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Numbers 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:1 - Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:2 - “Record the names of the members of the clans and families of the Kohathite division of the tribe of Levi.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:3 - List all the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:4 - “The duties of the Kohathites at the Tabernacle will relate to the most sacred objects.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:5 - When the camp moves, Aaron and his sons must enter the Tabernacle first to take down the inner curtain and cover the Ark of the Covenant[fn] with it.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:6 - Then they must cover the inner curtain with fine goatskin leather and spread over that a single piece of blue cloth. Finally, they must put the carrying poles of the Ark in place.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:7 - “Next they must spread a blue cloth over the table where the Bread of the Presence is displayed, and on the cloth they will place the bowls, pans, jars, pitchers, and the special bread.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:8 - They must spread a scarlet cloth over all of this, and finally a covering of fine goatskin leather on top of the scarlet cloth. Then they must insert the carrying poles into the table.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:9 - “Next they must cover the lampstand with a blue cloth, along with its lamps, lamp snuffers, trays, and special jars of olive oil.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:10 - Then they must cover the lampstand and its accessories with fine goatskin leather and place the bundle on a carrying frame.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:11 - “Next they must spread a blue cloth over the gold incense altar and cover this cloth with fine goatskin leather. Then they must attach the carrying poles to the altar.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:12 - They must take all the remaining furnishings of the sanctuary and wrap them in a blue cloth, cover them with fine goatskin leather, and place them on the carrying frame.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:13 - “They must remove the ashes from the altar for sacrifices and cover the altar with a purple cloth.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:14 - All the altar utensils—the firepans, meat forks, shovels, basins, and all the containers—must be placed on the cloth, and a covering of fine goatskin leather must be spread over them. Finally, they must put the carrying poles in place.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:15 - The camp will be ready to move when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the sacred articles. The Kohathites will come and carry these things to the next destination. But they must not touch the sacred objects, or they will die. So these are the things from the Tabernacle that the Kohathites must carry.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:16 - “Eleazar son of Aaron the priest will be responsible for the oil of the lampstand, the fragrant incense, the daily grain offering, and the anointing oil. In fact, Eleazar will be responsible for the entire Tabernacle and everything in it, including the sanctuary and its furnishings.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:17 - Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:18 - “Do not let the Kohathite clans be destroyed from among the Levites!

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:19 - This is what you must do so they will live and not die when they approach the most sacred objects. Aaron and his sons must always go in with them and assign a specific duty or load to each person.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:20 - The Kohathites must never enter the sanctuary to look at the sacred objects for even a moment, or they will die.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:21 - And the LORD said to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:22 - “Record the names of the members of the clans and families of the Gershonite division of the tribe of Levi.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:23 - List all the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:24 - “These Gershonite clans will be responsible for general service and carrying loads.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:25 - They must carry the curtains of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle itself with its coverings, the outer covering of fine goatskin leather, and the curtain for the Tabernacle entrance.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:26 - They are also to carry the curtains for the courtyard walls that surround the Tabernacle and altar, the curtain across the courtyard entrance, the ropes, and all the equipment related to their use. The Gershonites are responsible for all these items.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:27 - Aaron and his sons will direct the Gershonites regarding all their duties, whether it involves moving the equipment or doing other work. They must assign the Gershonites responsibility for the loads they are to carry.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:28 - So these are the duties assigned to the Gershonite clans at the Tabernacle. They will be directly responsible to Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:29 - “Now record the names of the members of the clans and families of the Merarite division of the tribe of Levi.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:30 - List all the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:31 - “Their only duty at the Tabernacle will be to carry loads. They will carry the frames of the Tabernacle, the crossbars, the posts, and the bases;

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:32 - also the posts for the courtyard walls with their bases, pegs, and ropes; and all the accessories and everything else related to their use. Assign the various loads to each man by name.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:33 - So these are the duties of the Merarite clans at the Tabernacle. They are directly responsible to Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:34 - So Moses, Aaron, and the other leaders of the community listed the members of the Kohathite division by their clans and families.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:35 - The list included all the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:36 - and the total number came to 2,750.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:37 - So this was the total of all those from the Kohathite clans who were eligible to serve at the Tabernacle. Moses and Aaron listed them, just as the LORD had commanded through Moses.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:38 - The Gershonite division was also listed by its clans and families.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:39 - The list included all the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:40 - and the total number came to 2,630.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:41 - So this was the total of all those from the Gershonite clans who were eligible to serve at the Tabernacle. Moses and Aaron listed them, just as the LORD had commanded.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:42 - The Merarite division was also listed by its clans and families.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:43 - The list included all the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:44 - and the total number came to 3,200.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:45 - So this was the total of all those from the Merarite clans who were eligible for service. Moses and Aaron listed them, just as the LORD had commanded through Moses.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:46 - So Moses, Aaron, and the leaders of Israel listed all the Levites by their clans and families.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:47 - All the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle and for its transportation

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:48 - numbered 8,580.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:49 - When their names were recorded, as the LORD had commanded through Moses, each man was assigned his task and told what to carry. And so the registration was completed, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew the Tent of Meeting; also in 4:4, 15, 23, 25, 28, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 47.
Or Ark of the Testimony.

NLT

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Full copyright information is provided here. Visit the New Living Translation website.

 
 
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