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Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:1 - This is the account of the family of Aaron and Moses at the time the LORD spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:2 - The names of the sons of Aaron were Nadab the firstborn and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:3 - Those were the names of Aaron’s sons, the anointed priests, who were ordained to serve as priests.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:4 - Nadab and Abihu, however, died before the LORD when they made an offering with unauthorized fire before him in the Desert of Sinai. They had no sons, so Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests during the lifetime of their father Aaron.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:5 - The LORD said to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:6 - “Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:7 - They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the tent of meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:8 - They are to take care of all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, fulfilling the obligations of the Israelites by doing the work of the tabernacle.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:9 - Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:10 - Appoint Aaron and his sons to serve as priests; anyone else who approaches the sanctuary is to be put to death.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:11 - The LORD also said to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:12 - “I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:13 - for all the firstborn are mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether human or animal. They are to be mine. I am the LORD.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:14 - The LORD said to Moses in the Desert of Sinai,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:15 - “Count the Levites by their families and clans. Count every male a month old or more.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:16 - So Moses counted them, as he was commanded by the word of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:17 - These were the names of the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:18 - These were the names of the Gershonite clans: Libni and Shimei.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:19 - The Kohathite clans: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:20 - The Merarite clans: Mahli and Mushi. These were the Levite clans, according to their families.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:21 - To Gershon belonged the clans of the Libnites and Shimeites; these were the Gershonite clans.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:22 - The number of all the males a month old or more who were counted was 7,500.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:23 - The Gershonite clans were to camp on the west, behind the tabernacle.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:24 - The leader of the families of the Gershonites was Eliasaph son of Lael.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:25 - At the tent of meeting the Gershonites were responsible for the care of the tabernacle and tent, its coverings, the curtain at the entrance to the tent of meeting,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:26 - the curtains of the courtyard, the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard surrounding the tabernacle and altar, and the ropes—and everything related to their use.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:27 - To Kohath belonged the clans of the Amramites, Izharites, Hebronites and Uzzielites; these were the Kohathite clans.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:28 - The number of all the males a month old or more was 8,600.[fn] The Kohathites were responsible for the care of the sanctuary.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:29 - The Kohathite clans were to camp on the south side of the tabernacle.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:30 - The leader of the families of the Kohathite clans was Elizaphan son of Uzziel.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:31 - They were responsible for the care of the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the articles of the sanctuary used in ministering, the curtain, and everything related to their use.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:32 - The chief leader of the Levites was Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest. He was appointed over those who were responsible for the care of the sanctuary.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:33 - To Merari belonged the clans of the Mahlites and the Mushites; these were the Merarite clans.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:34 - The number of all the males a month old or more who were counted was 6,200.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:35 - The leader of the families of the Merarite clans was Zuriel son of Abihail; they were to camp on the north side of the tabernacle.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:36 - The Merarites were appointed to take care of the frames of the tabernacle, its crossbars, posts, bases, all its equipment, and everything related to their use,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:37 - as well as the posts of the surrounding courtyard with their bases, tent pegs and ropes.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:38 - Moses and Aaron and his sons were to camp to the east of the tabernacle, toward the sunrise, in front of the tent of meeting. They were responsible for the care of the sanctuary on behalf of the Israelites. Anyone else who approached the sanctuary was to be put to death.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:39 - The total number of Levites counted at the LORD’s command by Moses and Aaron according to their clans, including every male a month old or more, was 22,000.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:40 - The LORD said to Moses, “Count all the firstborn Israelite males who are a month old or more and make a list of their names.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:41 - Take the Levites for me in place of all the firstborn of the Israelites, and the livestock of the Levites in place of all the firstborn of the livestock of the Israelites. I am the LORD.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:42 - So Moses counted all the firstborn of the Israelites, as the LORD commanded him.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:43 - The total number of firstborn males a month old or more, listed by name, was 22,273.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:44 - The LORD also said to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:45 - “Take the Levites in place of all the firstborn of Israel, and the livestock of the Levites in place of their livestock. The Levites are to be mine. I am the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:46 - To redeem the 273 firstborn Israelites who exceed the number of the Levites,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:47 - collect five shekels[fn] for each one, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:48 - Give the money for the redemption of the additional Israelites to Aaron and his sons.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:49 - So Moses collected the redemption money from those who exceeded the number redeemed by the Levites.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:50 - From the firstborn of the Israelites he collected silver weighing 1,365 shekels,[fn] according to the sanctuary shekel.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:51 - Moses gave the redemption money to Aaron and his sons, as he was commanded by the word of the LORD.
NIV Footnotes
Most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text; some manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also 8:16) to me
Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts 8,300
That is, about 2 ounces or about 58 grams
That is, about 35 pounds or about 16 kilograms

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