1 Chronicles 23
Solomon Reigns1 a Now when David ▼
▼ Lit became old and sated with daysreached old age c he made his son Solomon king over Israel. 2 And he gathered together all the leaders of Israel with the priests and the Levites.
Offices of the Levites3 d The Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward, and e their number by ▼
▼ Lit their headscensus of men was 38,000. 4 Of these, 24,000 were g to oversee the work of the house of the Lord; and 6,000 were h officers and judges, 5 and 4,000 were gatekeepers, and i 4,000 were praising the Lord with the instruments which ▼
▼ Lit I madeDavid made for giving praise. 6 David divided them into divisions k according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Gershonites7 Of the Gershonites were ▼
▼ In Ex 6:17, LibniLadan and Shimei. 8 The sons of Ladan were Jehiel the first and Zetham and Joel, three. 9 The sons of Shimei were Shelomoth and Haziel and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers’ households of Ladan. 10 The sons of Shimei were Jahath ▼
▼ In v 11, ZizahZina, Jeush and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei. 11 Jahath was the first and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, so they became a father’s household, one ▼
▼ Lit musteringclass.
Kohathites12 The sons of Kohath were four: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. 13 o The sons of Amram were Aaron and Moses. And p Aaron was set apart to sanctify him as most holy, he and his sons forever q to burn incense before the Lord, to minister to Him and to bless in His name forever. 14 But as for r Moses the man of God, his sons were named among the tribe of Levi. 15 The sons of Moses were Gershom and Eliezer. 16 The ▼
▼ Lit sonsson of Gershom was ▼
▼ In ch 24:20, ShubaelShebuel the chief. 17 The ▼
▼ Lit sons...wereson of Eliezer was Rehabiah the chief; and Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18 The ▼
▼ Lit sonsson of Izhar was ▼
▼ In ch 24:22, ShelomothShelomith the chief. 19 The sons of Hebron were Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth. 20 The sons of Uzziel were Micah the first and Isshiah the second.
Merarites21 The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli were Eleazar and Kish. 22 Eleazar died and had no sons, but daughters only, so their brothers, the sons of Kish, took them as wives. 23 The sons of Mushi were three: Mahli, Eder and Jeremoth.
Duties Revised24 x These were the sons of Levi according to their fathers’ households, even the heads of the fathers’ households of those of them who were ▼
▼ Lit musteredcounted, in the number of names by their ▼
▼ Lit headscensus, doing the work for the service of the house of the Lord aa from twenty years old and upward. 25 For David said, “The Lord God of Israel ab has given rest to His people, and He dwells in Jerusalem forever. 26 “Also, ac the Levites will no longer need to carry the tabernacle and all its utensils for its service.” 27 For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered from twenty years old and upward. 28 For their office is ▼
▼ Lit at the hand ofto assist the sons of Aaron with the service of the house of the Lord, in the courts and in the chambers and in the purifying of all holy things, even the work of the service of the house of God, 29 ae and with the showbread, and af the fine flour for a grain offering, and unleavened wafers, or ag what is baked in the pan or ah what is well-mixed, and ai all measures of volume and size. 30 They are to stand every morning to thank and to praise the Lord, and likewise at evening, 31 and to offer all burnt offerings to the Lord aj on the sabbaths, the new moons and ak the fixed festivals in the number set by the ordinance concerning them, continually before the Lord. 32 Thus al they are to keep charge of the tent of meeting, and charge of the holy place, and am charge of the sons of Aaron their ▼
▼ Lit brothersrelatives, for the service of the house of the Lord.
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