The laws about married women and land

Chapter 36 The laws about married women and land – Numbers 36:1-13 v1 The leaders of the families in Gilead’s *clan went to Moses and the other leaders of the *Israelites. Gilead’s *clan was part of Manasseh’s *tribe. (Gilead was Machir’s son. Machir was Manasseh’s son. And Manasseh was Joseph’s son.) v2 They said, ‘Sir, the *LORD ordered you to divide the land between the *Israelites. He told you to use *lots when you do this. Our relative, Zelophehad, would have received some land. The *LORD ordered you to give…

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The towns for Levi’s tribe

Chapter 35 The towns for Levi’s tribe – Numbers 35:1-8 v1 Still the *Israelites were camping on the plains of the country called Moab. Their camp was opposite Jericho city, across the Jordan river. The *LORD said to Moses, v2 ‘Speak to the *Israelites. When the *tribes receive their land, they must give towns for Levi’s *tribe to live in. Also, they must give *pasture round those towns to Levi’s *tribe.v3 Then Levi’s *tribe will have towns where they can live. Also, they will have *pasture for their cows, sheep…

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Israel’s borders

Chapter 34 Israel’s borders – Numbers 34:1-15 v1 The *LORD spoke to Moses. He said, v2 ‘Tell the *Israelites about the borders of their land in the country called Canaan. v3 The southern border will be the Zin *desert along the north west border of the country called Edom. This border will begin at the southern end of the Dead Sea. The border will go west from the Dead Sea. v4 But it will turn south to include the route called Akrabbim, the village called Zin and the town called…

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The Israelites’ journey from the country called Egypt to the country called Moab

Chapter 33 The Israelites’ journey from the country called Egypt to the country called Moab – Numbers 33:1-49 v1-2 Moses and Aaron led the *Israelites out of the country called Egypt. Moses recorded the places where they went. The *LORD had told him to do this. This is a record of their journey. v3-4 The *Israelites left the city called Rameses (in Egypt) on the 15th day of the first month. This was the day after the first *Passover. The *LORD had allowed the *first-born sons in every *Egyptian family…

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The land east of the Jordan river

Chapter 32 The land east of the Jordan river – Numbers 32:1-42 v1 Reuben’s *tribe and Gad’s *tribe owned many cows and sheep. They saw that the regions called Jazer and Gilead were suitable for these animals. v2 So they went to Moses, Eleazar the priest and the other leaders of *Israel. They said, v3-4 ‘The *LORD has helped us to *capture some land that is suitable for cows and sheep. And we have many cows and sheep. This land is near the towns called Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon,…

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Israel’s war against the country called Midian

Chapter 31 Israel’s war against the country called Midian – Numbers 31:1-12 v1 The *LORD said to Moses, v2 ‘Punish the *Midianites. Punish them for what they did to *Israel. After you have done this, you will die.’ v3 Moses said to the *Israelites, ‘Prepare some of your men for a war. The *LORD wants to punish the *Midianites. v4 Each *tribe must send 1000 men to fight them in a battle.’ v5 Each *tribe chose 1000 men. So 12 000 men prepared for the battle. v6 Moses sent these men…

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Rules about promises

Chapter 30 Rules about promises – Numbers 30:1-16 v1 Moses spoke to the leaders of *Israel’s *tribes. He gave to them these commands from the *LORD. v2 ‘If a man promises to give something to the *LORD, he must give it. And if he promises to do something special, he must do it. He must do everything that he has promised. v3 A young woman who lives still in her father’s house might make a promise to the *LORD. v4 She must *keep her promise, unless her father does not…

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The sacrifices during the Festival of the Trumpets

Chapter 29 The sacrifices during the Festival of the Trumpets – Numbers 29:1-6 v1 ‘On the first day of the 7th month, meet together to *worship me. You must not do any work. You must sound the *trumpets on that day. v2 Offer to me a *burnt offering of one young *bull and one adult male sheep. Also offer 7 male sheep that are one year old. These animals must not have anything wrong with them. The smell of the smoke from these *sacrifices will please me. v3 Offer to…

