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Numbers Poem

Numbers Poem

 

This is the entire book of Numbers, put into a poem format. The divisions correspond to the sermons I preached on the Book of Numbers and each poem was given at the end of those particular verses. I hope you will enjoy this poetic journey through Numbers.

 

Be advised, this is NOT to be considered for doctrine and is not an attempt to change the word of God from its intent and meaning. Rather, it is a poem based on Numbers, nothing more.

 

Numbers 1:1-19

A Census in the Wilderness

 

Now the Lord spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai 

In the tabernacle of meeting, these things he was relaying

On the first day of the second month, in the second year after they

Had come out of the land of Egypt, saying: 

 

“Take a census of all the congregation

Of the children of Israel; take it carefully

By their families, by their fathers’ houses

According to the number of names, every male individually 

 

From twenty years old and above

All who are able to go to war in Israel

You and Aaron shall number them by their armies 

So shall you do as to you I tell

 

And with you there shall be a man from every tribe

Each one the head of his father’s house as I describe

 

“These are the names of the men who shall stand with you

From Reuben, Elizur the son of Shedeur 

From Simeon, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai 

From Judah, Nahshon the son of Amminadab for sure

 

From Issachar, Nethanel the son of Zuar

From Zebulun, Eliab the son of Helon, him for sure

From the sons of Joseph: from Ephraim

----------Elishama the son of Ammihud

From Manasseh, Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur

 

From Benjamin, Abidan the son of Gideoni

From Dan, Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai

 

From Asher, Pagiel the son of Ocran

From Gad, Eliasaph the son of Deuel

From Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan

These are chosen as to you I tell

 

These were chosen from the congregation; as the word did compel

Leaders of their fathers’ tribes, heads of the divisions in Israel

 

Then Moses and Aaron took these men

Who had been mentioned by name

And they assembled all the congregation together

On the first day of the second month, together they came

 

And they recited their ancestry by families
By their fathers’ houses, as instructed accordingly

According to the number of names

From twenty years old and above, each one individually

 

As the Lord commanded Moses, by and by

So he numbered them in the Wilderness of Sinai

 

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Numbers 1:20-54

Men of War; Offense and Defense

 

Now the children of Reuben, Israel’s oldest son

Their genealogies by their families, by their fathers’ house too

According to the number of names

Every male individually, in this list of who’s who

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof 

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Reuben

----------so the record said

Were forty-six thousand five hundred

 

From the children of Simeon

Their genealogies by their families, by their fathers’ house too

Of those who were numbered, according to the number of names

Every male individually, in this list of who’s who

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Simeon 

----------so the record said

Are fifty-nine thousand three hundred

 

From the children of Gad

Their genealogies by their families, small and great

By their fathers’ house

According to the number of names

----------as the record does state

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof 

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Gad

----------a result which rhymes with “thrifty”

Were forty-five thousand six hundred and fifty

 

From the children of Judah

Their genealogies by their families, small and great

By their fathers’ house

According to the number of names

----------as the record does state

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Judah

----------so the record said

Were seventy-four thousand six hundred

 

From the children of Issachar

Their genealogies by their families, small and great

By their fathers’ house

According to the number of names

----------as the record does state

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Issachar 

----------so the record said

Were fifty-four thousand four hundred

 

From the children of Zebulun

Their genealogies by their families, small and great

By their fathers’ house

According to the number of names

----------as the record does state

 

From twenty years old and above
All who were able to go to war thereof

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Zebulun 

----------so the record said

Were fifty-seven thousand four hundred

 

From the sons of Joseph, the children of Ephraim

Their genealogies by their families, small and great

By their fathers’ house

According to the number of names

----------as the record does state

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Ephraim 

----------so the record said

Were forty thousand five hundred

 

From the children of Manasseh

Their genealogies by their families, small and great

By their fathers’ house

According to the number of names

----------as the record does state

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Manasseh 

----------so the record said

Were thirty-two thousand two hundred

 

From the children of Benjamin

Their genealogies by their families, small and great

By their fathers’ house

According to the number of names

----------as the record does state

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Benjamin 

----------so the record said

Were thirty-five thousand four hundred

 

From the children of Dan

Their genealogies by their families, small and great

By their fathers’ house

According to the number of names

----------as the record does state

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Dan

----------so the record said

Were sixty-two thousand seven hundred

 

From the children of Asher

Their genealogies by their families, small and great

By their fathers’ house

According to the number of names

----------as the record does state

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Asher 

----------so the record said

Were forty-one thousand five hundred

 

From the children of Naphtali

Their genealogies by their families, small and great

By their fathers’ house

According to the number of names

----------as the record does state

 

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war thereof

 

Those who were numbered of the tribe of Naphtali

----------so the record said

Were fifty-three thousand four hundred

 

These are the ones who were numbered

Whom Moses and Aaron numbered there and then

With the leaders of Israel

Each one representing his father’s house, twelve men

 

So all who were numbered of the children of Israel

By their fathers’ houses, so the account does tell

From twenty years old and above

All who were able to go to war in Israel

 

All who were numbered came to a total rhyming with “thrifty”

They were six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty

 

But the Levites were not numbered among them

----------by their fathers’ tribe 

For the Lord had spoken to Moses, saying; so He did tell 

“Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number

Nor take a census of them among the children of Israel 

 

But you shall appoint the Levites

Over the tabernacle of the Testimony

Over all its furnishings

And over all things that belong to it, so shall it be

 

They shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings

----------so this task they shall tackle

They shall attend to it and camp around the tabernacle

 

And when the tabernacle is to go forward

The Levites shall take it down, so they shall do

And when the tabernacle is to be set up

The Levites shall set it up, as I have instructed you 

 

The outsider who comes near

Shall be put to death; so that all others shall fear

 

The children of Israel shall pitch their tents

Everyone by his own camp

Everyone by his own standard

According to their armies; their designation stamp

 

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 keep charge

Of the tabernacle of the Testimony, as to you I tell

 

Thus the children of Israel did, as stated

According to all that the Lord commanded Moses

----------so they did as he related

 

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Numbers 2:1-34

The Layout of the Tribes

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying 

These words to them He was relaying

 

“Everyone of the children of Israel

Shall camp by his own standard, such shall be their seating

Beside the emblems of his father’s house

They shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting

 

On the east side, toward the rising of the sun

Those of the standard of the forces with Judah, tribes three

Shall camp according to their armies

And Nahshon the son of Amminadab the leader

----------of the children of Judah shall be 

 

And his army was numbered; those so bred

At seventy-four thousand six hundred

 

Those who camp next to him shall be the tribe of Issachar

And shall be the leader of the children of Issachar

----------Nethanel the son of Zuar

 

And his army was numbered; those so bred

At fifty-four thousand four hundred

 

Then comes the tribe of Zebulun

And shall be the leader of the children of Zebulun

----------Eliab the son of Helon

 

And his army was numbered; those so bred

At fifty-seven thousand four hundred

 

All who were numbered according to their armies

Of the forces with Judah, all together and not dispersed

One hundred and eighty-six thousand four hundred

These shall break camp first

 

On the south side shall be the standard

Of the forces with Reuben according to their armies, for sure

 

And the leader of the children of Reuben 

Shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur 

 

And his army was numbered; those so bred

At forty-six thousand five hundred

 

Those who camp next to him shall be

The tribe of Simeon, by and by

And the leader of the children of Simeon shall be 

Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai 

 

And his army was numbered; those so bred

At fifty-nine thousand three hundred

 

Then comes the tribe of Gad, as the record does tell

And the leader of the children of Gad shall be 

----------Eliasaph the son of Reuel

 

And his army was numbered; a number unique and nifty

At forty-five thousand six hundred and fifty

 

All who were numbered according to their armies

Of the forces with Reuben, a lot certainly

One hundred and fifty-one thousand four hundred and fifty

They shall to break camp the second be

 

And the tabernacle of meeting shall move out

With the camp of the Levites in the middle of the camps; you see

As they camp, so they shall move out

Everyone in his place, by their standards; so shall it be

 

On the west side shall be the standard of the forces with Ephraim

According to their armies, so it shall be understood

And the leader of the children of Ephraim 

Shall be Elishama the son of Ammihud

 

And his army was numbered, those so bred

At forty thousand five hundred

 

Next to him comes the tribe of Manasseh, for sure
And the leader of the children of Manasseh shall be 

----------Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur

 

And his army was numbered, those so bred

At thirty-two thousand two hundred

 

Then comes the tribe of Benjamin with all certainty

And the leader of the children of Benjamin shall be

Abidan the son of Gideoni

 

And his army was numbered; those so bred

At thirty-five thousand four hundred

 

All who were numbered according to their armies

Of the forces with Ephraim, so says the word

One hundred and eight thousand one hundred

They shall be to break camp the third

 

The standard of the forces with Dan 

Shall be on the north side according to their armies, by and by

And the leader of the children of Dan shall be

Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai

 

And his army was numbered; those so bred

At sixty-two thousand seven hundred

 

Those who camp next to him shall be the tribe of Asher

----------these are words to act upon

And the leader of the children of Asher 

Shall be Pagiel the son of Ocran

 

And his army was numbered; those so bred

At forty-one thousand five hundred

 

Then comes the tribe of Naphtali; his name is now drawn

And the leader of the children of Naphtali shall be 

----------Ahira the son of Enan

 

And his army was numbered; those so bred

At fifty-three thousand four hundred

 

All who were numbered of the forces with Dan

All those men so amassed

One hundred and fifty-seven thousand six hundred

They shall break camp with their standards last

 

These are the ones who were numbered

Of the children of Israel by their fathers’ houses

----------a numbering large and nifty

All who were numbered according to their armies of the forces

Were six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty 

 

But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel

Just as the Lord commanded Moses; as the Lord to Moses did tell

 

Thus the children of Israel did

According to all that the Lord to Moses commanded 

So they camped by their standards and so they broke camp

Each one by his family, according to their fathers’ houses

----------as the situation so demanded

 

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Numbers 3:1-13

The Levites Shall Be Mine

 

Now these are the records of Aaron and Moses, by and by

When the Lord spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai 

 

And these are the names of the sons of Aaron:

Nadab, the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar too

These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the anointed priests 

Whom he consecrated to minister as priests, so he did do 

 

Nadab and Abihu had died before the Lord 

When they offered profane fire before the Lord

----------these two young men 

In the Wilderness of Sinai

And they had no children

 

So Eleazar and Ithamar ministered as priests instead

In the presence of Aaron their father; by them they were led

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 

“Bring the tribe of Levi near

And present them before Aaron the priest

That they may serve him; to his directions they shall adhere 

 

And they shall attend to his needs

And the needs of the whole congregation

----------these duties they shall tackle

Before the tabernacle of meeting

To do the work of the tabernacle 

 

Also they shall attend to all the furnishings

Of the tabernacle of meeting, so I say

And to the needs of the children of Israel

To do the work of the tabernacle, day by day 

 

And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and his sons

----------as to you I tell

They are given entirely to him from among the children of Israel 

 

So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons 

And they shall attend to their priesthood 

But the outsider who comes near shall be put to death

Make sure this is understood

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 

These words to them he was then relaying

 

“Now behold, I Myself have taken the Levites

From among the children of Israel

Instead of every firstborn who opens the womb

Among the children of Israel, so to you I tell

 

Therefore the Levites shall be Mine 

Because all the firstborn are Mine, as you already know 

On the day that I struck all the firstborn

In the land of Egypt, to their deaths they did go

 

I sanctified to Myself all the firstborn in Israel, so is My word

Both man and beast. They shall be Mine: I am the Lord

 

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Numbers 3:14-39

A Sign in the Wilderness

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses; so He was relaying

In the Wilderness of Sinai, saying: 

 

“Number the children of Levi

By their fathers’ houses; so you shall do

By their families; you shall number every male

From a month old and above, as I am instructing you

 

So Moses numbered them according to the word of the Lord

As he was commanded, no detail was ignored 

 

These were the sons of Levi by their names, so we see

Gershon, Kohath, and Merari; yes these three 

 

And these are the names of the sons of Gershon

By their families: Libni and Shimei, so they are known 

 

And the sons of Kohath by their families, as the record does tell 

Amram, Izehar, Hebron, and Uzziel 

 

And the sons of Merari by their families, two we see

Mahli and Mushi

 

These are the families of the Levites

----------just the men, not including their spouses

By their fathers’ houses

 

From Gershon came the family of the Libnites

And the family of the Shimites, as well

These were the families of the Gershonites 

As the records do tell

 

Those who were numbered

According to the number of all the males

----------from a month old and above, great and small

Of those who were numbered 

There were seven thousand five hundred in all

 

The families of the Gershonites

Were to camp behind the tabernacle westward, as the Lord did tell 

And the leader of the father’s house of the Gershonites 

Was Eliasaph the son of Lael 

 

The duties of the children of Gershon

In the tabernacle of meeting, as the Lord did say 

Included the tabernacle, the tent with its covering 

The screen for the door of the tabernacle of meeting

----------and yet more was coming their way... 

 

The screen for the door of the court 

The hangings of the court which are around the tabernacle

And the altar, and their cords

According to all the work relating to them; so they were to tackle

 

From Kohath came the family of the Amramites

The family of the Izharites, the family of the Hebronites too

And the family of the Uzzielites

These were the families of the Kohathites, through and through 

 

According to the number of all the males

From a month old and above, as we see 

There were eight thousand six hundred 

Keeping charge of the sanctuary 

 

The families of the children of Kohath, the Lord did decide

Were to camp on the tabernacles’ south side 

 

And the leader of the fathers’ house of the families

----------so the record does tell

Of the Kohathites was Elizaphan the son of Uzziel 

 

Their duty included the ark, the table 

The lampstand, the altars, the utensils of the sanctuary

With which they ministered 

The screen, and all the work relating to them, as we now see

 

And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest 

Was to be chief over the leaders of the Levites 

With oversight of those who kept charge of the sanctuary

Watching every detail, not just the highlights

 

From Merari came the family of the Mahlites

And the family of the Mushites also

These were the families of Merari

As we now know

 

And those who were numbered

According to the number of all the males, as the record said

From a month old and above 

Were six thousand two hundred 

 

The leader of the fathers’ house of the families

Of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail 

These were to camp on the north side of the tabernacle

As to them the Lord did tell

 

And the appointed duty of the children of Merari 

Included the boards of the tabernacle, its bars, its pillars

----------its sockets, its utensils, according to these words

All the work relating to them 

And the pillars of the court all around

----------with their sockets, their pegs, and their cords

 

Moreover, those who were to camp before the tabernacle

On the east, before the tabernacle of meeting, so we see 

Were Moses, Aaron, and his sons 

Keeping charge of the sanctuary 

 

To meet the needs of the children of Israel

But the outsider who came near was to be put to death

----------as the Lord did tell 

 

All who were numbered of the Levites

Whom Moses and Aaron numbered

----------at the commandment of the Lord

By their families, all the males from a month old and above

Were twenty-two thousand; so the tally does record

 

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Numbers 3:40-51

The Levites Shall Be Mine

 

Then the Lord said to Moses: 

“Number all the firstborn males of the children of Israel

From a month old and above

And take the number of their names; so to you I tell 

 

And you shall take the Levites for Me—I am the Lord—

Instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel

And the livestock of the Levites instead of all the firstborn

Among the livestock of the children of Israel as well

 

So Moses numbered all the firstborn

Among the children of Israel

As the Lord commanded him

As the Lord to him did tell

 

And all the firstborn males

According to the number of names from a month old and above

----------so we see

Of those who were numbered of them

Were twenty-two thousand two hundred and seventy-three

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

These are the words He was then relaying 

 

“Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn

Among the children of Israel

And the livestock of the Levites instead of their livestock

The Levites shall be Mine: I am the Lord; so to you I do tell 

 

And for the redemption of the two hundred and seventy-three

Of the firstborn of the children of Israel 

Who are more than the number of the Levites 

You shall do as I now tell

 

You shall take five shekels for each one individually

You shall take them in the currency

Of the shekel of the sanctuary

The shekel of twenty gerahs, as directed by Me 

 

And you shall give the money

With which the excess number of them is redeemed

To Aaron and his sons

This is appropriate as I have so deemed

 

So Moses took the redemption money

From those who were over and above

Those who were redeemed by the Levites

So he took it from those thereof

 

From the firstborn of the children of Israel

He took the money, you see 

One thousand three hundred and sixty-five shekels 

According to the shekel of the sanctuary 

 

And Moses gave their redemption money

To Aaron and his sons, as the Lord did say

According to the word of the Lord

As the Lord commanded Moses that day

 

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Numbers 4:1-20

The Holiness of the Lord

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying

These are the words He was to them then relaying:

 

“Take a census of the sons of Kohath

----------from among the children of Levi

By their families, by their fathers’ house 

------------these instructions you shall be repeating

From thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old

All who enter the service to do the work

----------in the tabernacle of meeting

 

“This is the service of the sons of Kohath

This is what their duty brings

In the tabernacle of meeting 

Relating to the most holy things 

 

When the camp prepares to journey

Aaron and his sons shall come, as to you I submit

And they shall take down the covering veil

And cover the ark of the Testimony with it 

 

Then they shall put on it a covering of badger skins

And spread over that a cloth entirely of blue

And they shall insert its poles

Yes, they shall do this too

 

“On the table of showbread they shall spread a blue cloth

To this task they shall commit

And put on it the dishes, the pans, the bowls

----------and the pitchers for pouring

And the showbread shall be on it 

 

They shall spread over them a scarlet cloth

And cover the same with a badger-skins covering

And they shall insert its poles

So shall they do this thing 

 

And they shall take a blue cloth and cover

The lampstand of the light 

With its lamps, its wick-trimmers, its trays, and all its oil vessels

With which they service it both day and night

 

Then they shall put it with all its utensils

In a covering of badger skins, so they shall do

And put it on a carrying beam

As I am now instructing you

 

“Over the golden altar they shall spread a blue cloth

And cover it with a badger-skins covering

And they shall insert its poles

So they shall accomplish this thing

 

Then they shall take all the utensils of service

With which they minister in the sanctuary

Put them in a blue cloth, cover them

----------with a covering of badger skins

And put them on a carrying beam, and so it they shall carry

 

Also they shall take away the ashes from the altar

----------as to you I submit

And spread a purple cloth over it

 

They shall put on it all its implements, doing so with care

With which they minister there

 

The firepans, the forks, the shovels, the basins

----------and all the utensils of the altar; so they shall do

And they shall spread on it a covering of badger skins

----------and insert its poles too 

 

And when Aaron and his sons have finished

Covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary

When the camp is set to go

Then the sons of Kohath shall come them to carry

 

But they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die

They shall be attentive to these things, even very

These are the things in the tabernacle of meeting

Which the sons of Kohath are to carry

 

“The appointed duty of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest 

Is the oil for the light, the sweet incense

----------the daily grain offering as well

The anointing oil, the oversight of all the tabernacle

----------of all that is in it

With the sanctuary and its furnishings; so to you I now tell

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying

A new set of words he was then relaying

 

