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The Fourth Book of Moses

also called Numbers
(from middle English, French from the Latin)


The 1st Chapter
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of witness, the first day of the second month, and in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt saying: take you the sum of all the multitude of the children of Israel, in their kindreds and households of their fathers and number them by name all that are males, poll by poll, from twenty years and above: even all that are able to go forth in to war in Israel, you and Aaron shall number them in their armies, and with you shall be of every tribe a head man in the house of his father.
     And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: in Ruben, Elizur the son of Sedeur: in Simeon, Selumiel the son of Zuri Sadai: in the tribe of Juda, Nahesson the son of Aminadab: in Isachar, Nathaneel the son of Zuar: of Zabulon, Eliab the son of Helon. Among the children of Joseph: of Ephraim, Elisama the son of Amihud: of Manasse, Gamaliel the son of Pedazur: of BenJamin, Abidan the son of Gedeoni: of Dan, Ahiezer the son of Ammi Sadai: of Aser, Pagiel the son of Ochran: of Gad, Elisaph the son of Deguel: of Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan.
     These were counsellors of the congregation and lords in the tribes of their fathers and captains over thousands in Israel. And Moses and Aaron took these men above named and gathered all the congregation together, the first day of the second month, and reckoned them after their birth and kindreds and houses of their fathers by name from twenty years and above head by head, as the Lord commanded Moses, even so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.
     And the children of Ruben Israels eldest son in their generations, kindreds and houses of their fathers, when they were numbered every man by name, all that were males from twenty years and above, as many as were able to go forth in war: were numbered in the tribe of Ruben, forty six thousand and five hundred.
     Among the children of Simeon: their generation in their kindreds and houses of their fathers (when every mans name was told) of all the males from twenty years and above, whatsoever was meet for the war: were numbered in the tribe of Simeon forty nine thousand and three hundred.
     Among the children of Gad: their generation in their kindreds and households of their fathers, when they were told by name, from twenty years and above, all that were meet for the war: were numbered in the tribe of Gad forty five thousand, six hundred and fifty.
     Among the children of Juda: their generation in their kindreds and houses of their fathers (by the number of names) from twenty years and above, all that were able to war, were told in the tribe of Juda seventy four thousand and six hundred.
     Among the children of Isachar: their generation, in their kindreds and houses of their fathers (when their names were counted) from twenty years and above, whatsoever was apt for war, were numbered in the tribe of Isachar fifty four thousand and four hundred.
     Among the children of Zabulon: their generation, in their kindreds and houses of their fathers (after the number of names) from twenty years and above, whosoever was meet for the war: were counted in the tribe of Zabulon fifty seven thousand and four hundred.
Among the children of Joseph: first among the children of Ephraim: their generation, in their kindreds and houses of their fathers (when the names of all that were apt to the war were told) from twenty years and above: were in number in the tribe of Ephraim, forty thousand, and six hundred.
     Among the children of Manasse: their generation, in their kindreds and houses of their fathers (when the names of all that were apt to war were told) from twenty and above were numbered in the tribe of Manasse thirty two thousand and two hundred.
     Among the children of BenJamin: their generation, in their kindreds and houses of their fathers (by the tale of names) from twenty years and above of all that were meet for war, were numbered in the tribe of BenJamin thirty five thousand and four hundred.
     Among the children of Dan: their generation in their kindreds and houses of their fathers (in the sum of names) of all that was apt to war from twenty years and above, were numbered in the tribe of Dan fifty seven thousand and seven hundred.
     Among the children of Asser: their generation, in their kindreds and houses of their fathers (when they were summed by name) from twenty years and above, all that were apt to war were numbered in the tribe of Asser forty one thousand and five hundred.
     Among the children of Naphtali: their generation in their kindreds and houses of their fathers (when their names were told) from twenty years and above, whatsoever was meet to war: were numbered in the tribe of Naphtali three and fifty thousand and four hundred.
