The Message

Numbers 1

Census in the Wilderness of Sinai

11-5 God spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai at the Tent of Meeting on the first day of the second month in the second year after they had left Egypt. He said, “Number the congregation of the People of Israel by clans and families, writing down the names of every male. You and Aaron are to register, company by company, every man who is twenty years and older who is able to fight in the army. Pick one man from each tribe who is head of his family to help you. These are the names of the men who will help you:

from Reuben: Elizur son of Shedeur

from Simeon: Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai

from Judah: Nahshon son of Amminadab

from Issachar: Nethanel son of Zuar

from Zebulun: Eliab son of Helon

10 from the sons of Joseph,
    from Ephraim: Elishama son of Ammihud
    from Manasseh: Gamaliel son of Pedahzur

11 from Benjamin: Abidan son of Gideoni

12 from Dan: Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai

13 from Asher: Pagiel son of Ocran

14 from Gad: Eliasaph son of Deuel

15 from Naphtali: Ahira son of Enan.”

16 These were the men chosen from the congregation, leaders of their ancestral tribes, heads of Israel’s military divisions.

17-19 Moses and Aaron took these men who had been named to help and gathered the whole congregation together on the first day of the second month. The people registered themselves in their tribes according to their ancestral families, putting down the names of those who were twenty years old and older, just as God commanded Moses. He numbered them in the Wilderness of Sinai.

20-21 The line of Reuben, Israel’s firstborn: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by tribes according to their ancestral families. The tribe of Reuben numbered 46,500.

22-23 The line of Simeon: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Simeon numbered 59,300.

24-25 The line of Gad: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Gad numbered 45,650.

26-27 The line of Judah: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Judah numbered 74,600.

28-29 The line of Issachar: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Issachar numbered 54,400.

30-31 The line of Zebulun: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Zebulun numbered 57,400.

32-33 The line of Joseph: From son Ephraim the men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Ephraim numbered 40,500.

34-35 And from son Manasseh the men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Manasseh numbered 32,200.

36-37 The line of Benjamin: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Benjamin numbered 35,400.

38-39 The line of Dan: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Dan numbered 62,700.

40-41 The line of Asher: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Asher numbered 41,500.

42-43 The line of Naphtali: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by clans and families. The tribe of Naphtali numbered 53,400.

44-46 These are the numbers of those registered by Moses and Aaron, registered with the help of the leaders of Israel, twelve men, each representing his ancestral family. The sum total of the People of Israel twenty years old and over who were able to fight in the army, counted by ancestral family, was 603,550.

47-51 The Levites, however, were not counted by their ancestral family along with the others. God had told Moses, “The tribe of Levi is an exception: Don’t register them. Don’t count the tribe of Levi; don’t include them in the general census of the People of Israel. Instead, appoint the Levites to be in charge of The Dwelling of The Testimony—over all its furnishings and everything connected with it. Their job is to carry The Dwelling and all its furnishings, maintain it, and camp around it. When it’s time to move The Dwelling, the Levites will take it down, and when it’s time to set it up, the Levites will do it. Anyone else who even goes near it will be put to death.

52-53 “The rest of the People of Israel will set up their tents in companies, every man in his own camp under its own flag. But the Levites will set up camp around The Dwelling of The Testimony so that wrath will not fall on the community of Israel. The Levites are responsible for the security of The Dwelling of The Testimony.”

54 The People of Israel did everything that God commanded Moses. They did it all.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

民數記 1

以色列的第一次人口統計

1以色列人離開埃及後第二年的二月一日,耶和華在西奈曠野的會幕中對摩西說: 「你要按以色列人的宗族和家系統計人口,登記所有男子的姓名。 你和亞倫要一隊一隊地統計以色列人中二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子。 每一支派要有一個人來協助你們。他們都是各宗族的族長, 名單如下。

「呂便支派示丟珥的兒子以利蘇、 西緬支派蘇利沙代的兒子示路蔑、 猶大支派亞米拿達的兒子拿順、 以薩迦支派蘇押的兒子拿坦業、 西布倫支派希倫的兒子以利押、 10 約瑟的後裔——以法蓮支派亞米忽的兒子以利沙瑪和瑪拿西支派比大蘇的兒子迦瑪列、 11 便雅憫支派基多尼的兒子亞比但、 12 但支派亞米沙代的兒子亞希以謝、 13 亞設支派俄蘭的兒子帕結、 14 迦得支派丟珥的兒子以利雅薩、 15 拿弗他利支派以南的兒子亞希拉。」

16 他們都是從會眾中選出來的,是各支派的首領,也是以色列的將領。

17 摩西和亞倫在這些族長的幫助下, 18 在二月一日招聚全體會眾,按照宗族和家系統計人口,登記所有二十歲以上的男子。 19 摩西照耶和華的吩咐在西奈曠野統計人口。

20-21 以色列的長子呂便支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有四萬六千五百人。

22-23 西緬支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有五萬九千三百人。

24-25 迦得支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有四萬五千六百五十人。

26-27 猶大支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有七萬四千六百人。

28-29 以薩迦支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有五萬四千四百人。

30-31 西布倫支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有五萬七千四百人。

32-33 約瑟的後裔中,以法蓮支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有四萬零五百人。

34-35 瑪拿西支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有三萬二千二百人。

36-37 便雅憫支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有三萬五千四百人。

38-39 但支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有六萬二千七百人。

40-41 亞設支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有四萬一千五百人。

42-43 拿弗他利支派中,二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來,共有五萬三千四百人。

44 以上就是摩西、亞倫和各代表自己家族的十二位以色列首領所統計的男子人數。 45 這樣,以色列人中二十歲以上、有作戰能力的男子按宗族、家系和姓名一一被登記下來, 46 共有六十萬零三千五百五十人。 47 其中不包括利未人, 48 因為耶和華曾經對摩西說: 49 「你不要統計利未支派的人數,不要把他們的人數算在以色列人中。 50 你要派利未人負責搬運和照料放約櫃的聖幕及其所有器具,他們要在聖幕四圍紮營。 51 在遷移的時候,利未人要負責拆卸和支搭聖幕;其他人若走近聖幕,必被處死。 52 以色列人要按照他們的隊伍各自紮營,各歸本旗。 53 但利未人要在放約櫃的聖幕四周紮營,防止以色列人觸怒耶和華。利未人負責看守聖幕。」 54 以色列人就按耶和華對摩西的吩咐行了。