1 Chronicles 23

23 *So when David was old and afull of days, he made bSolomon his son king over Israel.

And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. Now the Levites were numbered from the age of cthirty years and upward: and their number dby their polls, man by man, was ethirty and eight thousand. Of which, twenty and four thousand were ||to set forward the work of the house of the Lord; and six thousand were fofficers and judges: Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments gwhich I made, hsaid David, to praise therewith. And iDavid divided them into courses among kthe sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

lOf the Gershonites were, ||Laadan, and Shimei. The sons of Laadan; the chief was mJehiel, and lZetham, and lJoel, three. The sons of Shimei; Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the chief of the fathers of Laadan. 10 And the sons of nShimei were, Jahath, ||Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei. 11 And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Jeush and Beriah had not many sons; therefore they were in one reckoning, according to their father’s house.

12 oThe sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four. 13 The sons of pAmram; Aaron and Moses: and qAaron was separated, that he should sanctify rthe most holy things, he and his sons for ever, sto burn incense before the Lord, tto minister unto him, and tuto bless in his name for ever. 14 Now concerning Moses xthe man of God, yhis sons were named of the tribe of Levi. 15 zThe sons of Moses were, Gershom, and Eliezer. 16 aOf the sons of Gershom, ||Shebuel was the chief. 17 And the sons of Eliezer were, bRehabiah ||the chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18 Of the sons of Izhar; ||Shelomith the chief. 19 cOf the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. 20 Of the sons of Uzziel; dMichah the first, and dJesiah the second.

21 eThe sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. The sons of Mahli; Eleazar, and fKish. 22 And Eleazar died, and ghad no sons, but daughters: and their ||brethren the sons of Kish htook them. 23 iThe sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

24 These were kthe sons of Levi after the house of their fathers; even the chief of the fathers, as lthey were counted by number of names by their polls, that did the work for the service of the house of the Lord, from the age of mtwenty years and upward. 25 For David said, The Lord God of Israel nhath given rest unto his people, ||that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever: 26 And also unto the Levites; they shall no more ocarry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof. 27 For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above: 28 Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the Lord, in the courts, and in the pchambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God; 29 Both for qthe shewbread, and for rthe fine flour for meat offering, and for sthe unleavened cakes, and for that which is baked in the ||pan, and for that which is tfried, and for all manner of umeasure and usize; 30 And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at even; 31 And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the Lord in the xsabbaths, in the ynew moons, and on the zset feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the Lord: 32 And that they should akeep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the holy place, and bthe charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service of the house of the Lord.

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