1 And HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying:
2 'Make thee two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shalt
thou make them; and they shall be unto thee for the calling of the congregation,
and for causing the camps to set forward.
3 And when they shall blow with them, all the congregation
shall gather themselves unto thee at the door of the tent of meeting.
4 And if they blow but with one, then the princes, the heads
of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.
5 And when ye blow an alarm, the camps that lie on the east
side shall take their journey.
6 And when ye blow an alarm the second time, the camps that
lie on the south side shall set forward; they shall blow an alarm for their
7 But when the assembly is to be gathered together, ye shall
blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.
8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the
trumpets; and they shall be to you for a statute for ever throughout your
9 And when ye go to war in your land against the adversary
that oppresseth you, then ye shall sound an alarm with the trumpets; and ye
shall be remembered before HaShem your G-d, and ye shall be saved from your
10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your appointed
seasons, and in your new moons, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your
burnt-offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace-offerings; and they shall
be to you for a memorial before your G-d: I am HaShem your G-d.'
11 And it came to pass in the second year, in the second
month, on the twentieth day of the month, that the cloud was taken up from over
the tabernacle of the testimony.
12 And the children of Israel set forward by their stages out
of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud abode in the wilderness of Paran.--
13 And they took their first journey, according to the
commandment of HaShem by the hand of Moses.
14 And in the first place the standard of the camp of the
children of Judah set forward according to their hosts; and over his host was
Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
15 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Issachar
was Nethanel the son of Zuar.
16 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Zebulun
was Eliab the son of Helon.
17 And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon
and the sons of Merari, who bore the tabernacle, set forward.
18 And the standard of the camp of Reuben set forward
according to their hosts; and over his host was Elizur the son of Shedeur.
19 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Simeon
was Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
20 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Gad was
Eliasaph the son of Deuel.
21 And the Kohathites the bearers of the sanctuary set
forward, that the tabernacle might be set up against their coming.
22 And the standard of the camp of the children of Ephraim
set forward according to their hosts; and over his host was Elishama the son of
23 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Manasseh
was Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
24 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Benjamin
was Abidan the son of Gideoni.
25 And the standard of the camp of the children of Dan, which
was the rearward of all the camps, set forward according to their hosts; and
over his host was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
26 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Asher
was Pagiel the son of Ochran.
27 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Naphtali
was Ahira the son of Enan.
28 Thus were the journeyings of the children of Israel
according to their hosts. --And they set forward.
29 And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Reuel the Midianite,
Moses' father-in-law: 'We are journeying unto the place of which HaShem said: I
will give it you; come thou with us, and we will do thee good; for HaShem hath
spoken good concerning Israel.'
30 And he said unto him: 'I will not go; but I will depart to
mine own land, and to my kindred.'
31 And he said: 'Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou
knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou shalt be to us instead
32 And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be,
that what good soever HaShem shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.'
33 And they set forward from the mount of HaShem three days'
journey; and the ark of the covenant of HaShem went before them three days'
journey, to seek out a resting-place for them.
34 And the cloud of HaShem was over them by day, when they
set forward from the camp.
35 And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses
said: 'Rise up, O HaShem, and let Thine enemies be scattered; and let them that
hate Thee flee before Thee.'
36 And when it rested, he said: 'Return, O HaShem, unto the
ten thousands of the families of Israel.'
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
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