Numbers 10:17
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New International Version
Then the tabernacle was taken down, and the Gershonites and Merarites, who carried it, set out.

New Living Translation
Then the Tabernacle was taken down, and the Gershonite and Merarite divisions of the Levites were next in the line of march, carrying the Tabernacle with them.

English Standard Version
And when the tabernacle was taken down, the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who carried the tabernacle, set out.

Berean Study Bible
Then the tabernacle was taken down, and the Gershonites and the Merarites set out, transporting it.

New American Standard Bible
Then the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who were carrying the tabernacle, set out.

King James Bible
And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the tabernacle.

Christian Standard Bible
The tabernacle was then taken down, and the Gershonites and the Merarites set out, transporting the tabernacle.

Contemporary English Version
The sacred tent had been taken down, and the Gershonites and the Merarites carried it, marching behind the Judah camp.

Good News Translation
Then the Tent would be taken down, and the clans of Gershon and Merari, who carried it, would start out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tabernacle was then taken down, and the Gershonites and the Merarites set out, transporting the tabernacle.

International Standard Version
The tent was taken down, and the descendants of Gershon and Merari carried the tent.

NET Bible
Then the tabernacle was dismantled, and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set out, carrying the tabernacle.

New Heart English Bible
The tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who bore the tabernacle, went forward.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the tent [of meeting] was taken down, and the Gershonites and Merarites, who carried it, broke camp.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who bore the tabernacle, set forward.

New American Standard 1977
Then the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who were carrying the tabernacle, set out.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the tabernacle was already taken down, and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the tabernacle.

King James 2000 Bible
And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari moved forward, bearing the tabernacle.

American King James Version
And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the tabernacle.

American Standard Version
And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who bare the tabernacle, set forward.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the tabernacle was taken down, and the sons of Gerson and Merari set forward, bearing it.

Darby Bible Translation
And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward bearing the tabernacle.

English Revised Version
And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who bare the tabernacle, set forward.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari moved forward, bearing the tabernacle.

World English Bible
The tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who bore the tabernacle, went forward.

Young's Literal Translation
And the tabernacle hath been taken down, and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari have journeyed, bearing the tabernacle.
Study Bible
From Sinai to Paran
16and Eliab son of Helon was over the division of the tribe of Zebulun. 17Then the tabernacle was taken down, and the Gershonites and the Merarites set out, transporting it. 18Then the divisions of the camp of Reuben set out, under their banner, with Elizur son of Shedeur in command.…
Cross References
Numbers 4:21
And the LORD said to Moses,

Numbers 10:16
and Eliab son of Helon was over the division of the tribe of Zebulun.

Numbers 10:21
Then the Kohathites set out, transporting the holy objects; the tabernacle was to be set up before their arrival.

1 Chronicles 23:24
These were the descendants of Levi by their families--the heads of families, registered individually by name--those twenty years of age or older who worked in the service of the house of the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the tabernacle.

the tabernacle

Numbers 1:51 And when the tabernacle sets forward, the Levites shall take it down: …

Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a …

Hebrews 12:28 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, …

2 Peter 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our …

the sons

Numbers 3:25,26,36,37 And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation …

Numbers 4:24-33 This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, to serve, …

Numbers 7:6-8 And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them to the Levites…







(17) And the tabernacle was taken down . . . --The order of precedence as regards the twelve tribes which were encamped on the four sides of the Tabernacle is clearly laid down in Numbers 2, where it is ordered that the camp of the Lervites should set forward "in the midst of the camps" (Numbers 10:17). The precise position which the three bodies of Levites were to occupy in the marches is defined in this chapter. The Gershonites, who had the charge of the curtains and hangings of the Tabernacle and the court (Numbers 4:25-26), with their two wagons, and the Merarites, who had the charge of the heavier and more bulky materials (Numbers 4:31-32), with their four wagons, were to set forward after the first or eastern camp, which was composed of the tribes of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulon, in order that they might have time to erect the Tabernacle before the arrival of the Kohathites, "bearing the sanctuary" (or sacred things). Next in order after the Gershonites and Merarites followed the southern camp, consisting of the three tribes of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad. Then followed the Kohathites in the centre of the procession, "bearing the sanctuary." After them marched the three tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin, who formed the western camp, and as the rereward, the three tribes of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali, which formed the northern camp. This arrangement serves to throw light upon Psalm 80:2 : "Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.

Verse 17. - And the tabernacle was taken down. That is, the fabric of it; the boards, curtains, and other heavy portions which were packed upon the six wagons provided for the purpose (Numbers 7:5-9). And the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward. Between the first and second divisions of the host. In chapter 2 it had been directed in general terms that "the tabernacle" should set forward with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the host, between the second and third divisions. At that time the duties of the several Levitical families had not been specified, and the orders for the taking down and transport of the tabernacle and its furniture had not been given in detail. It would be historically an error, and theologically a superstition, to imagine that Divine commands such as these had no elasticity, and left no room for adaptation, under the teaching of experience, or for the sake of obvious convenience. Whether the present modification was directly commanded by God himself, or whether it was made on the authority of Moses, does not here appear. There can be no question that subsequent theocratic rulers of Israel claimed and used a large liberty in modifying the Divinely-originated ritual and order. Compare the case of the passover, the arrangements of Solomon's temple as corresponding with those of the tabernacle, and even the use of the silver trumpets. The Septuagint has the future tense here, καθελοῦσι τὴν σκηνήν κ.τ.λ. as if to mark it as a fresh command. And the tabernacle was taken down,.... By the Levites, as Aben Ezra, and which appears to be their work, from Numbers 1:51; this began to be done by them as soon as the cloud was perceived to move upwards, and the camp of Judah was preparing to march; and after Aaron and his sons had taken the holy vessels out of the holy and most holy place, and had packed up and covered them as directed, Numbers 4:5; this was an emblem of the taking down of the Jewish church state, the abolition of the service of the sanctuary, as well as of the changeable condition of the Gospel church in the wilderness, which is not always in one and the same place, but is moved from place to place, and that by the ministers of the word, signified by the Levites, who are sent and carry the Gospel here and there:

and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the tabernacle; the former, the hangings and vail, and the latter the boards, pillars, sockets, &c. each of them having wagons for their assistance: these followed immediately after the camp of Judah. 10:11-28 After the Israelites had continued nearly a year at mount Sinai, and all was settled respecting their future worship, they began their march to Canaan. True religion begins with the knowledge of the holy law of God, and humiliation for sin, but we must go on towards perfection, in acquaintance with Christ and his gospel, and those effectual encouragements, motives, and assistances to holiness, which it proposes. They took their journey according to the commandment of the Lord, De 1:6-8, and as the cloud led them. Those who give themselves to the direction of God's word and Spirit, steer a steady course, even when they seem bewildered. While they are sure they cannot lose their God and Guide, they need not fear losing their way. They went out of the wilderness of Sinai, and rested in the wilderness of Paran. All our removes in this world are but from one wilderness to another. The changes we think will be for the better do not always prove so. We shall never be at rest, never at home, till we come to heaven, but all will be well there.
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