“Do not cut off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites

From among the Levites; but do this in regard to them

----------as My word rings

That they may live and not die

When they approach the most holy things

 

Aaron and his sons shall go in

And appoint each of them to his service and his task, by and by 

But they shall not go in to watch

While the holy things are being covered, lest they die

 

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Numbers 4:21-49

Service of the Tent of Meeting

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, making this to him known

“Also take a census of the sons of Gershon

 

By their fathers’ house, by their families 

From thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old

You shall number them, all who enter to perform the service

To do the work in the tabernacle of meeting, as you are told 

 

This is the service of the families of the Gershonites

In serving and carrying; these are their rites

 

They shall carry the curtains of the tabernacle

And the tabernacle of meeting with its covering too

The covering of badger skins that is on it

The screen for the door of the tabernacle of meeting

----------so they shall do 

 

The screen for the door of the gate of the court

The hangings of the court which are around

----------the tabernacle and altar

And their cords, all the furnishings for their service

And all that is made for these things:

----------so shall they serve and not falter

 

“Aaron and his sons shall assign all the service

Of the sons of the Gershonites, so he shall do

All their tasks and all their service

And you shall appoint to them all their tasks as their duty too

 

This is the service of the families of the sons of Gershon

In the tabernacle of meeting, these duties to them are released

And their duties shall be under the authority

Of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest

 

“As for the sons of Merari

This is how things are to be

 

You shall number them by their families

And by their fathers’ house too

From thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old

----------you shall number them

Everyone who enters the service to do the work

----------of the tabernacle of meeting, so you shall do

 

And this is what they must carry

As all their service for the tabernacle of meeting, you see 

The boards of the tabernacle, its bars, its pillars, its sockets

So shall it be

 

And the pillars around the court

With their sockets, pegs, and cords, this is the game plan

With all their furnishings and all their service

And you shall assign by name the items he must carry to each man

 

This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari

As all their service for the tabernacle of meeting

Under the authority of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest

To them these directions you shall be repeating

 

And Moses, Aaron, and the leaders of the congregation

Numbered the sons of the Kohathites as they were told

By their families and by their fathers’ house 

From thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old

 

Everyone who entered the service for work

In the tabernacle of meeting; a number quite nifty 

And those who were numbered by their families

Were two thousand seven hundred and fifty 

 

These were the ones who were numbered

----------of the families of the Kohathites

All who might serve in the tabernacle of meeting

----------as we now understand

Whom Moses and Aaron numbered

According to the commandment of the Lord by Moses’ hand

 

And those who were numbered of the sons of Gershon

By their families and by their fathers’ house; so we are told

From thirty years old and above

Even to fifty years old

 

Everyone who entered the service for work

----------in the tabernacle of meeting 

Those who were numbered by their families, in the call

By their fathers’ house

Were two thousand six hundred and thirty in all 

 

These are the ones who were numbered

Of the families of the sons of Gershon, according to the word

Of all who might serve in the tabernacle of meeting

Whom Moses and Aaron numbered

----------according to the commandment of the Lord

 

Those of the families of the sons of Merari who were numbered

By their families, by their fathers’ house, and by their seating 

From thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old

Everyone who entered the service for work

----------in the tabernacle of meeting

 

Those who were numbered by their families roles

Were three thousand two hundred souls 

 

These are the ones who were numbered

Of the families of the sons of Merari, as we now understand

Whom Moses and Aaron numbered 

According to the word of the Lord by Moses’ hand

 

All who were numbered of the Levites

Whom Moses, Aaron, and the leaders of Israel numbered

----------so we are told

By their families and by their fathers’ houses 

From thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old

 

Everyone who came to do the work of service

And the work of bearing burdens in the tabernacle of meeting

----------a number quite weighty

Those who were numbered

Were eight thousand five hundred and eighty

 

According to the commandment of the Lord 

They were numbered by Moses’ hand

Each according to his service and according to his task

Thus were they numbered by him, as the Lord commanded Moses

----------so we are now made to understand

 

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Numbers 5:1-10

A Conscience Cleansed

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

These words to him He was then relaying

 

“Command the children of Israel

That they put out of the camp every leper; so you shall do

Everyone who has a discharge

And whoever becomes defiled by a corpse too

 

You shall put out both male and female

You shall put them outside the camp, as to you I now tell

That they may not defile their camps 

In the midst of which I dwell 

 

And the children of Israel did so

And put them outside the camp, as He did tell

As the Lord spoke to Moses

So did the children of Israel

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These words to him He was next relaying 

 

“Speak to the children of Israel: 

When a man or woman commits any sin which may be

That men commit in unfaithfulness against the Lord

And that person is guilty 

 

Then he shall confess the sin which he has committed

He shall make restitution for his trespass in full, yes completely

Plus one-fifth of it

And give it to the one he has wronged; so shall it be 

 

But if the man has no relative

To whom for the wrong may be made restitution

The restitution for the wrong must go to the Lord for the priest

In addition to the ram of the atonement with which

----------atonement is made for him; so will be the solution 

 

Every offering of all the holy things

Of the children of Israel

Which they bring to the priest, shall be his

So to you I do now tell

 

And every man’s holy things shall be his, you see

Whatever any man gives the priest shall his be

 

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Numbers 5.11-31

The Holy Polygraph

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying 

“Speak to the children of Israel

And say to them:

These words to them you shall tell

 

‘If any man’s wife goes astray

And behaves unfaithfully toward him 

And a man lies with her carnally

And it is hidden from the eyes of her husband

----------a situation quite grim

 

And it is concealed that she has defiled herself

And there was no witness against her, nor was she caught— 

If the spirit of jealousy comes upon him

And he becomes jealous of his wife, who has defiled herself

----------as she ought not

 

Or if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him

And he becomes jealous of his wife

Although she has not defiled herself— 

But has remained faithful in her married life

 

Then the man shall bring his wife to the priest

He shall bring the offering required for her, so to you I submit

One-tenth of an ephah of barley meal

He shall pour no oil on it and put no frankincense on it

 

Because it is a grain offering of jealousy

An offering for remembering

For bringing iniquity to remembrance

Is what is to be done with this thing

 

‘And the priest shall bring her near according to this word

And set her before the Lord 

 

The priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel

And take some of the dust

That is on the floor of the tabernacle

And put it into the water, this part is a must 

 

Then the priest shall stand the woman before the Lord

Uncover the woman’s head; so shall it be

And put the offering for remembering in her hands

Which is the grain offering of jealousy

 

And the priest shall have in his hand

The bitter water that brings a curse

----------so we are to understand

 

And the priest shall put her under oath

And say to the woman, “If no man has lain with you

----------something so perverse

And if you have not gone astray to uncleanness 

----------while under your husband’s authority

Be free from this bitter water that brings a curse 

 

But if you have gone astray 

While under your husband’s authority 

And if you have defiled yourself

And some man other than your husband has lain with you

----------such as should not be— 

 

Then the priest shall put the woman under the oath of the curse

And he shall say to the woman; so to her he shall tell—

“The Lord make you a curse and an oath among your people

When the Lord makes your thigh rot and your belly swell 

 

And may this water that causes the curse 

Go into your stomach, as to you I now submit

And make your belly swell and your thigh rot

‘Then the woman shall say, “Amen, so be it

 

‘Then the priest shall these curses in a book write

And he shall scrape them off into the bitter water

----------the words that will determine her plight

 

And he shall make the woman drink

The bitter water that brings a curse

And the water that brings the curse

Shall enter her to become bitter

----------according to this written verse 

 

Then the priest shall take

The grain offering of jealousy from the woman’s hand

Shall wave the offering before the Lord

And bring it to the altar; so we are to understand 

 

And the priest shall take a handful of the offering 

As its memorial portion, so he shall do

Burn it on the altar

And afterward make the woman drink the water

----------as I am instructing you 

 

When he has made her drink the water

Then it shall be, if she has defiled herself

----------like a bird she did flitter

And behaved unfaithfully toward her husband

That the water that brings a curse will enter her and become bitter

 

And her belly will swell, her thigh will rot

----------a fate grim and glum

And the woman will a curse among her people become

 

But if the woman has not defiled herself, and is clean

Then she shall be free and may conceive children

----------a happy family will be seen

 

‘This is the law of jealousy

----------When a wife, while under her husband’s authority 

Goes astray and defiles herself in a faithless life 

Or when the spirit of jealousy comes upon a man

And he becomes jealous of his wife

 

Then he shall stand the woman before the Lord

And the priest shall execute all this law upon her 

Then the man shall be free from iniquity

But that woman shall bear her guilt for sure

 

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Numbers 6:1-21

The Vow of the Nazirite

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These are the words He was then relaying

 

“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them:

‘When either a man or woman, according to this word 

Consecrates an offering to take the vow of a Nazirite 

To separate himself to the Lord

 

He shall separate himself from wine and similar drink

He shall drink neither vinegar made from wine

----------nor vinegar made from similar drink too

Neither shall he drink any grape juice

Nor eat fresh grapes or raisins; such things he shall not do

 

All the days of his separation therein

He shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine

----------from seed to skin

 

‘All the days of the vow of his separation

No razor shall come upon his head; thus it shall be so

Until the days are fulfilled for which

----------he separated himself to the Lord, he shall be holy 

Then he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow 

 

All the days that he separates himself to the Lord 

He shall not go near a dead body according to My word

 

He shall not make himself unclean

Even for his father or his mother, so I have now said

For his brother or his sister, when they die

Because his separation to God is on his head 

 

All the days of his separation he shall be holy to the Lord

Thus shall it be according to My word

 

‘And if anyone dies very suddenly beside him

And he defiles his consecrated head, as to you I submit

Then he shall shave his head on the day of his cleansing

On the seventh day he shall shave it

 

Then on the eighth day he shall bring

Two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest

To the door of the tabernacle of meeting

----------so shall he do this thing 

 

And the priest shall offer one as a sin offering

And the other as a burnt offering, as to you I say

And make atonement for him

----------because he sinned in regard to the corpse

And he shall sanctify his head that same day 

 

He shall consecrate to the Lord the days of his separation

And bring a male lamb in its first year as a trespass offering

But the former days shall be lost

Because his separation was defiled by the occurrence of this thing

 

‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite:

And so to the people these words you shall be repeating 

When the days of his separation are fulfilled

He shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting 

 

And he shall present his offering to the Lord:

One male lamb in its first year without blemish as a burnt offering

----------so he shall do

One ewe lamb in its first year without blemish as a sin offering

One ram without blemish as a peace offering too

 

A basket of unleavened bread 

Cakes of fine flour mixed with oil also

Unleavened wafers anointed with oil

And their grain offering with their drink offerings; it shall be so

 

‘Then the priest shall bring them before the Lord 

And offer his sin offering and his burnt offering as I have said 

And he shall offer the ram as a sacrifice

----------of a peace offering to the Lord

With the basket of unleavened bread

 

The priest shall also offer its grain offering and its drink offering

Such shall be the required proffering

 

Then the Nazirite shall shave his consecrated head 

At the door of the tabernacle of meeting, so he shall do this thing

And shall take the hair from his consecrated head

And put it on the fire which is under

----------the sacrifice of the peace offering

 

‘And the priest shall take the boiled shoulder of the ram

One unleavened cake from the basket

----------and one unleavened wafer too

And put them upon the hands of the Nazirite

After he has shaved his consecrated hair, so he shall do

 

And the priest shall wave them as a wave offering before the Lord 

They are holy for the priest as I say to you

Together with the breast of the wave offering

And the thigh of the heave offering too

 

After that the Nazirite may drink wine

He is no longer restricted from the fruit of the vine

 

“This is the law of the Nazirite among the nation

Who vows to the Lord the offering for his separation

 

And besides that

Whatever else his hand is able to provide, according to his station

According to the vow which he takes

So he must do according to the law of his separation

 

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Numbers 6:22-27

The Priestly Blessing

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying 

Memorable words he was then relaying

 

“Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying the words I now tell

‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel

 

Say to them:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’

 

“So they shall put My name on the children of Israel

And I will bless them as to you I now tell

 

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Numbers 7:1-9

An Offering for the Levites

 

Now it came to pass

When Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle

That he anointed it and consecrated it and all its furnishings

----------and the altar and all its utensils

So he anointed them and consecrated them; these jobs he did tackle

 

Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ houses

Who were the leaders of the tribes, as we know 

And over those who were numbered

Made an offering, and here is how it did go

 

And they brought their offering before the Lord

Six covered carts and twelve oxen

----a cart for every two of the leaders, so their job they could tackle

And for each one an ox

And they presented them before the tabernacle

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying 

These words to them He was then relaying

 

“Accept these from them

That they may be used in doing the work

----------of the tabernacle of meeting, you see

And you shall give them to the Levites 
To every man according to his service, so shall it be

 

So Moses took the carts and the oxen too

And gave them to the Levites, as he was instructed to do 

 

Two carts and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon

----------according to their service 

And four carts and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari

----------according to their service too

Under the authority of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest 

As the Lord instructed Moses to do

 

But to the sons of Kohath he gave none

Because theirs was the service of the holy things 

Which they carried on their shoulders

Mostly by poles, slipped through appropriate rings

 

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Numbers 7:10-89

An Offering for the Altar

 

Now the leaders offered the dedication offering 

For the altar when it was anointed

So the leaders offered their offering before the altar

They did this as they were so appointed 

 

For the Lord said to Moses, “They shall offer their offering

One leader each day, for the dedication of the altar

----------such shall be their proffering

 

And the one who offered his offering on the first day

Was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, from the tribe of Judah

----------as the record does say 

 

His offering was one silver platter

The weight of which was shekels one hundred and thirty

And one silver bowl of seventy shekels

According to the shekel of the sanctuary

 

Both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering 

One gold pan of ten shekels, full of incense as well 

One young bull, one ram, and one male lamb in its first year

----------as a burnt offering 

One kid of the goats as a sin offering, as the account does tell 

 

And for the sacrifice of peace offerings

Two oxen, five rams, five male goats, not grown in a lab

And five male lambs in their first year

This was the offering of Nahshon the son of Amminadab

 

On the second day Nethanel the son of Zuar

Leader of Issachar

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Nethanel the son of Zuar

 

On the third day Eliab the son of Helon

Leader of the children of Zebulun 

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Eliab the son of Helon

 

On the fourth day Elizur the son of Shedeur

Leader of the children of Reuben, for sure

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Elizur the son of Shedeur

 

On the fifth day Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai

Leader of the children of Simeon, by and by

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai

 

On the sixth day Eliasaph the son of Deuel

Leader of the children of Gad, as the account does tell

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Eliasaph the son of Deuel

 

On the seventh day Elishama the son of Ammihud

Leader of the children of Ephraim, so it is understood

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud

 

On the eighth day Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur

Leader of the children of Manasseh, for sure

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur

 

On the ninth day Abidan the son of Gideoni

Leader of the children of Benjamin, as we see

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Abidan the son of Gideoni

 

On the tenth day Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai

Leader of the children of Dan, by and by

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai

 

On the eleventh day Pagiel the son of Ocran

Leader of the children of Asher, as stated hereon

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Pagiel the son of Ocran

 

On the twelfth day Ahira the son of Enan

Leader of the children of Naphtali

----------by the Lord his name was drawn 

Presented an offering the same as before

This was the offering of Ahira the son of Enan

 

This was the dedication offering 

For the altar from the leaders of Israel

When it was anointed

Twelve silver platters, twelve silver bowls

----------and twelve gold pans as the record does tell

 

Each silver platter weighed one hundred and thirty shekels 

And each bowl shekels seventy 

All the silver of the vessels weighed

----------two thousand four hundred shekels 

According to the shekel of the sanctuary

 

The twelve gold pans full of incense weighed ten shekels apiece

According to the shekel of the sanctuary

All the gold of the pans weighed 

Shekels one hundred and twenty 

 

All the oxen for the burnt offering were twelve young bulls

The rams twelve, the male lambs in their first year twelve, as well

With their grain offering

And the kids of the goats as a sin offering twelve

----------as the record does tell

 

And all the oxen for the sacrifice of peace offerings

were twenty-four bulls, the rams sixty, the male goats sixty

----------all as duly appointed

And the lambs in their first year sixty

This was the dedication offering for the altar after it was anointed

 

Now when Moses went into the tabernacle of meeting 

To speak with Him, the voice of One speaking to him he heard
From above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the Testimony From between the two cherubim; thus He spoke to him

----------thus He conveyed His word

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Numbers 8:1-26

Acceptable to Serve

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

These are the words He was then relaying

 

“Speak to Aaron, and say to him

‘When you arrange the lamps, so you shall do

The seven lamps shall give light

In front of the lampstand, as I am instructing you

 

And Aaron did so

He arranged the lamps to face

Toward the front of the lampstand

As the Lord commanded Moses, in that very place 

 

Now this workmanship of the lampstand was hammered gold

From its shaft to its flowers it was hammered work 

According to the pattern which the Lord had shown Moses

So he made the lampstand; no detail did he shirk

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 

“Take the Levites from among the children of Israel

And cleanse them ceremonially

Do this as to you I now tell 

 

Thus you shall do to them to cleanse them:

Sprinkle on them water of purification, so I mean

And let them shave all their body

And let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean 

 

Then let them take a young bull

So you shall do this thing

With its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil

And you shall take another young bull as a sin offering 

 

And you shall bring the Levites

Before the tabernacle of meeting, so to you I tell

And you shall gather together the whole congregation

Of the children of Israel 

 

So you shall bring the Levites before the Lord

And the children of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites

----------according to My word 

 

And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the Lord 

Like a wave offering from the children of Israel

That they may perform the work of the Lord

Do this things as to you I now tell 

 

Then the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the young bulls

And you shall offer one as a sin offering

And the other as a burnt offering to the Lord

To make atonement for the Levites, so you shall do this thing

 

“And you shall stand the Levites

According to this word

Before Aaron and his sons

And then offer them like a wave offering to the Lord 

 

Thus you shall separate the Levites

From among the children of Israel

And the Levites shall be Mine

To tend to their duties in this sanctuary in which I dwell 

 

After that the Levites shall go in

To service the tabernacle of meeting

So you shall cleanse them and offer them like a wave offering

These tasks I have assigned you shall be completing

 

For they are wholly given to Me

From among the children of Israel as to you I now tell

I have taken them for Myself instead of all who open the womb

The firstborn of all the children of Israel 

 

For all the firstborn among the children of Israel are Mine 

Both man and beast, as to you I have described

On the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt

I them to Myself sanctified 

 

I have taken the Levites, this group of personnel

Instead of all the firstborn of the children of Israel 

 

And I have given the Levites as a gift

To Aaron and his sons from among the children of Israel

To do the work for the children of Israel in the tabernacle of meeting

And to make atonement for the children of Israel; so to you I tell 

 

That there be no plague among the children of Israel

----------such shall not be

When the children of Israel come near the sanctuary

 

Thus Moses and Aaron and all the congregation

Of the children of Israel did to the Levites, as the Lord bid

According to all that the Lord commanded Moses

Concerning the Levites, so the children of Israel to them did 

 

And the Levites purified themselves

And washed their clothes, through and through

Then Aaron presented them like a wave offering before the Lord

And Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them

----------as he was told to do 

 

After that the Levites went in to do their work

In the tabernacle of meeting before Aaron and his sons, so they did 

As the Lord commanded Moses concerning the Levites

So they did to them, according to what the Lord to them bid

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These words He was then relaying 

 

“This is what pertains to the Levites: 

From twenty-five years old and above, as directed by Me

One may enter to perform service

In the work of the tabernacle of meeting, so shall it be 

 

And at the age of fifty years

They must cease this work from performing

And shall work no more

To this directive they shall be conforming

 

They may minister with their brethren

In the tabernacle of meeting, to attend to needs as to you I say

But they themselves shall do no work

Thus you shall do to the Levites regarding their duties

----------as I instruct you today

 

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Numbers 9:1-14

The Lord’s Passover

 

Now the Lord spoke to Moses

In the Wilderness of Sinai; words he was relaying

In the first month of the second year

After they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying: 

 

“Let the children of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time 

On the fourteenth day of this month, so to you I submit

At twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time

According to all its rites and ceremonies you shall keep it 

 

So Moses told the children of Israel

That they should keep the Passover; so he did to them tell 

 

And they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day

Of the first month, at twilight, in the Wilderness of Sinai

According to all that the Lord commanded Moses

So the children of Israel did, by and by

 

Now there were certain men

Who were defiled by a human corpse, to their dismay

So that they could not keep on that day the Passover 

And they came before Moses and Aaron that day 

 

And those men said to him

“We became defiled by a human corpse, as the Lord to us did tell

Why are we kept from presenting the offering of the Lord 

At its appointed time among the children of Israel?”

