The Second Census
1+ After the epidemic the LORD said to Moses and Eleazar son of Aaron, 2“Take a census by families of the whole community of Israel, of all men twenty years old or older who are fit for military service.” 3-4Moses and Eleazar obeyed, and called together all the men of that age group. They assembled in the plains of Moab across the River Jordan from Jericho.
These were the Israelites who came out of Egypt:
5The tribe of Reuben (Reuben was the eldest son of Jacob): the clans of Hanoch, Pallu, 6Hezron, and Carmi. 7These clans numbered 43,730 men. 8The descendants of Pallu were Eliab 9and his sons Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. (These are the Dathan and Abiram who were chosen by the community. They defied Moses and Aaron and joined the followers of Korah when they rebelled against the LORD. 10The ground opened and swallowed them, and they died with Korah and his followers when fire destroyed 250 men; they became a warning to the people. 11But the sons of Korah were not killed.)
12The tribe of Simeon: the clans of Nemuel, Jamin, Jachin, 13Zerah, and Shaul. 14These clans numbered 22,200 men.
15The tribe of Gad: the clans of Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, 16Ozni, Eri, 17Arod, and Areli. 18These clans numbered 40,500 men.
19-21The tribe of Judah: the clans of Shelah, Perez, Zerah, Hezron, and Hamul. (Two of Judah's sons, Er and Onan, had died in the land of Canaan.) 22These clans numbered 76,500 men.
23The tribe of Issachar: the clans of Tola, Puah, 24Jashub, and Shimron. 25These clans numbered 64,300 men.
26The tribe of Zebulun: the clans of Sered, Elon, and Jahleel. 27These clans numbered 60,500 men.
28The tribes of Joseph, who was the father of two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
29The tribe of Manasseh: Machir son of Manasseh was the father of Gilead, and the following clans traced their ancestry to Gilead: 30the clans of Iezer, Helek, 31Asriel, Shechem, 32Shemida, and Hepher. 33Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons, but only daughters; their names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 34These clans numbered 52,700 men.
35The tribe of Ephraim: the clans of Shuthelah, Becher, and Tahan. 36The clan of Eran traced its descent from Shuthelah. 37These clans numbered 32,500 men.
These are the clans descended from Joseph.
38The tribe of Benjamin: the clans of Bela, Ashbel, Ahiram, 39Shephupham, and Hupham. 40The clans of Ard and Naaman traced their descent from Bela. 41These clans numbered 45,600 men.
42The tribe of Dan: the clan of Shuham, 43which numbered 64,400 men.
44The tribe of Asher: the clans of Imnah, Ishvi, and Beriah. 45The clans of Heber and Malchiel traced their descent from Beriah. 46Asher had a daughter named Serah. 47These clans numbered 53,400 men.
48The tribe of Naphtali: the clans of Jahzeel, Guni, 49Jezer, and Shillem. 50These clans numbered 45,400 men.
51The total number of the Israelite men was 601,730.
52+ The LORD said to Moses, 53“Divide the land among the tribes, according to their size. 54-56Divide the land by drawing lots, and give a large share to a large tribe and a small one to a small tribe.”
57The tribe of Levi consisted of the clans of Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 58Their descendants included the sub-clans of Libni, Hebron, Mahli, Mushi, and Korah. Kohath was the father of Amram, 59who was married to Levi's daughter Jochebed, who was born in Egypt. She bore Amram two sons, Aaron and Moses, and a daughter, Miriam. 60+ Aaron had four sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 61+ Nadab and Abihu died when they offered unholy fire to the LORD. 62The male Levites who were one month old or older numbered 23,000. They were listed separately from the rest of the Israelites, because they were not given any property in Israel.
63All these clans were listed by Moses and Eleazar when they took a census of the Israelites in the plains of Moab across the River Jordan from Jericho. 64There was not even one man left among those whom Moses and Aaron had listed in the first census in the Sinai Desert. 65+ The LORD had said that all of them would die in the wilderness, and except for Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun they all did.
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