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scripture

 

CHAPTER 7

Offerings of the Tribal Leaders. 1Now, when Moses had completed the erection of the tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it with all its equipment,a as well as the altar with all its equipment. After he anointed and consecrated them, 2an offering was made by the tribal leaders of Israel, who were heads of ancestral houses, the same leaders of the tribes who supervised those enrolled. 3The offering they brought before the LORD consisted of six wagons for baggage and twelve oxen, that is, a wagon for every two tribal leaders, and an ox for each. These they presented before the tabernacle.

4The LORD then said to Moses: 5Accept their offering, that these things may be put to use to maintain the tent of meeting. Assign them to the Levites, to each according to his duties. 6So Moses accepted the wagons and oxen, and assigned them to the Levites. 7He gave two wagons and four oxen to the Gershonitesb according to their duties, 8and four wagons and eight oxen to the Merarites according to their duties, under the supervision of Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest. 9He gave none to the Kohathites, because they were responsible for maintenance of the sacred objects that had to be carried on their shoulders.c

10For the dedication of the altar also, the tribal leaders brought offerings when it was anointed;d the leaders presented their offering before the altar. 11But the LORD said to Moses: Let one leader each day present his offering for the dedication of the altar.

12* The one who presented his offering on the first day was Nahshon, son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah. 13His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 14one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 15one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 16one goat for a purification offering; 17and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Nahshon, son of Amminadab.

18On the second day Nethanel, son of Zuar, tribal leader of Issachar, made his offering. 19He presented as his offering one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 20one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 21one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 22one goat for a purification offering; 23and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Nethanel, son of Zuar.

24On the third day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Zebulunites, Eliab, son of Helon. 25His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 26one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 27one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 28one goat for a purification offering; 29and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Eliab, son of Helon.

30On the fourth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Reubenites, Elizur, son of Shedeur. 31His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 32one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 33one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 34one goat for a purification offering; 35and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Elizur, son of Shedeur.

36On the fifth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Simeonites, Shelumiel, son of Zurishaddai. 37His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 38one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 39one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 40one goat for a purification offering; 41and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Shelumiel, son of Zurishaddai.

42On the sixth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Gadites, Eliasaph, son of Reuel. 43His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 44one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 45one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 46one goat for a purification offering; 47and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Eliasaph, son of Reuel.

48On the seventh day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Ephraimites, Elishama, son of Ammihud. 49His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 50one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 51one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 52one goat for a purification offering; 53and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Elishama, son of Ammihud.

54On the eighth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Manassites, Gamaliel, son of Pedahzur. 55His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 56one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 57one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 58one goat for a purification offering; 59and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Gamaliel, son of Pedahzur.

60On the ninth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Benjaminites, Abidan, son of Gideoni. 61His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 62one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 63one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 64one goat for a purification offering; 65and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Abidan, son of Gideoni.

66On the tenth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Danites, Ahiezer, son of Ammishaddai. 67His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 68one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 69one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 70one goat for a purification offering; 71and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Ahiezer, son of Ammishaddai.

72On the eleventh day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Asherites, Pagiel, son of Ochran. 73His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing one hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 74one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 75one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 76one goat for a purification offering; 77and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Pagiel, son of Ochran.

78On the twelfth day it was the turn of the tribal leader of the Naphtalites, Ahira, son of Enan. 79His offering consisted of one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels according to the sanctuary shekel, both filled with bran flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 80one gold cup of ten shekels’ weight filled with incense; 81one bull from the herd, one ram, and one yearling lamb for a burnt offering; 82one goat for a purification offering; 83and two bulls, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs for a communion sacrifice. This was the offering of Ahira, son of Enan.

84These were the offerings for the dedication of the altar, given by the tribal leaders of Israel on the occasion of its anointing: twelve silver plates, twelve silver basins, and twelve gold cups. 85Each silver plate weighed a hundred and thirty shekels, and each silver basin seventy, so that all the silver of these vessels amounted to two thousand four hundred shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel. 86The twelve gold cups that were filled with incense weighed ten shekels apiece, according to the sanctuary shekel, so that all the gold of the cups amounted to one hundred and twenty shekels. 87The animals for the burnt offerings were, in all, twelve bulls, twelve rams, and twelve yearling lambs, with their grain offerings; those for the purification offerings were twelve goats. 88The animals for the communion sacrifices were, in all, twenty-four bulls, sixty rams, sixty he-goats, and sixty yearling lambs. These, then, were the offerings for the dedication of the altar after it was anointed.

The Voice. 89When Moses entered the tent of meeting to speak with God, he heard the voice addressing him from above the covere on the ark of the covenant, from between the two cherubim; and so it spoke to him.

* [7:1288] The repetitious account of the same offerings brought by each of the twelve tribal leaders and the summary of them are characteristic of an official registration.

a. [7:1] Ex 40:17.

b. [7:78] Nm 4:2433.

c. [7:9] Nm 3:31; 4:415.

d. [7:10] Nm 7:84.

e. [7:89] Ex 25:22.




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