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.
The families of the sons of Kohath shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle southward.
And the chief of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites shall be
Elizaphan the son of Uzziel.
And their charge shall be
the ark, and the table, and the candlestick, and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary wherewith they minister, and the hanging, and all the service thereof.
And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be
chief over the chief of the Levites, and have
the oversight of them that keep the charge of the sanctuary.
Of Merari was
the family of the Mahlites, and the family of the Mushites: these are
the families of Merari.