 

And Moses said to them

In order for this issue to see through

“Stand still, that I may hear

What the Lord will command concerning you

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These words to him He was then relaying

 

“Speak to the children of Israel, saying:

‘If anyone of you or your posterity is unclean

Because of a corpse, or is far away on a journey

He may still keep the Lord’s Passover, as will now be seen 

 

On the fourteenth day of the second month

At twilight, they may keep it

They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs

So to you these things I do submit

 

They shall leave none of it until morning 

Nor break one of its bones, to these rules they shall commit 

According to all the ordinances of the Passover

They shall keep it 

 

But the man who is clean and is not on a journey

----------and ceases to keep the Passover

That same person shall be cut off from among his people

----------that guy shall be done in

Because he did not bring the offering of the Lord 

At its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin

 

‘And if a stranger dwells among you

And would keep the Lord’s Passover, as detailed by Me

He must do so according to the rite of the Passover

And according to its ceremony 

 

You shall have one ordinance; so you are to understand

Both for the stranger and the native of the land

 

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Numbers 9:15-23

Keeping the Charge of the Lord

 

Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up

The cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony

----------this did transpire

From evening until morning

It was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire 

 

So it was always:

The cloud covered it by day

And the appearance of fire by night

Such was this marvelous display 

 

Whenever the cloud was taken up

From above the tabernacle, at the time of these events

After that the children of Israel would journey

And in the place where the cloud settled

----------there the children of Israel would pitch their tents 

 

At the command of the Lord the children of Israel would journey

And they would camp at the command of the Lord

As long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle

They remained encamped, according to His word 

 

Even when the cloud continued long

Many days above the tabernacle; however long it would be

The children of Israel kept the charge of the Lord 

And did not journey 

 

So it was, when the cloud was above the tabernacle a few days

According to the command of the Lord, so would it be 

They would remain encamped

And according to the command of the Lord they would journey

 

So it was, when the cloud remained

Only from evening until morning; this amazing sight

When the cloud was taken up in the morning

Then they would journey; whether by day or by night

 

Whenever the cloud was taken up, then so would it be

Then at this time they would journey 

 

Whether it was two days, a month, or a year

That the cloud remained above the tabernacle, so would it be

The children of Israel would not journey

----------but would remain encamped

But when it was taken up, they would journey 

 

At the command of the Lord they remained encamped

And at the command of the Lord they journeyed

----------so we understand

They kept the charge of the Lord

At the command of the Lord by Moses’ hand

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Numbers 10:1-10

Two Silver Trumpets

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These are the words He was to him then relaying

 

“Make two silver trumpets for yourself

You shall make them of hammered work; so you shall do

You shall use them for calling the congregation

And for directing the movement of the camps

----------as I am now instructing you 

 

When they blow both of them

----------all the congregation shall gather before

You at the tabernacle of meeting’s door 

 

But if they blow only one, then the leaders

----------the heads of the divisions of Israel

Shall gather to you, as to you these directions I now tell 

 

When you sound the advance therein

The camps that lie on the east side shall then their journey begin 

 

When you sound the advance the second time

Then the camps that lie on the south side therein

Shall begin their journey

They shall sound the call for them, their journeys to begin 

 

And when the assembly is to be gathered together around 

You shall blow, but not the advance sound 

 

The sons of Aaron, the priests

Shall blow the trumpets as one of their vocations

And these shall be to you as an ordinance

Forever throughout your generations

 

“When you go to war in your land

----------against the enemy who oppresses you

Then you shall an alarm with the trumpets sound

And you will be remembered before the Lord your God

And you will be saved from your enemies, even if they abound 

 

Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts

And at the beginning of your months

----------when you make your profferings

You shall blow over your burnt offerings the trumpets

And over the sacrifices of your peace offerings

 

And they shall be a memorial before your God for you

I am the Lord your God, so these things you shall do

 

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Numbers 10:11-36

From Sinai to Paran

 

Now it came to pass on the twentieth day 

Of the second month, in the second year, so we see

That the cloud was taken up

From above the tabernacle of the Testimony 

 

And the children of Israel set out from the Wilderness of Sinai

On their journeys, yes they moved on

Then the cloud settled down

In the Wilderness of Paran 

 

So they started out for the first time as we now understand

According to the command of the Lord by Moses’ hand

 

The standard of the camp

Of the children of Judah set out first, but not in a taxicab

According to their armies

Over their army was Nahshon the son of Amminadab 

 

Over the army of the tribe of the children of Issachar 

Was Nethanel the son of Zuar

 

And over the army of the tribe of the children of Zebulun 

Was Eliab the son of Helon

 

Then the tabernacle was taken down

And the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set out

Carrying the tabernacle

Praising the Lord as they went, no doubt

 

And the standard of the camp of Reuben

----------set out according to their armies, for sure

Over their army was Elizur, the son of Shedeur

 

Over the army of the tribe of the children of Simeon, by and by

Was Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai

 

And over the army of the tribe of the children of Gad

----------so the record does tell

Was Eliasaph the son of Deuel

 

Then the Kohathites carrying the holy things set out

The tabernacle would be prepared for their arrival, no doubt

 

And the standard of the camp of the children of Ephraim

----------set out according to their armies, looking good

Over their army was Elishama the son of Ammihud

 

Over the army of the tribe of the children of Manasseh, for sure 

Was Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur

 

And over the army of the tribe of the children of Benjamin

----------as we see

Was Abidan the son of Gideoni

 

Then the standard of the camp of the children of Dan

The rear guard of all the camps, by and by

Set out according to their armies

Over their army was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai

 

Over the army of the tribe of the children of Asher

----------as they moved on

Was Pagiel the son of Ocran

 

And over the army of the tribe of the children of Naphtali 

Was Ahira the son of Enan, so we see

 

Thus was the order of march of the children of Israel, as we see

According to their armies, when they began their journey

 

Now Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel 

The Midianite; Moses’ father-in-law too

“We are setting out for the place of which the Lord said 

‘I will give it to you

 

Come with us, and we will treat you well

For the Lord has promised good things to Israel

 

And he said to him, “I will not go, please understand

But I will depart to my own relatives and to my own land

 

So Moses said, “Please do not leave

Inasmuch as you know, yes to you it is no surprise

How we are to camp in the wilderness

And you can be our eyes 

 

And it shall be, if you go with us—

Indeed it shall be—

That whatever good the Lord will do to us

The same we will do to you; this is my guarantee

 

So they departed from the mountain of the Lord 

On a journey of three days, as it came about

And the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them

For the three days’ journey, a resting place for them to search out 

 

And the cloud of the Lord was above them by day

----------His approval stamp

When they went out from the camp

 

So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said:

“Rise up, O Lord!
Let Your enemies be scattered
And let those who hate You flee before You.”

 

And when it rested, he said:

“Return, O Lord,
To the many thousands of Israel.”

 

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Numbers 11:1-15

Moses’ Heavy Burden

 

Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord

For the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused

----------so it did become

So the fire of the Lord burned among them

And in the outskirts of the camp consumed some  

 

Then the people cried out to Moses

And when Moses prayed to the Lord

The fire was quenched

According to his prayed word 

 

So he called the name of the place Taberah, as we have learned

Because the fire of the Lord had among them burned

 

Now the mixed multitude who were among them 

Yielded to intense craving; they were in a state of defeat

So the children of Israel also wept again and said: 

“Who will give us meat to eat? 

 

We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt

The cucumbers, the melons, the leeks

-----------the onions, and the garlic; each meal was a prize 

But now our whole being is dried up 

There is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!”

 

Now the manna was like coriander seed, have you ever seen some?

And its color like the color of bdellium 

 

The people went about and gathered it 

Ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar also

Cooked it in pans, and made cakes of it

And its taste was like the taste of pastry prepared with oil

----------as we now know 

 

And when the dew fell on the camp in the night

The manna fell on it; what an amazing sight!

 

Then Moses heard the people weeping

Throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent

And the anger of the Lord was greatly aroused

Moses also was displeased, and so he had to vent 

 

So Moses said to the Lord

“Why have You afflicted Your servant? How did this come to be?

And why have I not found favor in Your sight

That You have laid the burden of all these people on me? 

 

Did I conceive all these people?

Did I beget them, that You should to me say 

‘Carry them in your bosom, as a guardian carries a nursing child

To the land which You swore to their fathers? Tell me, I pray

  

Where am I to get meat to give to all these people?

For they weep all over me, saying

‘Give us meat, that we may eat

Give me relief from this, to You I am praying 

 

I am not able to bear all these people alone, You see

Because the burden is too heavy for me 

 

If You treat me like this

Please kill me here and now and end this mess

If I have found favor in Your sight—

And do not let me see my wretchedness!”

 

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Numbers 11:16-35

Be Careful What You Ask For

 

So the Lord said to Moses:

“Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel

Whom you know to be the elders of the people

And officers over them; as to you I now tell

 

Bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, this thing you shall do

That they may stand there with you

 

Then I will come down and talk with you there 

I will take of the Spirit that is upon you

----------and will put the same upon them, so to you I submit

And they shall bear the burden of the people with you

That you may not yourself alone bear it 

 

Then you shall say to the people 

‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat

For you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying

“Who will give us meat to eat?

 

For it was well with us in Egypt, it was a culinary treat

Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat 

 

You shall eat, not one day, nor two days

Nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, it’s true 

But for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils

And becomes loathsome to you

 

Because you have despised the Lord who is among you

And have wept before Him, saying 

“Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?

These unhappy words to me you were relaying

 

And Moses said 

“The people whom I am among are on foot 

----------six hundred thousand men

Yet You have said, ‘I will give them meat

That they may eat for a whole month! Tell me that again! 

 

Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them?

To provide enough for them, so I ask

Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them?

To provide enough for them… that is one major task!

 

And the Lord said to Moses 

“Has the Lord’s arm been shortened a little or a lot?

Now you shall see whether what I say

Will happen to you or not

 

So Moses went out and told the people

The words of the Lord

And he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people

And placed them around the tabernacle, according to the word 

 

Then the Lord came down in the cloud, and spoke to him

----------and took of the Spirit that was upon him

And placed the same upon the seventy elders – these chosen men

And it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them

That they prophesied, although they never did so again

 

But two men had remained in the camp:

The name of one was Eldad, yes – Eldad it’s true

And the name of the other Medad

And the Spirit rested upon them too

 

Now they were among those listed

But who had not gone out to the tabernacle

Yet they prophesied in the camp

Their gift of prophecy they did tackle 

 

And a young man ran and told Moses, and said

“Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp

----------by the Spirit they are being led!

 

So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant 

One of his choice men, answered and said

“Moses my lord, forbid them!

They are prophesying as by the Spirit they are led

 

Then Moses said to him

“Are you zealous for my sake? 

Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets 

And that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!

----------that He would this move make 

 

And Moses returned to the camp, so we know

He and the elders of Israel, to the camp they did go

 

Now a wind went out from the Lord

And it brought quail from the sea

And left them fluttering near the camp

About a day’s journey on this side and on the other side

----------about a day’s journey

 

All around the camp, yes all around

And about two cubits above the surface of the ground 

 

And the people stayed up all that day, all night

----------and all the next day

And gathered the quail, but not by the pound

(he who gathered least gathered ten homers)

And they spread them out for themselves in the camp all around 

 

But while the meat was still between their teeth

Before it was chewed, so the account does state

The wrath of the Lord was aroused against the people

And the Lord struck the people with a plague very great

 

So he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah

Because they buried the people who had yielded to craving there

From Kibroth Hattaavah the people moved to Hazeroth

And camped at Hazeroth, yes that is where

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Numbers 12:1-16

Unclean and Shut Out of the Camp

 

Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses

Because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married

For he had married an Ethiopian woman 

From the standard Hebrew woman, his choice had varied

 

So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? 

Has He not spoken through us also?”

And the Lord heard it 

To His ears, their words did go

 

(Now the man Moses was very humble, not exalting his worth

More than all men who were on the face of the earth)

 

Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam

“Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!”

So the three came out

When the Lord spoke, there was no need for repeating 

 

Then the Lord came down

In the pillar of cloud and stood in the door

Of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam

And they both went forward, probably scared sore 

 

Then He said, “Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you
I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision
I speak to him in a dream, as I choose to do


Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house; he gets my top mark
I speak with him face to face
Even plainly, and not in sayings which are dark

 

And he sees the form of the Lord
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?”

Why was your boasting not stayed

 

So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them

And He departed without further haw or hem

 

And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle 

Suddenly Miriam became leprous, as snow – so white

Then Aaron turned toward Miriam

And there she was, a leper – a terrible sight

 

So Aaron said to Moses

“Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us

In which we have done foolishly

And in which we have sinned by making such a fuss 

 

Please do not let her be as one dead

Whose flesh is half consumed

When he comes out of his mother’s womb!

And is ready even then to be entombed!

 

So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying

“Please heal her, O God, I pray!” To You my petition I am relaying

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face

Would she not be shamed seven days?

Let her be shut out of the camp seven days

And afterward she may be received

----------after the punishment for her errant ways 

 

So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days

And the people did not journey till was brought in again Miriam 

And afterward the people moved from Hazeroth

And camped in the Wilderness of Paran

 

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Numbers 13:1-25

A Taste of the Land of Promise

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These are the words He was then relaying

 

“Send men to spy out the land of Canaan

Which I am giving to the children of Israel

From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man

Every one a leader among them, as to you I now tell

 

So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran

According to the command of the Lord

All of them men who were heads of the children of Israel

According to His word

 

Now these were their names:

From the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur 

From the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori 

From the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh, for sure 

 

From the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph

From the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun

From the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu

From the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi, yes Sodi’s son

 

From the tribe of Joseph, that is 

From the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi 

From the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli 

From the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael, as we now see 

 

From the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi 

From the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi

 

These are the names of the men

Whom Moses sent to spy out the land

And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua

As we now perfectly understand

 

Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan

And said to them, “Go up into the South this way

And go up to the mountains 

And see what the land is like, as to you I now say

 

Whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak

Few or many you should find out too 

Whether the land they dwell in is good or bad

Whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds

----------as I am now telling you

 

Whether the land is rich or poor

And whether there are forests there or not 

Be of good courage

And bring some of the fruit of the land back to us here at this spot

 

Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes

So they went up and spied out the land 

From the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob

Near the entrance of Hamath, so we now understand 

 

And they went up through the South and came to Hebron

Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there

(Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt)

Of such interesting information, the Bible does not spare

 

Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol

And there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes

----------so they did do

They carried it between two of them on a pole

They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs too

 

The place was called the Valley of Eshcol

Because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there

And they returned from spying out the land

After forty days so ended this particular affair

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Numbers 13:26-33

A Taste of the Land of Promise

 

Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron

And all the congregation of the children of Israel

In the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word

----------to them and to all the congregation

And showed them the fruit of the land as well 

 

Then they told him, and said:

“We went to where you sent us in the land

It truly flows with milk and honey 

And this is its fruit – look and see how grand!

 

Nevertheless the people who dwell

In the land are strong, we had to beware

The cities are fortified and very large

Moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there

 

The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South

The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites

----------in the mountains dwell

And the Canaanites dwell by the sea

And along the banks of the Jordan as well

 

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said

“Let us go up at once and take possession now

For we are well able to overcome it

We can whoop up on them folks, and how

 

But the men who had gone up with him said quite unfaithfully

“We are not able to go up against the people

----------for they are stronger than we 

 

And they gave the children of Israel a bad report

Of the land which they had spied out, saying

“The land through which we have gone as spies 

Is a land that devours its inhabitants; bad new we are relaying

 

And all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature

There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak

----------came from the giants) isn’t that right!

And we were in our own sight like grasshoppers

And so we were in their sight

 

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Numbers 14:1-10

A Year for Each Day

 

So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried

And the people wept that night, the Lord’s power they denied 

 

And all the children of Israel complained

Against Moses and Aaron, as if they had been jipped

And the whole congregation said to them

“If only we had died in the land of Egypt!

 

Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 

But now our lives are just one big mess

 

Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword

That should become victims, our wives and children?

Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”

Let’s turn back to there once again 

 

So they said to one another, having fully flipped 

“Let us select a leader and return to Egypt

 

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces

Before all the assembly

Of the congregation of the children of Israel

As if begging them to hear their plea

 

But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh 

Who were among those who had spied out the land

Tore their clothes 

This belligerent attitude they could not understand

 

And they spoke to all the congregation

Of the children of Israel, saying: 

“The land we passed through to spy out 

Is an exceedingly good land; hear the words we are to you relaying 

 

If the Lord delights in us

Then He will bring us into this land and give it to us 

‘A land which flows with milk and honey 

Just stop tempting Him and making such a fuss

 

Only do not rebel against the Lord 

Nor fear the people of the land

For they are our bread

Their protection has departed from them; their downfall is at hand 

 

And the Lord is with us

Do not fear them; do not make such a fuss

 

And all the congregation said to stone them with stones

Now the glory of the Lord appeared as the account does tell

In the tabernacle of meeting

Before all the children of Israel

 

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Numbers 14:11-25

A Year for Each Day

 

Then the Lord said to Moses:

“How long will these people reject Me?

And how long will they not believe Me?

With all the signs which I have performed among them

----------how can they act so stubbornly? 

