Bishops' Bible

Numbers 4

The age and time of the Levites' service.

Numbers 4:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses and Aaron, saying: Numbers 4:2 Take the summe of the chyldren of Caath fro among the sonnes of Leui, after their kinredes and houses of their fathers: Numbers 4:3 From thirtie yeres and aboue, vntill fiftie, all that enter into the hoast for to do the worke in the tabernacle of the congregation.

The carriage of the Kohathites, when the priests have taken down the Tabernacle.

Numbers 4:4 This shalbe the office of the chyldren of Caath in the tabernacle of the congregation, [about] the most holy.

Numbers 4:5 And when the hoast remoueth, Aaron and his sonnes shall come and take downe the couering vayle, and wrap the arke of wytnesse in it: Numbers 4:6 And shall put thereon a coueryng of Badgers skinnes, and shall spreade vppon it a cloth that is altogether of blew silke, and put in the barres therof. Numbers 4:7 And vpon the shewe table, they shall spreade abrode a cloth of blew silke, and put thereon the dishes, [incense] cuppes, and goblets, and pottes to powre with: and there shalbe bread thereon continually. Numbers 4:8 And they shall spreade vpon them a couering of skarlet, and couer the same with a couering of Badgers skinnes, and put in the barres thereof. Numbers 4:9 And they shall take a cloth of blewe silke, and couer the candelsticke of light, with his lampes, snuffers, and censars, and all the oyle vessels whiche they occupie about it. Numbers 4:10 And they shall put both it and all the vessels thereof, within a coueryng of Badgers skinnes, and put it vpon a barre. Numbers 4:11 And vpon the golden aulter, they shall spreade a cloth of blewe silke, and couer it with a couering of Badgers skinnes, and put to the barres therof. Numbers 4:12 And they shall take all the instrumentes wherewith they minister in the sanctuarie, and put a cloth of blew silke vpon them, and couer them with a couering of Badgers skynnes, and put them on a barre. Numbers 4:13 And they shall take away the asshes from the aulter, and spreade a purple cloth thereon. Numbers 4:14 And put vpon it all the vessels thereof that they minister withall, euen the cole pannes, the fleshe hookes, the fire shouels, the basens, & the other vessels of the aulter: and they shall spreade vppon it a couering of Badgers skinnes, and put to the barres of it. Numbers 4:15 And when Aaron & his sonnes haue made an ende of couering the sanctuarie, and all the vessels of the sanctuarie, agaynst that the hoast remoue, then the sonnes of Caath shall come in for to beare: but they shall not touche any holye thyng, lest they dye. And this is the charge of the sonnes of Caath, in the tabernacle of the congregation.

The charge of Eleazar.

Numbers 4:16 And to the office of Eleasar the sonne of Aaron the priest, pertayneth the oyle for the light, the sweete incense, the daylye meate offering, and the annoyntyng oyle, and the ouersight of all the tabernacle, and of all that therein is, both in the sanctuarie, and in all the vessels thereof.

The office of the priests.

Numbers 4:17 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses and Aaron, saying: Numbers 4:18 Ye shall not cut of the tribe of the kinred of the Caathites, from among the Leuites: Numbers 4:19 But thus do vnto them, that they may lyue and not dye: when they go vnto the most holy thinges: let Aaron and his sonnes go in, and appoint them euerye one to his office, and to his charge. Numbers 4:20 But let them not go in, to see when the holy thinges are folden vp, lest they dye.

The carriage of the Merarites.

