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1The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2“Take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel, by families, by fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, every male, head by head; 3from twenty years old and upward, all in Israel who are able to go forth to war, you and Aaron shall number them, company by company. 4And there shall be with you a man from each tribe, each man being the head of the house of his fathers. 5And these are the names of the men who shall attend you. From Reuben, Eliʹzur the son of Shedʹeur; 6from Simeon, Sheluʹmi-el the son of Zurishadʹdai; 7from Judah, Nahshon the son of Amminʹadab; 8from Isʹsachar, Nethanʹel the son of Zuʹar; 9from Zebʹulun, Eliʹab the son of Helon; 10from the sons of Joseph, from Eʹphraim, Elishʹama the son of Ammiʹhud, and from Manasʹseh, Gamaʹliel the son of Pedahʹzur; 11from Benjamin, Abʹidan the son of Gideoʹni; 12from Dan, Ahi-eʹzer the son of Ammishadʹdai; 13from Asher, Paʹgiel the son of Ochran; 14from Gad, Eliʹasaph the son of Deuʹel; 15from Naphʹtali, Ahiʹra the son of Enan.” 16These were the ones chosen from the congregation, the leaders of their ancestral tribes, the heads of the clans of Israel.

17Moses and Aaron took these men who have been named, 18and on the first day of the second month, they assembled the whole congregation together, who registered themselves by families, by fathers’ houses, according to the number of names from twenty years old and upward, head by head, 19as the Lord commanded Moses. So he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.

20The people of Reuben, Israel’s first-born, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, head by head, every male from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go forth to war: 21the number of the tribe of Reuben was forty-six thousand five hundred.

22Of the people of Simeon, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, those of them that were numbered, according to the number of names, head by head, every male from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go forth to war: 23the number of the tribe of Simeon was fifty-nine thousand three hundred.

24Of the people of Gad, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go forth to war: 25the number of the tribe of Gad was forty-five thousand six hundred and fifty.

26Of the people of Judah, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go forth to war: 27the number of the tribe of Judah was seventy-four thousand six hundred.

28Of the people of Isʹsachar, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go forth to war: 29the number of the tribe of Isʹsachar was fifty-four thousand four hundred.

30Of the people of Zebʹulun, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go forth to war: 31the number of the tribe of Zebʹulun was fifty-seven thousand four hundred.

32Of the people of Joseph, namely, of the people of Eʹphraim, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go forth to war: 33the number of the tribe of Eʹphraim was forty thousand five hundred.

34Of the people of Manasʹseh, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go forth to war: 35the number of the tribe of Manasʹseh was thirty-two thousand two hundred.

36Of the people of Benjamin, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go forth to war: 37the number of the tribe of Benjamin was thirty-five thousand four hundred.

38Of the people of Dan, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go forth to war: 39the number of the tribe of Dan was sixty-two thousand seven hundred.

40Of the people of Asher, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go forth to war: 41the number of the tribe of Asher was forty-one thousand five hundred.

42Of the people of Naphʹtali, their generations, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go forth to war: 43the number of the tribe of Naphʹtali was fifty-three thousand four hundred.

44These are those who were numbered, whom Moses and Aaron numbered with the help of the leaders of Israel, twelve men, each representing his fathers’ house. 45So the whole number of the people of Israel, by their fathers’ houses, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go forth to war in Israel—46their whole number was six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty.

47But the Levites were not numbered by their ancestral tribe along with them. 48For the Lord said to Moses, 49“Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, and you shall not take a census of them among the people of Israel; 50but appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, and over all its furnishings, and over all that belongs to it; they are to carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings, and they shall tend it, and shall encamp around the tabernacle. 51When the tabernacle is to set out, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up. And if any one else comes near, he shall be put to death. 52The people of Israel shall pitch their tents by their companies, every man by his own camp and every man by his own standard; 53but the Levites shall encamp around the tabernacle of the testimony, that there may be no wrath upon the congregation of the people of Israel; and the Levites shall keep charge of the tabernacle of the testimony.” 54Thus did the people of Israel; they did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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