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Numbers 2 Commentary

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Numbers 2:1-2 meaning

The Lord tells Moses and Aaron to divide the Israelites into groups around the Tabernacle.

Numbers 2:3-9 meaning

The three tribes assigned to the east side of the tabernacle were Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. They were the fourth, fifth, and sixth sons of Jacob by Leah. The number of men eligible for military service was given for each tribe. The name of the tribal leader is also given. These tribes were to move out first ahead of the tabernacle when the Israelites made their way through the wilderness.

Numbers 2:10-16 meaning

The three tribes assigned to camp on the south side of the tabernacle were Reuben, Simeon, and Gad. The number of men eligible for military service was given for each tribe. The leaders are also named. These tribes were to move out second when the Israelites made their way through the wilderness.

Numbers 2:17 meaning

The next part of the procession was the tent of meeting (the tabernacle). The Levites, who camped around the tabernacle, were to move out with the tabernacle.

Numbers 2:18-24 meaning

The three tribes assigned to the west side of the tabernacle were Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin. These tribes were to move out third when the Israelites made their way through the wilderness.

Numbers 2:25-31 meaning

The three tribes assigned to the north side of the tabernacle were Dan, Asher, and Naphtali. The number of men eligible for military service was given for each tribe. Also their leaders were named. These tribes were to move out last when the Israelites made their way through the wilderness.

Numbers 2:32-34 meaning

The grand total of the number of available troops excluding the Levites is recorded here, and it is reported that the Israelites obeyed the commands of the LORD.