The complete census of the Levites (Num 4:34-4:49)

“Moses and Aaron and the leaders of the congregation enrolled the Kohathites. They did this by their clans and their ancestral houses, from thirty years old up to fifty years old, everyone who qualified for work relating to the tent of meeting.  Their enrollment by clans was two thousand seven hundred fifty. This was the enrollment of the clans of the Kohathites, all who served at the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron enrolled according to the commandment of Yahweh by Moses.”

The census of the Levites was now complete, as they did as Yahweh had commanded Moses.  They enrolled them by their clans and ancestral houses, from 30-50 years old.  These were qualified for work relating to the tent of meeting.  The Kohathites had 2,750 males 30-50 years old.

“The enrollment of the Gershonites, took place by their clans and their ancestral houses, from thirty years old up to fifty years old.  Everyone who qualified for work relating to the tent of meeting was enrolled.  Their enrollment by their clans and their ancestral houses was two thousand six hundred thirty.  This was the enrollment of the clans of the Gershonites, all who served at the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron enrolled according to the commandment of Yahweh.”

The Gershonites had 2,630 males 30-50 years old.

“The enrollment of the clans of the Merarites, by their clans and their ancestral houses, from thirty years old up to fifty years old was complete.  Everyone qualified for work relating to the tent of meeting.  Their enrollment by their clans was three thousand two hundred.  This is the enrollment of the clans of the Merarites, whom Moses and Aaron enrolled according to the commandment of Yahweh by Moses.”

The Merarites had 3,200 males 30-50 years old.

“All those who were enrolled of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron and the leaders of Israel enrolled, by their clans and their ancestral  houses, from thirty years old up to fifty years old.  Everyone qualified to do the work of service and the work of bearing burdens relating to the tent of meeting.   Their enrollment was eight thousand five hundred eighty.  According to the commandment of Yahweh through Moses they were appointed to their several tasks of serving or carrying.  Thus they were enrolled by him, as Yahweh commanded Moses.”

This total number of Levites, 30-50 years old was 8,580, which is different from the earlier total of 22,000 males, which included all those over a month old.  So there must have been a large number of younger than 30 years old males and older than 50 years old among the Levites males.

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