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. Chapter 23.

1 David was now an old man, weighed down with years, and he appointed Solomon his son king over Israel.

The work of the Levites.

2 He gathered together all the officers of Israel, the priests, and the Levites. 3 The Levites were enrolled from the age of thirty upwards, their males being thirty-eight thousand in all. 4 Of these, twenty-four thousand were to be responsible for the maintenance and service of the house of the LORD, six thousand to act as officers and magistrates, 5 four thousand to be door-keepers, and four thousand to praise the LORD on the musical instruments which David had made for the service of praise. 6 David organized them in divisions, called after Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, the sons of Levi.

7 The sons of Gershon: Laadan and Shimei. 8 The sons of Laadan: Jehiel the chief, Zetham and Joel, three [prob. rdg, Heb adds 9 The sons of Shimei: Shelomith, Haziel and Haran, three]. These were the heads of the families grouped under Laadan. 10 The sons of Shimei: Jahath, Ziza, Jeush and Beriah, four. 11 Jahath was the chief and Ziza the second, but Jeush and Beriah, having few children, were reckoned for duty as a single family.

12 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel, four. 13 The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart, he and his sons in perpetuity, to dedicate the most holy gifts [to dedicate ... gifts: or to be hallowed as most holy], to burn sacrifices before the LORD, to serve him, and to give the blessing in his name for ever, 14 but the sons of Moses, the man of God, were to keep the name of Levite. 15 The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. 16 The sons of Gershom: Shubael the chief. 17 The sons of Eliezer: Rehabiah the chief. Eliezer had no other sons, but Rehabiah had very many. 18 The sons of Izhar: Shelomoth the chief. 19 The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth. 20 The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief and Isshiah the second.

21 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish. 22 When Eleazar died, he left daughters but no sons, and their cousins, the sons of Kish, married them. 23 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder and Jeremoth, three.

24 Such were the Levites, grouped by families in the father's line whose heads were entered in the detailed list; they performed duties in the service of the house of the LORD, from the age of twenty upwards. 25 For David said, 'The LORD the God of Israel has given his people peace and has made his abode in Jerusalem for ever. 26 The Levites will no longer have to carry the Tabernacle or any of the vessels for its service.' 27 By these last words of David the Levites were enrolled from the age of twenty upwards. 28 Their duty was to help the sons of Aaron in the service of the house of the LORD: they were responsible for the care of the courts and the rooms, for the cleansing of all holy things, and the general service of the house of God; 29 for the rows of the Bread of the Presence, the flour for the grain-offerings, unleavened wafers, cakes baked on the griddle, and pastry, and for the weights and measures. 30 They were to be on duty continually before the LORD every morning and evening, giving thanks and praise to him, 31 and at every offering of whole-offerings to the LORD, on sabbaths, new moons and at the appointed seasons, according to their prescribed number. 32 The Levites were to have charge of the Tent of the Presence and of the sanctuary, but the sons of Aaron their kinsmen were charged with the service of worship in the house of the LORD.

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