Offices of the Levites
3 aThe Levites° were numbered° from thirty° years° old° and upward°, and btheir number° by Icensus° of men° was 38,000°°°. 4 Of these°, 24,000°°° were ato oversee° the work° of the house° of the LORD°; and 6,000°° [were] bofficers° and judges°, 5 and 4,000°° [were] gatekeepers°, and a4,000°° [were] praising° the LORD° with the instruments° which° IDavid made° for giving° praise°. 6 David° divided° them into divisions° aaccording to the sons° of Levi°: Gershon°, Kohath°, and Merari°.
 ILit their heads aNu 4:3-49 bNu 4:48; 1Ch 23:24
 aEzr 3:8, 9 b1Ch 26:29
 ILit I made a1Ch 15:16
 a1Ch 6:1
7 ¶ Of the Gershonites° [were] ILadan° and Shimei°. 8 The sons° of Ladan° [were] Jehiel° the first° and Zetham° and Joel°, three°. 9 The sons° of Shimei° [were] Shelomoth° and Haziel° and Haran°, three°. These° were the heads° of the fathers’° [households] of Ladan°. 10 The sons° of Shimei° [were] Jahath°, IZina°, Jeush° and Beriah°. These° four° [were] the sons° of Shimei°. 11 Jahath° was the first° and Zizah° the second°; but Jeush° and Beriah° did not have many° sons°, so they became° a father’s° household°, one° Iclass°.
12 ¶ The sons° of Kohath° were four°: Amram°, Izhar°, Hebron° and Uzziel°. 13 aThe sons° of Amram° were Aaron° and Moses°. And bAaron° was set° apart° to sanctify° him as most° holy°, he and his sons° forever°°, cto burn° incense° before° the LORD°, to minister° to Him and to bless° in His name° forever°°. 14 But [as for] aMoses° the man° of God°, his sons° were named° among° the tribe° of Levi°. 15 The sons° of Moses° [were] Gershom° and Eliezer°. 16 The Ison° of Gershom° [was] IIShebuel° the chief°. 17 The Ison° of Eliezer° was Rehabiah° the chief°; and Eliezer° had° no° other° sons°, but the sons° of Rehabiah° were very° many°. 18 The Ison° of Izhar° was IIShelomith° the chief°. 19 The sons° of Hebron° [were] Jeriah° the first°, Amariah° the second°, Jahaziel° the third° and Jekameam° the fourth°. 20 The sons° of Uzziel° [were] Micah° the first° and Isshiah° the second°.
 aEx 6:20 bEx 28:1 cEx 30:6-10
 aDt 33:1; Ps 90: title
 ILit sons IIIn ch 24:20, Shubael
 ILit sons...were
 ILit sons IIIn ch 24:22, Shelomoth
21 ¶ The sons° of Merari° were Mahli° and Mushi°. The sons° of Mahli° [were] Eleazar° and Kish°. 22 Eleazar° died° and had° no° sons°, but daughters° only°, so their brothers°, the sons° of Kish°, took° them [as wives]. 23 The sons° of Mushi° [were] three°: Mahli°, Eder° and Jeremoth°.
24 ¶ aThese° were the sons° of Levi° according to their fathers’° households°, [even] the heads° of the fathers’° [households] of those of them who were Icounted°, in the number° of names° by their IIcensus°, doing° the work° for the service° of the house° of the LORD°, bfrom twenty° years° old° and upward°. 25 For David° said°, “The LORD° God° of Israel° ahas given° rest° to His people°, and He dwells° in Jerusalem° forever°°. 26 Also°, athe Levites° will no° longer need to carry° the tabernacle° and all° its utensils° 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° is Ito assist° the sons° of Aaron° with the service° of the house° of the LORD°, 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 aand with the showbread°°, and bthe fine° flour° for a grain offering°, and unleavened° wafers°, or c[what is baked in] the pan° or dwhat is well-mixed°, and eall° measures° of volume° and size°. 30 They are to stand° every° morning° to thank° and to praise° the LORD°, and likewise° at evening°, 31 and to offer° all° burnt° offerings° to the LORD°, aon the sabbaths°, the new° moons° and bthe fixed° festivals° in the number° [set] by the ordinance° concerning° them, continually° before° the LORD°. 32 Thus athey are to keep° charge° of the tent° of meeting°, and charge° of the holy° place, and bcharge° of the sons° of Aaron° their Irelatives°, for the service° of the house° of the LORD°.
 ILit mustered IILit heads aNu 10:17, 21 b1Ch 23:3
 a1Ch 22:18
 aNu 4:5, 15; 7:9; Dt 10:8
 ILit at the hand of
 aLv 24:5-9 bLv 6:20 c1Ch 9:31 dLv 6:21 eLv 19:35, 36
 aIs 1:13, 14 bLv 23:2-4
 ILit brothers aNu 1:53; 1Ch 9:27 bNu 3:6-9, 38
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The number and distribution of the Levites.