Numbers 4:21 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses, saying: Numbers 4:22 Take also the summe of the chyldren of Gerson, throughout the houses of their fathers, and throughout their kinredes. Numbers 4:23 From thirtie yeres olde, and aboue, vntill fiftie yeres, shalt thou number them, al that enter into the assemblie for to do seruice in the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers 4:24 And this is the seruice of the kinred of the Gersonites, to serue and to beare. Numbers 4:25 They shall beare the curtaynes of the tabernacle, and the tabernacle of the congregation, his couering, and the couering of Badgers skinnes that is an hye vpon it, and the vayle of the doore of the tabernacle of the congregation: Numbers 4:26 And the curtaynes of the court, and the vayle that is in the entring in of the gate of the court, whiche is neare the tabernacle, and neare the aulter rounde about, with the cordes, and al the instrumentes that serue vnto them, & all that is made for them, and so shal they serue. Numbers 4:27 At the mouth of Aaron & his sonnes, shal all the seruice of the chyldren of the Gersonites be done, in all their charges and in all their seruice: and ye shall appoynt vnto them all their burdens to kepe. Numbers 4:28 And this is the seruice of the kinred of the chyldren of Gerson in the tabernacle of the cogregation, and their watche shalbe vnder the hand of Ithamar the sonne of Aaron the priest.

Numbers 4:29 And thou shalt number the sonnes of Merari after their kinredes, and after the houses of their fathers: Numbers 4:30 From thirtie yeres olde and aboue, vnto fiftie yeres shalt thou number them, euery one that enter into the assemblie, to do the seruice of the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers 4:31 And this is their office and charge, according to all their seruice in the tabernacle of the congregation: The borders of the tabernacle, with the barres, pyllers, and sockettes therof. Numbers 4:32 And the pyllers that are round about the court, with their sockettes, pinnes, and cordes, & with all the instrumentes of it, for all their seruice: And by name ye shal recken the instrumentes of their office and charge. Numbers 4:33 This is the seruice of the kinredes of the sonnes of Merari, accordyng to all their office in the tabernacle of the congregation, vnder the hand of Ithamar the sonne of Aaron the priest.

The number of the Kohathites,

Numbers 4:34 And Moyses and Aaron and the princes of the multitude, numbred ye sonnes of the Caathites, after their kinredes and houses of their fathers, Numbers 4:35 From thirtie yeres olde, and aboue, vnto fiftie yeres, all that enter into the assemblie, to do seruice in the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers 4:36 And the numbers of them throughout their kinredes, were two thousande, seuen hundred, and fiftie. Numbers 4:37 This is the number of the kinredes of Caath, [namely] all that might do seruice in the tabernacle of the congregation, which Moyses and Aaron did number, accordyng to the commaundement of the Lorde by the hande of Moyses.

of the Gershonites,

Numbers 4:38 Also the numbers of the sonnes of Gerson throughout their kinredes and houses of their fathers: Numbers 4:39 From thirtie yeres olde, & aboue, vnto fiftie yeres, all that enter into the assemblie for to do seruice in the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers 4:40 And the numbers of them throughout their kinredes, and houses of their fathers, were two thousande, sixe hundred, and thirtie. Numbers 4:41 This is the number of the kinredes of the sonnes of Gerson, of all that dyd seruice in the tabernacle of the congregation, whiche Moyses and Aaron dyd number, accordyng to the commaundement of the Lorde.

and of the Merarites.

Numbers 4:42 And the numbers of the kinredes of the sonnes of Merari throughout their kinredes and houses of their fathers: Numbers 4:43 From thirtie yeres olde, and vp, vnto fiftie yeres, all that enter into the assemblie for the seruice of the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers 4:44 And the numbers of them after their kinredes, were three thousand and two hundred. Numbers 4:45 These be the summes of the kinredes of the sonnes of Merari, which Moyses & Aaro numbred, according to the word of the Lorde, by the handes of Moyses. Numbers 4:46 And so al the numbers of the Leuites, which Moyses, Aaron, and the Lordes of Israel numbred after their kinredes and housholdes of their fathers: Numbers 4:47 From thirtie yeres olde and vp, vnto fiftie yeres, euery one that came to do his duetie, office, seruice, and charge in the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers 4:48 So the numbers of them were seuen thousande, fiue hundred, and fourescore. Numbers 4:49 Accordyng to the worde of the Lorde dyd [Aaron] number them by the hande of Moyses, euery one according to their seruice and charge: Thus [were] they of that tribe numbred, as the Lorde commaunded Moyses.

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