The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 3:40–51

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40  And YHWH said unto Moses: 'Number all the first-born males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number of their names.

40  And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Count every first-born male of the children of Israel from a month old and upwards, and take the number by name.

40  And the Lord said to Moses: “Number the firstborn of the male sex from the sons of Israel, from one month and above, and you shall take their total.

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41  And thou shalt take the Levites for Me, even YHWH, instead of all the first-born among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel.'

41  And you shall bring the Levites to me, in place of all the firstborn of the sons of Israel, and you shall bring their cattle to me, in place of all the firstborn of the cattle of the sons of Israel. I am the Lord.”

42  And Moses numbered, as YHWH commanded him, all the first-born among the children of Israel.

42  Moses took a census, just as the Lord had instructed, of the firstborn of the sons of Israel.

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43  And all the first-born males according to the number of names, from a month old and upward, of those that were numbered of them, were twenty and two thousand two hundred and threescore and thirteen.

43  And all the male first-born in number by name, from a month old and upwards, were according to their numbering twenty-two thousand and two hundred and seventy-three.

43  And the males by their names, from one month and above, were twenty-two thousand two hundred seventy-three.

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44  And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

44  And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

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45  'Take the Levites instead of all the first-born among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be Mine, even YHWH'S.

45  “Take the Levites, in place of the firstborn of the sons of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites, in place of their cattle, and so the Levites shall be mine. I am the Lord.

45  Present the Levites instead of all the first-born among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine; I am the LORD.

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46  And as for the redemption of the two hundred and three score and thirteen of the first-born of the children of Israel, that are over and above the number of the Levites,

46  And for the ransoms of the two hundred and seventy-three which exceed the Levites in number of the first-born of the sons of Israel;

46  But for the price of the two hundred and seventy-three, which exceed the number of the Levites compared to the number of firstborn of the sons of Israel,

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47  thou shalt take five shekels apiece by the poll; after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them--the shekel is twenty gerahs.

47  thou shalt even take five shekels a head; thou shalt take them according to the holy didrachm, twenty oboli to the shekel.

47  you shall take five shekels for each head, by the measure of the Sanctuary. A shekel has twenty obols.

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48  And thou shalt give the money wherewith they that remain over of them are redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons.'

48  And you shall give the money to Aaron and his sons as the price of those that are in excess.”

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49  And Moses took the redemption-money from them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites;

49  Therefore, Moses took the money for those that were in excess, and whom they had redeemed from the Levites

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50  from the first-born of the children of Israel took he the money: a thousand three hundred and threescore and five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.

50  He took the silver from the first-born of the sons of Israel, a thousand three hundred and sixty-five shekels, according to the holy shekel.

50  in place of the firstborn of the sons of Israel: one thousand three hundred sixty-five shekels, according to the weight of the Sanctuary.

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51  And Moses gave the redemption-money unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of YHWH, as the YHWH commanded Moses.

51  And he gave it to Aaron and his sons, according to the word by which the Lord had instructed him.