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Numbers 2


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Numbers 2:1-2

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

Numbers 2:3-9

The three tribes assigned to the east side of the tabernacle were Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. These tribes were to move out first ahead of the tabernacle when the Israelites made their way through the wilderness.

Numbers 2:10-16

The three tribes assigned to camp on the south side of the tabernacle were Reuben, Simeon, and Gad. These tribes were to move out second when the Israelites made their way through the wilderness.

Numbers 2:17

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

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

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. These tribes were to move out last when the Israelites made their way through the wilderness.

Numbers 2:32-34

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.