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Daily offerings

Chapter 28 Daily offerings – Numbers 28:1-8 v1 The *LORD spoke to Moses. The *LORD said, v2 ‘Give these instructions to the *Israelites. Tell them to offer *sacrifices to me at the correct times, when they are *worshipping me. I will smell the smoke from these *offerings and it will please me. v3 Each day, offer two male sheep that are one year old. These are the daily *burnt offerings. These male sheep must not have anything wrong with them. v4 *Sacrifice one male sheep in the morning and the…

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Zelophehad’s daughters

Chapter 27 Zelophehad’s daughters – Numbers 27:1-11 v1 Zelophehad’s daughters belonged to Manasseh’s *tribe. Zelophehad was Hepher’s son. Hepher was Gilead’s son. Gilead was Machir’s son. Machir was Manasseh’s son. And Manasseh was Joseph’s son. The names of Zelophehad’s daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. They went v2 to the entrance of *God’s Tent. They stood in front of Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the *Israelites. Zelophehad’s daughters said, v3 ‘Our father died in the *desert. He was not one of the men who joined…

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The second census

Chapter 26 The second census – Numbers 26:1-65 v1 After the disease had stopped, the *LORD spoke to Moses and Eleazar the priest, Aaron’s son. The *LORD said, v2 ‘Make a *census of all the *Israelites. Count them in their families. Register the men who are able to fight in *Israel’s army. These are the men who are 20 years old or older.’ v3 So Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke to the *Israelites. They were on the plains of the country called Moab. They were near the Jordan river,…

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The Israelites worship false gods

Chapter 25 The Israelites worship false gods – Numbers 25:1-18 v1 The *Israelites were camping in the valley called Shittim. While they were there, some of the men had sex with the *Moabite women. v2 The *Moabite women invited the men to their ceremonies. During these ceremonies, the *Moabites offered *sacrifices of animals to their gods. The *Israelites ate meat from the *sacrifices. And they *worshipped the *Moabites’ gods. v3 They *worshipped Baal of Peor. The *LORD was very angry with them. v4 The *LORD said to Moses, ‘Fetch all…

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Balaam’s third prophecy

Chapter 24 Balaam’s third prophecy – Numbers 24:1-14 v1 Balaam realised that the *LORD wanted to *bless the *Israelites. So, this time, he did not follow his customs in order to find out the future. Instead, he looked towards the *desert. v2 When Balaam looked, he saw the *Israelites’ camp. Each *tribe camped in its own group in its correct place. Then, God’s Spirit began to control him. v3 And Balaam spoke this *prophecy: ‘This is a *prophecy of Balaam, Beor’s son. I see *spiritual things clearly. v4 I hear…

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Balaam’s first prophecy

Chapter 23 Balaam’s first prophecy – Numbers 23:1-12 v1 Balaam said to Balak, ‘Build 7 *altars here. Then bring to me 7 *bulls and 7 male sheep.’ v2 Balak did this. Balaam and Balak *sacrificed a *bull and a male sheep on each *altar. v3 Then Balaam said to Balak, ‘Stay here by your *offerings. I will go somewhere to be alone. Then perhaps the *LORD will come to meet me. If he does meet me, I will tell you. I will tell you everything that he says.’ Then Balaam…

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The king of the country called Moab requests Balaam’s help

Chapter 22 The king of the country called Moab requests Balaam’s help – Numbers 22:1-14 v1 The *Israelites travelled to the plains of the country called Moab. They camped there by the Jordan river, opposite the city called Jericho. v2 Balak, Zippor’s son, was the king of Moab. He heard about what the *Israelites had done to the *Amorites. v3 Also, he heard that there were very many *Israelites. He and his people became very afraid. v4 The *Moabites spoke to the leaders of the *Midianites. The *Moabites said, ‘The…

