Numbers 4:2
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New International Version
"Take a census of the Kohathite branch of the Levites by their clans and families.

New Living Translation
"Record the names of the members of the clans and families of the Kohathite division of the tribe of Levi.

English Standard Version
“Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their clans and their fathers’ houses,

Berean Study Bible
“Take a census of the Kohathites among the Levites by their clans and families,

New American Standard Bible
"Take a census of the descendants of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers' households,

King James Bible
Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers,

Christian Standard Bible
"Among the Levites, take a census of the Kohathites by their clans and their ancestral families,

Good News Translation
to take a census of the Levite clan of Kohath by subclans and families,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Among the Levites, take a census of the Kohathites by their clans and their ancestral houses,

International Standard Version
"Take a census of the descendants of Kohath from among the descendants of Levi according to their tribes and ancestral houses

NET Bible
"Take a census of the Kohathites from among the Levites, by their families and by their clans,

New Heart English Bible
"Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers' houses,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Take a census of the Levites who are descended from Kohath. List them by families and households.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers' houses,

New American Standard 1977
“Take a census of the descendants of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers’ households,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the houses of their fathers,

King James 2000 Bible
Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by the house of their fathers,

American King James Version
Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers,

American Standard Version
Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers houses,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take the sum of the sons of Caath from the midst of the Levites, by their houses and families.

Darby Bible Translation
Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, according to their fathers' houses,

English Revised Version
Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers' houses,

Webster's Bible Translation
Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers;

World English Bible
"Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers' houses,

Young's Literal Translation
'Take up the sum of the sons of Kohath from the midst of the sons of Levi, by their families, by the house of their fathers;
Study Bible
The Duties of the Kohathites
1Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 2“Take a census of the Kohathites among the Levites by their clans and families, 3men from thirty to fifty years old—everyone who is qualified to serve in the work at the Tent of Meeting.…
Cross References
Numbers 4:1
Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Numbers 4:3
men from thirty to fifty years old--everyone who is qualified to serve in the work at the Tent of Meeting.

Treasury of Scripture

Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers,

Numbers 3:19,27 And the sons of Kohath by their families; Amram, and Izehar, Hebron, …







IV.

(2) Of the sons of Kohath . . . --Kohath appears to have been the second son of Levi (Numbers 3:17), but the Kohathites here stand first because Moses and Aaron belonged to them, and it was their office to bear the Ark.

Verse 2. - Take the sum of the sons of Kohath. The Levites having been separated from the other tribes, the Kohathites are now to be separated from amongst the other Levites for the most honourable and sacred duties. To them the preference was given presumably because the priests were Kohathites. Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi,.... They were to begin with them first, and number them:

after their families, by the house of their fathers; as many as were of the age after mentioned; and the reason why they began with Kohath, and not Gershon, the eldest son, as in the former numbering, was; not as Aben Ezra suggests, because of Moses and Aaron, who sprung from him, for that, if it had any strength in it, would have held good before; but rather, as Chaskuni and others, because the Kohathites carried the ark and other holy things; though the true reason seems to be, because of the order observed in taking down the tabernacle, and removing the parts of it, and the things in it; and it was most proper and reasonable, when they were about to take it down, first to take out the ark, table, &c. which was the business of the Kohathites to carry; next to take down the curtains, coverings, and hangings for the tabernacle and court, and the doors thereof, which were the charge of the Merarites; wherefore, in this order the sum out of each of them fit for business were ordered to be numbered. 2, 3. sons of Kohath, from thirty years old and upward—This age was specifically fixed (see on [56]Nu 8:24) as the full maturity of bodily energy to perform the laborious duties assigned them in the wilderness, as well as of mental activity to assist in the management of the sacred services. And it was the period of life at which John the Baptist and Christ entered on their respective ministries.

even unto fifty—The term prescribed for active duty was a period of twenty years, at the end of which they were exempted from the physical labors of the office, though still expected to attend in the tabernacle (Nu 8:26).

all that enter into the host—so called from their number, the order and discipline maintained through their ranks, and their special duty as guards of the tabernacle. The Hebrew word, however, signifies also a station or office; and hence the passage may be rendered, "All that enter into the sacerdotal office" (Nu 4:23).4:1-3 The middle-aged men of the tribe of Levi, all from thirty years old to fifty, were to be employed in the service of the tabernacle. The service of God requires the best of our strength, and the prime portion of our time, which cannot be better spent than to the honour of Him who is the First and Best. And the service of God should be done when we are most lively and active. Those do not consider this who put off repentance to old age, and so leave the best work to be done in the worst time.
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