When they set up the tabernacle, they received it into the midst
of their camp, three of the tribes pitching their tents on each side of
it; and roads were cut through the midst of these tents. It was like a
well-appointed market; and every thing was there ready for sale in due
order; and all sorts of artificers were in the shops; and it resembled
nothing so much as a city that sometimes was movable, and sometimes fixed.
The priests had the first places about the tabernacle; then the Levites,
who, because their whole multitude was reckoned from thirty days old, were
twenty-three thousand eight hundred and eighty males; and during the time
that the cloud stood over the tabernacle, they thought proper to stay in
the same place, as supposing that God there inhabited among them; but when
that removed, they journeyed also.