Numbers 8-10 Young’s Literal Translation

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Aaron Lights the Lamps

8 1  And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, 2  'Speak unto Aaron, and thou hast said unto him, In thy causing the lights to go up, over-against the face of the candlestick do the seven lights give light.' 3  And Aaron doth so; over-against the face of the candlestick he hath caused its lights to go up, as Jehovah hath commanded Moses. 4  And this 'is' the work of the candlestick: beaten work of gold; unto its thigh, unto its flower it 'is' beaten work; as the appearance which Jehovah shewed Moses, so he hath made the candlestick.

The Cleansing of the Levites

5  And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, 6  'Take the Levites from the midst of the sons of Israel, and thou hast cleansed them. 7  'And thus thou dost to them to cleanse them: sprinkle upon them waters of atonement, and they have caused a razor to pass over all their flesh, and have washed their garments, and cleansed themselves, 8  and have taken a bullock, a son of the herd, and its present, flour mixed with oil,—and a second bullock a son of the herd thou dost take for a sin-offering, 9  and thou hast brought near the Levites before the tent of meeting, and thou hast assembled the whole company of the sons of Israel, 10  and thou hast brought near the Levites before Jehovah, and the sons of Israel have laid their hands on the Levites, 11  and Aaron hath waved the Levites—a wave-offering before Jehovah, from the sons of Israel, and they have been—for doing the service of Jehovah. 12  'And the Levites lay their hands on the head of the bullocks, and make thou the one a sin-offering, and the one a burnt-offering to Jehovah, to atone for the Levites, 13  and thou hast caused the Levites to stand before Aaron, and before his sons, and hast waved them—a wave-offering to Jehovah; 14  and thou hast separated the Levites from the midst of the sons of Israel, and the Levites have become Mine; 15  and afterwards do the Levites come in to serve the tent of meeting, and thou hast cleansed them, and hast waved them—a wave-offering. 16  'For they are certainly given to Me out of the midst of the sons of Israel, instead of him who openeth any womb—the first-born of all—from the sons of Israel I have taken them to Myself; 17  for Mine 'is' every first-born among the sons of Israel, among man and among beast; in the day of my smiting every first-born in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself; 18  and I take the Levites instead of every first-born among the sons of Israel: 19  'And I give the Levites gifts to Aaron and to his sons, from the midst of the sons of Israel, to do the service of the sons of Israel in the tent of meeting, and to make atonement for the sons of Israel, and there is no plague among the sons of Israel in the sons of Israel's drawing nigh unto the sanctuary.' 20  And Moses doth—Aaron also, and all the company of the sons of Israel—to the Levites according to all that Jehovah hath commanded Moses concerning the Levites; so have the sons of Israel done to them. 21  And the Levites cleanse themselves, and wash their garments, and Aaron waveth them a wave-offering before Jehovah, and Aaron maketh atonement for them to cleanse them, 22  and afterwards have the Levites gone in to do their service in the tent of meeting, before Aaron and before his sons; as Jehovah hath commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they have done to them. 23  And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, 24  'This 'is' that which 'is' the Levites': from a son of five and twenty years and upward he doth go in to serve the host in the service of the tent of meeting, 25  and from a son of fifty years he doth return from the host of the service, and doth not serve any more, 26  and he hath ministered with his brethren in the tent of meeting, to keep the charge, and doth not do service; thus thou dost to the Levites concerning their charge.'

The Observance of the Passover

9 1  And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, in the wilderness of Sinai, in the second year of their going out of the land of Egypt, in the first month, saying, 2  'Also, the sons of Israel prepare the passover in its appointed season; 3  in the fourteenth day of this month between the evenings ye prepare it in its appointed season; according to all its statutes, and according to all its ordinances ye prepare it.' 4  And Moses speaketh unto the sons of Israel to prepare the passover, 5  and they prepare the passover in the first 'month', on the fourteenth day of the month, between the evenings, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that Jehovah hath commanded Moses, so have the sons of Israel done. 6  And there are men who have been defiled by the body of a man, and they have not been able to prepare the passover on that day, and they come near before Moses, and before Aaron, on that day, 7  and those men say unto him, 'We are defiled by the body of a man; why are we withheld so as not to bring near the offering of Jehovah in its appointed season, in the midst of the sons of Israel?' 8  And Moses saith unto them, 'Stand ye, and I hear what Jehovah hath commanded concerning you.' 9  And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, 10  'Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, Though any man is unclean by a body or in a distant journey (of you or of your generations), yet he hath prepared a passover to Jehovah; 11  in the second month, on the fourteenth day, between the evenings they prepare it; with unleavened and bitter things they eat it; 12  they do not leave of till morning; and a bone they do not break in it: according to all the statute of the passover they prepare it. 13  'And the man who is clean, and hath not been on a journey, and hath ceased to prepare the passover, even that person hath been cut off from his people; because the offering of Jehovah he hath not brought near, in its appointed season, that man doth bear his sin. 14  'And when a sojourner sojourneth with you, then he hath prepared a passover to Jehovah, according to the statute of the passover, and according to its ordinance, so he doth; one statute is to you, even to a sojourner, and to a native of the land.'

