Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

民数记 3

利未人的职分

1以下是耶和华在西奈山与摩西说话期间亚伦和摩西的后代。

亚伦的长子是拿答,其他儿子还有亚比户、以利亚撒和以他玛。 亚伦的儿子都是受膏的祭司,从摩西那里承受圣职做祭司。 拿答和亚比户在西奈旷野用凡火向耶和华献祭,因而被击杀。他们没有后裔,因此只剩下以利亚撒和以他玛在父亲亚伦身边担任祭司。

耶和华对摩西说: “你去叫利未支派来协助亚伦祭司。 他们要为亚伦和全体会众在会幕司职,办理圣幕的事务, 也要负责看守会幕里面的器具,为以色列人办理圣幕的事务。 你要把利未人交给亚伦父子们,因为他们是从以色列人中选出来协助亚伦的。 10 你要指派亚伦父子们尽祭司的职分,其他人若走近圣幕,必被处死。” 11 耶和华又对摩西说: 12 “我从以色列人中拣选利未人代替以色列人所有的长子。利未人要属于我, 13 因为所有头生的都属于我。我杀死埃及人所有的长子和头生的牲畜那天,已把以色列人所有的长子和头生的牲畜都分别出来,使之圣洁,归给我,我是耶和华。”

14 耶和华在西奈旷野对摩西说: 15 “你要按利未人的宗族和家系统计他们的人口,登记所有年龄在一个月以上的男性。” 16 于是,摩西照耶和华的吩咐统计利未人。 17 利未的儿子是革顺、哥辖和米拉利。 18 革顺的儿子依次是立尼和示每。 19 哥辖的儿子依次是暗兰、以斯哈、希伯仑和乌薛。 20 米拉利的儿子依次是抹利和姆示。他们按家系都属于利未人的宗族。

21 革顺宗族有立尼和示每两个家族, 22 其中年龄在一个月以上的男性共七千五百人。 23 革顺宗族的人要在圣幕的后面,即西面安营, 24 拉伊勒的儿子以利雅萨做首领。 25 他们负责看守会幕,即圣幕、圣幕的罩棚、顶盖和门帘、 26 围绕圣幕和祭坛的院子的帷幔、门帘、绳索及一切相关的物品。

27 哥辖宗族有暗兰家族、以斯哈家族、希伯仑家族和乌薛家族, 28 其中年龄在一个月以上的男性共有八千六百人,他们负责看守圣所。 29 哥辖宗族的人要在圣幕南面安营, 30 乌薛的儿子以利撒反做首领。 31 他们负责照管约柜、桌子、灯台、两座坛、圣所里面的器具、幔子等一切物品。 32 亚伦祭司的儿子以利亚撒是利未人的最高首领,负责监督在圣所工作的人。

33 米拉利宗族有抹利和姆示两个家族, 34 其中年龄在一个月以上的男性共六千二百人, 35 亚比亥的儿子苏列做首领。他们要在圣幕的北面安营, 36 负责照管圣幕的木板、横闩、柱子、带凹槽的底座和圣幕的一切器具, 37 以及院子四周的柱子、带凹槽的底座、橛子和绳索。

38 摩西、亚伦和亚伦的儿子们要在圣幕东面、朝日出的方向安营,为以色列人在圣所司职。凡擅自走近圣所的人,都要被处死。 39 摩西和亚伦照耶和华的吩咐,按宗族统计利未人,年龄在一个月以上的男性共两万二千人。

利未人代替长子的地位

40 耶和华对摩西说:“你要统计以色列人中年龄在一个月以上的长子,登记他们的姓名。 41 我是耶和华,你要把利未人归给我,代替以色列人所有的长子,也要把利未人的牲畜献给我,代替以色列人所有头生的牲畜。” 42 摩西就照耶和华的吩咐统计了以色列人的长子, 43 年龄在一个月以上的共两万二千二百七十三人。 44 耶和华又对摩西说: 45 “你要用利未人代替以色列人所有的长子,用利未人的牲畜代替以色列人所有头生的牲畜。利未人是属于我的,我是耶和华。 46 以色列人所有长子的人数比利未人总数多二百七十三人,这些多出来的人需要被赎回, 47 每人折合五十五克银子,要以圣所的秤为准,即一舍客勒[a]是二十季拉。 48 要把赎银交给亚伦父子们。” 49 摩西就收取了那二百七十三人的赎银, 50 以圣所的秤计算,共十五公斤银子, 51 照耶和华的吩咐,将赎银交给亚伦父子们。

Notas al pie

  1. 3:47 一舍客勒约合十一克。

The Message

Numbers 3

The Levites

1This is the family tree of Aaron and Moses at the time God spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai.

