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Numbers 10 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Two Silver Trumpets
The Israelites Leave Mount Sinai
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:1 - And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:2 - “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:3 - “When they blow both of them, all the congregation shall gather before you at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:4 - “But if they blow only one, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall gather to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:5 - “When you sound the advance, the camps that lie on the east side shall then begin their journey.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:6 - “When you sound the advance the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall begin their journey; they shall sound the call for them to begin their journeys.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:7 - “And when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but not sound the advance.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:8 - “The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:9 - “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:10 - “Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the LORD your God.”
Departure from Sinai
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:11 - Now it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle of the Testimony.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:12 - And the children of Israel set out from the Wilderness of Sinai on their journeys; then the cloud settled down in the Wilderness of Paran.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:13 - So they started out for the first time according to the command of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:14 - The standard of the camp of the children of Judah set out first according to their armies; over their army was Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:15 - Over the army of the tribe of the children of Issachar was Nethanel the son of Zuar.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:16 - And over the army of the tribe of the children of Zebulun was Eliab the son of Helon.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:17 - Then the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set out, carrying the tabernacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:18 - And the standard of the camp of Reuben set out according to their armies; over their army was Elizur the son of Shedeur.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:19 - Over the army of the tribe of the children of Simeon was Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:20 - And over the army of the tribe of the children of Gad was Eliasaph the son of Deuel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:21 - Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy things. (The tabernacle would be prepared for their arrival.)
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:22 - And the standard of the camp of the children of Ephraim set out according to their armies; over their army was Elishama the son of Ammihud.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:23 - Over the army of the tribe of the children of Manasseh was Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:24 - And over the army of the tribe of the children of Benjamin was Abidan the son of Gideoni.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:25 - Then the standard of the camp of the children of Dan (the rear guard of all the camps) set out according to their armies; over their army was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:26 - Over the army of the tribe of the children of Asher was Pagiel the son of Ocran.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:27 - And over the army of the tribe of the children of Naphtali was Ahira the son of Enan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:28 - Thus was the order of march of the children of Israel, according to their armies, when they began their journey.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:29 - Now Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel[fn] the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place of which the LORD said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us, and we will treat you well; for the LORD has promised good things to Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:30 - And he said to him, “I will not go, but I will depart to my own land and to my relatives.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:31 - So Moses said, “Please do not leave, inasmuch as you know how we are to camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:32 - “And it shall be, if you go with us—indeed it shall be—that whatever good the LORD will do to us, the same we will do to you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:33 - So they departed from the mountain of the LORD on a journey of three days; and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them for the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:34 - And the cloud of the LORD was above them by day when they went out from the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:35 - So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said:

“Rise up, O LORD!
Let Your enemies be scattered,
And let those who hate You flee before You.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:36 - And when it rested, he said:

“Return, O LORD,
To the many thousands of Israel.”
NKJV Footnotes
Septuagint reads Raguel (compare Exodus 2:18).

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