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IMMERSE

BEGINNINGS
1:22–2:4
Tribe
Number
Reuben ( Jacob’s oldest son). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46,500
Simeon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59,300
Gad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45,650
Judah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74,600
Issachar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54,400
Zebulun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57,400
Ephraim son of Joseph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40,500
Manasseh son of Joseph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32,200
Benjamin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35,400
Dan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62,700
Asher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41,500
Naphtali. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53,400
These were the men registered by Moses and Aaron and the twelve leaders
of Israel, all listed according to their ancestral descent. They were registered by f­ amilies—­all the men of Israel who were twenty years old or older
and able to go to war. The total number was 603,550.
But this total did not include the Levites. For the Lord had said to
Moses, “Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count
them with the rest of the Israelites. Put the Levites in charge of the Tabernacle of the Covenant, along with all its furnishings and equipment.
They must carry the Tabernacle and all its furnishings as you travel, and
they must take care of it and camp around it. Whenever it is time for the
Tabernacle to move, the Levites will take it down. And when it is time to
stop, they will set it up again. But any unauthorized person who goes too
near the Tabernacle must be put to death. Each tribe of Israel will camp
in a designated area with its own family banner. But the Levites will camp
around the Tabernacle of the Covenant to protect the community of Israel
from the Lord’s anger. The Levites are responsible to stand guard around
the Tabernacle.”
So the Israelites did everything just as the Lord had commanded
Moses.
Then the Lord gave these instructions to Moses and Aaron: “When the
Israelites set up camp, each tribe will be assigned its own area. The tribal
divisions will camp beneath their family banners on all four sides of the
Tabernacle, but at some distance from it.
“The divisions of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun are to camp toward the
sunrise on the east side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners.
These are the names of the tribes, their leaders, and the numbers of their
registered troops:





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