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The Israelites defeat the Canaanites

Chapter 21 The Israelites defeat the Canaanites – Numbers 21:1-3 v1 The king of Arad lived in the southern part of the country called Canaan. He heard that the *Israelites were travelling towards the village called Atharim. He attacked them and he took some of them away as his prisoners. v2 Then the *Israelites prayed to the *LORD. They made a promise to him. They said, ‘Let us defeat these people! Then we will destroy their towns completely. This will show that their towns and everything in their towns belong…

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Water comes out of a rock

Chapter 20 Water comes out of a rock – Numbers 20:1-13 v1 The *Israelites arrived at the Zin *desert during the first month. They stayed at Kadesh. Miriam died there and the people buried her. v2 The *Israelites had no water. They met together in order to oppose Moses and Aaron. v3 They argued with Moses. They said, ‘Those other *Israelites died in front of *God’s Tent. We wish that we had died with them! v4 We are the *LORD’s people. You have brought us into this *desert. And now…

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The ceremony to make a person clean

Chapter 19 The ceremony to make a person clean – Numbers 19:1-10 v1 The *LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron. v2 He gave a law to them. He said, ‘Tell the *Israelites to bring to you a young red cow. It must not have anything wrong with it. People must have never used it to plough. v3 You must give the cow to Eleazar the priest. Then, people must take the cow outside the camp. Eleazar must watch while they kill it. v4 Then Eleazar the priest must put his…

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The duties of the priests and the men from Levi’s tribe

Chapter 18 The duties of the priests and the men from Levi’s tribe – Numbers 18:1-7 v1 The *LORD spoke to Aaron. He said, ‘You and your sons alone are responsible for the *sins that affect the priests. You, your sons and your *clan are responsible if anyone *sins against *God’s Tent. v2Levi’s *tribe are your relatives. When you and your sons serve me in *God’s Tent, bring in Levi’s *tribe. They must help you. v3 They must work for you and they must do all their duties in *God’s…

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Aaron’s stick

Chapter 17 Aaron’s stick – Numbers 17:1-13 v1 The *LORD said to Moses, v2 ‘Speak to the *Israelites. Tell them to give you 12 sticks, one from the leader of each *tribe. Write each leader’s name on his stick. v3 Write Aaron’s name on the stick from Levi’s *tribe. There must be one stick for the leader of each *tribe. v4 Take the sticks to *God’s Tent and put them in front of the *Ark. That is the place where I meet you. v5 Then, I will choose one man…

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Korah, Dathan and Abiram oppose Moses

Chapter 16 Korah, Dathan and Abiram oppose Moses – Numbers 16:1-35 v1-2 Korah, Izhar’s son, belonged to Levi’s *tribe. He was in Kohath’s *clan. On a certain day, he met with three men from Reuben’s *tribe. They were Dathan and Abiram, Eliab’s sons, and On, Peleth’s son. They decided to oppose Moses. They asked 250 other leaders of the *Israelites to join them. These leaders were well-known men whom the people respected. v3 Together, they all went to Moses and Aaron. Korah and his *followers said to Moses and Aaron,…

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Laws about sacrifices

Chapter 15 Laws about sacrifices – Numbers 15:1-29 v1 The *LORD spoke to Moses. v2 He told Moses to give these instructions to the *Israelites. The instructions were about how to offer *sacrifices when they were in the *Promised Land. v3 ‘You may *sacrifice *bulls, male sheep or goats and burn them on the *altar. These are *burnt offerings. You may offer other *sacrifices because you want to do this. Or you may offer *sacrifices because you have made a promise. Also you may offer *sacrifices during your regular ceremonies.…

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The people complain to Moses and Aaron

