all the assembly

Numbers 10:3

10:3 all the assembly. It is obvious that the two million or so people in the camp could not all be precisely at the door of the tabernacle. However, by standing shoulder-to-shoulder, they could all be within a half-mile of the door, even if all the women and children were present, which is unlikely. They would at least be able to see Moses–as well as the glory cloud–and many could hear him. It would be easy for his instructions to be passed through the crowd quickly. In most cases, no doubt, just one trumpet would blow and only the princes would assemble, who could then convey the message back to the people under their command.

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