The Two Bugles 10 1God spoke to Moses: 2“Make two bugles of hammered silver. Use them to call the congregation together and give marching orders to the camps. 3When you blow them, the whole community will meet you at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. 4“When a bugle gives a single, short blast, that’s the signal for the leaders, the heads of the clans, to assemble. 5When it gives a long blast, that’s the signal to march. At the first blast the tribes who were camped on the east set out. 6At the second blast the camps on the south set out. The long blasts are the signals to march. 7The bugle call that gathers the assembly is different from the signal to march. 8“The sons of Aaron, the priests, are in charge of blowing the bugles; it’s their assigned duty down through the generations. 9When you go to war against an aggressor, blow a long blast on the bugle so that God will notice you and deliver you from your enemies. 10Also at times of celebration, at the appointed feasts and New Moon festivals, blow the bugles over your Whole–Burnt–Offerings and Peace–Offerings: they will keep your attention on God. I am God, your God.” The March from Sinai to Paran 11In the second year, on the twentieth day of the second month, the Cloud went up from over The Dwelling of The Testimony. 12At that the People of Israel set out on their travels from the Wilderness of Sinai until the Cloud finally settled in the Wilderness of Paran. 13They began their march at the command of God through Moses. 14The flag of the camp of Judah led the way, rank after rank under the command of Nahshon son of Amminadab. 15Nethanel son of Zuar commanded the forces of the tribe of Issachar, 16and Eliab son of Helon commanded the forces of the tribe of Zebulun. 17As soon as The Dwelling was taken down, the Gershonites and the Merarites set out, carrying The Dwelling. 18The flag of the camp of Reuben was next with Elizur son of Shedeur in command. 19Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai commanded the forces of the tribe of Simeon; 20Eliasaph son of Deuel commanded the forces of the tribe of Gad. 21Then the Kohathites left, carrying the holy things. By the time they arrived The Dwelling would be set up. 22The flag of the tribe of Ephraim moved out next, commanded by Elishama son of Ammihud. 23Gamaliel son of Pedahzur commanded the forces of the tribe of Manasseh; 24Abidan son of Gideoni commanded the forces of the tribe of Benjamin. 25Finally, under the flag of the tribe of Dan, the rear guard of all the camps marched out with Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai in command. 26Pagiel son of Ocran commanded the forces of the tribe of Asher; 27Ahira son of Enan commanded the forces of the tribe of Naphtali. 28These were the marching units of the People of Israel. They were on their way. 29Moses said to his brother–in–law Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father–in–law, “We’re marching to the place about which God promised, ‘I’ll give it to you.’ Come with us; we’ll treat you well. God has promised good things for Israel.” 30But Hobab said, “I’m not coming; I’m going back home to my own country, to my own family.” 31Moses countered, “Don’t leave us. You know all the best places to camp in the wilderness. We need your eyes. 32If you come with us, we’ll make sure that you share in all the good things God will do for us.” 33And so off they marched. From the Mountain of God they marched three days with the Chest of the Covenant of God in the lead to scout out a campsite. 34The Cloud of God was above them by day when they marched from the camp. 35With the Chest leading the way, Moses would say, Get up, God! Put down your enemies! Chase those who hate you to the hills! 36And when the Chest was set down, he would say, Rest with us, God, Stay with the many, Many thousands of Israel.
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