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The Fourth Book of Moses

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

(Part Two)


The 6th Chapter
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: speak unto children of Israel and say unto them: when either man or woman appoints to vow a vow of abstinence for to abstain unto the Lord, he shall abstain from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine or of strong drink, nor drink whatsoever is pressed out of grapes: and shall eat no fresh grapes neither yet dried, as long as his abstinence endures. Moreover he shall eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, no not so much as the kernels or the husk of the grape.
     And as long as the vow of his abstinence endures, there shall no razor nor shears come upon his head, until his days be out which he fasts unto the Lord, and he shall be holy and shall let the locks of his hair grow. As long as he abstains unto the Lord he shall come at no dead body: he shall not make himself unclean at the death of his father, mother, brother or sister: For the abstinence of his God is upon his head. And therefore as long as his abstinence lasts, he shall be holy unto the Lord.
     And if it fortune that any man by chance die suddenly before him, and defile the head of his abstinence, then must he shave his head the day of his cleansing: even the seventh day he shall shave it. And the eighth day he shall bring two turtles or two young pigeons to the priest, unto the door of the tabernacle of witness. And the priest shall offer the one for a sinoffering and the other for a burntoffering and make an atonement for him, as concerning that he sinned upon the dead, and shall also hallow his head the same day and he shall abstain unto the Lord the time of his abstinency, and shall bring a lamb of an year old for a trespass offering: but the days that were before are lost, because his abstinence was defiled. This is the law of the abstainer, when the time of his abstinence is out he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of witness and he shall bring his offering unto the Lord: an he lamb of a year old without blemish for a brurntoffering and a she lamb of a year old without blemish for a sinoffering, a ram without blemish also for a peaceoffering, and a basket of sweet bread of fine flour mingled with oil and wafers of sweet bread anointed with oil with meatofferings and drinkofferings that long thereto. And the priest shall bring him before the Lord and offer his sinoffering and his brurntoffering, and shall offer the ram for a peaceoffering unto the Lord with the basket of sweet bread, and the priest shall offer also his meatoffering and his drinkoffering. And the abstainer shall shave his head in the door of the tabernacle of witness and shall take the hair of his sober head and put it in the fire which is under the peaceoffering. Then the priest shall take the sodden shoulder of the ram and one sweet cake out of the basket and one sweet wafer also and put them in the hand of the abstainer after he has shaven his abstinence off, and the priest shall wave them unto the Lord, which offering shall be holy unto the priest with the wavebreast and heave shoulder: and then the abstainer may drink wine. This is the law of the abstainer which has vowed his offering unto the Lord for his abstinence, besides that his hand can get. And according to the vow which he vowed, even so he must do in the law of his abstinence.
     And the Lord talked with Moses saying: speak unto Aaron and his sons saying: of this wise you shall bless the children of Israel saying unto them.
     The Lord bless you and keep you.
     The Lord make his face shine upon you and be merciful unto you.
     The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. For you shall put my name upon the children of Israel, that I may bless them.

