Levites

, are the descendants of Levi and one of the tribes of the Israelites.

After the Golden Calf had been made, and Moses became aware of it, he asked the people who was for the Lord. The Levites then went to Moses and killed about 3'000 people of Israel by sword. Moses then said, that they were set apart to the Lord at that day, because they were against their own sons and brothers.

At the census in the desert of Sinai, the males 20 years or more were counted for all tribes for the Levites. That's because the Levites were not going to serve in military. But it was fixed then and there, that the Levites were responsible for the tabernacle of the Testimony.

Later God took the male Levites in exchange for the male firstborns of all the other tribes. There were 22,000 male Levites one month or older at that time and 22,273 firstborn male one month or older in all the other tribes at that time.

The Levites were responsible for the care of the Tent of Meeting and for carrying the ark of the covenant. Because they did not get a share in the land, they were entitled to the tithe from the Israelites. They received the task of carrying the ark while in Jotbathah.

At the second census, there were 23,000 male Levites a month old or more.

On the plains of Moab, God allocated land to the Levites. God also said them to create six refugee towns. To these towns people could flee if they accidentally killed a person.

Moses blessed all the tribes of Israel before dying. About the Levites he said "Your Thummim and Urim belong to the man you favored. You tested him at Massah; you contended with him at the waters of Meribah. He said of his father and mother, 'I have no regard for them.' He did not recognize his brothers or acknowledge his own children, but he watched over your word and guarded your covenant. He teaches your precepts to Jacob and your law to Israel. He offers incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your altar. Bless all his skills, O Lord, and be pleased with the work of his hands. Smite the loins of those who rise up against him; strike his foes till they rise no more."

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