Book of Numbers Synopsis: Statistics And Summary of Main Topics.

Book of Numbers Chapter by Chapter Summary.




DATE WRITTEN: 1450 – 1410 BC



Census Of Israel, God’s covenant, The continuation and preservation of God’s people. 


Moses, Miriam, Aaron, God, Korah, Balaak, Balaam, and Joshua


Numbers 6:24-26, “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Numbers 12:6-8, “When a prophet of the LORD is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”

Numbers 14:30-34, “Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected. But you — your bodies will fall in this desert. Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. For forty years — one year for each of the forty days you explored the land — you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.'”


Numbers is the 4th book of the Pentateuch. Most of the events of the Book of Numbers take place in the wilderness, between the second and fortieth years of the wandering of the Israelites. Numbers is a historical book, whose name refers to the two censuses which were taken to number the people. The first census of all of the Israelites men over twenty years old was taken to account for army two years after they had left Egypt, with the total being 603,550, excluding the Levites 22,273 who were assigned to take care of the Tabernacle. The book primarily tells of the rebellion of the Israelites in the desert where they wandered after the Exodus from their slavery in Egypt. Because of this rebellion, only 2 men of the adults leaving Egypt were to enter into the land of Canaan promised to Abraham in Genesis. Those two were Caleb and Joshu all the rest died in the desert. The book covers a 38 year period.


Chapter# 1 – God asks Moses to number tribes of children of Israel for registration for the army. The Levites exempted from the army and put in charge of tabernacle
Chapter# 2 – Numbers and arrangements of the tribes’ tents around the tabernacle.
Chapter# 3 – Aaron descendants chosen to minister. Redemption of the firstborn
Chapter# 4 – Instructions given to Levites different families and the relocation of the tabernacle
Chapter# 5 – Law for lepers & unclean. Confession and compensation. Water test for suspected adultery.
Chapter# 6 – God tells Moses Vow of Naziriteship, offerings & forbidden actions; priestly blessing.
Chapter# 7 – Inauguration offerings by the leader of each tribe of Israel. A grain offering, a burnt offering, a sin offering and peace offerings. God speaks to Moses
Chapter# 8 – Aaron lights the seven Candle lamps. Levites cleansed and begin to serve. Age restrictions for services.
Chapter# 9 – Passover & strangers. In the first month of the 2nd year the Israelites kept the Passover. Coud by day & fire by night above tabernacle. When the cloud lifted they journeyed.
Chapter# 10 – God speaks to Moses about silver trumpet. Departure from Sinai. Moses invites father-in-law to join Israelites
Chapter# 11 – Israelites complain about food. Complaining brings fire from God.The LORD was angry but he sent quails. He put his Spirit on seventy elders to help Moses.
Chapter# 12 – Miriam & Aaron spoke against Moses. Miriam struck with leprosy. Moses prayed and after seven days she returned.
Chapter# 13 – The 12 spies sent into Canaan, spies returned after 40 days. Caleb said to go for it; other were afraid
Chapter# 14 – Israelites rebel against Moses want to return to Egypt. Punishment for forty years in the desert. They tried to go up to the land but were defeated by Amalekites.
Chapter# 15 – One law for Israleites and for strangers. Instructions for offerings for unintentional sins. Punishment for deliberate sins. Sabbath breaker should put to death.
Chapter# 16 – Korah, Dathan and Abiram rose against Moses and Aaron and land swallow Korah. 14000 men die from plague from God
Chapter# 17 – Twelve rods brought to tabernacle. Aaron’s staff blossomed signifying the Levites role
Chapter# 18 – God speaks to Aaron duties of priests and Levites. Levites to receive and to give a tithe.
Chapter# 19 – God tells Moses & Aaron for red heifer and the cleansing water. Unclean shall be cut off.
Chapter# 20 – Miriam dies at Kadesh. Moses strikes the rock and water came from rock. Aaron dies.
Chapter# 21 – Israel defeats Arad. God sent snakes as punishment. Moses made a bronze snake and hang it so that anyone looked at it lived. Israel’s march towards Moab and defeated Amorites
Chapter# 22 – Balak fears Israel sent Balaam to curse Israel. Balaam donkey speaks. Angel came. Balaam meets Balak
Chapter# 23 – Balaam blesses Israel against Balak’s will. He repeated this twice
Chapter# 24 – Balaam predicts a Star out of Israel. Balaam & Balak departs
Chapter# 25 – Israelites commit sin with Moabites women. Thousands Israelites die from plague. Phinehas takes action
Chapter# 26 – Census of male adult. Moses and Eleazar take a census. There were 601,730 fighting men and 23,000 Levites.
Chapter# 27 – Daughters of Zelophehad request for inheritance. Joshua appointed as leader of Israel after Moses
Chapter# 28 – God tells Moses Procedures for various offerings. Morning & evening sacrifices, Sabbath & monthly sacrifices, passover sacrifices
Chapter# 29 – God tells Moses description of sacrifices for holy meetings. In the 7th month on first day sound the trumpets; on the tenth day make atonement; on the fifteenth day celebrate for seven days.
Chapter# 30 – Moses speaks commands regarding Vows of men. Vows of women and daughters. And ability of fathers or husbands to void the vows
Chapter# 31 – God commands Israel to take vengeance on the Midianites. The Israelites killed the men, burned their cities and divided the spoils.
Chapter# 32 – Children of Reuben & Gad request land for cattle on this side of Jordan. Moses agreed if they helped to conquer the land
Chapter# 33 – List of journeys & places stayed by children of Israel. Instructions for conquering Canaan
Chapter# 34 – God tells Moses the borders of the land of inheritance; one prince from each tribe of Israel chosen to divide the land
Chapter# 35 – Cities for the Levites. Cities of refuge. Israel gives 48 cities & suburbs to Levites. Appointment of cites of refuge for anyone who has killed accidently. A murderer shall be put to death.
Chapter# 36 – Law on marriage of female heirs inheritance and marriage. Daughters who inherit land must marry within their own tribe