The 7th Chapter
     And when Moses had full set up the habitation and anointed it and sanctified it and all the apparel thereof, and had anointed and sanctified the altar also and all the vessels thereof: then the princes of Israel heads over the houses of their fathers which were the Lords of the tribes that stood and numbered, offered and brought their gifts before the Lord six covered chariots and twelve oxen: two and two a chariot and an ox every man, and they brought them before the habitation.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: take it of them and let them be to do the service of the tabernacle of witness, and give them unto the Levites, every man according unto his office. And Moses took the chariots and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites: two chariots and four oxen he gave unto the sons of Gerson according unto their office. And four chariots and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari according unto their offices, under the hands of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. But unto the sons of Cahas he gave none, for the office that pertained to them was holy, and therefore they must bear upon shoulders.
     And the princes offered unto the dedicating of the altar in the day that it was anointed, and brought their gifts before the altar. And the Lord said unto Moses: let the princes bring their offerings, every day one prince, unto the dedicating of the altar.
     He that offered his offering the first day, was Nahesson the son of Aminadab of the tribe of Juda. And his offering was: a silver charger, of an hundred and thirty sickles weight: and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle, both of them full of fine wheaten flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a spoon of ten sickles of gold full of cense: and an bullock, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering: and for peaceofferings two oxen five rams five he goats and five lambs of a year old. And this was the gift of Nahesson the son of Aminadab.
     The second day, did Nathaneel offer, the son of Zuar, captain over Isachar. And his offering which he brought was: a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight: and a silver bowl of seventy sickles, of the holy sickle: and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a golden spoon of ten sickles, full of cense. And an bullock, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and for peaceofferings two oxen five rams, five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Nathaneel the son of Zuar.
     The third day, Eliab the son of Helon the chiefest among the children of Zabulon, brought his offering. And his offering was, a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight, and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle, and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a golden spoon of ten sickles full of cense: and an ox and a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering: and for peaceofferings two oxen five rams five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Eliab the son of Helon.
     The fourth day, Elizur the son of Sedeur, chief lord among the children of Ruben, brought his offering. And his gift was: a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight, and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle, and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a golden spoon of ten sickles full of cense: and an bullock, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering: and for peaceofferings two oxen five rams five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Elizur the son of Sedeur.
     The fifth day, Selumiel the son of Zuri Sadai, chief lord among the children of Simeon, offered. whose gift was: a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight, and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle, and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a golden spoon of ten sickles full of cense: and an bullock, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering: and for peaceofferings two oxen five rams five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Selumiel the son of Zuri Sadai.
     The sixth day, Eliasaph the son of Deguel the chief lord among the children of Gad, offered: whose gift was: a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight, and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle, and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a golden spoon of ten sickles full of cense. And an ox, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering. And for peaceofferings two oxen five rams five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Eliasaph the son of Deguel.
     The seventh day, Elisama the son of Amihud, the chief lord of the children of Ephraim, offered. And his gift was: a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight: and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle: and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: and a golden spoon of ten sickles, full of cense. And an bullock, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering: and for peaceofferings two oxen five rams five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Elisama the son of Amihud.
     The eighth day, offered Gamaliel the son of Pedazur, the chief lord of the children of Manasse. And his gift was: a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight: and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle, and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a golden spoon of ten sickles full of cense: And an bullock, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering: and for peaceofferings two oxen five rams five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Gamaliel the son of Pedazur.
     The ninth day, Abidan the son of Gedeoni the chief lord among the children of BenJamin offered. And his gift was: a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight: and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle, and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a golden spoon of ten sickles full of cense: and an bullock, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering: and for peaceofferings two oxen five rams five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Abidan the son of Gedeoni.
     The tenth day, Ahiezer the son of Ammi Sadai, chief lord among the children of Dan offered. And his gift was: a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight: and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle: and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a golden spoon of ten sickles full of cense: and an bullock, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering: and for peaceofferings two oxen five rams five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Ahiezer the son of Ammi Sadai.
     The eleventh day, Pagiel the son of Ocran the chief lord among the children of Asser offered: And his gift was: a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight: and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle, and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a golden spoon of ten sickles full of cense: And an bullock, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering: and for peaceofferings two oxen, five rams five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Pagiel the son of Ocran.
     The twelfth day, Ahira the son of Enan, chief lord among the children of Naphtali offered. And his gift was: a silver charger of an hundred and thirty sickles weight: and a silver bowl of seventy sickles of the holy sickle, and both full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meatoffering: and a golden spoon of twenty sickles full of cense: and an bullock, a ram and a lamb of a year old for brurntofferings, and an he goat for a sinoffering: and for peaceofferings two oxen five rams five he goats and five lambs of one year old. And this was the offering of Ahira, the son of Enan.
     Of this manner was the dedication of the altar, when it was anointed: unto the which was brought of the princes of Israel twelve chargers of silver twelve silver bowls and twelve spoons of gold: every charger containing an hundred and thirty sickles of silver, and every bowl seventy so that all the silver of all the vessels, was two thousand and four hundred sickles of the holy sickle. And the twelve golden spoons which were full of cense, contained ten sickles apiece of the holy sickle: so that all the gold of the spoons, was an hundred and twenty sickles.
     All the oxen that were brought for the brurntofferings were twelve and the rams twelve and the lambs twelve of a year old apiece, with the meatofferings: with he goats for sinofferings. And all the oxen of the peaceofferings were twenty four the rams sixty the goats sixty and lambs of a year old apiece sixty and this was the dedication of the altar, after that it was anointed.
     And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of witness to speak with him, he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from of the mercy seat that was upon the ark of witness: even from between the two cherubins he spoke unto him.