 

I will strike them with the pestilence

And disinherit them too

And I will make of you a nation

Greater and mightier than they; so shall I do

 

And Moses said to the Lord: 

“Then the Egyptians will hear it, so they will understand 

For by Your might You brought these people up from among them

And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land

 

They have heard that You, Lord, are among these people

That You, Lord, are seen face to face; Your glorious sight

And Your cloud stands above them

And You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day

----------and in a pillar of fire by night 

 

Now if You kill these people as one man

Then the nations which have heard of Your fame

Will speak, saying

Words that will bring disgrace to Your name

 

‘Because the Lord was not able

To bring this people to the land as He did address

Which He swore to give them

Therefore He killed them in the wilderness 

 

And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great

Just as You have spoken, saying as You did do

‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy

Forgiving iniquity and transgression too

 

But He by no means clears the guilty 

Visiting the iniquity of the fathers as He swore to do

On the children to the third and fourth generation

So it shall be the judgment from You 

 

Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray 

According to the greatness of Your mercy

Just as You have forgiven this people

From Egypt even until now, may it still be

 

Then the Lord said:

“I have pardoned, according to your word 

But truly, as I live 

All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord 

 

Because all these men who have seen My glory

And the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness

And have put Me to the test now these ten times

And have not heeded My voice, and my solemn address 

 

They certainly shall not see the land

Not even a little bit

Of which I swore to their fathers

Nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it 

 

But My servant Caleb

Because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully

I will bring into the land where he went

And his descendants shall inherit it, so shall it be

 

Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites

Dwell in the valley

Tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness

By the Way of the Red Sea

 

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Numbers 14:2-45

A Year for Each Day

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying

These words to them He was then relaying

 

“How long shall I bear with this evil congregation

Who incessantly complain against Me? 

I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel

Make against Me constantly

 

Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord; My word is true

‘Just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you

 

The carcasses of you who have complained

Against Me shall fall in this wilderness 

All of you who were numbered, according to your entire number

From twenty years old and above I make this address

 

Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh

And Joshua the son of Nun

You shall by no means enter the land which I swore

I would make you dwell in; such hopes for you are quashed and done

 

But your little ones, whom you said would be victims

So you had apprised

I will bring in, and they shall know the land

Which you have despised 

 

But as for you, so to you I now address

Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness 

 

And your sons shall be shepherds

In the wilderness forty years, certainly no less

And bear the brunt of your infidelity

Until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness

 

According to the number of the days

In which you spied out the land, forty days

----------I will hear no objection

For each day you shall bear your guilt one year 

Namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection

 

I the Lord have spoken this

I will surely do so to all this evil congregation, by and by

Who are gathered together against Me

In this wilderness they shall be consumed

----------and there they shall die

 

Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land

Who returned and made all the congregation

Complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land

Which then spread throughout the nation 

 

Those very men who brought the evil report about the land

Died by the plague before the Lord

----------yes, by the Lord’s own hand

 

But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh

----------as we so understand

Remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land

 

Then Moses told these words to all the children of Israel

And the people mourned greatly

----------for them things weren’t going so well

 

And they rose early in the morning

And went up to the top of the mountain, saying 

“Here we are, and we will go up to the place

----------which the Lord has promised

For we have sinned, but now our debt we are repaying

 

And Moses said, “Now why do you transgress

The command of the Lord?

For this will not succeed

It is contrary to His word

 

Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, I say

For the Lord is not among you

----------and you will be defeated this very day

 

For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you

And you shall fall by the sword, it is true

Because you have turned away from the Lord

The Lord will not be with you

 

But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop

Nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord 

Nor Moses departed from the camp 

They disobeyed His spoken word

 

Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites

Who dwelt in that mountain came down

And attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah

Yes, they were beaten all the way to destruction town

 

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Numbers 15:1-21

When You Have Come Into the Land

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These are the words He was to him then relaying

 

“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them:

‘When you have come into the land

You are to inhabit, which I am giving to you

Please then, you are to understand

 

And you make an offering by fire to the Lord

A burnt offering or a sacrifice

To fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering

One that will in these suffice

 

Or in your appointed feasts

To make a sweet aroma to the Lord

From the herd or the flock

According to this word

 

Then he who presents his offering to the Lord 

Shall bring a grain offering

Of one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour

Mixed with one-fourth of a hin of oil

----------such shall be with his proffering

 

And one-fourth of a hin of wine as a drink offering

You shall prepare with the burnt offering or the sacrifice

For each lamb

Such will then suffice

 

Or for a ram you shall prepare as a grain offering

Two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour, so you shall do

Mixed with one-third of a hin of oil

As I am now instructing you

 

And as a drink offering you shall offer according to this word

One-third of a hin of wine as a sweet aroma to the Lord

 

And when you prepare a young bull as a burnt offering

Or as a sacrifice to fulfill a vow

Or as a peace offering to the Lord

As I am instructing you now

 

Then shall be offered with the young bull

A grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour

----------mixed with half a hin of oil, according to this word

And you shall bring as the drink offering

Half a hin of wine as an offering made by fire

----------a sweet aroma to the Lord

 

Thus it shall be done for each young bull, please take note

For each ram, or for each lamb or young goat

 

According to the number that you prepare, so shall it be

So you shall do with everyone according to their number

----------as is now instructed by Me

 

All who are native-born shall do these things in this manner

And according to this word

In presenting an offering made by fire

A sweet aroma to the Lord 

 

And if a stranger dwells with you

Or whoever is among you throughout your generations

----------as I am instructing you

And would present an offering made by fire

A sweet aroma to the Lord, just as you do, so shall he do

 

One ordinance shall be for you of the assembly

And for the stranger who dwells with you, according to this word

An ordinance forever throughout your generations

As you are, so shall the stranger be before the Lord

 

One law and one custom shall be for you

And for the stranger who dwells with you too

 

Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These continued words He was to him relaying

 

“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them:

‘When you come into the land to which I bring you

----------according to this word

Then it will be, when you eat of the bread of the land

That you shall offer up a heave offering to the Lord

 

You shall offer up a cake of the first of your ground meal 

As a heave offering; so you shall do

As a heave offering of the threshing floor

So shall you offer it up, as I am instructing you 

 

Of the first of your ground meal you shall give to the Lord 

A heave offering throughout your generations

----------according to this word

 

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Numbers 15:22-41

Remembering and Performing

 

If you sin unintentionally

And do not observe all these commandments as instructed to do

Which the Lord has spoken to Moses—

All that the Lord has commanded you

 

By the hand of Moses

From the day the Lord gave commandment and onward

Throughout your generations— 

Then it will be, according to this word 

 

If it is unintentionally committed

Without the knowledge of the congregation

----------this violation of His word

That the whole congregation shall offer one young bull

As a burnt offering, as a sweet aroma to the Lord

 

With its grain offering and its drink offering

According to the ordinance, so it shall be

And one kid of the goats as a sin offering

As instructed by Me

 

So the priest shall make atonement

For the whole congregation of the children of Israel

And it shall be forgiven them

For it was unintentional, for them it shall go well

 

They shall bring their offering

An offering made by fire to the Lord

And their sin offering before the Lord

For their unintended sin, according to this word

 

It shall be forgiven the whole congregation

Of the children of Israel, so shall it be

And the stranger who dwells among them

Because all the people did it unintentionally

 

And if a person sins unintentionally

Then he shall bring a female goat
In its first year as a sin offering

Of this, please make careful note

 

So the priest shall make atonement for the person

Who sins unintentionally, in his sin

When he sins unintentionally before the Lord

To make atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him 

 

You shall have one law for him who sins unintentionally

For him who is native-born among the children of Israel

And for the stranger who dwells among them

As to you I now instruct and tell

 

But the person who does anything presumptuously

Whether he is native-born or a stranger, so to you I say

That one brings reproach on the Lord

And he shall be cut off from among his people

----------so it shall be this way

 

Because he has despised the word of the Lord

And has broken His commandment, in his sin

That person shall be completely cut off

His guilt shall be upon him

 

Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness

They found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day

And those who found him gathering sticks

Brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation

----------to see what the Lord would say 

 

They put him under guard, which means things were looking grim

Because it had not been explained what should be done to him

 

Then the Lord said to Moses

“The man must be put to death, surely

All the congregation shall stone him with stones

Outside the camp, so shall it be

 

So, as the Lord commanded Moses

Yes, as the Lord did decide

All the congregation brought him outside the camp

And stoned him with stones, and he died

 

Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These words to him He was then relaying

 

“Speak to the children of Israel:

Tell them to make tassels on the corners, so they shall do

Of their garments throughout their generations

And to put in the tassels of the corners a thread of blue

 

And you shall have the tassel

That you may look upon it

And remember all the commandments of the Lord 

And do them, so to you I this law submit

 

And that you may not follow the harlotry

To which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined

----------in this life as you trod

And that you may remember and do all My commandments

And be holy for your God

 

I am the Lord your God

Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God I am the Lord your God

So circumspectly you must always trod

 

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Numbers 16:1-15

Set up for a Fall

 

Now Korah the son of Izhar

The son of Kohath, the son of Levi, in the wilderness is when

With Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab

And On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men

 

And they rose up before Moses

With some of the children of Israel, who were having a meltdown

Two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation 

Representatives of the congregation, men of renown

 

They gathered together against Moses and Aaron

And said to them, most assuredly

“You take too much upon yourselves

For all the congregation is holy

 

Every one of them, and the Lord is among them

Won’t you please hear my word?

Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly

Yes, the assembly of the Lord?”

 

So when Moses heard it, he fell on his face

And he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying

“Tomorrow morning the Lord will show who is His

----------and who is holy

And will cause him to come near to Him

----------So Moses was to Korah relaying

 

That one whom He chooses, and not by just a whim

He will cause to come near to Him

 

Do this: Take censers, Korah and all your company

Put fire in them and put incense in them before the Lord tomorrow

----------and here is why

And it shall be that the man whom the Lord chooses is the holy one

You take too much upon yourselves, you sons of Levi!”

 

Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi: 

Is it a small thing to you that the God of Israel

Has separated you from the congregation of Israel

To bring you near to Himself as well

 

To do the work of the tabernacle of the Lord

And to stand before the congregation to serve them too

And that He has brought you near to Himself

You and all your brethren, the sons of Levi, with you

 

And are you seeking the priesthood also? 

Therefore you and all your company 

Are gathered together against the Lord 

And what is Aaron that you complain against him? Kindly tell me

 

And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram

The sons of Eliab, but they said

“We will not come up! 

We will stay out here instead

 

Is it a small thing that you have brought us up

Out of a land flowing with milk and honey

To kill us in the wilderness

That you should keep acting like a prince over us?

----------none of us think this is funny

 

Moreover you have not brought us into a land

Flowing with milk and honey; we haven’t seen a cup

Nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards

Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!”

 

Then Moses was very angry, and said to the Lord 

“Do not respect their offering, please hear me 

I have not taken one donkey from them

Nor have I hurt one of them, as all can plainly see

 

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Numbers 16:16-35

Korah Meets His Maker

 

And Moses said to Korah

“Tomorrow, you and all your company

Be present before the Lord—

You and they, as well as Aaron… then we shall see

 

Let each take his censer and put incense in it

And each of you bring his censer before the Lord

Two hundred and fifty censers

Both you and Aaron, each with his censer, according to this word

 

So every man took his censer, put fire in it

Laid incense on it, and stood at the door

Of the tabernacle of meeting with Moses and Aaron

To see what would be the score

 

And Korah gathered all the congregation

Against them at the door, of the tabernacle of meeting

Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation

Expecting a warm and gracious greeting

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying

“Separate yourselves from among this congregation

That I may consume them in a moment

Yes! This entire disobedient nation

 

Then they fell on their faces, and said

“O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, including this nation

Shall one man sin

And You be angry with all the congregation?”

 

So the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

“Speak to the congregation, saying

‘Get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram

Ominous words He was then relaying

 

Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram

And the elders of Israel followed him, there and then

And he spoke to the congregation, saying

“Depart now from the tents of these wicked men!

 

Touch nothing of theirs, surely to you I say

Lest you be consumed in all their sins this very day

 

So they got away from around the tents

Of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; these wicked men

And Dathan and Abiram came out and stood

----------at the door of their tents

With their wives, their sons, and their little children

 

And Moses said: “By this you shall know

That the Lord has sent me to do all these works

For I have not done them of my own will

You’re acting like spoiled little… next rhyme please

 

If these men die naturally like all men

Or if they are visited by all men’s common fate

Then the Lord has not sent me

Then the record will be made straight

 

But if the Lord creates a new thing

And the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up

----------with all that belongs to them according to this word

And they go down alive into the pit

Then you will understand that these men have rejected the Lord

 

Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking

All these words, that the ground split apart under them

----------time to bid these folks adieu

And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up

With their households and all the men with Korah

----------with all their goods too 

 

So they and all those with them

Went down alive into the pit; screaming in anguish certainly

The earth closed over them

And they perished from among the assembly

 

Then all Israel who were around them

Fled at their cry

For they said

“Lest the earth swallow us up also! Lest we also die!”

 

And a fire came out from the Lord, for a little more recompense 

And consumed the two hundred and fifty men

----------who were offering incense

 

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Numbers 16:36-50

The Mediator Between God and Men

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 

These words He was to them then relaying

 

“Tell Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest

To pick up the censers out of the blaze, as I now say

For they are holy

And scatter the fire some distance away

 

The censers of these men who sinned against their own souls

Let them be made into hammered plates as a covering for the altar

----------as to you I now tell

Because they presented them before the Lord

Therefore they are holy; and they shall be a sign

----------to the children of Israel 

 

So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers

Which those who were burned up had presented

And they were hammered out as a covering on the altar

To be a memorial to the children of Israel

----------and this is what it represented

 

That no outsider, who is not a descendant of Aaron

Should come near to offer incense before the Lord

That he might not become like Korah and his companions

Just as the Lord had said to him through Moses

----------according to that word

 

On the next day all the congregation

Of the children of Israel, that great horde

Complained against Moses and Aaron, saying

“You have killed the people of the Lord

 

Now it happened, when the congregation

Had gathered against Moses and Aaron

----------towards mayhem they seemed geared

That they turned toward the tabernacle of meeting

And suddenly the cloud covered it

----------and the glory of the Lord appeared

 

Then Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of meeting

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

“Get away from among this congregation

That I may consume them in a moment

----------as to you I am now relaying

 

And they fell on their faces

So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a censer

----------and put fire in it from the altar

Put incense on it, and take it quickly to the congregation

And make atonement for them; in this you must not falter

 

For wrath has gone out from the Lord

The plague has begun; that great and terrible sword

 

Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded

And ran into the midst of the assembly, there he went

And already the plague had begun among the people

So he put in the incense and for the people made atonement

 

And he stood between the dead and the living

So the plague was stopped 

Now those who died in the plague were

----------fourteen thousand seven hundred

That’s how many of them dropped

 

Besides those who died in the Korah incident

So Aaron returned to Moses at the door

Of the tabernacle of meeting, for the plague had stopped

It had ceased and the plague was no more

 

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Numbers 17:1-13

 

Life From Death

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These are the words He was to him then relaying

 

“Speak to the children of Israel

And get from them from each father’s house a rod

All their leaders according to their fathers’ houses—twelve rods

Write each man’s name on his rod, even if his name is Todd 

 

And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi

For there shall be one rod for the head of each father’s house by and by

 

Then you shall place them

In the tabernacle of meeting, so you shall do

Before the Testimony 

Where I meet with you 

 

And it shall be that the rod of the man 

Whom I choose will blossom, so it shall do

Thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel

Which they make against you

 

So Moses spoke to the children of Israel

And each of their leaders gave him a rod apiece as told to do

For each leader according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods

And the rod of Aaron was among their rods too 

 

And Moses placed the rods before the Lord 

In the tabernacle of witness, according to His word

 

Now it came to pass on the next day

That Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, so he did do

And behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi

Had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms

----------and yielded ripe almonds too 

 

Then Moses brought out all the rods

From before the Lord, after he had a look 

To all the children of Israel

And they looked, and each man his rod took

 

And the Lord said to Moses

“Bring Aaron’s rod back before the Testimony, and here is why

To be kept as a sign against the rebels 

That you may put their complaints away from Me, lest they die 

 

Thus did Moses; just as had commanded him the Lord

So he did according to His word

 

So the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying

“Surely we die, we perish, we all perish!”, was their cry

Whoever even comes near the tabernacle of the Lord must die

Shall we all utterly die?”

 

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Leviticus 18:1-19

The Levitical Priesthood, Part I

 

Then the Lord said to Aaron:

“You and your sons and your father’s house, so it shall be

With you shall bear the iniquity 

Related to the sanctuary

 

And you and your sons with you, let this be understood

Shall bear the iniquity associated with your priesthood

 

Also bring with you your brethren

Of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, yes those ones

That they may be joined with you and serve you

While you and your sons... 

