral tribe.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:56 - Each inheritance is to be distributed by lot among the larger and smaller groups.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:57 - These were the Levites who were counted by their clans: through Gershon, the Gershonite clan; through Kohath, the Kohathite clan; through Merari, the Merarite clan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:58 - These also were Levite clans: the Libnite clan, the Hebronite clan, the Mahlite clan, the Mushite clan, the Korahite clan. (Kohath was the forefather of Amram;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:59 - the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, a descendant of Levi, who was born to the Levites[fn] in Egypt. To Amram she bore Aaron, Moses and their sister Miriam.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:60 - Aaron was the father of Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:61 - But Nadab and Abihu died when they made an offering before the LORD with unauthorized fire.)
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:62 - All the male Levites a month old or more numbered 23,000. They were not counted along with the other Israelites because they received no inheritance among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:63 - These are the ones counted by Moses and Eleazar the priest when they counted the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:64 - Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:65 - For the LORD had told those Israelites they would surely die in the wilderness, and not one of them was left except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.
NIV Footnotes
Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac (see also Gen. 46:16); Masoretic Text Arod
Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text through Puvah, the Punite
A few manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Septuagint); most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text Shephupham
Samaritan Pentateuch and Vulgate (see also Septuagint); Masoretic Text does not have through Ard.
Or Jochebed, a daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi

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