Numbers 2
New Living Translation

Organization for Israel’s Camp

1Then the Lord gave these instructions to Moses and Aaron: 2“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,a but at some distance from it.

3-4“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:

Tribe   Leader   Number
Judah   Nahshon son of Amminadab   74,600
5-6Issachar   Nethanel son of Zuar   54,400
7-8Zebulun   Eliab son of Helon   57,400

9So the total of all the troops on Judah’s side of the camp is 186,400. These three tribes are to lead the way whenever the Israelites travel to a new campsite.

10-11“The divisions of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad are to camp on the south side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners. These are the names of the tribes, their leaders, and the numbers of their registered troops:

Tribe   Leader   Number
Reuben   Elizur son of Shedeur   46,500
12-13Simeon   Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai   59,300
14-15Gad   Eliasaph son of Deuelb   45,650

16So the total of all the troops on Reuben’s side of the camp is 151,450. These three tribes will be second in line whenever the Israelites travel.

17“Then the Tabernacle, carried by the Levites, will set out from the middle of the camp. All the tribes are to travel in the same order that they camp, each in position under the appropriate family banner.

18-19“The divisions of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin are to camp on the west side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners. These are the names of the tribes, their leaders, and the numbers of their registered troops:

Tribe   Leader   Number
Ephraim   Elishama son of Ammihud   40,500
20-21Manasseh   Gamaliel son of Pedahzur   32,200
22-23Benjamin   Abidan son of Gideoni   35,400

24So the total of all the troops on Ephraim’s side of the camp is 108,100. These three tribes will be third in line whenever the Israelites travel.

25-26“The divisions of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali are to camp on the north side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners. These are the names of the tribes, their leaders, and the numbers of their registered troops:

Tribe   Leader   Number
Dan   Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai   62,700
27-28Asher   Pagiel son of Ocran   41,500
29-30Naphtali   Ahira son of Enan   53,400

31So the total of all the troops on Dan’s side of the camp is 157,600. These three tribes will be last, marching under their banners whenever the Israelites travel.”

32In summary, the troops of Israel listed by their families totaled 603,550. 33But as the Lord had commanded, the Levites were not included in this registration. 34So the people of Israel did everything as the Lord had commanded Moses. Each clan and family set up camp and marched under their banners exactly as the Lord had instructed them.


Footnotes:
a 2:2 Hebrew the Tent of Meeting; also in 2:17.
b 2:14-15 As in many Hebrew manuscripts, Samaritan Pentateuch, and Latin Vulgate (see also 1:14); most Hebrew manuscripts read son of Reuel.
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