The People Are Counted
1After the great sickness, the Lord spoke to Moses and Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest. He said, 2“Count all the people of Israel by families. Count all the men who are 20 years old or older. They will serve in the army of Israel.” 3Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke to the people. They were on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River, across from Jericho. They said, 4“Count the men 20 years old or older. This is what the Lord commanded Moses.”
Here are the Israelites who came out of Egypt:
5The tribe of Reuben was counted. Reuben was the first son born to Israel. From Hanoch came the Hanochite family group. From Pallu came the Palluite family group. 6From Hezron came the Hezronite family group. From Carmi came the Carmite family group. 7These were the family groups of Reuben. The total number of men was 43,730.
8The son of Pallu was Eliab. 9Eliab’s sons were Nemuel, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram were the leaders who turned against Moses and Aaron. They followed Korah when he turned against the Lord. 10The earth opened up and swallowed them and Korah. They died when the fire burned up the 250 men. This was a warning. 11But the children of Korah did not die.
12These were the family groups in the tribe of Simeon. From Nemuel came the Nemuelite family group. From Jamin came the Jaminite family group. From Jakin came the Jakinite family group. 13From Zerah came the Zerahite family group. From Shaul came the Shaulite family group. 14These were the family groups of Simeon. The total number of men was 22,200.
15These were the family groups in the tribe of Gad. From Zephon came the Zephonite family group. From Haggi came the Haggite family group. From Shuni came the Shunite family group. 16From Ozni came the Oznite family group. From Eri came the Erite family group. 17From Arodi came the Arodite family group. From Areli came the Arelite family group. 18These were the family groups of Gad. The total number of men was 40,500.
19Two of Judah’s sons, Er and Onan, died in Canaan.
20These were the family groups in the tribe of Judah. From Shelah came the Shelanite family group. From Perez came the Perezite family group. From Zerah came the Zerahite family group. 21These were the family groups from Perez. From Hezron came the Hezronite family group. From Hamul came the Hamulite family group. 22These were the family groups of Judah. The total number of men was 76,500.
23These were the family groups in the tribe of Issachar. From Tola came the Tolaite family group. From Puah came the Puite family group. 24From Jashub came the Jashubite family group. From Shimron came the Shimronite family group. 25These were the family groups of Issachar. The total number of men was 64,300.
26These were the family groups in the tribe of Zebulun. From Sered came the Seredite family group. From Elon came the Elonite family group. From Jahleel came the Jahleelite family group. 27These were the family groups of Zebulun. The total number of men was 60,500.
28These were the family groups of Joseph through Manasseh and Ephraim.
29These were the family groups of Manasseh. From Makir came the Makirite family group. (Makir was the father of Gilead.) From Gilead came the Gileadite family group. 30These were the family groups that came from Gilead. From Iezer came the Iezerite family group. From Helek came the Helekite family group. 31From Asriel came the Asrielite family group. From Shechem came the Shechemite family group. 32From Shemida came the Shemidaite family group. From Hepher came the Hepherite family group. 33(Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons. He had only daughters. Their names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah.) 34These were the family groups of Manasseh. The total number of men was 52,700.
35These were the family groups in the tribe of Ephraim. From Shuthelah came the Shuthelahite family group. From Beker came the Bekerite family group. From Tahan came the Tahanite family group. 36This was the family group from Shuthelah. From Eran came the Eranite family group. 37These were the family groups of Ephraim. The total number of men was 32,500. These are the family groups that came from Joseph.
38These were the family groups in the tribe of Benjamin. From Bela came the Belaite family group. From Ashbel came the Ashbelite family group. From Ahiram came the Ahiramite family group. 39From Shupham came the Shuphamite family group. From Hupham came the Huphamite family group. 40These were the family groups from Bela through Ard and Naaman. From Ard came the Ardite family group. From Naaman came the Naamite family group. 41These were the family groups of Benjamin. The total number of men was 45,600.
42This was the family group in the tribe of Dan. From Shuham came the Shuhamite family group. That was the family of Dan. 43The total number of men in the Shuhamite family group of Dan was 64,400.
44These were the family groups in the tribe of Asher. From Imnah came the Imnite family group. From Ishvi came the Ishvite family group. From Beriah came the Beriite family group. 45These were the family groups that came from Beriah. From Heber came the Heberite family group. From Malkiel came the Malkielite family group. 46(Asher also had a daughter named Serah.) 47These were the family groups of Asher. The total number of men was 53,400.
48These were the family groups in the tribe of Naphtali. From Jahzeel came the Jahzeelite family group. From Guni came the Gunite family group. 49From Jezer came the Jezerite family group. From Shillem came the Shillemite family group. 50These were the family groups of Naphtali. The total number of men was 45,400.
51So the total number of the men of Israel was 601,730.
52The Lord said to Moses, 53“Divide the land among these people by the number of names. 54A large tribe will get more land. And a small tribe will get less land. The amount of land each tribe gets will depend on the number of its people. 55Divide the land by drawing lots. And the land each tribe gets will be named for that tribe. 56Divide the land by drawing lots. Divide it between large and small groups.”
57The tribe of Levi was also counted. These were the family groups of Levi. From Gershon came the Gershonite family group. From Kohath came the Kohathite family group. From Merari came the Merarite family group. 58These also were Levite family groups: the Libnite family group, the Hebronite family group, the Mahlite family group, the Mushite family group and the Korahite family group. (Kohath was the ancestor of Amram. 59Amram’s wife was named Jochebed. She was from the tribe of Levi. She was born in Egypt. She and Amram had two sons, Aaron and Moses, and their sister Miriam. 60Aaron was the father of Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 61But Nadab and Abihu died. They died because they made an offering before the Lord with the wrong kind of fire.)
62The total number of male Levites one month old or older was 23,000. But these men were not counted with the other Israelites. They did not receive any of the land that the Lord gave the other Israelites.
63Moses and Eleazar the priest counted all these people. They counted the Israelites on the plains of Moab across the Jordan River from Jericho. 64Moses and Aaron the priest had counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai. But no one Moses counted on the plains of Moab was in the first counting. 65The Lord had told the Israelites they would all die in the desert. The only two left were Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.