The 8th Chapter
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: speak unto Aaron and say unto him: when you put on the lamps see that they light all seven upon the forefront of the candlestick. And Aaron did even so, and put the lamps upon the forefront of the candlestick, as the Lord commanded Moses, and the work of the candlestick was of stiff gold: both the shaft and the flowers thereof. And according unto the vision which the Lord had showed Moses even so he made the candlestick.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them. And this do unto them when you clean them, sprinkle water of purifying upon them and make a razor to run along upon all the flesh of them, and let them wash their clothes, and then they shall be clean. And let them take a bullock and his meatoffering, fine flour mingled with oil: and another bullock shall you take to be a sinoffering.
     Then bring the Levites before the tabernacle of witness and gather the whole multitude of the children of Israel together. And bring the Levites before the Lord, and let the children of Israel put their hands upon the Levites. And let Aaron heave the Levites before the Lord, for an heaveoffering given of the children of Israel, and then let them be appointed to wait upon the service of the Lord.
     And let the Levites put their hands upon the heads of the bullocks, and then offer them: the one for a sinoffering and the other for a brurntoffering unto the Lord, to make an atonement for the Levites. And make the Levites stand before Aaron and his sons, and have them to be a heaveoffering unto the Lord. And you shall separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, that they be mine: and after that let them go and do the service of the tabernacle of witness.
     Cleanse them and wave them, for they are given unto me from among the children of Israel for I have taken them unto me for all the first born that open any matrice among the children of Israel.
     For all the first born among the children of Israel are mine both man and beast: because the same time that I smote the first born in the land of Egypt, I sanctified them for myself: and I have taken the Levites for all the first born among the children of Israel, and have given them unto Aaron and his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of witness and to make an atonement for the children of Israel, that there be no plague among the children of Israel, if they come near unto the sanctuary.
     And Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel did unto the Levites according unto all that the Lord commanded Moses. And the Levites purified themselves, and washed their clothes. And Aaron waved them before the Lord, and made an atonement for them to cleanse them. And after that they went in to do their service in the tabernacle of witness, before Aaron and his sons. And according as the Lord had commanded Moses as concerning the Levites, even so they did unto them.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: this shall be the manner of the Levites: from twenty five years upward they shall go in to wait upon the service in the tabernacle of witness, and at fifty they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall labor no more: but shall minister unto their brethren in the tabernacle of witness, and there wait, but shall do no more service. And see that you do after this manner unto the Levites in their waiting times.

The 9th Chapter
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they: were come out of the land of Egypt saying: let the children of Israel offer Passover in his season: even the fourteenth day of this month at even they shall keep it in his season, according to all the ordinances and manners thereof. And Moses bade the children of Israel that they should offer Passover, and they offered Passover the fourteenth day of the first month at even in the wilderness of Sinai: and did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses.
     And it chanced that certain men which were defiled with a dead corpse that they might not offer Passover the same day, came before Moses and Aaron the same time, and said: we are defiled upon a dead corpse, wherefore are we kept back that we may not offer an offering unto the Lord in the due season, among the children of Israel? And Moses said unto them: tarry, that I may hear what the Lord will command you. And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: speak unto the children of Israel and say: If any man among you or your children after you be unclean by the reason of a corpse or is in the way far off, then let him offer Passover unto the Lord: the fourteenth day of the second month at even, and eat it with sweet bread and sour herbs, and let them leave none of it unto the morning nor break any bone of it. And according to all the ordinance of the Passover let them offer it.
     But if a man be clean and not let in a journey, and yet was negligent to offer Passover, the same soul shall perish from his people, because he brought not an offering unto the Lord in his due season: and he shall bear his sin. And when a stranger dwells among you and will offer Passover unto the Lord according to the ordinance of Passover and manner thereof shall he offer it. And you shall have one law both for the stranger and for him that was born at home in the land.
     And the same day that the habitation was reared up, a cloud covered it on high upon the tabernacle of witness: and at even there was upon the habitation, as it were the similitude of fire until the morning. And so it was always, that the cloud covered it by day, and the similitude of fire by night. And when the cloud was taken up from of the tabernacle, then the children of Israel journeyed: and where the cloud abode there the children of Israel pitched their tents. At the mouth of the Lord the children of Israel journeyed, and at the mouth of the Lord they pitched. And as long as the cloud abode upon the habitation, they lay still, and when the cloud tarried still upon the habitation long time, the children of Israel waited upon the Lord and journeyed not.
     If it chanced that the cloud abode any space of time upon the habitation, then they kept their tents at the mouth of the Lord: and they journeyed also at the commandment of the Lord. And if it happened that the cloud was upon the habitation from evening unto morning and was taken up in the morning then they journeyed. Whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed. But when the cloud tarried two days or a month or a long season upon the habitation, as long as it tarried thereon, the children of Israel kept their tents and journeyed not. And as soon as the cloud was taken up, they journeyed. At the mouth of the Lord they rested, and at the commandment of the Lord they journeyed. And thus they kept the watch of the Lord, at the commandment of the Lord by the hand of Moses.

