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{Numbers 3:39} All x3605 that were numbered 6485 z8803 of the Levites, 3881 which x834 Moses 4872 and Aaron 175 numbered 6485 z8804 at x5921 the commandment 6310 of the LORD, 3068 throughout their families, 4940 all x3605 the males 2145 from a month 2320 old 1121 x4480 and upward, 4605 [were] twenty 6242 and two 8147 thousand. 505
and Aaron:
The word וֹאֹהֹרֹןֹ, weaharon, "and Aaron," has a point over each of its letters, probably designed as a mark of spuriousness. The word is wanting in the Samaritan, Syriac, and Coptic, and also in eight of Dr. Kennicott's and in four of De Rossi's manuscripts. Moses alone, as Houbigant observes, was commanded to number the Levites ("And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying," {Num 3:5} + "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying," {Num 3:11} + "And the LORD said unto Moses, Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number of their names." {Num 3:40} + "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying," {Num 3:44} + "And Moses gave the money of them that were redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses." {Num 3:51}) for as the money with which the first-born were redeemed was to be paid to Aaron and his sons ("And thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, unto Aaron and to his sons." {Num 3:48}), it was decent that he, whose advantage it was that the number of the first-born should exceed, should not be authorized to take that number himself. twenty and two thousand. This total does not agree with the particulars; for the Gershonites were 7,500, the Kohathites 8,600, and the Merarites 6,200, which make a total of 22,300. Several methods of solving this difficulty have been proposed by learned men. Houbigant supposes there is an error in the enumeration of the Kohathites in "In the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, [were] eight thousand and six hundred, keeping the charge of the sanctuary." {Num 3:28}; the numeral shesh, "six," being written instead of shalosh, "three," before "hundred." Dr. Kennicott's mode of reconciling the discrepancy, however, is the most simple. He supposes that an error has crept into the number of the Gershonites in "Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, [even] those that were numbered of them [were] seven thousand and five hundred." {Num 3:22}, where instead of 7,500 we should read 7,200, as ך, caph final, which stands for 500, might have been easily mistaken for ר, resh, 200 (Dr. Kennicott on the Hebrew Text, vol. II. p. 212). Either of these modes will equally reconcile the difference. "From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that came to do the service of the ministry, and the service of the burden in the tabernacle of the congregation, ... Even those that were numbered of them, were eight thousand and five hundred and fourscore." {Num 4:47-48} + "And those that were numbered of them were twenty and three thousand, all males from a month old and upward: for they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel." {Num 26:62} + "Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." {Mtt 7:14}

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