Marching Orders 2 1God spoke to Moses and Aaron. He said, 2“The People of Israel are to set up camp circling the Tent of Meeting and facing it. Each company is to camp under its distinctive tribal flag.” 3To the east toward the sunrise are the companies of the camp of Judah under its flag, led by Nahshon son of Amminadab. 4His troops number 74,600. 5The tribe of Issachar will camp next to them, led by Nethanel son of Zuar. 6His troops number 54,400. 7And the tribe of Zebulun is next to them, led by Eliab son of Helon. 8His troops number 57,400. 9The total number of men assigned to Judah, troop by troop, is 186,400. They will lead the march. 10To the south are the companies of the camp of Reuben under its flag, led by Elizur son of Shedeur. 11His troops number 46,500. 12The tribe of Simeon will camp next to them, led by Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai. 13His troops number 59,300. 14And the tribe of Gad is next to them, led by Eliasaph son of Deuel. 15His troops number 45,650. 16The total number of men assigned to Reuben, troop by troop, is 151,450. They are second in the order of the march. 17The Tent of Meeting with the camp of the Levites takes its place in the middle of the march. Each tribe will march in the same order in which they camped, each under its own flag. 18To the west are the companies of the camp of Ephraim under its flag, led by Elishama son of Ammihud. 19His troops number 40,500. 20The tribe of Manasseh will set up camp next to them, led by Gamaliel son of Pedahzur. 21His troops number 32,200. 22And next to him is the camp of Benjamin, led by Abidan son of Gideoni. 23His troops number 35,400. 24The total number of men assigned to the camp of Ephraim, troop by troop, is 108,100. They are third in the order of the march. 25To the north are the companies of the camp of Dan under its flag, led by Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai. 26His troops number 62,700. 27The tribe of Asher will camp next to them, led by Pagiel son of Ocran. 28His troops number 41,500. 29And next to them is the tribe of Naphtali, led by Ahira son of Enan. 30His troops number 53,400. 31The total number of men assigned to the camp of Dan number 157,600. They will set out, under their flags, last in the line of the march. 32These are the People of Israel, counted according to their ancestral families. The total number in the camps, counted troop by troop, comes to 603,550. 33Following God’s command to Moses, the Levites were not counted in with the rest of Israel. 34The People of Israel did everything the way God commanded Moses: They camped under their respective flags; they marched by tribe with their ancestral families.
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