2-4 The names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the firstborn, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar—anointed priests ordained to serve as priests. But Nadab and Abihu fell dead in the presence of God when they offered unauthorized sacrifice to him in the Wilderness of Sinai. They left no sons, and so only Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests during the lifetime of their father, Aaron.

5-10 God spoke to Moses. He said, “Bring forward the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron so they can help him. They shall work for him and the whole congregation at the Tent of Meeting by doing the work of The Dwelling. Their job is to be responsible for all the furnishings of The Dwelling, ministering to the affairs of The Dwelling as the People of Israel come to perform their duties. Turn the Levites over to Aaron and his sons; they are the ones assigned to work full time for him. Appoint Aaron and his sons to minister as priests; anyone else who tries to elbow his way in will be put to death.”

11-13 God spoke to Moses: “I have taken the Levites from among the People of Israel as a stand-in for every Israelite mother’s firstborn son. The Levites belong to me. All the firstborn are mine—when I killed all the firstborn in Egypt, I consecrated for my own use every firstborn in Israel, whether human or animal. They belong to me. I am God.”

14-16 God spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai: “Count the Levites by their ancestral families and clans. Count every male a month old and older.” Moses counted them just as he was instructed by the mouth of God.

17 These are the names of the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

18 These are the names of the Gershonite clans: Libni and Shimei.

19 The sons of Kohath by clan: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

20 The sons of Merari by clan: Mahli and Mushi.

These are the clans of Levi, family by family.

21-26 Gershon was ancestor to the clans of the Libnites and Shimeites, known as the Gershonite clans. All the males who were one month and older numbered 7,500. The Gershonite clans camped on the west, behind The Dwelling, led by Eliasaph son of Lael. At the Tent of Meeting the Gershonites were in charge of maintaining The Dwelling and its tent, its coverings, the screen at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, the hangings of the Courtyard, the screen at the entrance to the Courtyard that surrounded The Dwelling and Altar, and the cords—in short, everything having to do with these things.

27-32 Kohath was ancestor to the clans of the Amramites, Izharites, Hebronites, and Uzzielites. These were known as the Kohathite clans. All the males who were one month and older numbered 8,600. The Kohathites were in charge of the Sanctuary. The Kohathite clans camped on the south side of The Dwelling, led by Elizaphan son of Uzziel. They were in charge of caring for the Chest, the Table, the Lampstand, the Altars, the articles of the Sanctuary used in worship, and the screen—everything having to do with these things. Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, supervised the leaders of the Levites and those in charge of the Sanctuary.

33-37 Merari was ancestor to the clans of the Mahlites and the Mushites, known as the Merarite clans. The males who were one month and older numbered 6,200. They were led by Zuriel son of Abihail and camped on the north side of The Dwelling. The Merarites were in charge of the frames of The Dwelling, its crossbars, posts, bases, and all its equipment—everything having to do with these things, as well as the posts of the surrounding Courtyard with their bases, tent pegs, and cords.

38 Moses and Aaron and his sons camped to the east of The Dwelling, toward the rising sun, in front of the Tent of Meeting. They were in charge of maintaining the Sanctuary for the People of Israel and the rituals of worship. Anyone else who tried to perform these duties was to be put to death.

39 The sum total of Levites counted at God’s command by Moses and Aaron, clan by clan, all the males one month and older, numbered 22,000.

40-41 God spoke to Moses: “Count all the firstborn males of the People of Israel who are one month and older. List their names. Then set apart for me the Levites—remember, I am God—in place of all the firstborn among the People of Israel, also the livestock of the Levites in place of their livestock. I am God.”

42-43 So, just as God commanded him, Moses counted all the firstborn of the People of Israel. The total of firstborn males one month and older, listed by name, numbered 22,273.

44-48 Again God spoke to Moses. He said, “Take the Levites in place of all the firstborn of Israel and the livestock of the Levites in place of their livestock. The Levites are mine, I am God. Redeem the 273 firstborn Israelites who exceed the number of Levites by collecting five shekels for each one, using the Sanctuary shekel (the shekel weighing twenty gerahs). Give that money to Aaron and his sons for the redemption of the excess number of Israelites.”

49-51 So Moses collected the redemption money from those who exceeded the number redeemed by the Levites. From the 273 firstborn Israelites he collected silver weighing 1,365 shekels according to the Sanctuary shekel. Moses turned over the redemption money to Aaron and his sons, as he was commanded by the word of God.