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the sanctuary and wrap them in a blue cloth, cover them with fine goatskin
leather, and place them on the carrying frame.
“They must remove the ashes from the altar for sacrifices and cover the
altar with a purple cloth. All the altar ­utensils—­the firepans, meat forks,
shovels, basins, and all the c­ ontainers—­must be placed on the cloth, and
a covering of fine goatskin leather must be spread over them. Finally, they
must put the carrying poles in place. The camp will be ready to move when
Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the sacred
articles. The Kohathites will come and carry these things to the next destination. But they must not touch the sacred objects, or they will die. So
these are the things from the Tabernacle that the Kohathites must carry.
“Eleazar son of Aaron the priest will be responsible for the oil of the
lampstand, the fragrant incense, the daily grain offering, and the anointing
oil. In fact, Eleazar will be responsible for the entire Tabernacle and everything in it, including the sanctuary and its furnishings.”
Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Do not let the Kohathite
clans be destroyed from among the Levites! This is what you must do so
they will live and not die when they approach the most sacred objects.
Aaron and his sons must always go in with them and assign a specific duty
or load to each person. The Kohathites must never enter the sanctuary to
look at the sacred objects for even a moment, or they will die.”
And the Lord said to Moses, “Record the names of the members of the
clans and families of the Gershonite division of the tribe of Levi. List all
the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in
the Tabernacle.
“These Gershonite clans will be responsible for general service and carrying loads. They must carry the curtains of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle itself with its coverings, the outer covering of fine goatskin leather,
and the curtain for the Tabernacle entrance. They are also to carry the
curtains for the courtyard walls that surround the Tabernacle and altar,
the curtain across the courtyard entrance, the ropes, and all the equipment related to their use. The Gershonites are responsible for all these
items. Aaron and his sons will direct the Gershonites regarding all their
duties, whether it involves moving the equipment or doing other work.
They must assign the Gershonites responsibility for the loads they are to
carry. So these are the duties assigned to the Gershonite clans at the Tabernacle. They will be directly responsible to Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.
“Now record the names of the members of the clans and families of the
Merarite division of the tribe of Levi. List all the men between the ages of
thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle.





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