 

Are with you before the tabernacle of witness

As to you I now address

 

They shall attend to your needs

And all the needs of the tabernacle; it shall be so 

But they shall not come near the articles of the sanctuary

And the altar, lest they die—they and you also 

 

They shall be joined with you

And attend to the needs of the tabernacle of meeting too

For all the work of the tabernacle 

But an outsider shall not come near you 

 

And you shall attend to the duties of the sanctuary

And the duties of the altar, as to you as I now tell 

That there may be no more wrath

On the children of Israel 

 

Behold, I Myself have taken your brethren

The Levites from among the children of Israel

They are a gift to you, given by the Lord

To do the work of the tabernacle of meeting as to you I now tell 

 

Therefore you and your sons with you

Shall attend to your priesthood

For everything at the altar and behind the veil

And you shall serve as it is understood

 

I give your priesthood as a gift for service to you

But the outsider who comes near shall be put to death

----------so you shall do

 

And the Lord spoke to Aaron:

“Here, I Myself have also given you, as to you I now tell 

Charge of My heave offerings

All the holy gifts of the children of Israel

 

I have given them as a portion to you and your sons

As an ordinance forever, my holy ones 

 

This shall be yours of the most holy things 

Reserved from the fire: such shall be the proffering

Every offering of theirs

Every grain offering and every sin offering

 

And every trespass offering which they render to Me 

Shall be most holy for you and your sons, so shall it be 

 

In a most holy place you shall eat it; so you shall do

Every male shall eat it. It shall be holy to you

 

This also is yours: the heave offering of their gift

With all the wave offerings of the children of Israel

I have given them to you

And your sons and daughters with you, as to you I now tell

 

As an ordinance forever, so to you I submit

Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it

 

All the best of the oil

All the best of the new wine too

And the grain, their firstfruits which they offer to the Lord

I have given them to you 

 

Whatever first ripe fruit is in their land 

Which they bring to the Lord, yours shall be

Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it

Every devoted thing in Israel shall be yours as directed by Me

 

Everything that first opens the womb of all flesh

Which they bring to the Lord, whether man or beast

----------shall be yours too

Nevertheless the firstborn of man you shall surely redeem

And the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem

----------so shall you do

 

And those redeemed of the devoted things

You shall redeem when one month old as directed by Me 

According to your valuation, for five shekels of silver

According to the shekel of the sanctuary, which is gerahs twenty 

 

But the firstborn of a cow, the firstborn of a sheep

Or the firstborn of a goat you shall not redeem

----------according to My word

They are holy. You shall sprinkle their blood on the altar

And burn their fat as an offering made by fire

----------for a sweet aroma to the Lord 

 

And their flesh shall be yours, by and by

Just as are yours the wave breast and the right thigh

 

“All the heave offerings of the holy things

Which the children of Israel offer to the Lord

I have given to you and your sons and daughters

With you as an ordinance forever; according to this word 

 

It is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord, it is true 

With you and your descendants with you

 

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Numbers 18:20-32

The Levitical Priesthood, Part II

 

Then the Lord said to Aaron:

“You shall have no inheritance in their land, as to you I tell

Nor shall you have any portion among them 

I am your portion and your inheritance

----------among the children of Israel

 

Behold, I have given the children of Levi

All the tithes in Israel as an inheritance; no need for repeating

In return for the work which they perform 

The work of the tabernacle of meeting 

 

Hereafter the children of Israel, by and by

Shall not come near the tabernacle of meeting 

----------Lest they bear sin and die 

 

But the Levites shall perform the work

Of the tabernacle of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity 

It shall be a statute forever, throughout your generations

That among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance

----------thus shall it be 

 

For the tithes of the children of Israel

Which they offer up as a heave offering to the Lord

I have given to the Levites as an inheritance

According to My word

 

Therefore I have said to them; to them, I did tell

They shall have no inheritance among the children of Israel

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying 

“Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them:

----------(Maybe they will do a happy dance)

‘When you take from the children of Israel the tithes

Which I have given you from them as your inheritance

 

Then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the Lord 

A tenth of the tithe, according to My word 

 

And your heave offering shall be reckoned to you

As though it were the grain of the threshing floor

And as the fullness of the winepress

Lots of grain and wine, and plenty more 

 

Thus you shall also offer a heave offering to the Lord 

From all your tithes which you receive; the greatest to the least

From the children of Israel

And you shall give the Lord’s heave offering

----------from it to Aaron the priest 

 

Of all your gifts you shall offer up

Every heave offering due to the Lord

From all the best of them, the consecrated part of them

According to this word

 

Therefore you shall say to them:

‘When you have lifted up the best of it; so I do address

Then the rest shall be accounted to the Levites

As the produce of the threshing floor

----------and as the produce of the winepress 

 

You may eat it in any place

You and your households; is there any need for repeating?

For it is your reward for your work

In the tabernacle of meeting 

 

And you shall bear no sin because of it

When you have lifted up the best of it

But you shall not profane the holy gifts

Of the children of Israel, lest you die as to you I now submit

 

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Numbers 19:1-10

The Red Heifer

 

Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying

These are the words He was to them then relaying

 

“This is the ordinance of the law as I am relaying

Which the Lord has commanded, saying:

 

‘Speak to the children of Israel

That they bring you a red heifer without blemish

----------whether one or some

In which there is no defect 

And on which a yoke has never come 

 

You shall give it to Eleazar the priest

But this is just a prelim

That he may take it outside the camp

And it shall be slaughtered before him

 

And Eleazar the priest shall

Take some of its blood with his finger

----------I know there is no need for repeating

And sprinkle some of its blood seven times

Directly in front of the tabernacle of meeting

 

Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight

----------as you have now learned 

Its hide, its flesh, its blood, and its offal shall be burned 

 

And the priest shall take cedar wood

And hyssop and scarlet too

And cast them into the midst

Of the fire burning the heifer

----------so he shall do 

 

Then the priest shall wash his clothes

He shall bathe in water as well

And afterward he shall come into the camp

The priest shall be unclean until evening

----------as to you I now tell 

 

And the one who burns it shall

Wash his clothes in water, so he shall do

Bathe in water also

And shall be unclean until evening too 

 

Then a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer

And store them outside the camp in a clean place

And they shall be kept for the congregation

----------of the children of Israel 

For the water of purification; it is for purifying from sin

----------so that of sin there will be no trace 

 

And the one who gathers the ashes of the heifer

Shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until evening too

It shall be a statute forever to the children of Israel

And to the stranger who dwells among them

----------as I am instructing you

 

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The Water of Purification

 

‘He who touches the dead body of anyone

Shall be unclean seven days, this is what I mean 

He shall purify himself with the water on the third day

And on the seventh day; then he will be clean

 

But if he does not purify himself on the third day

And on the seventh day, he will not be clean, so to you I say

 

Whoever touches the body of anyone who has died

And does not purify himself, defiles the tabernacle of the Lord

That person shall be cut off from Israel

According to this word

 

He shall be unclean

Because the water of purification was not

Sprinkled on him 

His uncleanness is still on him, like a defiling spot

 

‘This is the law when a man dies in a tent:

All who come into the tent, as the Lord relays

And all who are in the tent

Shall be unclean seven days 

 

And every open vessel, so I mean

Which has no cover fastened on it, is unclean 

 

Whoever in the open field touches

One who is slain by a sword

Or who has died, or a bone of a man, or a grave

Shall be unclean seven days according to this word

 

‘And for an unclean person 

They shall take some of the ashes; the ashes like soot

Of the heifer burnt for purification from sin

And running water shall on them in a vessel be put 

 

A clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water

Sprinkle it on the tent, on all the vessels too

On the persons who were there, or on the one who touched a bone

The slain, the dead, or a grave, so he shall do 

 

The clean person shall sprinkle the unclean

On the third day and on the seventh day; so do I mean 

And on the seventh day he shall purify himself

Wash his clothes, and bathe in water

----------and at evening he shall be clean

 

‘But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself

That person shall be cut off from, according to this word

Among the assembly

Because he has defiled the sanctuary of the Lord

 

The water of purification has not been sprinkled on him

He is unclean

It shall be a perpetual statute for them

This is what I mean

 

He who sprinkles the water of purification shall wash his clothes

And he who touches the water of purification

----------shall until evening be unclean 

Whatever the unclean person touches shall be unclean

And the person who touches it shall be unclean until evening

----------at the sanctuary of the Lord, he shall not be seen

 

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Numbers 20:1-13

The Waters of Meribah

 

Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation

Came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month

----------as we are made aware

And the people stayed in Kadesh

And Miriam died there and was buried there

 

Now, there was no water for the congregation

So they gathered together against Moses and Aaron

----------as an angry horde 

And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying

“If only we had died when our brethren died before the Lord!” 

 

Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord

Into this wilderness

That we and our animals should die here?

This is a real pickle and a giant mess

 

And why have you made us come up out of Egypt

To bring us to this evil place?

It is not a place

of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates

Nor is there any water to drink, not even a trace 

 

So Moses and Aaron went from the presence

Of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting

And they fell on their faces

And the glory of the Lord appeared to them, such was the greeting

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These words to him He was then relaying

 

Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron

Gather the congregation together as well

Speak to the rock before their eyes

And it will yield its water, as to you I tell

 

Thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock

And give drink to the congregation and their animals 
----------both the herd and the flock

 

So Moses took the rod from before the Lord 

As He commanded him; according to His word

 

And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together

Before the rock; and he said to them in a stern talk 

“Hear now, you rebels!

Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 

 

Then Moses lifted his hand

And struck the rock with his rod twice 

And water came out abundantly

And the congregation and their animals drank

----------water, refreshing and nice

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron

“Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me

In the eyes of the children of Israel

Therefore you shall not into the land which I have given them

----------bring this assembly

 

This was the water of Meribah

Because the children of Israel contended with the Lord

And He was hallowed among them

Among that disobedient horde

 

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Numbers 20:14-29

From Kadesh to Mount Hor

 

Now Moses sent messengers from Kadesh

To the king of Edom, words to discuss 

“Thus says your brother Israel

‘You know all the hardship that has befallen us 

 

How our fathers went down to Egypt 

Jacob and his family, so they did do

And we dwelt in Egypt a long time 

And the Egyptians afflicted us and our fathers too

 

When we cried out to the Lord

He heard our voice and sent the Angel, by divine order

And brought us up out of Egypt

Now here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your border 

 

Please let us pass through your country

We will not pass through fields or vineyards, as I say

Nor will we drink water from wells

We will go along the King’s Highway

 

We will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left

----------so shall it be

Until we have passed through your territory

 

Then Edom said to him

“You shall not pass through my land 

Lest I come out against you with the sword

This you best understand

 

So the children of Israel said to him, “We will go by the Highway

And if I or my livestock drink any of your water, for sure

Then I will pay for it

Let me only pass through on foot, nothing more

 

Then he said, “You shall not pass through

So Edom came out against them with many men

----------and with a strong hand 

Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory

So Israel turned away from him, as we now understand

 

Now the children of Israel, the whole congregation, so we know

Journeyed from Kadesh and came to Mount Hor 

----------to Mount Hor they did go

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in Mount Hor

----------to them He was relaying

By the border of the land of Edom, saying 

 

“Aaron shall be gathered to his people

For he shall not enter the land, such is this spoken law

Which I have given to the children of Israel

Because you rebelled against My word at the water of Meribah 

 

Take Aaron and Eleazar his son

And bring them up to Mount Hor; that is where

And strip Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son

For Aaron shall be gathered to his people and die there 

 

So Moses did just as the Lord commanded, as was fitting and right

And they went up to Mount Hor in all the congregation’s sight 

 

Moses stripped Aaron of his garments

And put them on Eleazar his son

And there on the top of the mountain Aaron died

Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain 

 

Now when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead

All the house of Israel mourned for Aaron thirty days

-----------for him their tears were shed

 

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Numbers 21:1-9

The Standard of the Lord

 

The king of Arad, the Canaanite, who dwelt in the South

Heard that Israel was coming on the road to Atharim

Then he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners

This was uncalled for, so it would seem

 

So Israel made a vow to the Lord, and said

“If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand

Then I will utterly destroy their cities

We know that You surely understand

 

And the Lord listened to the voice of Israel

And delivered up the Canaanites. We might say “Ooh la la”

And they utterly destroyed them and their cities

So the name of that place was called Hormah

 

Then they journeyed from Mount Hor

By the Way of the Red Sea, as the record does say

To go around the land of Edom

And the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way 

 

And the people spoke against God and against Moses:

“Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness

For there is no food and no water

And our soul loathes this bread; it is worthless 

 

So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people

----------who had the Lord tried

And they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died

 

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said

“We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord 

----------and against you

Pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us

So Moses prayed for the people; this thing he did do

 

Then the Lord said to Moses 

“Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; these instructions I give

And it shall be that everyone who is bitten

When he looks at it, shall live 

 

So Moses made a bronze serpent

And put it on a pole; so he did do

And so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone

When he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived! Whoo hoo!

 

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Numbers 21:10-20

Filling Wineskins

 

Now the children of Israel moved on and camped in Oboth

And they journeyed from Oboth and camped at Ije Abarim

In the wilderness which is east of Moab

Toward the sunrise, from where the sun first does beam 

 

From there they moved and camped in the Valley of Zered 

From there they moved and camped on the Arnon’s other side

Which is in the wilderness that extends

----------from the border of the Amorites

For the Arnon is the border of Moab

----------between Moab and the Amorites; so it does divide 

 

Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord:

So is recorded this poetic word

 

“Waheb in Suphah,
The brooks of the Arnon,
And the slope of the brooks
That reaches to the dwelling of Ar,
And lies on the border of Moab.”

 

From there they went to Beer

Which is the well where the Lord said to Moses, about the throng

“Gather the people together, and I will give them water 

Then Israel sang this song:

 

“Spring up, O well!
All of you sing to it—
The well the leaders sank,
Dug by the nation’s nobles,
By the lawgiver, with their staves.”

 

And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah 

From Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth

----------so we understand 

And from Bamoth, in the valley that is in the country of Moab

To the top of Pisgah which looks down on the wasteland

 

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Numbers 21:21-35

Two Foes to Be Destroyed

 

Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying

“Let me pass through your land

We will not turn aside into fields or vineyards

We will not drink water from wells, please understand

 

We will go by the King’s Highway until we...

Have passed through your territory 

 

But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory

So Sihon gathered all his people together and went

----------as the record does tell

Out against Israel in the wilderness 

And he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel 

 

Then Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword

And took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok

----------yes on that side

As far as the people of Ammon

For the border of the people of Ammon was fortified 

 

So Israel took all these cities

And Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites

In Heshbon and in all its villages

Having sunny days and sleepy nights 

 

For Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites

Who had fought against the former king of Moab

----------so it was this way

And had taken all his land from his hand as far as the Arnon 

Therefore those who speak in proverbs say:

 

“Come to Heshbon, let it be built;
Let the city of Sihon be repaired.

“For fire went out from Heshbon,
A flame from the city of Sihon;
It consumed Ar of Moab,
The lords of the heights of the Arnon.
Woe to you, Moab!
You have perished, O people of Chemosh!
He has given his sons as fugitives,
And his daughters into captivity,
To Sihon king of the Amorites.

“But we have shot at them;
Heshbon has perished as far as Dibon.
Then we laid waste as far as Nophah,
Which reaches to Medeba.”

 

Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites 

Then Moses sent to spy out Jazer; probably at early dawn

And they took its villages and drove out

----------the Amorites who were there

And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan

 

So Og king of Bashan went out against them, so we see

He and all his people, to battle at Edrei 

 

Then the Lord said to Moses ---- 

“Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand

With all his people and his land

 

And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites

Who dwelt at Heshbon, so we understand

So they defeated him, his sons, and all his people

----------until there was no survivor left him

And they took possession of his land

 

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Numbers 22:1-21

Curse This People for Me

 

Then the children of Israel moved

And camped in the plains of Moab, it was there

On the side of the Jordan 

Across from Jericho is where

 

Now Balak the son of Zippor, that was his ancestral rights

Saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites 

 

And Moab was exceedingly afraid

Of the people because they were many, as the record does tell

And Moab was sick with dread

Because of the children of Israel 

 

So Moab said to the elders of Midian

“Now this company will lick up everything around us

----------so says this rhyme

As an ox licks up the grass of the field

And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time

 

Then he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor

Which is near the River in the land of the sons of his people

----------so we see

To call him, saying: “Look, a people has come from Egypt

See, they cover the face of the earth, and are settling next to me

 

Therefore please come at once, curse this people for me

For they are too mighty for me, this situation is just the worst

Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them

----------and drive them out of the land

For I know that he whom you bless is blessed

----------and he whom you curse is cursed

 

So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian

Departed with the diviner’s fee in their hand

And they came to Balaam and spoke to him the words of Balak

As we now understand

 

And he said to them, “Lodge here tonight

And I will bring back word to you

As the Lord speaks to me

So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam, so they did do

 

Then God came to Balaam and said

----------“Who are these men with you?”

So Balaam said to God, as requested to do

 

“Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab

Has sent to me, saying 

‘Look, a people has come out of Egypt

And they cover the face of the earth. Thus he was relaying

 

Come now, curse them for me, I trust your clout

Perhaps I shall be able to overpower them and drive them out

 

And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them

----------so He to Balaam addressed

You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed

 

So Balaam rose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak

As he was instructed to do

Go back to your land

For the Lord has refused to give me permission to go with you

 

And the princes of Moab rose and went to Balak, and said

“Balaam refuses to come with us. That end is dead

 

Then Balak again sent princes

----------more numerous and more honorable than they

And they came to Balaam and to him said

“Thus says Balak the son of Zippor:

‘Please let nothing hinder you from coming to me

----------hurry to me instead

 

For I will certainly honor you greatly

And I will do whatever you say to me 

Therefore please come, curse this people for me

I’m desperately in need of you, can’t you see?

 

Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak 

“Though Balak were to give me his house

----------full of silver and gold 

I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God

To do less or more than just as I have been told

 

Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight

----------won’t you hear my plea?

That I may know what more the Lord will say to me

 

And God came to Balaam at night

And said to him words sure and true

“If the men come to call you, rise and go with them

But only the word which I speak to you—that you shall do

 

So Balaam rose in the morning; on this journey he took a stab

Saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab

 

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Numbers 22:22-14

The Donkey Speaks

 

Then God’s anger was aroused because he went

And the Angel of the Lord took His stand

----------in the way as an adversary against him

And he was riding on his donkey

And his two servants were with him

----------as things took a turn that was grim 

 

Now the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord 

Standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand

And the donkey turned aside out of the way

And went into the field, something of which he had not planned

 

So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road

Then the Angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path, it wasn’t wide

Between the vineyards 

With a wall on this side and a wall on that side

 

And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord

She pushed herself against the wall

And crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall

So he struck her again, not very nice at all!

 

Then the Angel of the Lord went further

And stood in a narrow place; of leeway it was bereft

Where there was no way to turn

Either to the right hand or to the left

 

And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord

She lay down under Balaam; seemingly an annoying gaffe

So Balaam’s anger was aroused

And he struck the donkey with his staff

 

Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey

And she said to Balaam, words for our rhymes

“What have I done to you

That you have struck me these three times?”

 

And Balaam said to the donkey

“Because you have abused me, so you did do

I wish there were a sword in my hand

For now I would kill you!”

 

So the donkey said to Balaam

“Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden

----------Isn’t it so?

Ever since I became yours, to this day?

Was I ever disposed to do this to you?”

----------And he said, “No.”

 

Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes

And he saw the Angel of the Lord there in that place

Standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand

And he bowed his head and fell flat on his face 

 

And the Angel of the Lord said to him

“Why have you struck your donkey these times three?

Behold, I have come out to stand against you

Because your way is perverse before Me

 

The donkey saw Me and turned aside from Me these three times

If she had not turned aside from Me

Surely I would also have killed you by now

And let her live, that’s the way it was to be

 

And Balaam said to the Angel of the Lord

“I have sinned, for I did not know; the knowledge I did lack

You stood in the way against me

Now therefore, if it displeases You, I will turn back

 

Then the Angel of the Lord said to Balaam

“Go with the men, but only the word that I speak to you

----------hear Me now as I talk

That you shall speak

So Balaam went with the princes of Balak

 

Now when Balak heard that Balaam was coming

He went out to meet him at Moab’s city

Which is on the border at the Arnon

The boundary of the territory

 

Then Balak said to Balaam

“Did I not earnestly send to you, calling for you?

Why did you not come to me?

Am I not able to honor you? When I speak, so I will do

 

And Balaam said to Balak, “Look, I have come to you!

Now, have I any power at all to say anything? 

The word that God puts in my mouth

That I must speak; to His word alone I must cling

 

So Balaam went with Balak

And they came to Kirjath Huzoth on a whim

Then Balak offered oxen and sheep

And he sent some to Balaam and to the princes who were with him

 

So it was, the next day

That Balak took Balaam and brought him up

----------high like atop a steeple

To the high places of Baal

That from there he might observe the extent of the people

 

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Balaam’s First Oracle

 

Then Balaam said to Balak 

“Build seven altars for me here

And prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams

Are my instructions clear?