     These are the numbers which Moses and Aaron numbered with the twelve princes of Israel: of every house of their fathers a man. And all the numbers of the children of Israel, in the houses of their fathers, from twenty years and above, whatsoever was meet for the war in Israel, drew unto the sum of six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty. But the Levites in the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: only see that you number not the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel. But you shall appoint the Levites unto the habitation of witness, and to all the apparel thereof and unto all that longs thereto. For they shall bear the tabernacle and all the ordinance thereof, and they shall minister it and shall pitch their tents round about it. And when the tabernacle goes forth the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is pitched, they shall set it up: for if any stranger come near, he shall die. And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man in his own company and every man by his own standard throughout all their hosts. But the Levites shall pitch round about the habitation of witness, that there fall no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel, and the Levites shall wait upon the habitation of witness. And the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses.

The 2nd Chapter
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron saying: The children of Israel shall pitch: every man by his own standard with the armies of their fathers houses, a way from the presence of the tabernacle of witness
     On the eastside toward the rising of the *son, shall they of the standard of the host of Juda pitch with their armies: And Nahesson the son of Aminadab shall be captain over the sons of Juda. And his host and the number of them seventy four thousand and six hundred. And next unto him shall the tribe of Isachar pitch and Nathaneel the son of Zuar captain over the children of Isachar, his host and the number of them fifty four thousand and four hundred. * sonne for son; exact spelling
     And then the tribe of Zabulon: with Eliab the son of Helon, captain over the children of Zabulon, and his host in the number of them: fifty seven thousand and four hundred. So that all they that pertain unto the host of Juda, are an hundred thousand eighty six thousand and four hundred in their companies: and these shall go in the forefront, when they journey.
     And on the south side, the standard of the host of Ruben shall lie with their companies and the captain over the sons of Ruben, Elizur the son of Sedeur, and his host and the number of them forty six thousand, and five hundred. And fast by him shall the tribe of Simeon pitch, and the captain over the sons of Simeon. Salumiel the son of Zuri Sadai, and his host and the number of them forty nine thousand and three hundred. And the tribe of Cad also: And the captain over the sons of Cad, Eliasaph the son of Deguel and his host and the number of them forty five thousand six hundred and fifty. So that all the number that pertain unto the host of Ruben, are an hundred thousand, fifty one thousand, four hundred and fifty, with their companies, and they shall be the second in the journey.
     And the tabernacle of witness with the host of the Levites, shall go in the midst of the hosts: as they lie in their tents, even so shall they proceed in the journey, every man in his quarter about their standards.
     On the west side, the standard and the host of Ephraim shall lie with their companies. And the captain over the sons of Ephraim, Elisama the son of Amihud: and his host and the number of them forty thousand and five hundred.
     And fast by him, the tribe of Manasse, and the captain over the sons of Manasse, Gamaliel the son of Peda Zur and his host and the number of them thirty two thousand and two hundred. And the tribe of BenJamin also: and the captain over the sons of BenJamin, Abidan the son of Gedeoni, and his host and the number of them thirty five thousand and four hundred. All the number that pertained unto the host of Ephraim, were an hundred thousand eight thousand and an hundred in their hosts: and they shall be the third in the journey.
     And the standard and the host of Dan shall lie on the north side with their companies: and the captain over the children of Dan, Ahiezer the son of Ammi Sadai: and his host and the number of them sixty two thousand and seven hundred. And fast by him shall the tribe of Asser pitch: and the captain over the sons of Asser, Pagiel the son of Ochran: and his host and the number of them forty one thousand and five hundred. And the tribe of Naphtali also, and the captain over the children of Naphtali: Ahira the son of Enan: and his host and the number of them fifty three thousand and four hundred. So that the whole number of all that pertained unto the host of Dan, was an hundred thousand fifty seven thousand and six hundred. And they shall be the last in the journey with their standards.
     These are the sums of the children of Israel in the houses of their fathers: even all the numbers of the hosts with their companies six hundred thousand three thousand five hundred and fifty. And yet the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel, as the Lord commanded Moses. And the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, and so they pitched with their standards, and so they journeyed: every man in his kindred, and in the household of his father.

