Numbers 1:53
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New International Version
The Levites, however, are to set up their tents around the tabernacle of the covenant law so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelite community. The Levites are to be responsible for the care of the tabernacle of the covenant law."

New Living Translation
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."

English Standard Version
But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the people of Israel. And the Levites shall keep guard over the tabernacle of the testimony.”

Berean Study Bible
But the Levites are to camp around the tabernacle of the Testimony and watch over it, so that no wrath shall fall on the Israelite congregation. So the Levites are responsible for the tabernacle of the Testimony.”

New American Standard Bible
"But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there will be no wrath on the congregation of the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall keep charge of the tabernacle of the testimony."

King James Bible
But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

Christian Standard Bible
The Levites are to camp around the tabernacle of the testimony and watch over it, so that no wrath will fall on the Israelite community."

Contemporary English Version
But the Levites will camp around the sacred tent to make sure that no one goes near it and makes me furious with the Israelites.

Good News Translation
But the Levites shall camp around the Tent to guard it, so that no one may come near and cause my anger to strike the community of Israel."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Levites are to camp around the tabernacle of the testimony and watch over it, so that no wrath will fall on the Israelite community."

International Standard Version
But the descendants of Levi are to encamp on all sides of the Tent of Meeting so that divine wrath won't fall on the congregation of Israel. The descendants of Levi are to take care of the Tent of Meeting."

NET Bible
But the Levites must camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that the LORD's anger will not fall on the Israelite community. The Levites are responsible for the care of the tabernacle of the testimony."

New Heart English Bible
But the Levites shall camp around the Tabernacle of the Testimony, that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be responsible for the Tabernacle of the Testimony."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Levites will camp all around the tent of God's words. In this way [the LORD] won't be angry with the community of Israel. So the Levites will be in charge of the tent of God's words."

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of the testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel; and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of the testimony.'

New American Standard 1977
“But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall keep charge of the tabernacle of the testimony.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of the testimony that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the sons of Israel; and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of the testimony.

King James 2000 Bible
But the Levites shall encamp round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

American King James Version
But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath on the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

American Standard Version
But the Levites shall encamp round about the tabernacle of the testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of the testimony.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the Levites shall pitch their tents round about the tabernacle, lest there come indignation upon the multitude of the children of Israel, and they shall keep watch, and guard the tabernacle of the testimony.

Darby Bible Translation
but the Levites shall encamp round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there come not wrath upon the assembly of the children of Israel; and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

English Revised Version
But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of the testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of the testimony.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the Levites shall pitch around the tabernacle of testimony; that there may be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

World English Bible
But the Levites shall encamp around the Tabernacle of the Testimony, that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be responsible for the Tabernacle of the Testimony."

Young's Literal Translation
and the Levites encamp round about the tabernacle of the testimony; and there is no wrath on the company of the sons of Israel, and the Levites have kept the charge of the tabernacle of the testimony.
Study Bible
The Exemption of the Levites
52The Israelites are to camp by their divisions, each man in his own camp and under his own family banner. 53But the Levites are to camp around the tabernacle of the Testimony and watch over it, so that no wrath shall fall on the Israelite congregation. So the Levites are responsible for the tabernacle of the Testimony.” 54Thus the Israelites did everything just as the LORD had commanded Moses.…
Cross References
Leviticus 10:6
Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, "Do not let your hair become disheveled and do not tear your garments, or else you will die, and the LORD will be angry with the whole congregation. But your brothers, the whole house of Israel, may mourn on account of the fire that the LORD has ignited.

Numbers 1:54
Thus the Israelites did everything just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Numbers 2:17
In the middle of the camps, the Tent of Meeting is to travel with the camp of the Levites. They are to set out in the order they encamped, each in his own place under his banner.

Numbers 3:23
The Gershonite clans were to camp on the west, behind the tabernacle,

Numbers 3:29
The clans of the Kohathites were to camp on the south side of the tabernacle,

Numbers 3:35
The leader of the families of the Merarites was Zuriel son of Abihail; they were to camp on the north side of the tabernacle.

Numbers 3:38
Moses, Aaron, and Aaron's sons were to camp to the east of the tabernacle, toward the sunrise, before the Tent of Meeting. They were to perform the duties of the sanctuary as a service on behalf of the Israelites; but any outsider who approached the sanctuary was to be put to death.

