David Organizes the Priests
1The divisions of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of #Lev. 10:1, 6; Num. 26:60Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 2#Lev. 10:2; Num. 26:61But Nadab and Abihu died before their father and had no children, so Eleazar and Ithamar became the priests. 3With the help of #ver. 31; 2 Sam. 8:17Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, David organized them according to the appointed duties in their service. 4Since more chief men were found among the sons of Eleazar than among the sons of Ithamar, they organized them under sixteen heads of fathers’ houses of the sons of Eleazar, and eight of the sons of Ithamar. 5They divided them #ver. 31by lot, all alike, for there were sacred officers and officers of God among both the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar. 6And the scribe Shemaiah, the son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded them in the presence of the king and the princes and Zadok the priest and #2 Sam. 8:17; [ch. 18:16; 1 Sam. 22:20; 23:6]Ahimelech the son of Abiathar and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the priests and of the Levites, one father’s house being chosen for Eleazar and one chosen for Ithamar.
7The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, 8the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, 9the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, 10the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to #Luke 1:5Abijah, 11the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah, 12the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, 13the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, 14the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, 15the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez, 16the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel, 17the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul, 18the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah. 19These had as their appointed duty in their service #ch. 9:25to come into the house of the Lord according to the procedure established for them by Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him.
20And of the rest of the sons of Levi: #ch. 23:13of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah. 21#ch. 23:17Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief. 22Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath. 23#ch. 23:19The sons of Hebron:#24:23 Compare 23:19; Hebrew lacks Hebron Jeriah the chief,#24:23 Compare 23:19; Hebrew lacks the chief Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. 24#ch. 23:20The sons of Uzziel, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir. 25The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah. 26#ch. 23:21The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Jaaziah: Beno.#24:26 Or his son; also verse 27 27The sons of Merari: of Jaaziah, Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri. 28Of Mahli: Eleazar, #ch. 23:22who had no sons. 29Of Kish, the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel. 30#ch. 23:23The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites according to their fathers’ houses. 31These also, the head of each father’s house and his younger brother alike, #ver. 5; ch. 25:8; 26:13, 14; Neh. 11:1 cast lots, just as their brothers the sons of Aaron, in the presence of King David, #ver. 6Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of fathers’ houses of the priests and of the Levites.