3:1 These also [are] the a generations of Aaron and Moses in the day [that] the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai.
(a) Or, families and kindreds.
3:4 And Nadab
and Abihu died b before the LORD, when
they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they
had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest's office in
the c sight of Aaron their father.
(b) Or, before the altar.
(c) While their father lived.
3:6 Bring the tribe of Levi near,
and d present them before Aaron the
priest, that they may minister unto him.
(d) Offer them to Aaron for the use of the
3:7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of
the whole congregation e before the
tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.
(e) Which belonged to the executing of the high
priests commandment, to the oversight of the people, and the service of the
3:9 And thou shalt give the
Levites unto Aaron and to his f sons:
they [are] wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.
(f) Aaron's sons the priests served in the
sanctuary in praying for the people and offering sacrifice: the Levites served
for the inferior uses of the same.
3:10 And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and
they shall wait on their priest's office: and the g
stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
(g) Any that would minister not being a Levite.
Those that were numbered of them, h
according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, [even]
those that were numbered of them [were] seven thousand and five hundred.
(h) Only numbering the male children.
the charge of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation [shall
be] the i tabernacle, and the tent, the
covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the
(i) Their charge was to carry the covering and
hangings of the tabernacle.
the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, [were] eight thousand
and six hundred, keeping the k charge of
(k) Everyone doing his duty in the sanctuary.
their charge [shall be] the l ark, and
the table, and the candlestick, and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary
wherewith they minister, and the hanging, and all the service thereof.
(l) The main things within the sanctuary were
committed to the Kohathites.
And [under] the custody and charge of the sons of Merari [shall be] m
the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and
the sockets thereof, and all the vessels thereof, and all that serveth thereto,
(m) The wood work and the rest of the instruments
were committed to their charge.
3:38 But those that encamp
before the tabernacle toward the east, [even] before the tabernacle of the
congregation eastward, [shall be] Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the
charge of the sanctuary n for the charge
of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to
(n) That no one should enter into the tabernacle
contrary to God's appointment.
3:39 All that were numbered of the Levites, which
Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their
families, all the males from a month old and upward, [were] twenty and two o
(o) So that the first born of the children of
Israel were more by 273, as in (Numbers
3:41 And thou shalt take the
Levites for me (I [am] the LORD) f
instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the
Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of
(f) So that now the Levites should satisfy the
Lord for the first born of Israel, excepting the 273 which were more than the
Levites for whom they paid money.
Of the q firstborn of the children of
Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five
[shekels], after the shekel of the sanctuary:
(q) Or the two hundred seventy and three which
were more than the Levites.