The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 1:48–54

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48  And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

48  Because the LORD had spoken to Moses, saying,

48  For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying

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49  'Howbeit the tribe of Levi thou shalt not number, neither shalt thou take the sum of them among the children of Israel;

49  “Do not number the tribe of Levi, neither shall you take a total of them with the sons of Israel.

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50  but appoint thou the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, and over all the furniture thereof, and over all that belongeth to it; they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the furniture thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

50  And do thou set the Levites over the tabernacle of witness, and over all its furniture, and over all things that are in it; and they shall do service in it, and they shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

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51  And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up; and the common man that draweth nigh shall be put to death.

51  And in removing the tabernacle, the Levites shall take it down, and in pitching the tabernacle they shall set it up: and let the stranger that advances to touch it die.

51  When you would depart, the Levites shall take down the tabernacle. When you are to make camp, they shall set it up. Any outsider who will approach it shall be killed.

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52  And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man with his own camp, and every man with his own standard, according to their hosts.

52  Now the sons of Israel shall make camp, each one by his companies and bands, as well as his army.

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53  But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of the testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel; and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of the testimony.'

53  But let the Levites encamp round about the tabernacle of witness fronting it, and so there shall be no sin among the children of Israel; and the Levites themselves shall keep the guard of the tabernacle of witness.

53  Moreover, the Levites shall fix their tents all around the tabernacle, lest there be an indignation over the multitude of the sons of Israel. And they shall stand watch as guardians over the tabernacle of the testimony.”

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54  Thus did the children of Israel; according to all that YHWH commanded Moses, so did they.

54  And the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

54  Therefore, the sons of Israel acted according to everything that the Lord had instructed Moses.