The 3rd Chapter
     These are the generations of Aaron and Moses, when the Lord spoke unto Moses in Mount Sinai, and these are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the eldest son, and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. These are the names of the sons of Aaron which were Priests anointed and their hands filled to minister, but Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord, as they brought strange fire before the Lord in the wilderness of Sinai, and had no children. And Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the sight of Aaron their father.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: bring the tribe of Levi, and set them before Aaron the priest, and let them serve him and wait upon him, and upon all the multitude, before the tabernacle of witness, to do the service of the habitation. And they shall wait upon all the apparel of the tabernacle of witness, and upon the children of Israel, to do the service of the habitation. And you shall give the Levites unto Aaron and his sons, for they are given unto him of the children of Israel. And you shall appoint Aaron and his sons to wait on their Priests office: and the stranger that comes nigh, shall die for it.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel, for all the first born that opens the matrice among the children of Israel, so that the Levites shall be mine: because all the first born are mine: for the same day that I smote all the first born in the land of Egypt, I hallowed unto me all the first born in Israel, both man and beast, and mine they shall be: for I am the Lord.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai saying: Number the children of Levi in the houses of their fathers and kindreds, all that are males from a month old and above. And Moses numbered them at the word of the Lord, as he was commanded. And these are the names of the children of Levi: Gerson, Cahas, and Merari. And these are the names of the children of Gerson in their kindreds: Libni and Semei. And the sons of Cahas in their kindred were Amram, Jezehar, Hebron and Osiel. And the sons of Merari in their kindreds were Maheli and Musi. These are the kindreds of Levi in the houses of their fathers.
     And of Gerson came the kindred of the Libnites and the Semeites, which are the kindreds of the Gersonites. And the sum of them (when all the males were told) from a month old and above, were seven thousand and five hundred. And the kindreds of the Gersonites pitched behind the habitation westward. And the captain of the most ancient house among the Gersonites, was Eliasaph the son of Lael. And the office of the children of Gerson in the tabernacle of witness was to keep the habitation and the tent with the covering thereof and the hanging of the door of the tabernacle of witness, and the hangings of the court, and the curtain of the door of the court: which court went round about the dwelling, and the altar, and the cords that pertained unto all the service thereof. And of Cahas came the kindred of the Amramites and the kindred of the Jezeharites and of the Hebronites and of the Osielites: And these are the kindreds of the Cahasites. And the number of all the males from a month old and above, was eight thousand and six hundred: which waited on the holy place. And the kindred of the children of Cahas, pitched on the south side of the dwelling. And the captain in the most ancient house of the kindreds of the Cahasites, was Elizaphan the son of Osiel, and their office was to keep the ark, the table, the candlestick, and the altar, and the holy vessels to minister with and the veil with all that served thereto. And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, was captain over all the captains of the Levites, and had the oversight of them that waited upon the holy things.
     And of Merari came the kindreds of the Mahelites and of the Musites: and these are the kindreds of the Merarites. And the number of them (when all the males from a month old and above was told) drew unto six thousand and two hundred. And the captain of the most ancient house among the kindreds of the Merarites, was Zuriel the son of Abihail which pitched on the north side of the dwelling. And the office of the sons of Merari was: the boards of the dwelling and the bars, pillars with the sockets thereof, and all the instruments thereof and all that served thereto: and the pillars of the court round about and their sockets, with their pins and cords. But on the forefront of the habitation and before the tabernacle of witness eastward, shall Moses and Aaron and his sons pitch and wait on the sanctuary in the stead of the children of Israel. And the stranger that comes nigh, shall die for it. And the whole sum of the Levites which Moses and Aaron numbered, at the commandment of the Lord throughout their kindreds, even of all the males of a month old and above, was twentytwo thousand.
     And the Lord said unto Moses: Number all the first born that are males among the children of Israel, from a month old and above, and take the number of their names. And you shall appoint the Levites to me the Lord, for all the first born among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites for the first born of the children of Israel. And Moses numbered as the Lord commanded him, all the first born of the children of Israel. And all the first born males, in the sum of names, from a month old and above, were numbered twenty two thousand two hundred and seventy three.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: take the Levites for all the first born of the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites for their cattle: and the Levites shall be mine which am the Lord. And for the redeeming of the two hundred and seventy three which are more than the Levites in the first born of the children of Israel, take five sickles of every piece, after the sickles of the holy place, twenty geras the sickles. And give the money wherewith the odd number of them is redeemed, unto Aaron and his sons. And Moses took the redemption money of the overplus that were more than the Levites, among the first born of the children of Israel: and it came to a thousand three hundred and sixty five sickles, of the holy sickle. And he gave that redemption money unto Aaron and his sons at the word of the Lord, even as the Lord commanded Moses.