 

And Balak did just as Balaam had spoken, in this he did not falter

And Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar

 

Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stand by your burnt offering

And I will go; perhaps the Lord will come to meet me

----------to set my words aright

And whatever He shows me I will tell you

So he went to a desolate height 

 

And God met Balaam, and he said to Him

“I have prepared the seven altars, as I knew to do

And I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram

To now receive a word from You

 

Then the Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said

“Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak; so you shall do 

So he returned to him, and there he was

Standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab too

 

And he took up his oracle and said:

The words he spoke as he was led

 

“Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram,
From the mountains of the east.
‘Come, curse Jacob for me,
And come, denounce Israel!’

“How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?
For from the top of the rocks I see him,
And from the hills I behold him;
There! A people dwelling alone,
Not reckoning itself among the nations.

“Who can count the dust of Jacob,
Or number one-fourth of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous,
And let my end be like his!”

 

Then Balak said to Balaam

“What have you done to me? 

I took you to curse my enemies, and look

You have blessed them bountifully!”

 

 So he answered and said 

“Must I not take heed to speak

What the Lord has put in my mouth?”

His words I cannot change; not even a little tweak

 

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Numbers 23:13-30

Balaam’s Second Oracle

 

Then Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place

From which you may see them; I will show you where

You shall see only the outer part of them

And shall not see them all; curse them for me from there 

 

So he brought him to the field of Zophim

To the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars; so he did do

And offered a bull and a ram on each altar

In order to try to curse Israel anew

 

And he said to Balak, concerning this affair

“Stand here by your burnt offering

----------while I meet the Lord over there

 

Then the Lord met Balaam

And put a word in his mouth, and said

“Go back to Balak, and thus you shall speak

The words you are given, just as you are led 

 

So he came to him, and there he was

Standing by his burnt offering, waiting for the token

And the princes of Moab were with him

And Balak said to him, “What has the Lord spoken?”

 

Then he took up his oracle and said:

The words he spoke as he was led

 

“Rise up, Balak, and hear!
Listen to me, son of Zippor!

“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Behold, I have received a command to bless;
He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

“He has not observed iniquity in Jacob,
Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel.
The Lord his God is with him,
And the shout of a King is among them.
God brings them out of Egypt;
He has strength like a wild ox.

“For there is no sorcery against Jacob,
Nor any divination against Israel.
It now must be said of Jacob
And of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’
Look, a people rises like a lioness,
And lifts itself up like a lion;
It shall not lie down until it devours the prey,
And drinks the blood of the slain.”

 

Then Balak said to Balaam, with his Moabite bawl

“Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all!”

 

So Balaam answered and said to Balak

“Did I not tell you, saying 

All that the Lord speaks, that I must do’?”

Wasn’t I to you these words relaying?

 

Then Balak said to Balaam

“Please come, I will take you to another place

Perhaps it will please God that you may curse them

----------for me from there

Perhaps He will extend to me this grace 

 

So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor

That overlooks the wasteland, that land barren and sore 

 

Then Balaam said to Balak

“Build for me here seven altars, as you know to do

And prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams

As I am instructing you 

 

And Balak did as Balaam had said

And offered a bull and a ram on every altar

----------according to the instructions as he was led

 

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Numbers 24:1-11

Balaam’s Third Oracle

 

Now when Balaam saw

That it pleased the Lord to Israel bless

He did not go as at other times, to seek to use sorcery

But he set his face toward the wilderness 

 

And Balaam raised his eyes

And saw Israel encamped, and he was awed

Laid out according to their tribes

And came upon him the Spirit of God

 

Then he took up his oracle and said:

These are the words by which he was led

 

“The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor,
The utterance of the man whose eyes are opened,
The utterance of him who hears the words of God,
Who sees the vision of the Almighty,
Who falls down, with eyes wide open:

“How lovely are your tents, O Jacob!
Your dwellings, O Israel!
Like valleys that stretch out,
Like gardens by the riverside,
Like aloes planted by the Lord,
Like cedars beside the waters.
He shall pour water from his buckets,
And his seed shall be in many waters.

“His king shall be higher than Agag,
And his kingdom shall be exalted.

“God brings him out of Egypt;
He has strength like a wild ox;
He shall consume the nations, his enemies;
He shall break their bones
And pierce them with his arrows.
‘He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
And as a lion, who shall rouse him?’

“Blessed is he who blesses you,
And cursed is he who curses you.”

 

Then Balak’s anger was aroused against Balaam

And he struck his hands together as things had gotten worse

And Balak said to Balaam 

“I called you my enemies to curse

 

And look, you have bountifully blessed them these three times! 

Now therefore, flee to your place; heed my word

I said I would greatly honor you

But in fact, has kept you back from honor the Lord

 

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Numbers 24:12-25

Balaam’s Fourth Oracle

 

So Balaam said to Balak

“Did I not also speak to your messengers

----------Whom you sent to me, saying, and I am saying still 

‘If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold

I could not go beyond the word of the Lord

----------to do good or bad of my own will

 

What the Lord says, that I must speak 

And now, indeed, I am going to my people, my path I will blaze

Come, I will advise you

What this people will do to your people in the latter days

 

So he took up his oracle and said:

Words that should make Balak dread...

 

“The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the utterance of the man whose eyes are opened;
The utterance of him who hears the words of God,
And has the knowledge of the Most High,
Who sees the vision of the Almighty,
Who falls down, with eyes wide open:

“I see Him, but not now;
I behold Him, but not near;
A Star shall come out of Jacob;
A Scepter shall rise out of Israel,
And batter the brow of Moab,
And destroy all the sons of tumult.

“And Edom shall be a possession;
Seir also, his enemies, shall be a possession,
While Israel does valiantly.
Out of Jacob One shall have dominion,
And destroy the remains of the city.”

 

Then he looked on Amalek, and he took up his oracle and said:

Things that for Amalek lay ahead

 

“Amalek was first among the nations,
But shall be last until he perishes.”

 

Then he looked on the Kenites, and he took up his oracle and said:

Word for them of what lay ahead

 

“Firm is your dwelling place,
And your nest is set in the rock;
Nevertheless Kain shall be burned.
How long until Asshur carries you away captive?”

 

Then he took up his oracle and said:

What things would be like in the days ahead

 

“Alas! Who shall live when God does this?
But ships shall come from the coasts of Cyprus,
And they shall afflict Asshur and afflict Eber,
And so shall Amalek, until he perishes.”

 

So Balaam rose and departed and returned to his place

Balak also went his way, with mud all over his face

 

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Numbers 25:1-18

The Zeal of Phinehas

 

Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove there and then

And the people began to commit harlotry with Moab’s women

 

They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods

And the people ate and bowed down to their gods for a spell 

So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor

And the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel

 

Then the Lord said to Moses 

“Take all the leaders of the people

----------And hang the offenders before the Lord

Out in the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord 

----------may turn away from Israel, and you be restored

 

So Moses said to the judges of Israel for sure 

“Every one of you kill his men who were joined to Baal of Peor

 

And indeed, one of the children of Israel

Came and presented to his brethren, a despicable greeting

A Midianite woman in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all

----------the congregation of the children of Israel

Who were weeping at the door of the tabernacle of meeting 

 

Now when Phinehas the son of Eleazar

The son of Aaron the priest, saw it 

He rose from among the congregation

And took a javelin in his hand, for some violence to commit 

 

And he went after the man of Israel

Into the tent and thrust both of them through, so the word does tell

The man of Israel, and the woman through her body

So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel 

 

And those who died in the plague that day

Were twenty-four thousand, yes twenty-four thousand passed away

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

These words to him He was relaying 

 

“Phinehas the son of Eleazar

The son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath

----------from the children of Israel

Because he was zealous with My zeal among them

So that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal as well 

 

Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him

My covenant of peace; let it be understood 

And it shall be to him and his descendants after him

A covenant of an everlasting priesthood

 

Because he was zealous for his God, yes he did well

And made atonement for the children of Israel

 

Now the name of the Israelite who was killed

Who was killed with the woman of the Midianites 

Was Zimri the son of Salu

A leader of a father’s house among the Simeonites 

 

And the name of the Midianite woman

Who was killed was Cozbi the daughter of Zur

He was head of the people of a father’s house in Midian

But he didn’t get to see his daughter anymore, for sure

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

These words He was to him relaying 

 

“Harass the Midianites, and attack them 

For they harassed you with their schemes 

By which they seduced you in the matter of Peor

And in the matter of Cozbi; bad news for them, so it seems

 

The daughter of a leader of Midian

----------who got ran through there on the floor

Their sister, who was killed in the day of the plague

----------because of Peor

 

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Numbers 26:1-51

The Second Census, Part I

 

And it came to pass, after the plague

Without any further delaying

That the Lord spoke to Moses and Eleazar

The son of Aaron the priest, saying: 

 

“Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel

From twenty years old and above, as to you I now tell

By their fathers’ houses

All who are able to go to war in Israel

 

So Moses and Eleazar the priest

As the account was next relaying

Spoke with them in the plains of Moab

By the Jordan, across from Jericho, saying: 

 

“Take a census of the people 

From twenty years old and above, no one shall be clipped

Just as the Lord commanded Moses and the children of Israel

Who came out of the land of Egypt

 

Reuben was the firstborn of Israel

The children of Reuben were:

Of Hanoch, the family of the Hanochites 

Of Pallu, the family of the Palluites; for sure

 

Of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites 

Of Carmi, the family of the Carmites; so all the names agree

These are the families of the Reubenites

Those who were numbered of them were

----------forty-three thousand seven hundred and thirty 

 

 

And the son of Pallu was Eliab, the poor guy

The sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram

----------that is why

 

These are the Dathan and Abiram

----------representatives of the congregation

Who contended against Moses and Aaron, acting untoward

In the company of Korah

When they contended against the Lord 

 

And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together

With Korah when that company died

When the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men 

And they became a sign, against anyone else who might have tried 

 

Nevertheless the children of Korah did not die

The Lord is gracious and merciful; that is why

 

The sons of Simeon according to their families were:

Of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites 

----------of Jamin, the family of the Jaminites, so we see 

Of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites; Of Zerah

----------the family of the Zarhites

Of Shaul, the family of the Shaulites, each according to family 

 

These are the families of the Simeonites:

----------all Simeonite born and bred

Twenty-two thousand two hundred

 

The sons of Gad according to their families were:

A large group of families for sure

 

Of Zephon, the family of the Zephonites; of Haggi

----------the family of the Haggites 

Of Shuni, the family of the Shunites; of Ozni

----------the family of the Oznites; and there are more to go 

Of Eri, the family of the Erites; of Arod

----------the family of the Arodites 

Of Areli, the family of the Arelites, that is all the families

----------now we know 

 

These are the families of the sons of Gad

----------all Gadites born and bred

According to those who were numbered of them:

----------forty thousand five hundred

 

The sons of Judah were Er and Onan

And Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan 

 

And the sons of Judah according to their families were: 

Plenty of these guys for sure

 

Of Shelah, the family of the Shelanites; of Perez

----------the family of the Parzites; 

Of Zerah, the family of the Zarhites; this is lots of “ites”

And the sons of Perez were: 

Of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; of Hamul

----------the family of the Hamulites 

 

These are the families of Judah; all Judah born and bred

According to those who were numbered of them:

----------seventy-six thousand five hundred

 

The sons of Issachar according to their families were:

Of Tola, the family of the Tolaites; of Puah, the family of

----------the Punites; and there are more, born and bred

Of Jashub, the family of the Jashubites; of Shimron, the family of

----------the Shimronites 

These are the families of Issachar according to those who were

----------numbered of them: sixty-four thousand three hundred

 

The sons of Zebulun according to their families were: 

Of Sered, the family of the Sardites; of Elon, the family of the

----------Elonites; and one more family to be named, born and bred

Of Jahleel, the family of the Jahleelites 

These are the families of the Zebulunites according to those who

----------were numbered of them: sixty thousand five hundred

 

The sons of Joseph according to their families, for sure

By Manasseh and Ephraim, were:

 

The sons of Manasseh: of Machir, the family of the Machirites

----------that is one

And Machir begot Gilead; of Gilead, the family of the Gileadites

----------yes, Gilead was Machir’s son 

 

These are the sons of Gilead: 

Of Jeezer, the family of the Jeezerites; of Helek, the family of

----------the Helekites, starting us out 

Of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites; of Shechem, the family of

----------the Shechemites 

Of Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites; of Hepher, the family

----------of the Hepherites. Lots of families, no doubt 

 

Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters

And the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, Noah

----------Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah; five daughters born and bred 

These are the families of Manasseh

And those who were numbered of them were 

----------fifty-two thousand seven hundred

 

These are the sons of Ephraim according to their families:

Of Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthalhites; of Becher

----------the family of the Bachrites, so they were

Of Tahan, the family of the Tahanites 

And these are the sons of Shuthelah: of Eran, the family

----------of the Eranites, for sure

 

These are the families of the sons of Ephraim

According to those who were numbered of them:

----------thirty-two thousand five hundred

These are the sons of Joseph according to their families

All the son of Joseph, born and bred

 

The sons of Benjamin according to their families were:

Of Bela, the family of the Belaites; of Ashbel, the family

----------of the Ashbelites, so we see

Of Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites; of Shupham, 

----------the family of the Shuphamites

Of Hupham, the family of the Huphamites. Yes, of the

----------Huphamite’s family

 

And the sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: 

Of Ard, the family of the Ardites; of Naaman, the family
----------of the Naamites, born and bred 

These are the sons of Benjamin according to their families

And those who were numbered of them were 

----------forty-five thousand six hundred

 

These are the sons of Dan according to their families

Of Shuham, the family of the Shuhamites, born and bred

These are the families of Dan according to their families 

All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those who were

----------numbered of them, were sixty-four thousand four hundred

 

The sons of Asher according to their families were: 

Of Jimna, the family of the Jimnites as are named

Of Jesui, the family of the Jesuites

Of Beriah, the family of the Beriites. Beriah’s name they claimed

 

Of the sons of Beriah: of Heber, the family of the Heberites

Of Malchiel, the family of the Malchielites 

And the name of the daughter of Asher was Serah

To that name, she claimed the rites

 

These are the families of the sons of Asher, all born and bred

According to those who were numbered of them:

----------fifty-three thousand four hundred

 

The sons of Naphtali according to their families were: 

Of Jahzeel, the family of the Jahzeelites; of Guni, the family

----------of the Gunites, these for sure

 

Of Jezer, the family of the Jezerites

Of Shillem, the family of the Shillemites, born and bred 

These are the families of Naphtali according to their families

And those who were numbered of them were 

----------forty-five thousand four hundred

 

These are those who were numbered of the children of Israel:

Six hundred and one thousand seven hundred and thirty

----------as the record does tell

 

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Numbers 26:52-65

The Second Census, Part II

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

These words to him He was then relaying

“To these the land shall be divided as an inheritance

----------according to the number of names

To a large tribe you shall give a larger inheritance, so shall it be

And to a small tribe you shall give a smaller inheritance

Each shall be given its inheritance according to those who were

----------numbered of them, as directed by Me

 

But the land shall be divided by lot

They shall inherit according to the names of the tribes

----------of their fathers, one by one 

According to the lot their inheritance shall be divided

Between the larger and the smaller, is how it shall be done

 

And these are those who were numbered of the Levites

According to their families is how it shall be

Of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites

Off Kohath, the family of the Kohathites

----------of Merari, the family of the Merarites, as directed by Me 

 

These are the families of the Levites:

The family of the Libnites, the family of the Hebronites as well

The family of the Mahlites, the family of the Mushites

And the family of the Korathites, so the record does tell

 

And Kohath begot Amram 

The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, so was she

The daughter of Levi who was born to Levi in Egypt

And to Amram she bore Aaron and Moses

----------and their sister Miriam, so we see

 

To Aaron were born Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar too

And so died – when they offered profane fire before the Lord –

----------Nadab and Abihu

 

Now those who were numbered of them were

----------twenty-three thousand

Every male from a month old and above, as the record does tell

For they were not numbered among the other children of Israel

Because there was no inheritance given to them

----------among the children of Israel

 

These are those who were numbered by Moses and

----------Eleazar the priest, as the counting did go

Who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab

----------by the Jordan, across from Jericho 

 

But among these there was not a man

Of those who were numbered by Moses and Aaron the priest

When they numbered the children of Israel

In the Wilderness of Sinai; from the greatest to the least

 

For the Lord had said of them

“They shall surely die in the wilderness; each and every one

So there was not left a man of them 

Except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun

 

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Numbers 27:1-11

The Daughters of Zelophehad

 

Then came the daughters of Zelophehad

The son of Hepher, the son of Gilead

 

The son of Machir, the son of Manasseh

From the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph; for sureza

And these were the names of his daughters:

Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah 

 

And they stood before Moses

Before Eleazar the priest, with words to be conveying

And before the leaders and all the congregation

By the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying: 

 

“Our father died in the wilderness

But he was not in the company of those; no, not of those ones

Who gathered together against the Lord, in company with Korah

But he died in his own sin; and he had no sons 

 

Why should the name of our father

Be removed from among his family, this isn’t our druthers

Because he had no son? 