Chapter 14 The people complain to Moses and Aaron – Numbers 14:1-10 v1 That night, the people shouted and they cried aloud. v2 All the *Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron. The *Israelites said to them: ‘We wish that we had died in the country called Egypt, or even in this *desert! v3 The *LORD should not be leading us into the country called Canaan. The people there will kill us and they will take our wives and children. It would be better to return to Egypt.’ v4Then they said…

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Moses sends 12 men into the country called Canaan

Chapter 13 Moses sends 12 men into the country called Canaan – Numbers 13:1-24 v1 The *LORD said to Moses, v2 ‘Choose a leader from each *tribe. Send them into the country called Canaan. They must explore the land that I am giving to you.’ v3 Moses obeyed the *LORD. He sent 12 leaders from *Israel’s camp in the Paran *desert. v4-15 This is a list of their names: Shammua, Zaccur’s son, from Reuben’s *tribe. Shaphat, Hori’s son, from Simeon’s *tribe. Caleb, Jephunneh’s son, from Judah’s *tribe. Igal, Joseph’s son,…

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Miriam and Aaron are jealous of Moses

Chapter 12 Miriam and Aaron are jealous of Moses – Numbers 12:1-16 v1 Moses’ wife was a woman from Cush (a place in the country called Midian). Miriam and Aaron said bad things about him because of this. v2 They said, ‘Moses speaks the *LORD’s messages. But he is not the only person who does this. The *LORD has spoken by means of us, too.’ The *LORD heard what they were saying. (v3 Moses was a very humble man. He was the most humble person in the world.) v4 Immediately,…

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God sends fire

Chapter 11 God sends fire – Numbers 11:1-3 v1 The people started to complain about their problems. The *LORD heard them. He became very angry. He sent fire. The fire burned among them and it destroyed the edges of the camp. v2 The people cried out to Moses for help. He prayed to the *LORD and the fire stopped. v3 So they called that place ‘Taberah’ (‘Taberah’ means ‘it is burning’). They gave it that name because the *LORD had sent fire to their camp. Verses 1-3 This passage records…

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The two trumpets

Chapter 10 The two trumpets – Numbers 10:1-10 v1 The *LORD said to Moses, v2 ‘Make two *trumpets. Make them from silver and use a hammer to make them into the correct shape. Use the *trumpets to call the people together. Also, use the *trumpets to tell the people that they must move the camp. v3 When the priests blow into both the *trumpets, everyone must come. They must meet you at the entrance to *God’s Tent. v4 If the priests blow into just one *trumpet, only the leaders of…

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The Passover

Chapter 9 The Passover – Numbers 9:1-14 v1 The *LORD spoke to Moses in the *desert called Sinai. It was the second year after the *Israelites had left the country called Egypt. It was the first month during that year. The *LORD said, v2 ‘Tell the people to *celebrate the *Passover this month, at the proper time. v3 The proper time is during the evening of the 14th day. Follow all the rules.’ v4-5 Moses told the people what the *LORD had said. And they obeyed the *LORD’s instructions. They…

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Aaron sets up the lamps

Chapter 8 Aaron sets up the lamps – Numbers 8:1-4 v1 The *LORD said to Moses, v2 ‘Speak to Aaron. Give these instructions to him. He must put the 7 lamps on their *stand so that they shine towards the front.’ v3 Aaron obeyed. He set up the lamps in the way that the *LORD had described. v4 A skilled workman had made the *stand from gold that he had hammered. He had made it all with gold, from the base to the top, where there were models of flowers.…

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The leaders bring gifts to God’s Tent

Chapter 7 The leaders bring gifts to God’s Tent – Numbers 7:1-89 v1 As soon as Moses had set up *God’s Tent, he *dedicated it to the *LORD. He *dedicated everything, the *altar, the furniture and all the equipment. v2-3 Then the 12 leaders of *Israel’s *tribes came to *God’s Tent. They brought gifts for the *LORD. These men were the leaders of the people whom they had counted. They brought 6 strong carts and 12 *oxen. There was a cart from every two leaders and an *ox from every…

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