Numbers 8-10 Revised Standard Version

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Aaron Lights the Lamps

8 1  Now the Lord said to Moses, 2  "Say to Aaron, When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand." 3  And Aaron did so; he set up its lamps to give light in front of the lampstand, as the Lord commanded Moses. 4  And this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammered work of gold; from its base to its flowers, it was hammered work; according to the pattern which the Lord had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.

The Cleansing of the Levites

5  And the Lord said to Moses, 6  "Take the Levites from among the people of Israel, and cleanse them. 7  And thus you shall do to them, to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of expiation upon them, and let them go with a razor over all their body, and wash their clothes and cleanse themselves. 8  Then let them take a young bull and its cereal offering of fine flour mixed with oil, and you shall take another young bull for a sin offering. 9  And you shall present the Levites before the tent of meeting, and assemble the whole congregation of the people of Israel. 10  When you present the Levites before the Lord, the people of Israel shall lay their hands upon the Levites, 11  and Aaron shall offer the Levites before the Lord as a wave offering from the people of Israel, that it may be theirs to do the service of the Lord. 12  Then the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bulls; and you shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the Lord, to make atonement for the Levites. 13  And you shall cause the Levites to attend Aaron and his sons, and shall offer them as a wave offering to the Lord. 14  "Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the people of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine. 15  And after that the Levites shall go in to do service at the tent of meeting, when you have cleansed them and offered them as a wave offering. 16  For they are wholly given to me from among the people of Israel; instead of all that open the womb, the first-born of all the people of Israel, I have taken them for myself. 17  For all the first-born among the people of Israel are mine, both of man and of beast; on the day that I slew all the first-born in the land of Egypt I consecrated them for myself, 18  and I have taken the Levites instead of all the first-born among the people of Israel. 19  And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the people of Israel, to do the service for the people of Israel at the tent of meeting, and to make atonement for the people of Israel, that there may be no plague among the people of Israel in case the people of Israel should come near the sanctuary." 20  Thus did Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the people of Israel to the Levites; according to all that the Lord commanded Moses concerning the Levites, the people of Israel did to them. 21  And the Levites purified themselves from sin, and washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them as a wave offering before the Lord, and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them. 22  And after that the Levites went in to do their service in the tent of meeting in attendance upon Aaron and his sons; as the Lord had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them. 23  And the Lord said to Moses, 24  "This is what pertains to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall go in to perform the work in the service of the tent of meeting; 25  and from the age of fifty years they shall withdraw from the work of the service and serve no more, 26  but minister to their brethren in the tent of meeting, to keep the charge, and they shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites in assigning their duties."

The Observance of the Passover

9 1  And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2  "Let the people of Israel keep the passover at its appointed time. 3  On the fourteenth day of this month, in the evening, you shall keep it at its appointed time; according to all its statutes and all its ordinances you shall keep it." 4  So Moses told the people of Israel that they should keep the passover. 5  And they kept the passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the people of Israel did. 6  And there were certain men who were unclean through touching the dead body of a man, so that they could not keep the passover on that day; and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day; 7  and those men said to him, "We are unclean through touching the dead body of a man; why are we kept from offering the Lord's offering at its appointed time among the people of Israel?" 8  And Moses said to them, "Wait, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you." 9  The Lord said to Moses, 10  "Say to the people of Israel, If any man of you or of your descendants is unclean through touching a dead body, or is afar off on a journey, he shall still keep the passover to the Lord. 11  In the second month on the fourteenth day in the evening they shall keep it; they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12  They shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break a bone of it; according to all the statute for the passover they shall keep it. 13  But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, yet refrains from keeping the passover, that person shall be cut off from his people, because he did not offer the Lord's offering at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin. 14  And if a stranger sojourns among you, and will keep the passover to the Lord, according to the statute of the passover and according to its ordinance, so shall he do; you shall have one statute, both for the sojourner and for the native."