Give us a possession among our father’s brothers

 

So Moses brought their case before the Lord

To obtain from Him the appropriate word

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 

These words to him He was then relaying

 

“The daughters of Zelophehad speak what is right 

You shall surely give them a possession, without haw or hem

Of inheritance among their father’s brothers

And cause the inheritance of their father to pass to them 

 

And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying:

‘If a man dies and has no son

Then you shall cause his inheritance

To pass to his daughter, so this shall be done 

 

If he has no daughter, if not any others

Then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers 

 

If he has no brothers, no other sons of his mother’s

Then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers 

 

And if his father has no brothers

Then you shall give his inheritance, so I submit

To the relative closest to him in his family

And he shall possess it

 

And it shall be

To the children of Israel 

A statute of judgment

Just as the Lord commanded Moses; as He to Moses did tell

 

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Numbers 27:12-23

The Inauguration of Joshua

 

Now the Lord said to Moses: 

“Go up into this Mount Abarim, as to you I now tell

And see the land which I have given

To the children of Israel

 

And when you have seen it

You also shall be

Gathered to your people

As Aaron your brother was gathered, as now directed by Me

 

For in the Wilderness of Zin

During the strife of the congregation

You rebelled against My command

To hallow Me at the waters before their eyes

----------yes before the whole nation

 

These are the waters of Meribah, where you did sin

At Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin

 

Then Moses spoke to the Lord, saying: 

These words to the Lord he was relaying

 

“Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh

Set a man over the congregation 

Who may go out before them and go in before them

Who may lead them out and bring them in, yes before this nation

 

That the congregation of the Lord, as I petition You this day 

May not be like sheep which have no shepherd

----------hear my petition I pray

 

And the Lord said to Moses:

“Take Joshua the son of Nun with you

A man in whom is the Spirit

And lay your hand on him, so you shall do

 

Set him before Eleazar the priest

And before all the congregation

And inaugurate him in their sight 

Yes, in the site of the whole nation

 

And you shall give some of your authority to him

That all the congregation

Of the children of Israel may be obedient

Yes, so shall it be among the nation

 

He shall stand before Eleazar the priest

Who shall inquire before the Lord 

For him by the judgment of the Urim 

According to My word

 

At his word they shall go out

And at his word they shall come in; yes, the whole nation

He and all the children of Israel with him

All the congregation

 

So Moses did as the Lord commanded him

He took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest

And before all the congregation

Yes, before them all, from greatest to least

 

And he laid his hands on him and inaugurated him

----------as we now understand

Just as the Lord commanded by Moses’ hand

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Numbers 28:1-10

The Daily and Sabbath Day Offerings

 

Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying 

These are the words to him He was relaying

 

“Command the children of Israel, and say to them

‘My offering, My food for My offerings, ever-so prime

Made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me

You shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time

 

“And you shall say to them,‘This is the offering made by fire

Which you shall offer to the Lord; such shall be the proffering

Two male lambs in their first year without blemish

Day by day, as a regular burnt offering 

 

The one lamb you shall offer in the morning

The other lamb you shall offer in the evening. It really is no toil

And one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering

Mixed with one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil 

 

It is a regular burnt offering

Which was ordained at Mount Sinai, according to this word

For a sweet aroma

An offering made by fire to the Lord 

 

And its drink offering shall be 

One-fourth of a hin for each lamb; so shall it be 

In a holy place you shall pour out the drink

To the Lord as an offering. Yes, an offering to Me 

 

The other lamb you shall offer in the evening

As the morning grain offering and its drink offering

You shall offer it as an offering made by fire

A sweet aroma to the Lord shall be this proffering

 

‘And on the Sabbath day two lambs in their first year

Without blemish, and two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour

----------as a grain offering, mixed with oil, with its drink offering

This is the burnt offering for every Sabbath

Besides the regular burnt offering with its drink offering

----------such shall be the Sabbath’s proffering

 

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Numbers 28:11-15

The New Moon Offerings

 

‘At the beginnings of your months you shall present

----------a burnt offering to the Lord:

Two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs without blemish

----------in their first year

Three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering

Mixed with oil, for each bull, please listen and hear

 

Two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering

Mixed with oil, for the one ram according to this word 

And one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with oil

----------as a grain offering for each lamb

As a burnt offering of sweet aroma, an offering

----------made by fire to the Lord 

 

Their drink offering shall be half a hin of wine for a bull

One-third of a hin for a ram, and for a lamb one-fourth of a hin

This is the burnt offering for each month

Throughout the months of the year. As each month does begin 

 

Also one kid of the goats as a sin offering to the Lord 

Shall be offered, besides the regular burnt offering and its drink

------------offering according to this word

 

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Numbers 28:16-31

Passover, and the Unleavened Bread and Weeks Offerings

 

‘On the fourteenth day of the first month 

----------is the Passover of the Lord

And on the fifteenth day of this month is the feast

Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days 

On the first day you shall have a holy convocation

----------from the greatest to the least

 

You shall do no customary work 

And you shall present an offering made by fire

As a burnt offering to the Lord: two young bulls, one ram

----------and seven lambs in their first year 

Be sure they are without blemish as I require

 

Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil:

Three-tenths of an ephah you shall offer for a bull

----------and two-tenths for a ram, so you shall do 

You shall offer one-tenth of an ephah for each of the seven lambs 

Also one goat as a sin offering, to make atonement for you 

 

You shall offer these besides the burnt offering of the morning

So this you shall do

Which is for a regular burnt offering

As I am now instructing you

 

In this manner you shall offer the food of the offering

Made by fire daily for seven days, so shall be this proffering

As a sweet aroma to the Lord

It shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering

----------and its drink offering 

 

And on the seventh day you shall have a holy convocation

You shall do no customary work throughout the whole nation

 

‘Also on the day of the firstfruits

When you bring a new grain offering to the Lord 

At your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation

You shall do no customary work, according to this word 

 

You shall present a burnt offering as an aroma to the Lord

----------so sweet 

Be sure that the offering is complete

 

Two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year

With their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil

----------(so you shall do)

Three-tenths of an ephah for each bull, two-tenths for the one ram 

-----------and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs

Also one kid of the goats, to make atonement for you 

 

Be sure they are without blemish

You shall present them with their drink offerings as I say

Besides the regular burnt offering with its grain offering

They shall be offered in this way

 

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Numbers 29:1-40

 

The Day of Acclamation, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles Offerings

 

‘And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month

You shall have a holy convocation – maybe serve tea and crumpets

You shall do no customary work

For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets 

 

You shall offer a burnt offering

As a sweet aroma to the Lord:

One young bull, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year

Without blemish, according to this word

 

Their grain offering shall be 

Fine flour mixed with oil, as directed by Me

Three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the ram 

And one-tenth for each of the seven lambs; so shall it be 

 

Also one kid of the goats as a sin offering

To make atonement for you; such shall be the proffering

 

Besides the burnt offering with its grain offering

----------for the New Moon

The regular burnt offering with its grain offering; heed My word

And their drink offerings, according to their ordinance

As a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord

 

‘On the tenth day of this seventh month

You shall have a holy convocation

You shall afflict your souls

You shall not do any work, none throughout the nation

 

You shall present a burnt offering to the Lord 

As a sweet aroma: one young bull, so shall it be

One ram, and seven lambs in their first year 

Be sure they are without blemish when presented to Me

 

Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil

Three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, as I instruct you

Two-tenths for the one ram 

And one-tenth for each of the seven lambs; so you shall do

 

Also one kid of the goats as a sin offering

Besides the sin offering for atonement, as to you I say

The regular burnt offering with its grain offering

And their drink offerings, so I do relay

 

‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month

You shall have a holy convocation

You shall do no customary work

And you shall keep a feast to the Lord seven days

----------throughout the nation

 

You shall present a burnt offering

An offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the Lord

Thirteen young bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs

----------in their first year

They shall be without blemish, according to My word

 

Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil:

Three-tenths of an ephah for each of the thirteen bulls it shall be

Two-tenths for each of the two rams 

And one-tenth for each of the fourteen lambs, accordingly

 

Also one kid of the goats as a sin offering

This you shall offer as I instruct to you

Besides the regular burnt offering

Its grain offering, and its drink offering too

 

‘On the second day present twelve young bulls

Two rams, fourteen lambs in their first year without blemish too

And their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls

For the rams, and for the lambs, by their number 

----------according to the ordinance; so you shall do

 

Also one kid of the goats as a sin offering

This you shall offer as I instruct to you

Besides the regular burnt offering

With its grain offering, and their drink offerings too

 

‘On the third day present eleven bulls

Two rams, fourteen lambs in their first year without blemish too

And their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls

For the rams, and for the lambs, by their number

----------according to the ordinance; so you shall do 

 

Also one goat as a sin offering

This you shall offer as I instruct to you

Besides the regular burnt offering

Its grain offering, and its drink offering too

 

‘On the fourth day present ten bulls

Two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year

----------without blemish too

And their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls

For the rams, and for the lambs, by their number

----------according to the ordinance; so you shall do

 

Also one kid of the goats as a sin offering

This you shall offer as I instruct to you

Besides the regular burnt offering

Its grain offering, and its drink offering too

 

‘On the fifth day present nine bulls

Two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year

----------without blemish too

And their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls

For the rams, and for the lambs, by their number

According to the ordinance; so you shall do

 

Also one goat as a sin offering

This you shall offer as I instruct to you

Besides the regular burnt offering

Its grain offering, and its drink offering too

 

‘On the sixth day present eight bulls

Two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year

----------without blemish too

And their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls

For the rams, and for the lambs, by their number

According to the ordinance; so you shall do

 

Also one goat as a sin offering

This you shall offer as I instruct to you

Besides the regular burnt offering

Its grain offering, and its drink offering too

‘On the seventh day present seven bulls

Two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year

----------without blemish too 

And their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls

For the rams, and for the lambs, by their number

According to the ordinance; so you shall do

 

Also one goat as a sin offering

This you shall offer as I instruct to you

Besides the regular burnt offering

Its grain offering, and its drink offering; so you shall do

 

‘On the eighth day you shall have a sacred assembly

You shall do no customary work, according to this word 

You shall present a burnt offering

An offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the Lord

 

One bull, one ram, seven lambs in their first year without blemish

And their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bull also

For the ram, and for the lambs, by their number

According to the ordinance, as you now know

 

Also one goat as a sin offering, besides

This you shall offer as I instruct to you

The regular burnt offering, its grain offering

And its drink offering; so you shall do

 

‘These you shall present to the Lord at your appointed feasts

(Besides your vowed offerings and your freewill offerings)

----------thus you shall do

As your burnt offerings and your grain offerings

As your drink offerings and your peace offerings too

 

So Moses told the children of Israel everything

Just as the Lord commanded Moses, so he did this thing

 

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Numbers 16:1-30

He Shall Bear Her Guilt

 

Then Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes

Concerning the children of Israel, saying,

“This is the thing which the Lord has commanded:

These word to you from Him, I am now relaying

 

If a man makes a vow to the Lord

Or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement

----------maybe to some sort of deeds

He shall not break his word

He shall do according to all that out of his mouth proceeds

 

“Or if a woman makes a vow to the Lord

And binds herself by some agreement

----------by making that agreement sound

While in her father’s house in her youth

And her father hears her vow and the agreement

----------by which she has herself bound

 

And her father holds his peace

Then all her vows shall stand

And every agreement with which she has bound herself

So it shall stand; this is what the law does demand

 

But if her father overrules her on the day that he hears

Then none of her vows nor her agreements

----------by which she has bound herself shall stand

And the Lord will release her

Because her father overruled her; it’s the rule of the land

 

“If indeed she takes a husband

While bound by her vows or by a rash utterance from her lips

By which she bound herself 

And her husband hears it, to his ears the sound drips

 

And makes no response to her on the day that he hears

Then her vows shall stand

And her agreements by which she bound herself shall stand

Such is the rule of the land

 

But if her husband overrules her on the day that he hears it

He shall make void her vow which she took, for sure

And what she uttered with her lips

By which she bound herself, and the Lord will release her

 

“Also any vow of a widow or a divorced woman

----------be aware of this for sure

By which she has bound herself, shall stand against her

 

“If she vowed in her husband’s house

Or bound herself with an oath by an agreement

And her husband heard it, and made no response to her 

And did not overrule her, after out of her mouth it went

 

Then all her vows shall stand; it is the rule of the land

And every agreement by which she bound herself shall stand

 

But if her husband truly made them void

On the day he heard them; yes he voided them for sure 

Then whatever proceeded from her lips

Concerning her vows or concerning the agreement binding her

 

It shall not stand; her husband has them void made

And the Lord will release her, the vows have been stayed 

 

Every vow and every binding oath to afflict her soul

----------which she has employed

Her husband may confirm it, or her husband may make it void 

 

Now if her husband makes no response whatever

----------to her from day to day

Then he confirms all her vows or all the agreements that bind her

He confirms them, because he made no response to her

On the day that he heard them, she is bound to them for sure 

 

But if after he has heard them he does make them void 

Then he shall bear her guilt, because he has this tactic employed

 

These are the statutes which the Lord commanded Moses

Between a man and his spouse

And between a father and his daughter in her youth

In her father’s house

 

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Numbers 31:1-11

Take Vengeance on the Midianites

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 

These words to him He was then relaying

 

“Take vengeance on the Midianites

For the children of Israel

Afterward you shall be gathered to your people

Remember when you did rebel?

 

So Moses spoke to the people, saying

“Arm some of yourselves for war

And let them go against the Midianites

To take vengeance for the Lord on Midian

----------remember what they did at Peor!

 

A thousand from each tribe of all the tribes of Israel

You shall send to the war, as to you I now tell

 

So there were recruited

From the divisions of Israel, not less or more

One thousand from each tribe

Twelve thousand armed for war 

 

Then Moses sent them to the war

One thousand from each tribe, so we understand

He sent them to the war with Phinehas

----------the son of Eleazar the priest

With the holy articles and the signal trumpets in his hand

 

And they warred against the Midianites

Just as the Lord commanded Moses; as He did tell

And they killed all the males

For the Midianite males, things didn’t go so well

They killed the kings of Midian

With the rest of those who were killed, as directed by the Lord

Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian 

Balaam the son of Beor they also killed with the sword

 

And the children of Israel

Took the women of Midian captive; so they did do

With their little ones, and took as spoil all their cattle

All their flocks, and all their goods too

 

They also burned with fire all the cities

Where they dwelt, and all their forts as well

And they took all the spoil and all the booty

Of man and beast; so much spoil for Israel

 

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Numbers 31:12-24

The Captives, the Booty, and the Spoil

 

Then they brought the captives, the booty, and the spoil

To Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the congregation

----------of the children of Israel, thus they did so

To the camp in the plains of Moab

By the Jordan, across from Jericho

 

And Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders

----------of the congregation

Went to meet them outside the camp, probably filled with elation

 

But Moses was angry with the officers of the army

With the captains over thousands and captains over hundreds too

Who had come from the battle

And Moses said to them: “Have you kept all the women alive?

----------Now let me speak to you... 

 

Look, these women caused the children of Israel

Through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the Lord 

In the incident of Peor

And there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord

----------you yourselves saw that terrible sword

 

Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones

And kill every woman who has known a man intimately

----------yes, do this as stated by me

But keep alive for yourselves all the young girls

Who have not known a man intimately

 

And as for you, remain outside the camp seven days

Whoever has killed any person, and whoever has touched any slain

Purify yourselves and your captives

On the third day and on the seventh day, once again

 

Purify every garment

Everything made of leather, be sure this is understood

Everything woven of goats’ hair 

And everything made of wood

 

Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war

Who had gone to the battle; to them these words he handed

“This is the ordinance of the law

Which the Lord to Moses commanded

 

Only the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead

Everything that can endure fire, you shall put through the fire

----------and it shall be clean

And it shall be purified with the water of purification

But all that cannot endure fire you shall put through water

----------this cleansing shall be seen

 

And you shall wash your clothes and be clean on the seventh day

And afterward you may come into the camp, as to you I say

 

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Numbers 31:25-54

The Spoils of Midian

 

Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

These words to him He was then relaying

 

“Count up the plunder that was taken—of man and beast

----------hear now my oration

You and Eleazar the priest and the chief fathers of the congregation

 

And divide the plunder into two parts

Between those who took part in the war, where my fury was spent

Who went out to battle, and all the congregation

And levy a tribute for the Lord on the men of war

----------who out to battle went

 

One of every five hundred of the persons

The cattle, the donkeys, and the sheep; according to this word

Take it from their half, and give it to Eleazar the priest

As a heave offering to the Lord

 

And from the children of Israel’s half

You shall take one of every fifty, drawn from the persons

The cattle, the donkeys, and the sheep

From all the livestock and give them to the Levites who the charge

----------of the tabernacle of the Lord keep

 

So Moses and Eleazar the priest, as was demanded

Did as the Lord to Moses commanded

 

The booty remaining from the plunder

Which the men of war had taken, in the war

Was six hundred and seventy-five thousand sheep

Seventy-two thousand cattle. But wait! There’s more

 

Sixty-one thousand donkeys

And thirty-two thousand persons in all

Of women who had not known a man intimately

Thus by the sword they did not fall

 

And the half, the portion for those who had gone out to war

Was in number three hundred and thirty-seven thousand

----------five hundred sheep

And the Lord’s tribute of the sheep

Was six hundred and seventy-five; that’s a whole heap

 

The cattle were thirty-six thousand

Of which the Lord’s tribute was seventy-two

The donkeys were thirty thousand five hundred

Of which the Lord’s tribute was sixty-one, whoo-hooo!

 

The persons were sixteen thousand, there in plain view

Of which the Lord’s tribute was persons thirty-two

 

So Moses gave the tribute

Which was the Lord’s heave offering, according to His word

To Eleazar the priest

As had commanded Moses the Lord

 

And from the children of Israel’s half, as was brought

Which Moses separated from the men who fought

 

Now the half belonging to the congregation

Was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep

Thirty-six thousand cattle, thirty thousand five hundred donkeys

And sixteen thousand persons. Once again, that’s a whole heap

 

And from the children of Israel’s half

Moses took one of every fifty, drawn from man and beast

And gave them to the Levites, who kept charge

----------of the tabernacle of the Lord

As the Lord commanded Moses, then the dividing ceased

 

Then the officers who were over thousands of the army

The captains of thousands and captains of hundreds too

Came near to Moses

And they said to Moses – their words to Moses did ensue

 

“Your servants have taken a count

Of the men of war who are under our command; hear our word

And not a man of us is missing

Therefore we have brought an offering for the Lord

 

What every man found of ornaments of gold

Armlets and bracelets and signet rings. (So much we have scored!)

And earrings and necklaces

To make atonement for ourselves before the Lord

 

So Moses and Eleazar the priest, those two fine gents

Received the gold from them, all the fashioned ornaments

 

And all the gold of the offering that they offered to the Lord

From the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds too

Was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels

That’s a whole heap, I’m telling you

 

The men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself

And Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold

----------according to their word

From the captains of thousands and of hundreds

And brought it into the tabernacle of meeting as a memorial

----------for the children of Israel before the Lord

 

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Numbers 32:1-19

Do Not Take Us Over the Jordan

 

Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad

Had a very great multitude of livestock

And when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead

That indeed the region was a place for livestock

----------of the herd and the flock 

 

The children of Gad and the children of Reuben

Came and spoke to Moses, with words to be conveying

To Eleazar the priest

And to the leaders of the congregation, saying 

 

“Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon

Elealeh, Shebam, Nebo, and Beon – nine cities in which to walk

The country which the Lord defeated

----------before the congregation of Israel

Is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock

 

Therefore they said

“If we have found favor in your sight

Let this land be given to your servants as a possession

Do not take us over the Jordan; we think this is right

 

And Moses said to the children of Gad

----------and to the children of Reuben: Let me get this clear...

“Shall your brethren go to war while you sit here? 

 

Now why will you discourage the heart

Of the children of Israel

From going over into the land

Which the Lord has given them? Please do tell!

