Numbers 1-2 Bible in Basic English

The Numbering of Israel at Sinai

1 1  And the Lord said to Moses in the waste land of Sinai, in the Tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they came out of the land of Egypt, 2  Take the full number of the children of Israel, by their families, and by their fathers' houses, every male by name; 3  All those of twenty years old and over, who are able to go to war in Israel, are to be numbered by you and Aaron. 4  And to give you help, take one man from every tribe, the head of his father's house. 5  These are the names of those who are to be your helpers: from Reuben, Elizur, the son of Shedeur; 6  From Simeon, Shelumiel, the son of Zurishaddai; 7  From Judah, Nahshon, the son of Amminadab; 8  From Issachar, Nethanel, the son of Zuar; 9  From Zebulun, Eliab, the son of Helon; 10  Of the children of Joseph: from Ephraim, Elishama, the son of Ammihud; from Manasseh, Gamaliel, the son of Pedahzur, 11  From Benjamin, Abidan, the son of Gideoni; 12  From Dan, Ahiezer, the son of Ammi-shaddai; 13  From Asher, Pagiel, the son of Ochran; 14  From Gad, Eliasaph, the son of Reuel; 15  From Naphtali, Ahira, the son of Enan. 16  These are the men named out of all the people, chiefs of their fathers' houses, heads of the tribes of Israel.

17  And Moses and Aaron took these men, marked out by name; 18  And they got together all the people on the first day of the second month; and everyone made clear his family and his father's house, by the number of the names, from twenty years old and over. 19  As the Lord had given orders to Moses, so they were numbered by him in the waste place of Sinai. 20  The generations of the sons of Reuben, the oldest son of Israel, were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over, who was able to go to war; 21  Forty-six thousand, five hundred of the tribe of Reuben were numbered. 22  The generations of the sons of Simeon were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over, who was able to go to war; 23  Fifty-nine thousand, three hundred of the tribe of Simeon were numbered. 24  The generations of the sons of Gad were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war; 25  Forty-five thousand, six hundred and fifty of the tribe of Gad were numbered. 26  The generations of the sons of Judah were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war; 27  Seventy-four thousand, six hundred of the tribe of Judah were numbered. 28  The generations of the sons of Issachar were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war; 29  Fifty-four thousand, four hundred of the tribe of Issachar were numbered. 30  The generations of the sons of Zebulun were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war; 31  Fifty-seven thousand, four hundred of the tribe of Zebulun were numbered. 32  The generations of the sons of Joseph were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war; 33  Forty thousand, five hundred of the tribe of Ephraim were numbered. 34  The generations of the sons of Manasseh were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war; 35  Thirty-two thousand, two hundred of the tribe of Manasseh were numbered. 36  The generations of the sons of Benjamin were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war; 37  Thirty-five thousand, four hundred of the tribe of Benjamin were numbered. 38  The generations of the sons of Dan were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years and over who was able to go to war; 39  Sixty-two thousand, seven hundred of the tribe of Dan were numbered. 40  The generations of the sons of Asher were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war; 41  Forty-one thousand, five hundred of the tribe of Asher were numbered. 42  The generations of the sons of Naphtali were numbered by their families and their fathers' houses, every male of twenty years old and over who was able to go to war; 43  Fifty-three thousand, four hundred of the tribe of Naphtali were numbered.

44  These are they who were numbered by Moses and Aaron and by the twelve chiefs of Israel, one from every tribe. 45  So all those who were numbered of the children of Israel, by their families, all those of twenty years old and over who were able to go to war, 46  Were six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty.

The Appointment of the Levites

47  But the Levites, of the tribe of their fathers, were not numbered among them. 48  For the Lord said to Moses, 49  Only the tribe of Levi is not to be numbered among the children of Israel, 50  But to them you are to give the care of the Tent of meeting with its vessels and everything in it: they are to take up the Tent, and be responsible for everything to do with it, and put up their tents round it. 51  And when the Tent of meeting goes forward, the Levites are to take it down; and when it is to be put up, they are to do it: any strange person who comes near it is to be put to death. 52  The children of Israel are to put up their tents, every man in his tent-circle round his flag. 53  But the tents of the Levites are to be round the Tent of meeting, so that wrath may not come on the children of Israel: the Tent of meeting is to be in the care of the Levites. 54  So the children of Israel did as the Lord had given orders to Moses.

The Camps and Leaders of the Tribes

2 1  And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 2  The children of Israel are to put up their tents in the order of their families, by the flags of their fathers' houses, facing the Tent of meeting on every side.

3  Those whose tents are on the east side, looking to the dawn, will be round the flag of the children of Judah, with Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, as their chief. 4  The number of his army was seventy-four thousand, six hundred. 5  And nearest to him will be the tribe of Issachar, with Nethanel, the son of Zuar, as their chief. 6  The number of his army was fifty-four thousand, four hundred. 7  After him, the tribe of Zebulun, with Eliab, the son of Helon, as their chief. 8  The number of his army was fifty-seven thousand, four hundred. 9  The number of all the armies of Judah was a hundred and eighty-six thousand, four hundred. They go forward first. 10  On the south side is the flag of the children of Reuben, in the order of their armies, with Elizur, the son of Shedeur, as their chief. 11  The number of his army was forty-six thousand, five hundred. 12  And nearest to him, the tribe of Simeon, with Shelumiel, the son of Zurishaddai, as their chief. 13  The number of his army was fifty-nine thousand, three hundred. 14  Then the tribe of Gad, with Eliasaph, son of Reuel, as their chief. 15  The number of his army was forty-five thousand, six hundred and fifty. 16  The number of all the armies of Reuben together came to a hundred and fifty-one thousand, four hundred and fifty. They go forward second. 17  Then the Tent of meeting is to go forward, with the tents of the Levites, in the middle of the armies; in the same order as their tents are placed, they are to go forward, every man under his flag. 18  On the west side will be the flag of the children of Ephraim, with Elishama, the son of Ammihud, as their chief. 19  The number of his army was forty thousand, five hundred. 20  And by him the tribe of Manasseh with Gamaliel, the son of Pedahzur, as their chief. 21  The number of his army was thirty-two thousand, two hundred. 22  Then the tribe of Benjamin, with Abidan, the son of Gideoni, as their chief. 23  The number of his army was thirty-five thousand, four hundred. 24  The number of all the armies of Ephraim was a hundred and eight thousand, one hundred. They go forward third. 25  On the north side will be the flag of the children of Dan, with Ahiezer, the son of Ammishaddai, as their chief. 26  The number of his army was sixty-two thousand, seven hundred. 27  Nearest to him will be the tribe of Asher, with Pagiel, the son of Ochran, as their chief. 28  The number of his army was forty-one thousand, five hundred; 29  Then the tribe of Naphtali, with Ahira, the son of Enan, as their chief. 30  The number of his army was fifty-three thousand, four hundred. 31  The number of all the armies in the tents of Dan was a hundred and fifty-seven thousand, six hundred. They will go forward last, by their flags. 32  These are all who were numbered of the children of Israel, in the order of their fathers' families: all the armies in their tents together came to six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty. 33  But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel, as the Lord said to Moses. 34  So the children of Israel did as the Lord said to Moses, so they put up their tents by their flags, and they went forward in the same order, by their families, and by their fathers' houses.


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