1 Chronicles 23-25 World English Bible

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

The Divisions and Duties of the Levites

2  He gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. 3  The Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty-eight thousand. 4  Of these, twenty-four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of Yahweh; and six thousand were officers and judges; 5  and four thousand were doorkeepers; and four thousand praised Yahweh with the instruments which I made, said David, for giving praise. 6  David divided them into divisions according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 7  Of the Gershonites: Ladan and Shimei. 8  The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham, and Joel, three. 9  The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers’ houses of Ladan. 10  The sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei. 11  Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Jeush and Beriah didn’t have many sons; therefore they became a fathers’ house in one reckoning. 12  The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four. 13  The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses; and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons, forever, to burn incense before Yahweh, to minister to him, and to bless in his name, forever. 14  But as for Moses the man of God, his sons were named 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 were: Rehabiah the chief; and Eliezer had no other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 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, and had no sons, but daughters only: and their brothers the sons of Kish took them to wife. 23  The sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

24  These were the sons of Levi after their fathers’ houses, even the heads of the fathers’ houses of those who were counted individually, in the number of names by their polls, who did the work for the service of the house of Yahweh, from twenty years old and upward. 25  For David said, Yahweh, the God of Israel, has given rest to his people; and he dwells in Jerusalem forever: 26  and also the Levites shall no more have need to carry the tabernacle and all its vessels for its service. 27  For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered, from twenty years old and upward. 28  For their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of Yahweh, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, even the work of the service of the house of God; 29  for the show bread also, and for the fine flour for a meal offering, whether of unleavened wafers, or of that which is baked in the pan, or of that which is soaked, and for all manner of measure and size; 30  and to stand every morning to thank and praise Yahweh, and likewise in the evening; 31  and to offer all burnt offerings to Yahweh, on the Sabbaths, on the new moons, and on the set feasts, in number according to the ordinance concerning them, continually before Yahweh; 32  and that they should keep the duty of the Tent of Meeting, and the duty of the holy place, and the duty of the sons of Aaron their brothers, for the service of the house of Yahweh.

24 1  These were the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron: Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2  But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest’s office. 3  David with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, divided them according to their ordering in their service. 4  There were more chief men found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar; and thus were they divided: of the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen, heads of fathers’ houses; and of the sons of Ithamar, according to their fathers’ houses, eight. 5  Thus were they divided impartially by drawing lots; for there were princes of the sanctuary, and princes of God, both of the sons of Eleazar, and of the sons of Ithamar. 6  Shemaiah the son of Nethanel the scribe, who was of the Levites, wrote them in the presence of the king, and the princes, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the priests and of the Levites; one fathers’ house being taken for Eleazar, and one taken for Ithamar. 7  Now the first lot came forth 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  This was the ordering of them in their service, to come into the house of Yahweh according to the ordinance given to them by Aaron their father, as Yahweh, the God of Israel, had commanded him.

20  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, and Shoham, and 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, and Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites after their fathers’ houses. 31  These likewise cast lots even as their brothers the sons of Aaron in the presence of David the king, and Zadok, and Ahimelech, and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the priests and of the Levites; the fathers’ houses of the chief even as those of his younger brother.

The Divisions of the Musicians

25 1  Moreover, David and the captains of the army set apart for the service certain of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with stringed instruments, and with cymbals: and the number of those who did the work according to their service was: 2  of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asharelah, the sons of Asaph, under the hand of Asaph, who prophesied after the order of the king. 3  Of Jeduthun; the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun with the harp, who prophesied in giving thanks and praising Yahweh. 4  Of Heman; the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. 5  All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. 6  All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of Yahweh, with cymbals, stringed instruments, and harps, for the service of the house of God; Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman being under the order of the king. 7  The number of them, with their brothers who were instructed in singing to Yahweh, even all who were skillful, was two hundred eighty-eight.

8  They cast lots for their offices, all alike, as well the small as the great, the teacher as the scholar. 9  Now the first lot came forth for Asaph to Joseph: the second to Gedaliah; he and his brothers and sons were twelve: 10  the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 11  the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 12  the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 13  the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 14  the seventh to Jesharelah, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 15  the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 16  the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 17  the tenth to Shimei, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 18  the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 19  the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 20  for the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 21  for the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 22  for the fifteenth to Jeremoth, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 23  for the sixteenth to Hananiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 24  for the seventeenth to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 25  for the eighteenth to Hanani, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 26  for the nineteenth to Mallothi, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 27  for the twentieth to Eliathah, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 28  for the one and twentieth to Hothir, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 29  for the two and twentieth to Giddalti, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 30  for the three and twentieth to Mahazioth, his sons and his brothers, twelve: 31  for the four and twentieth to Romamti-Ezer, his sons and his brothers, twelve.

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