 

Thus your fathers did when I sent them away

From Kadesh Barnea to see the land; listen now, I pray

 

For when they went up to the Valley of Eshcol and saw the land

They discouraged the heart of the children of Israel

So that they did not go into the land

Which the Lord had given them. That didn’t go so well

 

So the Lord’s anger was aroused on that day

And He swore an oath. Here’s what He did say…

 

‘Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt 

From twenty years old and above, yes from twenty

Shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Because they have not wholly followed Me

 

Except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite

----------and Joshua the son of Nun, according to His word 

For they have wholly followed the Lord

 

So the Lord’s anger was aroused against Israel

And He made them wander in the wilderness forty years

Until all the generation that had done evil

In the sight of the Lord was gone, wandering on a trail of tears

 

And look! You have risen in your fathers’ place

A brood of sinful men

To increase still more the fierce anger of the Lord 

Against Israel once again

 

For if you turn away from following Him

He will once again leave them in the wilderness

And you will destroy all these people

We’re talking here one giant mess

 

Then they came near to him and said:

“We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock

----------as to you we now tell

And cities for our little ones

But we ourselves will be armed, ready to go 

----------before the children of Israel

 

Until we have brought them to their place

And our little ones will dwell, please now understand

In the fortified cities

Because of the inhabitants of the land

 

We will not return to our homes, no not even by chance

Until every one of the children of Israel

----------has received his inheritance

 

For we will not inherit with them

On the other side of the Jordan and beyond

Because our inheritance has fallen to us

On this eastern side of the Jordan of which we are fond

 

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Numbers 32:20-42

A Possession East of Canaan

 

Then Moses said to them:

“If you do this thing; if you arm yourselves

----------before the Lord for the war

And all your armed men cross over the Jordan

Before the Lord until He has driven out His enemies

----------from Him before

 

And the land is subdued before the Lord, as to you I now tell

Then afterward you may return and be blameless’

----------it shall be as a reward

Before the Lord and before Israel

And this land shall be your possession before the Lord

 

But if you do not do so, then take note

You have sinned against the Lord

And be sure your sin will find you out

Pay close heed now to my word

 

Build cities for your little ones and folds for your sheep too

And do what has proceeded out of your mouth, so you shall do

 

And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben

Spoke to Moses, saying:

“Your servants will do as my lord commands 

Just as you have been conveying

 

Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our livestock

Will be there in the cities of Gilead, according to your word

But your servants will cross over, every man armed for war

Before the Lord to battle, just as says my lord

 

So Moses gave command concerning them

To Eleazar the priest, to Joshua the son of Nun as well

And to the chief fathers of the tribes

Of the children of Israel

 

And Moses said to them:

“If the children of Gad and the children of Reuben

----------cross over the Jordan with you in your procession

Every man armed for battle before the Lord

----------and the land is subdued before you

Then you shall give them the land of Gilead as a possession

 

But if they do not cross over armed with you

They shall have possessions among you in the land of Canaan too

 

Then the children of Gad and the children of Reuben

----------answered, saying

“As the Lord has said to your servants, so we will do

We will cross over armed before the Lord into the land of Canaan

But the possession of our inheritance shall remain with us

----------on this side of the Jordan, our word shall be true

 

So Moses gave to the children of Gad, to the children of Reuben

----------and to half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph

The kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites

----------and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan

The land with its cities within the borders

The cities of the surrounding country

----------which they had set their hopes on

 

And the children of Gad built Dibon and Ataroth and Aroer 

Atroth and Shophan and Jazer and Jogbehah too 

Beth Nimrah and Beth Haran 

Fortified cities, and folds for sheep, so they did do

 

And the children of Reuben built Heshbon and Elealeh

And Kirjathaim, Nebo and Baal Meon also

(Their names being changed) and Shibmah

And they gave other names to the cities which they built

----------as we now know

 

And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh

Went to Gilead and took it, he kept going and didn’t quit

And dispossessed the Amorites who were in it

So Moses gave Gilead to Machir the son of Manasseh

----------and he dwelt in it 

 

Also Jair the son of Manasseh went and took its small towns

And called them Havoth Jair, that name he did claim 

Then Nobah went and took Kenath and its villages

And he called it Nobah, after his own name

 

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Numbers 33:1-15

The Journeys of Israel, From Egypt to Sinai

 

These are the journeys of the children of Israel

Who went out of Egypt the land

By their armies

Under Moses’ hand and Aaron’s hand

 

Now Moses wrote down the starting points

Of their journeys at the command of the Lord

And these are their journeys according to their starting points

As Moses did record

 

They departed from Rameses in the first month

On the fifteenth day of the first month, as was ending the night

On the day after the Passover the children of Israel

Went out with boldness in all the Egyptian’s sight

 

For the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn

Whom had killed among them the Lord

Also on their gods the Lord had executed judgments

All in accord with His word

 

Then the children of Israel moved from Rameses

And camped at Succoth as the word does address

They departed from Succoth and camped at Etham

Which is on the edge of the wilderness

 

They moved from Etham and turned back to Pi Hahiroth

Which is east of Baal Zephon

And they camped near Migdol

As to us the record makes known

 

They departed from before Hahiroth

And passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness

Went three days’ journey in the Wilderness of Etham

And camped at Marah, so the account does address

 

They moved from Marah and came to Elim

At Elim were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees

So they camped there

There they found rest and ease

 

They moved from Elim and camped by the Red Sea

They moved from the Red Sea and camped

----------in the Wilderness of Sin

They journeyed from the Wilderness of Sin

----------and camped at Dophkah

They departed from Dophkah and camped at Alush

----------at Alush they temporarily settled in

 

They moved from Alush and camped at Rephidim

Where there was no water for the people to drink

They departed from Rephidim and camped

----------in the Wilderness of Sinai 

Of the coming marvels there, who could possibly think!

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Numbers 33:16-49

The Journeys of Israel, From Sinai to the Plains of Moab

 

They moved from the Wilderness of Sinai

And camped at Kibroth Hattaavah, by and by 

 

They departed from Kibroth Hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth

They departed from Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah

They departed from Rithmah and camped at Rimmon Perez

They departed from Rimmon Perez and camped at Libnah

 

They moved from Libnah and camped at Rissah

They journeyed from Rissah and camped at Kehelathah

They went from Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher

They moved from Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah

 

They moved from Haradah and camped at Makheloth

They moved from Makheloth and camped at Tahath

They departed from Tahath and camped at Terah

They moved from Terah and camped at Mithkah

----------at Mithkah they temporarily did squat

 

They went from Mithkah and camped at Hashmonah

They departed from Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth

They departed from Moseroth and camped at Bene Jaakan

They moved from Bene Jaakan and camped at Hor Hagidgad

----------a place worthy of note

 

They went from Hor Hagidgad and camped at Jotbathah

They moved from Jotbathah and camped at Abronah

----------maybe at Abronah the flowers were fresh

They departed from Abronah and camped at Ezion Geber

They moved from Ezion Geber and camped

----------in the Wilderness of Zin, which is Kadesh

 

They moved from Kadesh and camped at Mount Hor

On the boundary of the land of Edom, so says the word

Then Aaron the priest went up to Mount Hor

At the command of the Lord

 

And died there in the fortieth year

After the children of Israel

Had come out of the land of Egypt

On the first day of the fifth month as the record does tell

 

Aaron was one hundred and twenty-three years old

When he died on Mount Hor. He lived a good long spell

Now the king of Arad, the Canaanite, who dwelt in the South

----------in the land of Canaan

Heard of the coming of the children of Israel

 

So they departed from Mount Hor and camped at Zalmonah

They departed from Zalmonah and camped at Punon

----------according to the order 

They departed from Punon and camped at Oboth

They departed from Oboth and camped at Ije Abarim

----------at Moab’s border 

 

They departed from Ijim and camped at Dibon Gad

They moved from Dibon Gad and camped at Almon Diblathaim

They moved from Almon Diblathaim 

And camped before Nebo in the mountains of Abarim

 

They departed from the mountains of Abarim

And camped in the plains of Moab by the Jordan

---------- across from Jericho

They camped by the Jordan, from Beth Jesimoth as far as

----------the Abel Acacia Grove

In the plains of Moab, as we now know

 

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Numbers 33:50-56

I Have Given You the Land to Possess

 

Now the Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab

By the Jordan, across from Jericho, saying

“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 

‘When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan

----------as I am now relaying

 

Then you shall drive out all the inhabitants

Of the land from before you

Destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their molded images

And demolish all their high places too

 

You shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land and dwell in it

For I have given you the land to possess

And you shall divide the land by lot as an inheritance

----------among your families

As to you I now address

 

To the larger you shall give a larger inheritance

And to the smaller you shall give a smaller inheritance

----------so shall it be

There everyone’s inheritance shall be whatever falls to him by lot

You shall inherit according to the tribes of your fathers

----------as directed by Me

 

But if you do not drive out the inhabitants

Of the land from before you

Then it shall be that those whom you let remain 

Shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, it is true

 

And they shall harass you in the land where you dwell

Moreover it shall be that I will do to you

----------as I thought to do to them, so to you I now tell

 

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Numbers 34:1-29

The Earthly Inheritance

 

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying

These are the words He was to him relaying

 

“Command the children of Israel, and say to them:

‘When you come into the land of Canaan, please take note

This is the land that shall fall to you as an inheritance

The land of Canaan to its boundaries, as to you I quote

 

Your southern border shall be from the Wilderness of Zin

Along the border of Edom, as fixed by Me

Then your southern border shall extend

Eastward to the end of the Salt Sea

 

Your border shall turn from the southern side

Of the Ascent of Akrabbim, continue to Zin, so you are shown

And be on the south of Kadesh Barnea

Then it shall go on to Hazar Addar, and continue to Azmon

 

The border shall turn from Azmon to the Brook of Egypt

----------as directed by Me

And it shall end at the Sea

 

“As for the western border, you shall have the Great Sea

----------for a border

This shall be your western border, according to My order

 

‘And this shall be your northern border:

From the Great Sea you shall mark out your border line

----------to Mount Hor

From Mount Hor you shall mark out your border

----------to the entrance of Hamath

Then the direction of the border shall be toward Zedad

----------but that’s not all as there is more

 

The border shall proceed to Ziphron

---------- and it shall end at Hazar Enan, according to My order

This shall be your northern border

 

‘You shall mark out your eastern border

From Hazar Enan to Shepham, but I am not done yet

The border shall go down from Shepham to Riblah

----------on the east side of Ain

The border shall go down and reach to the eastern side

----------of the Sea of Chinnereth

 

The border shall go down along the Jordan

----------and it shall end at the Salt Sea

This shall be your land with each surrounding boundary

 

Then Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying:

More words to them He was relaying

 

“This is the land which you shall inherit by lot

Which the LORD has commanded to give to the nine tribes

----------and to the half-tribe; this shall be their spot

 

For the tribe of the children of Reuben

----------according to the house of their fathers

And the tribe of the children of Gad

----------according to the house of their fathers too

Have received their inheritance

And the half-tribe of Manasseh has received its inheritance

----------it is true

 

The two tribes and the half-tribe have received their inheritance

For them, it was like an early surprise

On this side of the Jordan

Across from Jericho eastward, toward the sunrise

 

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying

These words to him, He continued relaying

 

“These are the names of the men

Who shall divide the land among you as an inheritance:

Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun

Starting with these two fine gents

 

And you shall take one leader of every tribe, so I say

To divide the land for the inheritance, as I instruct you today

 

These are the names of the men:

From the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh

From the tribe of the children of Simeon

----------Shemuel the son of Ammihud

From the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon

----------as to you I do say

 

A leader from the tribe of the children of Dan

---------- Bukki the son of Jogli

From the sons of Joseph: a leader from the tribe

----------of the children of Manasseh, Hanniel the son of Ephod

And a leader from the tribe of the children of Ephraim

---------- Kemuel the son of Shiphtan

A leader from the tribe of the children of Zebulun

----------Elizaphan the son of Parnach; just as I have to you showed

 

A leader from the tribe of the children of Issachar

----------Paltiel the son of Azzan

A leader from the tribe of the children of Asher

----------Ahihud the son of Shelomi

And a leader from the tribe of the children of Naphtali

----------Pedahel the son of Ammihud

All of these as directed by Me

 

These are the ones the LORD commanded to divide

The inheritance among the children of Israel in the land of Canaan

----------with their borders on each side

 

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Numbers 35:1-8

The Levitical Cities – A Prophecy Fulfilled

 

And the LORD spoke to Moses, words He was relaying

In the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, saying:

 

“Command the children of Israel

That they give the Levites cities to dwell in, please understand

From the inheritance of their possession

And you shall also give the Levites around the cities common-land

 

They shall have the cities to dwell in

And their common-land shall be

For their cattle, for their herds, and for all their animals

Pay heed to these words from Me

 

The common-land of the cities

Which you will give the Levites; their common ground

Shall extend from the wall of the city

Outward a thousand cubits all around

 

And you shall measure outside the city

On the east side two thousand cubits, so you shall do

On the south side two thousand cubits, on the west side

----------two thousand cubits

And on the north side two thousand cubits too

 

The city shall be in the middle, so it shall be planned

This shall belong to them for the cities as common-land

 

“Now among the cities which you will give to the Levites

You shall appoint six cities of refuge; so to you I tell

To which a manslayer may flee

And to these you shall add forty-two cities as well

 

So all the cities you will give to the Levites, please understand

Shall be forty-eight; these you shall give with their common-land

 

And the cities which you will give

Shall be from the possession of the children of Israel

From the larger tribe you shall give many

From the smaller you shall give few; follow the instructions well

 

Each shall give some of its cities to the Levites

----------as if handing out sheaves

In proportion to the inheritance that each receives

 

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Numbers 35:9-21

A Place of Refuge

 

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying

The words to him He was relaying

 

“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them:

‘When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan

----------yes, in Canaan is where

Then you shall appoint cities to be cities of refuge for you

That the manslayer who kills any person accidentally

----------may flee there

 

They shall be cities of refuge for you

From the avenger who his rage would otherwise vent

That the manslayer may not die

Until he stands before the congregation in judgment

 

And of the cities which you give

You shall have six cities of refuge there where you live

 

You shall appoint three cities on this side of the Jordan

And three cities you shall appoint

In the land of Canaan

Which will be cities of refuge: which is the city’s point

 

These six cities shall be for refuge

For the children of Israel

For the stranger, and for the sojourner among them

That anyone who kills a person accidentally may flee there

----------so to you I tell

 

‘But if he strikes him with an iron implement, so that he dies

He is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death

----------do not heed his “I beg for mercy” cries

 

And if he strikes him with a stone in the hand

By which one could die, and he does die

He is a murderer
The murderer shall surely be put to death, as if an eye for eye

 

Or if he strikes him with a wooden hand weapon

By which one could die, and he does die

He is a murderer

The murderer shall surely be put to death; do not even bat an eye

 

The avenger of blood himself shall

Put the murderer to death, as to you I say

When he meets him

He shall put him to death; it shall be this way

 

If he pushes him out of hatred or

While lying in wait, hurls something at him so that he dies

Or in enmity he strikes him with his hand so that he dies

The one who struck him shall surely be put to death

----------do not heed his begging for mercy cries

 

He is a murderer, and his fate shall be swift and grim

The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death

----------when he meets him

 

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Numbers 35:22-34

Until the Death of the High Priest

 

‘However, if he pushes him suddenly without enmity

Or throws anything at him without lying in wait

Or uses a stone, by which a man could die

Throwing it at him without seeing him, so that he dies;

----------such is his fate

 

While he was not his enemy or seeking his harm

Then the congregation shall judge guilt or innocence

Between the manslayer and the avenger of blood

According to these judgments

 

So the congregation shall deliver the manslayer

From the hand of the avenger of blood, saving his head

And the congregation shall return him

To the city of refuge where he had fled

 

And he shall remain there until the death of the high priest

Who was anointed with the holy oil; until he is deceased

 

But if the manslayer at any time goes

Outside the limits of the city of refuge where he fled

And the avenger of blood finds him

Outside the limits of his city of refuge, he had better dread

 

And the avenger of blood kills the manslayer

He shall not be guilty of blood: from guilt he is released

Because he should have remained

In his city of refuge until the death of the high priest

 

But after the death of the high priest so we learn

The manslayer to the land of his possession may return

 

And these things shall be a statute of judgment to you

Throughout your generations in all your dwellings, so shall you do

 

Whoever kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death

On the testimony of witnesses, so shall it be

But one witness is not sufficient testimony

Against a person for the death penalty

 

Moreover you shall take no ransom

----------for the life of a murderer who is of death guilty

But he shall be put to death surely

 

And you shall take no ransom for him

Who has to his city of refuge fled

That he may return to dwell in the land

Before the death of the priest; yes, until he is dead

 

So you shall not pollute the land where you are

For blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made

----------for the land

For the blood that is shed on it

Except by the blood of him who shed it; this you must understand

 

Therefore do not defile the land which you inhabit

In the midst of which I dwell

For I the LORD dwell

Among the children of Israel

 

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Numbers 36:1-13

The Inheritance of Zelophehad

 

Now the chief fathers of the families

Of the children of Gilead, yes, these ones

The son of Machir

The son of Manasseh, of the families of Joseph’s sons

 

Came near and spoke before Moses

And before the leaders, with words to tell

To the chief fathers of

The children of Israel

 

And they said: “The Lord commanded my lord Moses 

To give the land as an inheritance by lot

----------dividing among one another

To the children of Israel, and my lord was commanded

----------by the Lord 

To give the inheritance to the daughters of Zelophehad our brother

 

Now if they are married to any of the sons

Of the other tribes of the children of Israel

Then their inheritance will be taken

From the inheritance of our fathers; this just doesn’t sit well

 

And it will be added to the inheritance

Of the tribe into which they marry

So, it will be taken from the lot

Of our inheritance, thus the borders will vary

 

And when the Jubilee of the children of Israel comes

Then their inheritance will be added, as we now describe

To the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry

So, their inheritance will be taken away

----------from the inheritance of our father’s tribe

 

Then Moses commanded the children of Israel

According to the word of the Lord, saying: 

“What the tribe of the sons of Joseph speaks is right

Here now the words to you I am conveying

 

This is what the Lord commands

Concerning the daughters of Zelophehad

----------saying as to you I now describe

‘Let them marry whom they think best 

But they may marry only within the family of their father’s tribe

 

So, the inheritance of the children of Israel

Shall not change hands from tribe to tribe

For every one of the children of Israel

Shall keep the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers

----------to where the Lord did first ascribe

 

And every daughter who possesses an inheritance

In any tribe of the children of Israel, such shall be the stance

Shall be the wife of one of the family of her father’s tribe

So that the children of Israel each may possess

----------his father’s inheritance 

 

Thus, no inheritance shall change hands

From one tribe to another

But every tribe of the children of Israel

Shall keep its own inheritance

----------it is by father and not by mother

 

Just as the Lord commanded Moses

So did the daughters of Zelophehad, obeying the Lord’s druthers 

For Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah

The daughters of Zelophehad

----------were married to the sons of their father’s brothers 

 

They were married into the families

Of the children of Manasseh, the son of Joseph, as it was said to be

And their inheritance remained

In the tribe of their father’s family

 

These are the commandments and the judgments

Which the Lord commanded the children of Israel

----------as we now know

By the hand of Moses in the plains of Moab

By the Jordan, across from Jericho

 

Lord God, we are even now in a wilderness

And we are wanting to be led by You

Without You to direct, our lives would be a mess

And so, be our guide, O God; You who are faithful and true

 

We long for the water in this barren land

May it flow forth from the Rock, our souls to satisfy

Give us this refreshing, spiritual hand

And may we take it, and to our lives daily it apply

 

And we shall be content and satisfied in You alone

We will follow You as we sing our songs of praise

Hallelujah to You; to us Your path You have shown

Hallelujah we shall sing to You for all of our days

 

And Lord God, thank you for this wonderful book

Numbers! What a marvel to have studied it

Into every detail possible we took a look

And to You our thanks and praise we now submit!

 

Hallelujah to Christ our Lord!

Hallelujah for Numbers, a marvelous part of Your superior word!

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

 

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