1 Chronicles 22-24 New Revised Standard Version

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22 1  Then David said, "Here shall be the house of the Lord God and here the altar of burnt offering for Israel."

David's Preparation for the Temple

2  David gave orders to gather together the aliens who were residing in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God. 3  David also provided great stores of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, as well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing, 4  and cedar logs without number-for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. 5  For David said, "My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorified throughout all lands; I will therefore make preparation for it." So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.

6  Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel. 7  David said to Solomon, "My son, I had planned to build a house to the name of the Lord my God. 8  But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, "You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood in my sight on the earth. 9  See, a son shall be born to you; he shall be a man of peace. I will give him peace from all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. 10  He shall build a house for my name. He shall be a son to me, and I will be a father to him, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.' 11  Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. 12  Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, so that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. 13  Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed. 14  With great pains I have provided for the house of the Lord one hundred thousand talents of gold, one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone too I have provided. To these you must add more. 15  You have an abundance of workers: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of artisans without number, skilled in working 16  gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you."

17  David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon, saying, 18  "Is not the Lord your God with you? Has he not given you peace on every side? For he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the land is subdued before the Lord and his people. 19  Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Go and build the sanctuary of the Lord God so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord."

23 1  When David was old and full of days, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.

The Divisions and Duties of the Levites

2  David assembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites. 3  The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were counted, and the total was thirty-eight thousand. 4  "Twenty-four thousand of these," David said, "shall have charge of the work in the house of the Lord, six thousand shall be officers and judges 5  four thousand gatekeepers, and four thousand shall offer praises to the Lord with the instruments that I have made for praise." 6  And David organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 7  The sons of Gershon were Ladan and Shimei. 8  The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, Zetham, and Joel, three. 9  The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of families of Ladan. 10  And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei. 11  Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, so they were enrolled 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 to consecrate the most holy things, so that he and his sons forever should make offerings before the Lord, and minister to him and pronounce blessings in his name forever; 14  but as for Moses the man of God, his sons were to be reckoned among the tribe of Levi 15  The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. 16  The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief. 17  The sons of Eliezer: Rehabiah the chief; Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very numerous. 18  The sons of Izhar: Shelomith 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  Eleazar died having no sons, but only daughters; their kindred, the sons of Kish, married them. 23  The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

24  These were the sons of Levi by their ancestral houses, the heads of families as they were enrolled 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. 25  For David said, "The Lord, the God of Israel, has given rest to his people; and he resides in Jerusalem forever. 26  And so the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the things for its service"- 27  for according to the last words of David these were the number of the Levites from twenty years old and upward- 28  "but their duty shall be to assist the descendants 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; 29  to assist also with the rows of bread, the choice 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. 30  And they shall stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening, 31  and whenever burnt offerings are offered to the Lord on sabbaths, new moons, and appointed festivals, according to the number required of them, regularly before the Lord. 32  Thus they shall keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and shall attend the descendants of Aaron, their kindred, for the service of the house of the Lord."

24 1  The divisions of the descendants of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 2  But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no sons; so Eleazar and Ithamar became the priests. 3  Along with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, David organized them according to the appointed duties in their service. 4  Since more chief men were found among the sons of Eleazar than among the sons of Ithamar, they organized them under sixteen heads of ancestral houses of the sons of Eleazar, and eight of the sons of Ithamar. 5  They organized them by lot, all alike, for there were officers of the sanctuary and officers of God among both the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar. 6  The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded them in the presence of the king, and the officers, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the heads of ancestral houses of the priests and of the Levites; one ancestral house being chosen for Eleazar and one chosen for Ithamar. 7  The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, 8  the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, 9  the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, 10  the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, 11  the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah, 12  the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, 13  the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, 14  the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, 15  the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez, 16  the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel, 17  the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul, 18  the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah. 19  These had as their appointed duty in their service to enter the house of the Lord according to the procedure established for them by their ancestor Aaron, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him.

20  And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah. 21  Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief. 22  Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath. 23  The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. 24  The sons of Uzziel, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir. 25  The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah. 26  The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Jaaziah: Beno. 27  The sons of Merari: of Jaaziah, Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri. 28  Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons. 29  Of Kish, the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel. 30  The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites according to their ancestral houses. 31  These also cast lots corresponding to their kindred, the descendants of Aaron, in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of ancestral houses of the priests and of the Levites, the chief as well as the youngest brother.

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