I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. 3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. 5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. 7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. 8 They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness. 9 He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
Psalm 111:1This psalm is an acrostic poem, the lines of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
34 Moses, Aaron and the leaders of the community counted the Kohathites by their clans and families.35 All the men from thirty to fifty years of age who came to serve in the work at the tent of meeting,36 counted by clans, were 2,750.37 This was the total of all those in the Kohathite clans who served at the tent of meeting. Moses and Aaron counted them according to the Lord’s command through Moses.
38 The Gershonites were counted by their clans and families.39 All the men from thirty to fifty years of age who came to serve in the work at the tent of meeting,40 counted by their clans and families, were 2,630.41 This was the total of those in the Gershonite clans who served at the tent of meeting. Moses and Aaron counted them according to the Lord’s command.
42 The Merarites were counted by their clans and families.43 All the men from thirty to fifty years of age who came to serve in the work at the tent of meeting,44 counted by their clans, were 3,200.45 This was the total of those in the Merarite clans. Moses and Aaron counted them according to the Lord’s command through Moses.
46 So Moses, Aaron and the leaders of Israel counted all the Levites by their clans and families.47 All the men from thirty to fifty years of age who came to do the work of serving and carrying the tent of meeting48 numbered 8,580.49 At the Lord’s command through Moses, each was assigned his work and told what to carry.
Thus they were counted, as the Lord commanded Moses.
The Purity of the Camp
5 The Lord said to Moses,2 “Command the Israelites to send away from the camp anyone who has a defiling skin disease[a] or a discharge of any kind, or who is ceremonially unclean because of a dead body.3 Send away male and female alike; send them outside the camp so they will not defile their camp, where I dwell among them.”4 The Israelites did so; they sent them outside the camp. They did just as the Lord had instructed Moses.
Numbers 5:2The Hebrew word for defiling skin disease, traditionally translated “leprosy,” was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
2 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
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