God spoke to Moses, saying:
Vayedaber Adonay el-Moshe lemor.
||Also take a census of Gershon's descendants by families, following the paternal line.
Naso et-rosh beney Gershon gam-hem leveyt avotam lemishpechotam.
||Take a tally of those from 30 to 50 years old, all who are fit for duty in the Communion Tent's service.
Miben shloshim shanah vamalah ad ben-chamishim shanah tifkod otam kol-haba litsvo tsava la'avod avodah be'Ohel Mo'ed.