1These were the descendants of Aaron and Moses, at the time when Yahweh spoke to Moses onMount Sinai. 2These were the names of Aaron's sons: Nadab the eldest, then Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 3Such were the names of Aaron's sons, priests anointed and invested with the powers of thepriesthood. 4Nadab and Abihu died in Yahweh's presence, in the desert of Sinai, when they offered unauthorisedfire before Yahweh. They left no children and so it fel to Eleazar and Ithamar to exercise the priesthood undertheir father Aaron. 5Yahweh spoke to Moses and said: 6'Muster the tribe of Levi and put it at the disposal of the priest Aaron: they must be at his service. 7They wil undertake the duties incumbent on him and the whole community before the Tent of Meeting,in serving the Dwel ing, 8and they will be in charge of al the furnishings of the Tent of Meeting and undertake the dutiesincumbent on the Israelites in serving the Dwel ing. 9You wil present the Levites to Aaron and his sons as men dedicated; they wil be given to him by theIsraelites. 10'You will register Aaron and his sons, who wil carry out their priestly duty. But any unauthorisedperson who comes near must be put to death.' 11Yahweh spoke to Moses and said: 12'Look, I myself have chosen the Levites from the Israelites instead of all the first-born, those whoemerge first from the womb in Israel; the Levites therefore belong to me. 13For every first-born belongs to me. On the day when I struck down al the first-born in Egypt, Iconsecrated al the first-born in Israel, human and animal, to be my own. They are mine, Yahweh's.' 14Yahweh spoke to Moses in the desert of Sinai and said: 15'You must take a census of Levi's descendants by families and clans; al the males of the age of onemonth and over wil be counted.' 16At Yahweh's word Moses took a census of them, as Yahweh had ordered. 17These were the names of Levi's sons: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. 18These were the names of Gershon's sons by their clans: Libni and Shimei; 19Kohath's sons by their clans: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel; 20Merari's sons by their clans: Mahli and Mushi. These were the clans of Levi, grouped by families. 21From Gershon were descended the Libnite and Shimeite clans; these were the Gershonite clans. 22Their ful number, counting the males of one month and over, came to seven thousand five hundred. 23The Gershonite clans pitched their camp behind the Dwelling, on the west side. 24The leader of the House of Gershon was Eliasaph son of Lael. 25As regards the Tent of Meeting, the Gershonites had charge of the Dwel ing, the Tent and itscovering, the screen for the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, 26the curtaining of the court, the screen for the entrance to the court surrounding the Dwel ing and thealtar, and the cords required in dealing with al this. 27From Kohath were descended the Amramite, Izharite, Hebronite and Uzzielite clans; these were theKohathite clans. 28Their ful number, counting the males of one month and over, came to eight thousand three hundred.They were in charge of the sanctuary. 29The Kohathite clans pitched their camp on the south side of the Dwel ing. 30The leader of the house of the Kohathite clans was Elizaphan son of Uzziel. 31They were in charge of the ark, the table, the lamp-stand, the altars, the sacred vessels used in theliturgy, and the curtain with al its fittings. 32The chief of the Levite leaders was Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest. He supervised the peopleresponsible for the sanctuary. 33From Merari were descended the Mahlite and Mushite clans; these were the Merarite clans. 34Their ful number, counting the males of one month and over, came to six thousand two hundred. 35The leader of the House of the Merarite clans was Zuriel, son of Abihail. They pitched their camp onthe north side of the Dwel ing. 36The Merarites were in charge of the framework of the Dwelling, with its crossbars, poles, sockets andal its accessories and fittings, 37and also the poles round the court, with their sockets, pegs and cords. 38Final y, on the east side, in front of the Dwel ing, in front of the Tent of Meeting, towards the east, wasthe camp of Moses and Aaron and his sons, who had charge of the sanctuary on behalf of the Israelites. Anyunauthorised person coming near was to be put to death. 39The total number of male Levites of the age of one month and over, whom Moses counted by clansas Yahweh had ordered, came to twenty-two thousand. 40Yahweh said to Moses: 'Take a census of al the first-born of the Israelites, al the males from the ageof one month and over; take a census of them by name. 41You will then present the Levites to me, Yahweh, instead of Israel, and similarly the Levites' cattleinstead of the first-born cattle of the Israelites.' 42As Yahweh ordered, Moses took a census of al the first-born of the Israelites. 43The total count, by name, of the first-born from the age of one month and over came to twenty-twothousand two hundred and seventy-three. 44Yahweh then spoke to Moses and said: 45'Take the Levites instead of al the first-born of the Israelites, and the Levites' cattle instead of theircattle; the Levites will be mine, Yahweh's. 46For the ransom of the two hundred and seventy-three first-born of the Israelites in excess of thenumber of Levites, 47you wil take five shekels for each, by the sanctuary shekel, at twenty gerah to the shekel; 48you wil then give this money to Aaron and his sons as the ransom for the extra number.' 49Moses took the ransom money for the extra ones unransomed by the Levites; 50he took the money for the first-born of the Israelites: one thousand three hundred and sixty-fiveshekels, by the sanctuary shekel; 51and Moses then handed over their ransom money to Aaron and his sons, at Yahweh's bidding, asYahweh had ordered Moses.
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