1Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
2“Make two trumpets of silver. You are to make them of beaten work. You are to use them for the calling of the congregation and for the journeying of the camps.
3When they blow them, all the congregation is to gather themselves to you at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.
4If they blow just one, then the rulers, the heads of the thousands of Israel, are to gather themselves to you.
5“When you blow an alarm, the camps that lie on the east side are to go forward.
6When you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that lie on the south side are to go forward. They are to blow an alarm for their journeys.
7But when the assembly is to be gathered together, you are to blow, but you are to not sound an alarm.
8The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets. This is to be to you for a statute forever throughout your generations.
9“When you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you are to sound an alarm with the trumpets. Then you will be remembered before Yahweh your God and you will be saved from your enemies.
10Also in the day of your gladness and at your appointed feasts and at the new moon, you are to blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings, and they will be to you for a memorial before your God. I am Yahweh your God.”
11It came to pass in the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth day of the month, that the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle of the testimony.
12The children of Israel went forward according to their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud stayed in the wilderness of Paran.
13They first went forward according to the commandment of Yahweh by Moses.
14First, the standard of the camp of the children of Judah went forward according to their armies. Nahshon the son of Amminadab was over his army.
15Nethanel the son of Zuar was over the army of the tribe of the children of Issachar.
16Eliab the son of Helon was over the army of the tribe of the children of Zebulun.
17The tabernacle was taken down, and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari who carried the tabernacle went forward.
18The standard of the camp of Reuben went forward according to their armies. Elizur the son of Shedeur was over his army.
19Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai was over the army of the tribe of the children of Simeon.
20Eliasaph the son of Deuel was over the army of the tribe of the children of Gad.
21The Kohathites set forward, carrying the sanctuary. The others set up the tabernacle before they arrived.
22The standard of the camp of the children of Ephraim set forward according to their armies. Elishama the son of Ammihud was over his army.
23Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur was over the army of the tribe of the children of Manasseh.
24Abidan the son of Gideoni was over the army of the tribe of the children of Benjamin.
25The standard of the camp of the children of Dan that was the rear guard of all the camps, set forward according to their armies. Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai was over his army.
26Pagiel the son of Ochran was over the army of the tribe of the children of Asher.
27Ahira the son of Enan was over the army of the tribe of the children of Naphtali.
28Thus were the travels of the children of Israel according to their armies; and they went forward.
29Moses said to Hobab, the son of Moses’ father-in-law, Reuel the Midianite, “We are journeying to the place of which Yahweh said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us, and we will treat you well; for Yahweh has spoken good concerning Israel.”
31He said, “Do not leave us, please; because you know how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes.
32If you go with us, yes, it will be that whatever good Yahweh does to us, we will do the same to you.”
33They set forward from the Mount of Yahweh three days’ journey. The ark of the covenant of Yahweh went before them three days’ journey to seek out a resting place for them.
34The cloud of Yahweh was over them by day when they set forward from the camp.