1 Chronicles 23

CHAPTER 23

Genealogy and Ministration of the Levites

1And David was older and full of days. And [3took reign 1Solomon 2his son] instead of him over Israel. 2And he brought together all the rulers of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites. 3And [3were counted 1the 2Levites] from thirty years old and up. And [4was 1the 2number 3of them] according to their head count of males -- thirty and eight thousand. 4Of these were foremen over the works of the house of the  lord -- twenty-four thousand; and scribes and judges -- six thousand; 5and four thousand gatekeepers; and four thousand praising the  lord with instruments, which made praise to the  lord. 6And [2divided 3them 1David] into daily rotations to the sons of Levi -- to Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 7And to the family of Gershon -- Ladan and Shimei. 8The sons to Ladan -- the ruler Jehiel, and Zetham, and Joel -- three. 9The sons of Shimei -- Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran -- three. These were rulers of the families of Ladan. 10And sons of Shimei -- Jahath, and Zizah, and Jeush, and Beriah. These are sons of Shimei -- four. 11And Jahath was the ruler, and Zizah the second. And Jeush and Beriah did not multiply sons; and they were assigned for the house of the family for numbering as one. 12The sons of Kohath -- Amram, Izhar, Hebron, Uzziel -- four. 13The sons of Amram -- Aaron and Moses. And Aaron was separated to sanctify the holy of holies, he and his sons unto the eon, to burn incense before the  lord, to officiate to him, and to invoke upon his name unto the eon. 14And as far as Moses the man of God, his sons were called unto the tribe of Levi. 15The sons of Moses -- Gershom and Eliezer. 16The sons of Gershom -- Shebuel the ruler. 17And there were sons to Eliezer -- Rehabiah the ruler. But there were no [2sons to Eliezer 1other]. And the sons of Rehabiah increased in stature. 18The sons of Izhar -- Shelomith the ruler. 19The sons of Hebron -- Jeriah the ruler, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. 20The sons of Uzziel -- Michah the ruler, and Jesiah the second. 21The sons of Merari -- Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli -- Eleazar and Kish. 22And Eleazar died, and there were no sons to him, but only daughters. And [4took 5them 1the sons 2of Kish 3their brethren]. 23The sons of Mushi -- Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth -- three. 24These were the sons of Levi according to the houses of their families; rulers of their families according to their numbering, according to the number of their names, according to their head count, the ones doing the works of the ministration of the house of the  lord, from twenty years and up. 25For David said, [4rested 1The  lord 2God 3of Israel] his people, and encamped in Jerusalem unto the eon. 26And also to the Levites it is not to lift the tent, nor any of its items for its ministration. 27For in the [2words 3of David 1last] was the number of the sons of Levi from twenty years and up. 28For he established them for the hand of the sons of Aaron, to officiate in the house of the  lord, over the courtyards, and over the cubicles, and over the cleansing of all the holy things, and over the works of the ministration of the house of God; 29and for the bread loaves of the place setting, and for the fine flour of the sacrifice offering, and for the [2cakes 1unleavened], and for the frying pan, and for the mixture, and for every measure; 30and to stand in the morning to praise and to make acknowledgement to the  lord, and so the evening; 31and upon all the offerings of whole burnt-offerings to the  lord on the Sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the holidays, according to number, according to the ordinance upon them, always before the  lord; 32and they shall guard the watches of the tent of the testimony, and the watch of the holy place, and the watches of the sons of Aaron their brethren, to officiate in the house of the  lord.
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