1HaShem spoke to Moshe and Aharon, saying: 2“Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, according to their families, according to their fathers’ household; 3from thirty years of age and up, until fifty years of age, everyone who comes to the legion to perform work in the Tent of Meeting.”
4“This is the work of the sons of Kohath in the Tent of Meeting: the most holy. 5When the camp is to journey, Aharon and his sons shall come and take down the Partition-curtain and the cover of the Ark of the Testimony with it. 6They shall place upon it a tachash-hide covering, and spread a cloth entirely of turquoise wool over it, and adjust its staves. 7Upon the Table of the show-bread they shall spread a cloth of turquoise wool and place upon it the dishes, and spoons, the pillars, and the shelving-tubes; and the constant bread shall remain on it, 8They shall spread over them a cloth of scarlet wool and cover it with a cover of tachash hide; and emplace its staves. 9They shall take a cloth of turquoise wool and cover the Menorah of illumination, and its lamps, and its tongs, and its spoons, and all the vessels of its oil, with which they minister to it. 10They shall place it and all its utensils into a cover of tachash-hide, and place it on the pole. 11Upon the Golden Altar they shall spread a cloth of turquoise wool, cover it with a covering of tachash-hide, and emplace its staves. 12They shall take all the utensils of service with which they serve in the Sanctuary and place them on a cloth of turquoise wool, cover them with a covering of tachash-hide, and place them on the pole. 13They shall clear the ash from the Altar and spread a cloth of purple wool over it, 14they shall place upon it all the utensils with which they minister upon it: the fire-pans, the forks, the shovels, and the basins – all the utensils of the Altar – and spread over it a covering of tachash hide, emplace its staves.
15Aharon and his sons shall finish covering the holy and all the holy utensils when the camp journeys, and then the sons of Kohath shall come to carry, so that they not touch the Sanctuary and die. These are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the Tent of Meeting.
16“The charge of El’azar son of Aharon the Kohen is the oil of illumination, the incense spices, the meal-offering of the continual offering, and the anointment oil – the charge of the entire Tabernacle and everything in it – of the Sanctuary and its utensils.
17HaShem spoke to Moshe and Aharon, saying: 18“Do not let the tribe of the Kohathite families be cut off from among the Levi’im. 19Thus shall you do for them so that they shall live and not die: when they approach the Holy of Holies, Aharon and his sons shall come and assign them, every man to his work and his burden. 20But they shall not come and look as the holy is inserted, lest they die.”