2 1-2 The Lord gave these further instructions to Moses and Aaron: “Each tribe will have its own tent area, with its flagpole and tribal banner; and at the center of these tribal compounds will be the Tabernacle.” 3-31 Here are the tribal locations:[a]
|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. 32-33 In summary, the armies of Israel totaled 603,550 (not including the Levites, who were exempted by Jehovah’s commandment to Moses). 34 So the people of Israel set up their camps, each tribe under its own banner, in the locations indicated by the Lord to Moses.
New International Version
The Arrangement of the Tribal Camps
2 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: 2 “The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting some distance from it, each of them under their standard(A) and holding the banners of their family.”
3 On the east, toward the sunrise, the divisions of the camp of Judah are to encamp under their standard. The leader of the people of Judah is Nahshon son of Amminadab.(B) 4 His division numbers 74,600.
7 The tribe of Zebulun will be next. The leader of the people of Zebulun is Eliab son of Helon.(E) 8 His division numbers 57,400.
9 All the men assigned to the camp of Judah, according to their divisions, number 186,400. They will set out first.(F)
16 All the men assigned to the camp of Reuben,(M) according to their divisions, number 151,450. They will set out second.
17 Then the tent of meeting and the camp of the Levites(N) will set out in the middle of the camps. They will set out in the same order as they encamp, each in their own place under their standard.
27 The tribe of Asher will camp next to them. The leader of the people of Asher is Pagiel son of Okran.(AA) 28 His division numbers 41,500.
31 All the men assigned to the camp of Dan number 157,600. They will set out last,(AD) under their standards.
32 These are the Israelites, counted according to their families.(AE) All the men in the camps, by their divisions, number 603,550.(AF) 33 The Levites, however, were not counted(AG) along with the other Israelites, as the Lord commanded Moses.
34 So the Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each of them with their clan and family.
- Numbers 2:14 Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch and Vulgate (see also 1:14); most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text Reuel