4:3 From a thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.
(a) The Levites were counted at three times,
first at a month old when they were consecrated to the Lord, next at 25 years
old when they were appointed to serve in the tabernacle, and 30 years old to
bear the burdens of the tabernacle.
4:5 And when the camp setteth
forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the b
covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it:
(b) Which divided the sanctuary from the holiest
4:6 And shall put thereon the covering of badgers'
skins, and shall spread over [it] a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in c
the staves thereof.
(c) That is, put them on their shoulders to carry
it: for the bars of the ark could never be removed.
4:7 And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread
a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and
covers to cover d withal: and the
continual bread shall be thereon:
(d) Meaning, to cover the bread.
they shall put it and all the vessels thereof within a covering of badgers'
skins, and shall put [it] upon a e bar.
(e) The Hebrew word signifies an instrument made
of two staves or bars.
4:11 And upon the golden f
altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of
badgers' skins, and shall put to the staves thereof:
(f) Which was to burn incense, read (Exodus
4:13 And they shall take away
the ashes from the g altar, and spread a
purple cloth thereon:
(g) Of the burnt offering.
4:15 And when Aaron and his
sons have made an end of covering the h
sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward;
after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear [it]: but they shall not i
touch [any] holy thing, lest they die. These [things are] the burden of the sons
of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.
(h) That is, in folding up the things of the
sanctuary, as the ark, etc.
(i) Before it is covered.
4:16 And to the office of Eleazar the son of Aaron
the priest [pertaineth] the oil for the light, and the sweet incense, and the k
daily meat offering, and the anointing oil, [and] the oversight of all the
tabernacle, and of all that therein [is], in the sanctuary, and in the vessels
(k) Which was offered at morning and evening.
Cut ye not off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the
(l) Committing by your negligence that the holy
things are not well wrapped, causing them to perish by touching it.
4:19 But thus do unto them, that they may live, and
not die, when they approach unto the most holy things: Aaron and his sons shall
go in, and appoint m them every one to
his service and to his burden:
(m) Showing what part every man shall bear.
From thirty years old and upward until fifty years old shalt thou number them;
all that n enter in to perform the
service, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.
(n) Which were received into the company of those
who ministered in the tabernacle of the congregation.
4:25 And they shall bear the
curtains of the tabernacle, and the tabernacle of the congregation, his
covering, and the covering of the badgers' skins that [is] above upon it, and
the hanging for the o door of the
tabernacle of the congregation,
(o) Which hung between the sanctuary and the
4:26 And the hangings of the court, and the hanging
for the door of the gate of the court, p
which [is] by the tabernacle and by the altar round about, and their cords, and
all the instruments of their service, and all that is made for them: so shall
(p) Which compassed both the tabernacle of the
congregation and the altar of burnt offering.
4:28 This [is] the service of
the families of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation: and
their charge [shall be] under the q hand
of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.
(q) Under the charge and oversight.
And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and
their cords, with all their instruments, and with all their service: and by r
name ye shall reckon the instruments of the charge of their burden.
(r) You shall take inventory of all the things,
which you commit to their charge.
These [were] they that were numbered of the families of the Kohathites, all that
might do service in the tabernacle of the congregation, which Moses and Aaron
did number according to the commandment of the LORD by the s
hand of Moses.
(s) God appointing Moses to be the minister and
executor of it.
These [are] they that were numbered of the families of the sons of Gershon, of
all that t might do service in the
tabernacle of the congregation, whom Moses and Aaron did number according to the
commandment of the LORD.
(t) Which were of eligible age to serve in it,
that is between 30 and 50.
From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that came
to do u the service of the ministry, and
the service of the burden in the tabernacle of the congregation,
(u) Whoever of the Levites that had any charge in
4:49 According to the
commandment of the LORD they were numbered by the hand of Moses, every one
according to his service, and according to his burden: thus were they numbered
of him, as the LORD commanded x Moses.
(x) So that Moses neither added, nor diminished
from that which the Lord commanded him.