The 4th Chapter
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron, and bade them take the sum of the children of Cahas from among the sons of Levi, in their kindreds and houses of their fathers from thirty years and above until fifty, all that were able to war, for to do the work in the tabernacle of witness. This shall be the office of the Kahas in the tabernacle of witness which is most holy. And when the host removes, Aaron and his sons shall come and take down the veil, and cover the ark of witness therewith, and shall put thereon a covering of taxus skins, and shall spread a cloth that is altogether of jacinth above all, and put the staves thereof in. And upon the show table, they shall spread a cloth of jacinth, and put thereon the dishes, spoons, flat pieces (flatware, knives etc) and pots to pour with, and the daily bread shall be thereon: and they shall spread upon them a covering of purple, and cover the same with a covering of taxus skins, and put the staves thereof in.
     And they shall take a cloth of jacinth and cover the candlestick of light and her lamps and her snuffers, and firepans, and all her oil vessels which they occupy about it, and shall put upon her and on all her instruments, a covering of taxus skins, and put it upon staves. And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of Jacinth, and put on her staves. And they shall take all the things which they occupy to minister with in the holy place, and put a cloth of Jacinth upon them and cover them with a covering of taxus skins and put them on staves. And they shall take away the ashes out of the altar, and spread a scarlet cloth thereon: and put about it, the firepans, the fleshhooks, the shovels, the basins and all that belongs unto the altar, and they shall spread upon it a covering of taxus skins, and put on the staves of it. And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary and all things of the sanctuary, against that the host remove, then the sons of Cahas shall come in for to bear, and so let them not touch the sanctuary least they die. And this is the charge of the sons of Cahas in the tabernacle of witness. And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, shall have the charge to prepare oil for the lights and sweet cense, and the daily meatoffering and the anointing oil, and the oversight of all the dwelling and of all that therein is, both over the sanctuary and over all that pertains thereto.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron saying: destroy not the tribe of the kindreds of the Cahasites, from among the Levites. But thus do unto them that they may live and not die, when they go unto the most holy place. Aaron and his sons shall go in and put them, every man unto his service and unto his burden. But let them not go in to see when they cover the sanctuary, least they die.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: Take the sum of the children of Gerson, in the houses of their fathers and in their kindreds: from thirty years and above, until fifty, all that are able to go forth in war, for to do service in the tabernacle of witness. And this is the service of the kindred of the Gersonites, to serve and to bear. They shall bear the curtains of the dwelling and the roof of the tabernacle of witness and his covering and the covering of taxus skins that is on high above upon it, and the hanging of the door of the tabernacle of witness: and the hanging of the court and the hanging of the gate of the court that is round about the dwelling and the altar, and the cords of them, and all the instruments that serve unto them and all that is made for them. And at the mouth of Aaron and his sons, shall all the service of the children of the Gersonites be done, in all their charges and in all their service, and you shall appoint them unto all their charges that they shall wait upon. And this is the service of the kindred of the children of the Gersonites in the tabernacle of witness, and their wait shall be in the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.
     And you shall number the sons of Merari in their kindreds and in the houses of their fathers, from thirty years and above unto fifty. All that is able to go forth in war, to do the service of the tabernacle of witness. And this is the charge that they must wait upon in all that they must serve in the tabernacle of witness: The boards of the dwelling, and the bars, pillars, and sockets thereof, and the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, pins and cords with all that pertains and serves unto them. And by name you shall reckon the things that they must wait upon to bear. This is the service of the kindreds of the sons of Merari in all their service in the tabernacle of witness by the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.
     And Moses and Aaron and the princes of the multitude numbered the sons of the Cahasites in their kindreds and houses of their fathers, from thirty years and above unto fifty, and that were able to go forth in the host and to do service in the tabernacle of witness. And the number of them in their kindreds were two thousand, seven hundred and fifty. These are the numbers of the kindreds of the Cahasites, of all that did service in the tabernacle of witness, which Moses and Aaron did number at the commandment of the Lord of by the hand of Moses. And the sons of Gerson were numbered in their kindreds and in the houses of their fathers, from thirty years up unto fifty, all that were able to go forth in the host for to do service in the tabernacle of witness. And the number of them in their kindreds, and in the houses of their fathers, was two thousand, six hundred and thirty. This is the number of the kindreds of the sons of Gerson, of all that did service in the tabernacle of witness, which Moses and Aaron did number at the commandment of the Lord.
