Numbers 3:39
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English Standard Version
All those listed among the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron listed at the commandment of the LORD, by clans, all the males from a month old and upward, were 22,000.

King James Bible
All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty and two thousand.

American Standard Version
All that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of Jehovah, by their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty and two thousand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All the Levites, that Moses and Aaron numbered according to the precept of the Lord, by their families, of the male kind from one month and upward, were twenty-two thousand.

English Revised Version
All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, by their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty and two thousand.

Webster's Bible Translation
All that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty and two thousand.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The Merarites, who formed two families, comprising 6200 males, were to encamp on the north side of the tabernacle, under their prince Zuriel, and to observe the boards, bolts, pillars, and sockets of the dwelling-place (Exodus 26:15, Exodus 26:26, Exodus 26:32, Exodus 26:37), together with all the vessels thereof (the plugs and tools), and all that had to be done in connection therewith, also the pillars of the court with their sockets, the plugs and the cords (Exodus 27:10, Exodus 27:19; Exodus 35:18); that is to say, they were to take charge of these when the tabernacle was taken down, to carry them on the march, and to fix them when the tabernacle was set up again (Numbers 4:31-32).

Numbers 3:39 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

and Aaron, The word weaharon, and Aaron, has a point over each of its letters, probably designed as a mark of spuriousness. The word is wanting in the Samaritan, Syriac, and Coptic, and also in eight of Dr. Kennicott's and in four of De Rossi's MSS. Moses alone, as Houbigant observes, was commanded to number the Levites, for as the money with which the first-born were redeemed was to be paid to Aaron and his sons, it was decent that he, whose advantage it was that the number of the first-born should exceed, should not be authorized to take that number himself. Twenty and two thousand, this total does not agree with the particulars; for the Gershonites were

7500, the Kohathites

8600, and the Merarites

6200, which make a total of

22,300. Several methods of solving this difficulty have been proposed by learned men. Houbigant supposes there is an error in the enumeration of the Kohathites in ver.

Numbers 3:28 In the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were eight thousand and six hundred, keeping the charge of the sanctuary.

; the numeral shesh, 'six,' being written instead of shalosh, 'three', before 'hundred.' Dr. Kennicott's mode of reconciling the discrepancy, however, is the most simple. He supposes that an error has crept into the number of the Gershonites in ver.

Numbers 3:22 Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward...

, where instead of

7500 we should read

7200, as caph final, which stands for

500, might have been easily mistaken for resh,

200. (Dr. Kennicott on the Hebrew Text, vol.

Numbers 3:11 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

, p.212.) Either of these modes will equally reconcile the difference.

Numbers 4:47,48 From thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, every one that came to do the service of the ministry...

Numbers 26:62 And those that were numbered of them were twenty and three thousand, all males from a month old and upward...

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.

Cross References
Numbers 3:43
And all the firstborn males, according to the number of names, from a month old and upward as listed were 22,273.

Numbers 4:48
those listed were 8,580.

Numbers 26:62
And those listed were 23,000, every male from a month old and upward. For they were not listed among the people of Israel, because there was no inheritance given to them among the people of Israel.

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