Numbers 8:19
And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the Israelites, to perform the service for the Israelites at the Tent of Meeting and to make atonement on their behalf, so that no plague will come against the Israelites when they approach the sanctuary."

Numbers 8:24
"This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years of age or older shall enter to perform the service in the work at the Tent of Meeting.

Numbers 8:26
After that, they may assist their brothers in fulfilling their duties at the Tent of Meeting, but they themselves are not to do the work. This is how you are to assign responsibilities to the Levites."

Numbers 16:46
Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer, place fire from the altar in it, and add incense. Go quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, because wrath has come out from the LORD; the plague has begun."

Numbers 17:7
Then Moses placed the staffs before the LORD in the Tent of the Testimony.

Numbers 18:2
But bring with you also your brothers from the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, that they may join you and assist you and your sons before the Tent of the Testimony.

Numbers 18:5
So you shall attend to the obligations of the sanctuary and of the altar, that wrath may not fall on the Israelites again.

1 Chronicles 23:32
So the Levites were to carry out the responsibilities for the Tent of Meeting and the Holy Place, and, under their brothers the descendants of Aaron, the service of the house of the LORD.

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But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath on the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

shall pitch

Numbers 1:50 But you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, …

Numbers 3:7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation …

Numbers 18:3 And they shall keep your charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle…

1 Timothy 4:13-16 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine…

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

there be

Numbers 8:19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from …

Numbers 16:46 And Moses said to Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from …

Numbers 18:5 And you shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of …

Leviticus 10:6 And Moses said to Aaron, and to Eleazar and to Ithamar, his sons, …

1 Samuel 6:19 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into …

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

Jeremiah 23:15 Therefore thus said the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, …

Acts 20:28-31 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

and the

Numbers 3:7,8 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation …

Numbers 8:24-26 This is it that belongs to the Levites…

Numbers 18:3-5 And they shall keep your charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle…

Numbers 31:30,47 And of the children of Israel's half, you shall take one portion …

1 Chronicles 23:32 And that they should keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, …

2 Chronicles 13:10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; …







(53) That there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel.--The word kezeph (wrath) is used to denote some immediate visitation of the hand of God, as, e.g., the plague. Thus, after the plague which broke out in consequence of the sin of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, we read in Numbers 18:5 "that there be no wrath (kezeph) any more upon the children of Israel." In Numbers 8:19 the word negeph (plague) is used in the same sense as kezeph is used here. (Cf. Joshua 9:20; 2Kings 3:27; 1Chronicles 27:24.)

Verse 53. - That there be no wrath upon the congregation - that no man, not being a Levite, intrude himself through ignorance or presumption upon the sacredness of the tabernacle, and so bring death upon himself, and displeasure upon the people. The Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle. Out of this command grew the Levitical guard of the temple, which afterwards played a considerable part in the history of Israel (2 Kings 11).



But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony,.... Between the tabernacle and the camps of Israel, to guard the tabernacle and preserve the things in it, and to keep persons from going into it that should not, to pollute or plunder it: these were placed in like manner as the four living creatures round the throne, Revelation 4:6; where the allusion seems to be to this situation of the Levites:

that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel; that is, from the Lord, should any of them approach too near, or meddle with and touch what they had nothing to do with, or go where they should not; such wrath as came upon Uzzah for his error and transgression before observed:

and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony; the several things in it committed to their charge; see Numbers 3:8. 1:47-54 Care is here taken to distinguish the tribe of Levi, which, in the matter of the golden calf, had distinguished itself. Singular services shall be recompensed by singular honours. It was to the honour of the Levites, that to them was committed the care of the tabernacle and its treasures, in their camps and in their marches. It was for the honour of the holy things that none should see them, or touch them, but those who were called of God to the service. We all are unfit and unworthy to have fellowship with God, till called by his grace into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and so, being the spiritual seed of that great High Priest, we are made priests to our God. Great care must be taken to prevent sin, for preventing sin is preventing wrath. Being a holy tribe, they were not reckoned among other Israelites. They that minister about holy things, should neither entangle themselves, nor be entangled, in worldly affairs. And let every believer seek to do what the Lord has commanded.
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