1So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.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 Merari.7Of the Gershonites were , Laadan, and Shimei.8The sons of Laadan; the chief was Jehiel, and Zetham, and Joel, three.9The sons of Shimei; Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the chief of the fathers of Laadan.10And the sons of Shimei were , Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei.11And 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' house.12The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.13The 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 Eliezer.16Of the sons of Gershom, Shebuel was the chief.17And the sons of Eliezer were , Rehabiah the chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.18Of the sons of Izhar; Shelomith the chief.19Of the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.20Of the sons of Uzziel; Michah the first, and Jesiah the second.21The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. The sons of Mahli; Eleazar, and Kish.22And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters: and their brethren the sons of Kish took them.23The sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, 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:26And 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:28Because 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 shewbread, 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.
1 Chronicles 23
English Standard Version
David Organizes the Levites
1When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel. (1Ki 1:33; 1Ch 28:5; 1Ch 29:22; 1Ch 29:28)2David assembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites.3The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were numbered, and the total was 38,000 men. (Nu 1:2; Nu 4:3; Nu 4:47; 1Ch 23:24)4“Twenty-four thousand of these,” David said, “shall have charge of the work in the house of the Lord, 6,000 shall be officers and judges, (De 16:18; 1Ch 26:29; 2Ch 2:2; 2Ch 2:18; 2Ch 19:8; 2Ch 34:12; Ezr 3:8)54,000 gatekeepers, and 4,000 shall offer praises to the Lord with the instruments that I have made for praise.” (2Ch 29:25; Ne 12:36; Am 6:5)6And David organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. (Ex 6:16; Nu 26:57; 1Ch 6:1; 1Ch 6:16; 2Ch 8:14; 2Ch 23:18; 2Ch 35:4; Ezr 6:18)7The sons of Gershon were Ladan and Shimei. (1Ch 26:21)8The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham, and Joel, three. (1Ch 15:18; 1Ch 26:21; 1Ch 29:8)9The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers’ houses of Ladan.10And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, and Jeush and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei.11Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, therefore they became counted as a single father’s house.12The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four. (Ex 6:18; Nu 3:19; 1Ch 6:18; 1Ch 26:23)13The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart to dedicate the most holy things, that he and his sons forever should make offerings before the Lord and minister to him and pronounce blessings in his name forever. (Ex 6:20; Ex 28:1; Ex 30:7; Nu 6:23; Nu 16:40; De 21:5; 1Sa 2:28; Heb 5:4)14But the sons of Moses the man of God were named among the tribe of Levi. (De 33:1; 1Ch 26:23)15The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. (Ex 2:22; Ex 18:3)16The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief. (1Ch 26:24)17The sons of Eliezer: Rehabiah the chief. Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.18The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief.19The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. (1Ch 24:23; 1Ch 26:31)20The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief and Isshiah the second. (1Ch 24:24)21The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish. (Ex 6:19; Nu 26:58; 1Ch 6:19; 1Ch 6:29; 1Ch 24:26; 1Ch 24:29)22Eleazar died having no sons, but only daughters; their kinsmen, the sons of Kish, married them. (Nu 36:6; Nu 36:8; 1Ch 24:28)23The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth, three. (1Ch 24:30)24These were the sons of Levi by their fathers’ houses, the heads of fathers’ houses as they were listed according to the number of the names of the individuals from twenty years old and upward who were to do the work for the service of the house of the Lord. (Nu 4:3; Nu 8:24; Nu 10:17; Nu 10:21; 1Ch 23:3; 2Ch 31:17; Ezr 3:8)25For David said, “The Lord, the God of Israel, has given rest to his people, and he dwells in Jerusalem forever. (1Ch 22:18)26And so the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the things for its service.” (Nu 4:5)27For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered from twenty years old and upward. (1Ch 23:24)28For their duty was to assist the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the Lord, having the care of the courts and the chambers, the cleansing of all that is holy, and any work for the service of the house of God.29Their duty was also to assist with the showbread, the flour for the grain offering, the wafers of unleavened bread, the baked offering, the offering mixed with oil, and all measures of quantity or size. (Le 6:20; Le 6:21; Le 7:12; Le 19:35; Le 24:5; 1Ch 9:29; 1Ch 9:31)30And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening,31and whenever burnt offerings were offered to the Lord on Sabbaths, new moons, and feast days, according to the number required of them, regularly before the Lord. (Le 23:2; Le 23:4; Nu 28:11; Isa 1:13)32Thus they were to keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and to attend the sons of Aaron, their brothers, for the service of the house of the Lord. (Nu 1:53; Nu 3:6)