The Cloud over the Tabernacle

15  On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony; and at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning. 16  So it was continually; the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. 17  And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel encamped. 18  At the command of the Lord the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the Lord they encamped; as long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19  Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the Lord, and did not set out. 20  Sometimes the cloud was a few days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of the Lord they remained in camp; then according to the command of the Lord they set out. 21  And sometimes the cloud remained from evening until morning; and when the cloud was taken up in the morning, they set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud was taken up they set out. 22  Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, abiding there, the people of Israel remained in camp and did not set out; but when it was taken up they set out. 23  At the command of the Lord they encamped, and at the command of the Lord they set out; they kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by Moses.

The Silver Trumpets

10 1  The Lord said to Moses, 2  "Make two silver trumpets; of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation, and for breaking camp. 3  And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 4  But if they blow only one, then the leaders, the heads of the tribes of Israel, shall gather themselves to you. 5  When you blow an alarm, the camps that are on the east side shall set out. 6  And when you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are on the south side shall set out. An alarm is to be blown whenever they are to set out. 7  But when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but you shall not sound an alarm. 8  And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets. The trumpets shall be to you for a perpetual statute throughout your generations. 9  And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies. 10  On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts, and at the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; they shall serve you for remembrance before your God: I am the Lord your God."

The Israelites Depart from Sinai

11  In the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth day of the month, the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle of the testimony, 12  and the people of Israel set out by stages from the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud settled down in the wilderness of Paran. 13  They set out for the first time at the command of the Lord by Moses. 14  The standard of the camp of the men of Judah set out first by their companies; and over their host was Nahshon the son of Ammin'adab. 15  And over the host of the tribe of the men of Is'sachar was Nethan'el the son of Zu'ar. 16  And over the host of the tribe of the men of Zeb'ulun was Eli'ab the son of Helon. 17  And when the tabernacle was taken down, the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merar'i, who carried the tabernacle, set out. 18  And the standard of the camp of Reuben set out by their companies; and over their host was Eli'zur the son of Shed'eur. 19  And over the host of the tribe of the men of Simeon was Shelu'mi-el the son of Zurishad'dai. 20  And over the host of the tribe of the men of Gad was Eli'asaph the son of Deu'el. 21  Then the Ko'hathites set out, carrying the holy things, and the tabernacle was set up before their arrival. 22  And the standard of the camp of the men of E'phraim set out by their companies; and over their host was Eli'shama the son of Ammi'hud. 23  And over the host of the tribe of the men of Manas'seh was Gama'liel the son of Pedah'zur. 24  And over the host of the tribe of the men of Benjamin was Abi'dan the son of Gideo'ni. 25  Then the standard of the camp of the men of Dan, acting as the rear guard of all the camps, set out by their companies; and over their host was Ahie'zer the son of Ammishad'dai. 26  And over the host of the tribe of the men of Asher was Pa'giel the son of Ochran. 27  And over the host of the tribe of the men of Naph'tali was Ahi'ra the son of Enan. 28  This was the order of march of the people of Israel according to their hosts, when they set out.

29  And Moses said to Hobab the son of Reu'el the Mid'ianite, Moses' father-in-law, "We are setting out for the place of which the Lord said, 'I will give it to you'; come with us, and we will do you good; for the Lord has promised good to Israel." 30  But he said to him, "I will not go; I will depart to my own land and to my kindred." 31  And he said, "Do not leave us, I pray you, for you know how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and you will serve as eyes for us. 32  And if you go with us, whatever good the Lord will do to us, the same will we do to you." 33  So they set out from the mount of the Lord three days' journey; and the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them three days' journey, to seek out a resting place for them. 34  And the cloud of the Lord was over them by day, whenever they set out from the camp. 35  And whenever the ark set out, Moses said, "Arise, O Lord, and let thy enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee." 36  And when it rested, he said, "Return, O Lord, to the ten thousand thousands of Israel."

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