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Duties of the Kohathites

1Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
  2“Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi by their families, by their fathers’ houses,
  3from thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all who enter into the service to do the work in the Tent of Meeting.
 

4“This is the service of the sons of Kohath in the Tent of Meeting, the most holy things.
  5When the camp moves forward, Aaron is to go in, and his sons, and they are to take down the veil of the screen and cover the ark of the Testimony with it,
  6and are to put a covering of dugong skin on it, and are to spread over it a cloth all of blue, and are to put in its poles.
 

7“On the table of the Bread of the Presence they are to spread a blue cloth and put on it the dishes, the spoons, the bowls and the cups with which to pour out; and the regular bread is to be on it.
  8They are to spread on them a scarlet cloth, and cover the same with a covering of dugong skin, and are to put in its poles.
 

9“They are to take a blue cloth and cover the lampstand of the light, and its lamps and its snuffers and its snuff dishes and all its oil vessels with which they minister to it.
  10They must put it and all its vessels inside a covering of dugong skin, and must put it on the frame.
 

11“On the golden altar they are to spread a blue cloth and cover it with a covering of dugong skin, and are to put in its poles.
  12They are to take all the vessels of ministry with which they minister in the sanctuary and put them in a blue cloth and cover them with a covering of dugong skin, and are to put them on the frame.
 

13“They are to take away the ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth on it.
  14They are to put on it all its vessels with which they minister about it, the fire pans, the flesh hooks, the shovels and the basins, all the vessels of the altar; and they are to spread on it a covering of dugong skin and put in its poles.
 

15“When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furniture of the sanctuary as the camp moves forward, after that the sons of Kohath will come to carry it: but they are not to touch the sanctuary, lest they die. These things are what the sons of Kohath are to carry in the Tent of Meeting.
 

16“The duty of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest will be the oil for the light, the sweet incense, the regular grain offering and the anointing oil, the requirements of all the tabernacle and of all that is in it, the sanctuary and its furnishings.”
 

17Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
  18“Do not cut off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the Levites,
  19but thus do to them, that they may live and not die when they approach to the most holy things: Aaron and his sons are to go in and appoint them, each to his service and to his load;
  20but they are not to go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die.”
 

Duties of the Gershonites

21Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
  22“Take a census of the sons of Gershon also by their fathers’ houses, by their families;
  23you are to count them from thirty years old and upward until fifty years old, all who enter in to wait on the service to do the work in the Tent of Meeting.
  24This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, in serving and in bearing burdens:
  25they are to carry the curtains of the tabernacle and the Tent of Meeting, its covering and the covering of dugong skin that is on top of it, and the screen for the entrance of the Tent of Meeting
  26and the hangings of the court and the screen for the entrance of the gate of the court that is by the tabernacle and around the altar, and their cords and all the instruments of their service and whatever will be done with them. In it they will serve.
 

27“At the commandment of Aaron and his sons are to be all the service of the sons of the Gershonites, in all their burden and in all their service; and you are to appoint their duty to them in all their responsibilities.
  28This is the service of the families of the sons of the Gershonites in the Tent of Meeting, and their duty will be under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.
 

Duties of the Merarites

29“As for the sons of Merari, you are to number them by their families, by their fathers’ houses;
  30you are to count them from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who enters on the service to do the work of the Tent of Meeting.
  31This is the duty of their burden according to all their service in the Tent of Meeting: the tabernacle’s boards, its bars, its pillars, its sockets
  32and the pillars of the court around it and their sockets and their pins and their cords, with all their instruments and with all their service: and by name you are to appoint the instruments of the duty of their burden.
  33This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari, according to all their service in the Tent of Meeting under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.”
 

Census of the Levites

34Moses and Aaron and the leaders of the congregation numbered the sons of the Kohathites by their families and by their fathers’ houses,
  35from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered into the service for work in the Tent of Meeting.
  36Those who were numbered of them by their families were 2,750.
  37These are those who were numbered of the families of the Kohathites, all who served in the Tent of Meeting whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the commandment of Yahweh by Moses.
 

38Those who were numbered of the sons of Gershon, their families and by their fathers’ houses,
  39from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered into the service for work in the Tent of Meeting,
  40even those who were numbered of them by their families, by their fathers’ houses, were 2,630.
  41These are those who were numbered of the families of the sons of Gershon, all who served in the Tent of Meeting whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the commandment of Yahweh.
 

42Those who were numbered of the families of the sons of Merari, by their families, by their fathers’ houses,
  43from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered into the service for work in the Tent of Meeting,
  44even those who were numbered of them by their families were 3,200.
  45These are those who were numbered of the families of the sons of Merari whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the commandment of Yahweh by Moses.
 

46All those who were numbered of the Levites whom Moses and Aaron and the leaders of Israel numbered by their families, and by their fathers’ houses,
  47from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered in to do the work of service and the work of bearing burdens in the Tent of Meeting,
  48even those who were numbered of them, were 8,580.
  49According to the commandment of Yahweh they were numbered by Moses, everyone according to his service and according to his burden. Thus were they numbered by him as Yahweh commanded Moses.
 


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