The Cloud over the Tabernacle

15  And in the day of the raising up of the tabernacle hath the cloud covered the tabernacle, even the tent of the testimony; and in the evening there is on the tabernacle as an appearance of fire till morning; 16  so it is continually; the cloud covereth it, also the appearance of fire by night. 17  And according to the going up of the cloud from off the tent and afterwards do the sons of Israel journey; and in the place where the cloud doth tabernacle, there do the sons of Israel encamp; 18  by the command of Jehovah the sons of Israel journey, and by the command of Jehovah they encamp; all the days that the cloud doth tabernacle over the tabernacle they encamp. 19  And in the cloud prolonging itself over the tabernacle many days, then have the sons of Israel kept the charge of Jehovah, and journey not, 20  and so when the cloud is a number of days over the tabernacle; by the command of Jehovah they encamp, and by the command of Jehovah they journey. 21  And so when the cloud is from evening till morning, when the cloud hath gone up in the morning, then they have journeyed; whether by day or by night, when the cloud hath gone up, then they have journeyed. 22  Whether two days, or a month, or days, in the cloud prolonging itself over the tabernacle, to tabernacle over it, the sons of Israel encamp, and journey not; and in its being lifted up they journey; 23  by the command of Jehovah they encamp, and by the command of Jehovah they journey; the charge of Jehovah they have kept, by the command of Jehovah in the hand of Moses.

The Silver Trumpets

10 1  And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, 2  'Make to thee two trumpets of silver; beaten work thou dost make them, and they have been to thee for the convocation of the company, and for the journeying of the camps; 3  and they have blown with them, and all the company have met together unto thee, unto the opening of the tent of meeting. 4  And if with one they blow, then have the princes, heads of the thousands of Israel, met together unto thee; 5  'And ye have blown—a shout, and the camps which are encamping eastward have journeyed. 6  'And ye have blown—a second shout, and the camps which are encamping southward have journeyed; a shout they blow for their journeys. 7  'And in the assembling of the assembly ye blow, and do not shout; 8  and sons of Aaron, the priests, blow with the trumpets; and they have been to you for a statute age-during to your generations. 9  'And when ye go into battle in your land against the adversary who is distressing you, then ye have shouted with the trumpets, and ye have been remembered before Jehovah your God, and ye have been saved from your enemies. 10  'And in the day of your gladness, and in your appointed seasons, and in the beginnings of your months, ye have blown also with the trumpets over your burnt-offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace-offerings, and they have been to you for a memorial before your God; I, Jehovah, 'am' your God.'

The Israelites Depart from Sinai

11  And it cometh to pass—in the second year, in the second month, in the twentieth of the month—the cloud hath gone up from off the tabernacle of the testimony, 12  and the sons of Israel journey in their journeyings from the wilderness of Sinai, and the cloud doth tabernacle in the wilderness of Paran; 13  and they journey at first, by the command of Jehovah, in the hand of Moses. 14  And the standard of the camp of the sons of Judah journeyeth in the first 'place', by their hosts, and over its host 'is' Nahshon son of Amminadab. 15  And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Issachar 'is' Nathaneel son of Zuar. 16  And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Zebulun 'is' Eliab son of Helon; 17  And the tabernacle hath been taken down, and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari have journeyed, bearing the tabernacle. 18  And the standard of the camp of Reuben hath journeyed, by their hosts, and over its host 'is' Elizur son of Shedeur. 19  And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Simeon 'is' Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai. 20  And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Gad 'is' Eliasaph son of Deuel; 21  And the Kohathites have journeyed, bearing the tabernacle, and the 'others' have raised up the tabernacle until their coming in. 22  And the standard of the camp of the sons of Ephraim hath journeyed, by their hosts, and over its host 'is' Elishama son of Ammihud. 23  And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Manasseh 'is' Gamalial son of Pedahzur. 24  And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Benjamin 'is' Abidan son of Gideoni. 25  And the standard of the camp of the sons of Dan hath journeyed (rearward to all the camps), by their hosts, and over its host 'is' Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai. 26  And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Asher 'is' Pagiel son of Ocran. 27  And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Naphtali 'is' Ahira son of Enan. 28  These 'are' journeyings of the sons of Israel by their hosts—and they journey.

29  And Moses saith to Hobab son of Raguel the Midianite, father-in-law of Moses, 'We are journeying unto the place of which Jehovah hath said, I give it to you; go with us, and we have done good to thee; for Jehovah hath spoken good concerning Israel.' 30  And he saith unto him, 'I do not go; but unto my land and unto my kindred do I go.' 31  And he saith, 'I pray thee, forsake us not, because thou hast known our encamping in the wilderness, and thou hast been to us for eyes; 32  and it hath come to pass when thou goest with us, yea, it hath come to pass—that good which Jehovah doth kindly with us—it we have done kindly to thee.' 33  And they journey from the mount of Jehovah a journey of three days; and the ark of the covenant of Jehovah is journeying before them the journey of three days, to spy out for them a resting-place; 34  and the cloud of Jehovah 'is' on them by day, in their journeying from the camp. 35  And it cometh to pass in the journeying of the ark, that Moses saith, 'Rise, O Jehovah, and Thine enemies are scattered, and those hating Thee flee from Thy presence.' 36  And in its resting he saith, 'Return, O Jehovah, 'to' the myriads, the thousands of Israel.'

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