     And the kindreds of the sons of Merari were numbered in their kindreds and in the houses of their fathers, from thirty years up unto fifty. All that were able to go forth with the host, to do service in the tabernacle of witness. And the number of them was in their kindreds, three thousand and two hundred. This is the number of the kindreds of the sons of Merari, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the bidding of the Lord, by the hand of Moses.
     The whole sum which Moses, Aaron and the lords of Israel numbered among the Levites in their kindreds and households of their fathers, from thirty years up unto fifty every man to do his office and service and to bear his burden in the tabernacle of witness: was eight thousand, five hundred and eighty which they numbered at the commandment of the Lord by the hand of Moses every man unto his service and burden: as the Lord commanded Moses.

The 5th Chapter
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: command the children of Israel that they put out of the host, all the lepers and all that have issues and all that are defiled upon the dead, whether they be males or females you shall put them out of the host, that they defile not the tents among which you dwell. And the children of Israel did so, and put them out of the host even as the Lord commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: speak unto the children of Israel: whether it be man or woman, when they have sinned any manner of sin which a man does wherewith a man trespasses against the Lord, so that the soul has done amiss: then they shall knowledge their sins which they have done, and restore again the hurt that they have done in the whole, and put the fifth part of it more thereto, and give it unto him whom he has trespassed against. But and if he that makes the amends have no man to do it to, then the amends that is made shall be the Lords and the Priests, beside the ram of the atonement offering wherewith he makes an atonement for himself. And all heave offerings of all the hallowed things which the children of Israel bring unto the priest, shall be the priests, and every mans hallowed things shall be his own, but whatsoever any man gives the priest, it shall be the priests.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them. If any mans wife go aside and trespass against him, so that another man lie with her fleshly and the thing be hid from the eyes of her husband and is not come to light that she is defiled (for there is no witness against her) in as much as she was not taken with the manner, and the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he is jealous over his wife and she defiled, or happily the spirit of jealousy comes upon him, and he is jealous over his wife and she yet undefiled. Then let her husband bring her unto the priest and bring an offering for her: the tenth part of an Epha of barley meal, but shall pour none oil thereunto, nor put frankincense thereon: for it is an offering of jealousy, and an offering that makes remembrance of sin.
     And let the priest bring her and set her before the Lord, and let him take holy water in an earthen vessel and of the dust that is in the floor of the habitation, and put it into the water. And the priest shall set the wife before the Lord and uncover her head, and put the memorial of the offering in her hands which is the jealousy offering, and the priest shall have bitter and cursing water in his hand, and he shall conjure her and shall say unto her: If no man have lien with you neither have gone aside, and defiled yourself behind your husband, then have you no harm of this bitter cursing water.
     But and if you have gone aside behind your husband and are defiled and some other man has lien with you beside your husband (and let the priest conjure her with the conjuration of the curse and say unto her) the Lord make you a curse and a conjuration among your people: so that the Lord make your thigh rot, and your belly swell and this bitter cursing water go into the bowels of you, that your belly swell and your thigh rot, and the wife shall say :Amen Amen.
     And the priest shall write this curse in a bill and wash it out in the bitter water. And when the cursing water is in her that it is bitter, then let the priest take the jealousy offering out of the wifes hand, and wave it before the Lord, and bring it unto the altar: and he shall take an handful of the memorial offering and burn it upon the altar, and then make her drink the water and when he has made her drink the water. If she be defiled and have trespassed against her husband, then shall the cursing water go into her and be so bitter, that her belly shall swell and her thigh shall rot, and she shall be a curse among her people. And if she be not defiled but is clean, then she shall have no harm, but that she may conceive.
     This is the law of jealousy, when a wife goes aside behind her husband and is defiled, or when the spirit of jealousy comes upon a man, so that he is jealous over his wife: then he shall bring her before the Lord, and the priest shall minister all this law unto her, and the man shall be guiltless, and the wife shall bear her sin.

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