Numbers 4:12
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New International Version
"They are to take all the articles used for ministering in the sanctuary, wrap them in a blue cloth, cover that with the durable leather and put them on a carrying frame.

New Living Translation
They must take all the remaining furnishings of the sanctuary and wrap them in a blue cloth, cover them with fine goatskin leather, and place them on the carrying frame.

English Standard Version
And they shall take all the vessels of the service that are used in the sanctuary and put them in a cloth of blue and cover them with a covering of goatskin and put them on the carrying frame.

New American Standard Bible
and they shall take all the utensils of service, with which they serve in the sanctuary, and put them in a blue cloth and cover them with a covering of porpoise skin, and put them on the carrying bars.

King James Bible
And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are to take all the serving utensils they use in the sanctuary, place them in a blue cloth, cover them with a covering made of manatee skin, and put them on a carrying frame."

International Standard Version
Then they are to take all the utensils for service with which they minister at the sanctuary, set them on the blue cloth, cover them with the leather-dyed skin covering, and then set them on the beams for transport.

NET Bible
Then they must take all the utensils of the service, with which they serve in the sanctuary, put them in a blue cloth, cover them with a covering of fine leather, and put them on a carrying beam.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"They will take all the articles that are used in the holy place, put them in a violet cloth, cover that with fine leather, and put them on a frame to carry them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and they shall take all the vessels of ministry with which they minister in the sanctuary and put them in a cloth of blue and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins and shall put them on a bar.

King James 2000 Bible
And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, with which they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badger skins, and shall put them on a carrying beam:

American King James Version
And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, with which they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar:

American Standard Version
and they shall take all the vessels of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of sealskin, and shall put them on the frame.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All the vessels wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, they shall wrap up in a cloth of violet, and shall spread over it a cover of violet skins, and put in the bars.

Darby Bible Translation
And they shall take all the instruments of service, wherewith they serve in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skin, and shall put them upon a pole.

English Revised Version
and they shall take all the vessels of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of sealskin, and shall put them on the frame.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, with which they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar.

World English Bible
"They shall take all the vessels of ministry, with which they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a blue cloth, and cover them with a covering of sealskin, and shall put them on the frame.

Young's Literal Translation
and have taken all the vessels of ministry wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and have put them unto a garment of blue, and have covered them with a covering of badger skin, and have put them on the bar,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:4-20 The Kohathites were to carry the holy things of the tabernacle. All the holy things were to be covered; not only for security and respect, but to keep them from being seen. This not only marked the reverence due to holy things, but the mystery of the things signified by those types, and the darkness of the dispensation. But now, through Christ, the case is altered, and we are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - All the instruments of ministry. These do not seem to be, at any rate exclusively, the vessels pertaining to the golden altar. They are not packed up with it, but separately, in a blue cloth and a skin covering of their own. Probably they include all the vessels and utensils used inside the tabernacle which have not been previously mentioned.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And they shall take all the instruments of ministry,

wherewith they minister in the sanctuary,.... The garments in which the priests, ministered in the sanctuary, which were laid up in proper places, and which they only wore when in service:

and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins; all wrapped up in one bundle:

and shall put them on a bar; the same sort of carriage on which the candlestick and its vessels were borne; see Gill on Numbers 4:10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. instruments of ministry—the official dress of the priests (Ex 31:10).

Numbers 4:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Duties of the Kohathites
11"Over the golden altar they shall spread a blue cloth and cover it with a covering of porpoise skin, and shall insert its poles; 12and they shall take all the utensils of service, with which they serve in the sanctuary, and put them in a blue cloth and cover them with a covering of porpoise skin, and put them on the carrying bars. 13"Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it.…
Cross References
Exodus 25:5
ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood;

Numbers 4:6
Then they are to cover the curtain with a durable leather, spread a cloth of solid blue over that and put the poles in place.

Numbers 4:11
"Over the gold altar they are to spread a blue cloth and cover that with the durable leather and put the poles in place.

Numbers 4:13
"They are to remove the ashes from the bronze altar and spread a purple cloth over it.
Treasury of Scripture

And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, with which they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar:

Numbers 4:7,9 And on the table of show bread they shall spread a cloth of blue, …

Numbers 3:8 And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the …

Exodus 25:9 According to all that I show you, after the pattern of the tabernacle, …

Exodus 31:10 And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, …

2 Kings 25:14,15 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons, …

1 Chronicles 9:29 Some of them also were appointed to oversee the vessels, and all …

1 Chronicles 4:11,16,19,22 And Chelub the brother of Shuah begat Mehir, which was the father of Eshton…

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