1 Chronicles 23
1 # 1 Kgs 1.1-40. So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
The Divisions and Duties of the Levites
2And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. 3Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand. 4Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the Lord; and six thousand were officers and judges: 5moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith. 6And David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Mera´ri.
7Of the Ger´shonites were La´adan, and Shim´e-i. 8The sons of La´adan; the chief was Jehi´el, and Zetham, and Joel, three. 9The sons of Shim´e-i; Shelo´mith, and Haz´i-el, and Haran, three. These were the chief of the fathers of La´adan. 10And the sons of Shim´e-i were, Jahath, Zina, and Je´ush, and Beri´ah. These four were the sons of Shim´e-i. 11And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Je´ush and Beri´ah had not many sons; therefore they were in one reckoning, according to their father's house.
12The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uz´zi-el, four. 13#Exod 28.1. The sons of Amram; Aaron, and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons for ever, to burn incense before the Lord, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever. 14Now concerning Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi. 15The sons of Moses were, Gershom, and Eli-e´zer. 16Of the sons of Gershom, She´bu-el was the chief. 17And the sons of Eli-e´zer were, Rehabi´ah the chief. And Eli-e´zer had none other sons; but the sons of Rehabi´ah were very many. 18Of the sons of Izhar; Shelo´mith the chief. 19Of the sons of Hebron; Jeri´ah the first, Amari´ah the second, Jaha´zi-el the third, and Jekame´am the fourth. 20Of the sons of Uz´zi-el; Micah the first, and Jesi´ah the second.
21The sons of Mera´ri; Mahli, and Mushi. The sons of Mahli; Ele-a´zar, and Kish. 22And Ele-a´zar died, and had no sons, but daughters: and their brethren the sons of Kish took them. 23The sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jer´emoth, three.
24These were the sons of Levi after the house of their fathers; even the chief of the fathers, as they 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 twenty years and upward. 25For David said, The Lord God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever: 26#Deut 10.8. and also unto the Levites: they shall no more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof. 27For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above: 28#Num 3.5-9. 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 chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God: 29both for the showbread, and for the fine flour for meat offering, and for the unleavened cakes, and for that which is baked in the pan, and for that which is fried, and for all manner of measure and size; 30and to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at even; 31and to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the Lord in the sabbaths, in the new moons, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the Lord: 32and that they should keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service of the house of the Lord.

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