Numbers 3

Numbers 3

 
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39 So among the Levite clans counted by Moses and Aaron at the LORD's command, there were 22,000 males one month old or older.

40 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now count all the firstborn sons in Israel who are one month old or older, and register each name.

41 The Levites will be reserved for me as substitutes for the firstborn sons of Israel; I am the LORD. And the Levites' livestock are mine as substitutes for the firstborn livestock of the whole nation of Israel."

42 So Moses counted the firstborn sons of the people of Israel, just as the LORD had commanded.

43 The total number of firstborn sons who were one month old or older was 22,273.

44 Now the LORD said to Moses,

45 "Take the Levites in place of the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. And take the livestock of the Levites as substitutes for the firstborn livestock of the people of Israel. The Levites will be mine; I am the LORD.

46 To redeem the 273 firstborn sons of Israel who are in excess of the number of Levites,

47 collect five pieces of silver for each person, each piece weighing the same as the standard sanctuary shekel.*1

48 Give the silver to Aaron and his sons as the redemption price for the extra firstborn sons."

49 So Moses collected redemption money for the firstborn sons of Israel who exceeded the number of Levites.

50 The silver collected on behalf of these firstborn sons of Israel came to about thirty-four pounds in weight.*2

51 And Moses gave the redemption money to Aaron and his sons as the LORD had commanded.

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Notes:

1: Hebrew 5 shekels [2 ounces or 57 grams] apiece, according to the sanctuary shekel, 20 gerahs to each shekel.

2: Hebrew 1,365 shekels [15.5 kilograms], according to the sanctuary shekel.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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