Numbers 7:1-9 New International Version

Offerings for the Dedication of the Altar

7 1  When Moses finished setting up the tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it and all its furnishings. He also anointed and consecrated the altar and all its utensils. 2  Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of families who were the tribal leaders in charge of those who were counted, made offerings. 3  They brought as their gifts before the Lord six covered carts and twelve oxen-an ox from each leader and a cart from every two. These they presented before the tabernacle. 4  The Lord said to Moses, 5  "Accept these from them, that they may be used in the work at the tent of meeting. Give them to the Levites as each man's work requires." 6  So Moses took the carts and oxen and gave them to the Levites. 7  He gave two carts and four oxen to the Gershonites, as their work required, 8  and he gave four carts and eight oxen to the Merarites, as their work required. They were all under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron, the priest. 9  But Moses did not give any to the Kohathites, because they were to carry on their shoulders the holy things, for which they were responsible.

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