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Camp And Encamp

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Camp and Encamp. Exodus 14:19. The order in which the Israelites camped in the wilderness was specially prescribed by divine command. The tabernacle was placed in the centre; and round it were the tents of the house of Levi, in four divisions; Moses and Aaron, with the priests, on the east side, the Gershonites westward, Numbers 3:1-51, the Kohathites southward, and the Memrites northward. The great host, also in four divisions, encircled these. Three tribes lay to the east, Judah the chief, and Issachar and Zebulun. Numbers 2:2-9. On the south were three other tribes—Reuben, Simeon, and Gad. The tribes of Joseph's house lay to the west—Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin. And on the north side was the camp of Dan, in the order of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali. We read of gates to the camp, Exodus 32:26-27; the dead were buried outside these, Numbers 10:4-5; also lepers, and various unclean persons, and captives, at least for a while, were to be there. Leviticus 13:46; Leviticus 14:3; Numbers 6:1-4; Numbers 12:14-15; Numbers 31:19; Numbers 31:24; Joshua 6:23. The skins, etc., of victims were burnt there, and ashes poured out and uncleanness removed thither, and criminals executed there. Leviticus 4:11-12; Leviticus 6:11; Leviticus 8:17; Leviticus 24:14; Numbers 15:35-36; Deuteronomy 23:10-12.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Camp And Encamp'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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