“Then the Tent of Meeting (tabernacle) shall move out with the camp of the Levites in the middle of the [other] camps; just as they camp so shall they move out, every man in his place by their standards.
“Then the tent of meeting, with the camp of the L’vi’im, will set out, with the other camps in front and behind. They will go in the same order as their camps are set up — each man will go forward in his position, under his banner.
And the tabernacle of the testimony shall be carried by the officers of the Levites and their troops. As it shall be set up, so shall it be taken down. Every one shall march according to their places, and ranks.
When the camp of the Levites march out with the Meeting Tent, they will be in the middle of the other camps. The tribes will march out in the same order as they camp, each in its place under its ·flag [banner].
¶ Then the Tabernacle of the Congregation shall go with the host of the Levites, in the midst of the camp as they have pitched, so shall they go forward, every man in his order, according to their standards.
Then shall set forward the tabernacle of the testimony, the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camps, in the manner that they encamp, so shall they set forward, each one in his place by their standards.
Here are the tribal locations: Tribe Leader Location Census Judah Nahshon (son of Amminadab) East side of Tabernacle 74,600 Issachar Nethanel (son of Zuar) Next to Judah 54,400 Zebulun Eliab (son of Helon) Next to Issachar 57,400 So the total of all those on Judah’s side of the camp was 186,400. These three tribes led the way whenever the Israelites traveled to a new campsite. Reuben Elizur (son of Shedeur) South side of Tabernacle 46,500 Simeon Shelumiel (son of Zurishaddai) Next to Reuben 59,300 Gad Eliasaph (son of Reuel*) Next to Simeon 45,650 So the total of the Reuben side of the camp was 151,450. These three tribes were next in line whenever the Israelis traveled. Next in the line of march was the Tabernacle, with the Levites. When traveling, each tribe stayed together under its own flag, just as each was separate from the others in camp. Ephraim Elishama (son of Ammihud) West side of Tabernacle 40,500 Manasseh Gamaliel (son of Pedahzur) Next to Ephraim 32,200 Benjamin Abidan (son of Gideoni) Next to Manasseh 35,400 So the total on the Ephraim side of the camp was 108,100, and they were next in the line of march. Dan Ahiezer (son of Ammishaddai) North side of Tabernacle 62,700 Asher Pagiel (son of Ochran) Next to Dan 41,500 Naphtali Ahira (son of Enan) Next to Asher 53,400 So the total on Dan’s side of the camp was 157,600. They brought up the rear whenever Israel traveled.
Then the camp of the Levites will start out. The tent of meeting will go with them. They will march in the middle of the other camps. They will start out in the same order as they do when they set up camp. Each one will be in their own place under their flag.
“Then the Tabernacle, carried by the Levites, will set out from the middle of the camp. All the tribes are to travel in the same order that they camp, each in position under the appropriate family banner.
The congregation tent, with its attendant Levites, shall always camp and move at the center of these divisions. Their camping order shall be the same as their order when they travel—well organized, each identified by its own banner.
Soothly the tabernacle of witnessing shall be raised up by the offices of deacons, and by their companies; as it shall be raised up by them, so it shall be taken down by them; all they shall go forth by their places and orders. (The Tabernacle of the Witnessing shall be raised up by the companies of the Levites; it shall be raised up by them, and it shall be taken down by them; and they all shall go forth in their proper place and order.)
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