The 10th Chapter
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: Make you two trumpets of beaten silver, that you may use them to call the congregation together, and when the host shall journey. When they blow with them, all the multitude shall resort to you, unto the door of the tabernacle of witness. If but one trumpet blow only, then the princes which are heads over the thousands of Israel shall come unto you. And when you trump the first time, the hosts that lie on the east parts shall go forward.
     And when you trump the second time, then the hosts that lie on the south side shall take their journey: for they shall trump when they take their journeys. And in gathering the congregation together, you shall blow and not trump. And the sons of Aaron the priests shall blow the trumpets and shall have them and it shall be a law unto you for ever and among your children after you.
     And when you shall go to war in your land against your enemies that vex you, you shall trump with the trumpets and you shall be remembered before the Lord your God and saved from your enemies. Also when you be merry in your feast days and in the first days of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt sacrifices and peaceofferings, that it may be a remembrance of you before your God. I am the Lord your God.
     And it came to pass the twentieth day of the second month in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from off the habitation of witness. And the children of Israel took their journey out of the desert of Sinai, and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Pharan. And the first took their journey at the mouth of the Lord, by the hand of Moses: even the standard of the host of Juda removed first with their armies, whose captain was Nahason the son of Aminadab. And over the host of the tribe of the children of Isachar, was Nathanael the son of Zuar. And over the host of the tribe of the children of Zabulon, was Eliab the son of Helon. And the habitation was taken down: and the sons of Gerson and Merari went forth bearing the habitation.
     Then the standard of the host of Ruben went forth with their armies, whose captain was Elizur the son of Sedeur. And over the host of the tribe of the children of Simeon, was Salamiel the son of Zuri saddai. And over the host of the tribe of the children of Gad was Eliasaph the son of Deguel. Then the Cahasites went forward and bare the holy things, and the other did set up the habitation against they came.
     Then the standard of the host of the children of Ephraim went forth with their armies, whose captain was Elisama the son of Amiud. And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Manasse, was Gamaliel the son of Pedazur. And over the host of the tribe of the sons of BenJamin, was Abidan the son of Gedeoni.
     And hindmost of all the host came the standard of the host of the children of Dan with their armies: whose captain was, Ahiezar the son of Ammi Saddai. And over the host of the tribe of the children of Asser, was Pagiel the son of Ochran. And over the host of the tribe of the children of Nephthali, was Ahira the son of Enan, of this manner were the journeys of the children of Israel, with their armies when they removed.
     And Moses said unto Hobab the son of Raguel the Madianite, Moses father in law: we go unto the place of which the Lord said I will give it you. Go with us and we will do you good, for the Lord has promised good unto Israel. And he said unto him: I will not: but will go to mine own land and to my kindred. And Moses said, Oh no, leave us not, for you know where is best for us to pitch in the wilderness: and you shall be our eyes. And if you go with us, look what goodness the Lord shows upon us, the same we will show upon you.
     And they departed from the mount of the Lord three days journey, and the ark of the testament of the Lord went before them in the three days journey to search out a resting place for them. And the cloud of the Lord was over them by day, when they went out of the tents.
     And when the ark went forth, Moses said: Rise up Lord and let your enemies be scattered, and let them that hate you flee before you. And when the ark rested, he said: return Lord, unto the many thousands of Israel.

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