Registration of Israel’s Troops
1A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the Tabernacle*1:1a Hebrew the Tent of Meeting. in the wilderness of Sinai. On the first day of the second month*1:1b This day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in April or May. of that year he said, 2“From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the men 3twenty years old or older who are able to go to war. You and Aaron must register the troops, 4and you will be assisted by one family leader from each tribe.
5“These are the tribes and the names of the leaders who will assist you:
|Reuben||Elizur son of Shedeur|
|6Simeon||Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai|
|7Judah||Nahshon son of Amminadab|
|8Issachar||Nethanel son of Zuar|
|9Zebulun||Eliab son of Helon|
|10Ephraim son of Joseph||Elishama son of Ammihud|
|Manasseh son of Joseph||Gamaliel son of Pedahzur|
|11Benjamin||Abidan son of Gideoni|
|12Dan||Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai|
|13Asher||Pagiel son of Ocran|
|14Gad||Eliasaph son of Deuel|
|15Naphtali||Ahira son of Enan|
16These are the chosen leaders of the community, the leaders of their ancestral tribes, the heads of the clans of Israel.”
17So Moses and Aaron called together these chosen leaders,
18and they assembled the whole community of Israel on that very day.*1:18 Hebrew on the first day of the second month; see
20-21This is the number of men twenty years old or older who were able to go to war, as their names were listed in the records of their clans and families*1:20-21a In the Hebrew text, this sentence (This is the number of men twenty years old or older who were able to go to war, as their names were listed in the records of their clans and families) is repeated in
|Reuben (Jacob’s*1:20-21b Hebrew Israel’s. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation. oldest son)||46,500|
|32-33 Ephraim son of Joseph||40,500|
|32-33Ephraim son of Joseph||40,500|
|34-35 Manasseh son of Joseph||32,200|
|34-35Manasseh son of Joseph||32,200|
44These were the men registered by Moses and Aaron and the twelve leaders of Israel, all listed according to their ancestral descent. 45They were registered by families—all the men of Israel who were twenty years old or older and able to go to war. 46The total number was 603,550.
47But this total did not include the Levites.
48For the Lord had said to Moses,
49“Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count them with the rest of the Israelites.
50Put the Levites in charge of the Tabernacle of the Covenant,*1:50 Or Tabernacle of the Testimony; also in
54So the Israelites did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.