The Philistines assembled all their troops 1 at Aphek, while Israel camped at the spring that is in Jezreel.
They crossed the Jordan and camped at Aroer, on the south side of the city, at 1 the wadi of Gad, near Jazer.
Moses instructed them to take 1 his message 2 throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman do any more work for the offering for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing any more. 3
Moses then called to Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel, Aaron’s uncle, and said to them, “Come near, carry your brothers away from the front of the sanctuary to a place outside the camp.”
The bull of the sin offering and the goat of the sin offering, whose blood was brought to make atonement in the holy place, must be brought outside the camp 1 and their hide, their flesh, and their dung must be burned up, 2
1 When the people complained, 2 it displeased 3 the Lord. When the Lord heard 4 it, his anger burned, 5 and so 6 the fire of the Lord 7 burned among them and consumed some of the outer parts of the camp.
And the people stayed up 1 all that day, all that night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail. The one who gathered the least gathered ten homers, 2 and they spread them out 3 for themselves all around the camp.
“‘Then a man who is ceremonially clean must gather up the ashes of the red heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They must be kept 1 for the community of the Israelites for use in the water of purification 2 – it is a purification for sin. 3
So the young spies went and brought out Rahab, her father, mother, brothers, and all who belonged to her. They brought out her whole family and took them to a place outside 1 the Israelite camp.
They found among the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead four hundred young girls who were virgins – they had never had sexual relations with a male. 1 They brought them back to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.
So they went and called out to the gatekeepers 1 of the city. They told them, “We entered the Syrian camp and there was no one there. We didn’t even hear a man’s voice. 2 But the horses and donkeys are still tied up, and the tents remain up.” 3
After he left Paddan Aram, Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem in the land of Canaan, and he camped near 1 the city.
1 The whole community 2 of the Israelites traveled on their journey 3 from the Desert of Sin according to the Lord’s instruction, and they pitched camp in Rephidim. 4 Now 5 there was no water for the people to drink. 6
But the Levites must camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that the Lord’s anger 1 will not fall on the Israelite community. The Levites are responsible for the care 2 of the tabernacle of the testimony.”
From there they moved on and camped on the other side of the Arnon, in the wilderness that extends from the regions 1 of the Amorites, for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.