2 ¶ And he gathered togetherºª² all² the princesº of Israel,º with the priestsº and the Levites.º 3 Now the Levitesº were numberedºª from the ageº² of thirtyº yearsº and upward:º and their numberº by their polls,º man by man,º was² thirtyº and eightº thousand.º 4 Of which,º² twentyº and fourº thousandº [were] to set forwardºª² the workº of the houseº of the LORD;º and sixº thousandº [were] officersºª and judges:ºª 5 Moreover fourº thousandº [were] porters;º and fourº thousandº praisedºª the LORDº with the instrumentsº which² I made,ºª [said David], to praiseºª [therewith]. 6 And Davidº dividedºª them into coursesº among the sonsº of Levi,º [namely], Gershon,º Kohath,º and Merari.º
 Jsh 23:2; 24:1; 1Ch 13:1; 28:1; 2Ch 34:29.
 Nu 4:2, 23, 30, 35, 43, 47, 48.
 Dt 16:18; 17:8; 1Ch 6:48; 9:28; 23:28; 26:20, 29; 2Ch 19:8; Ne 11:9, 22; Mal 2:7; Ac 20:28.
 1K 10:12; 1Ch 6:31; 9:17, 33; 15:16, 23; 16:38, 41; 25:1; 26:1; 2Ch 8:14; 20:19; 29:25; 35:15; Ezr 7:7; Ne 7:73; Ps 87:7; Am 6:5.
 Ex 6:16; Nu 26:57; 1Ch 6:1, 16; 24:1; 26:1; 2Ch 8:14; 29:25; 31:2; 35:10; Ezr 6:18.
The families of the Gershonites.
7 ¶ Of the Gershonitesº [were], Laadan,º and Shimei.º 8 The sonsº of Laadan;º the chiefº [was] Jehiel,º and Zetham,º and Joel,º three.º 9 The sonsº of Shimei;º Shelomith,º¹ª and Haziel,º and Haran,º three.º These² [were] the chiefº of the fathersº of Laadan.º 10 And the sonsº of Shimeiº [were], Jahath,º Zina,º and Jeush,º and Beriah.º These² fourº [were] the sonsº of Shimei.º 11 And Jahathº was² the chief,º and Zizahº the second:º but Jeushº and Beriahº had not manyºª² sons;º therefore they were² in oneº reckoning,º according to [their] father'sº house.º
 Ex 6:17; 1Ch 6:17; 15:7; 26:21.
 1Ch 6:33; 15:7, 11, 17, 18, 20.
 1Ch 23:11.
 1Ch 23:10.
The sons of Kohath.
12 ¶ The sonsº of Kohath;º Amram,º Izhar,º Hebron,º and Uzziel,º four.º 13 The sonsº of Amram;º Aaronº and Moses:º and Aaronº was separated,ºª that he should sanctifyºª the most¹ holy things,º he² and his sonsº for¹ ever,º² to burn incenseºª beforeº the LORD,º to ministerºª unto him, and to blessºª in his nameº for¹ ever.º² 14 Now [concerning] Mosesº the manº of God,º his sonsº were namedºª of² the tribeº of Levi.º 15 The sonsº of Mosesº [were], Gershom,¹² and Eliezer.º 16 Of the sonsº of Gershom,¹² Shebuelº [was] the chief.º 17 And the sonsº of Eliezerº [were], Rehabiahº the chief.º And Eliezerº had² none² otherº sons;º but the sonsº of Rehabiahº were very¹ many.ºª² 18 Of the sonsº of Izhar;º Shelomith¹² the chief.º 19 Of the sonsº of Hebron;º Jeriahº the first,º Amariahº the second,º Jahazielº the third,º and Jekameamº the fourth.º 20 Of the sonsº of Uzziel;º Michahº the first,º and Jesiahº the second.º
 Ex 6:18; Nu 3:27; 26:58; 1Ch 6:2.
 Ex 6:20; 28:1; 29:33, 44; 30:6, 34; 40:9; Lv 9:22; 10:1, 10, 17; 16:11, 12, 32; 17:2; Nu 3:27; 6:23; 16:16, 35, 46; 18:1, 3; 26:59; Dt 21:5; 1S 2:28; 1Ch 6:3; 2Ch 26:18; Ps 99:6; 106:16; Lk 1:9; Ac 13:2; Ro 1:1; Ga 1:15; He 5:4; Rv 8:3.
 Dt 33:1; 1Ch 26:23; Ps 90:1.
 Ex 2:22; 4:20; 18:3.
 1Ch 24:20; 25:20; 26:24.
 1Ch 26:25.
 1Ch 24:22; 26:26.
 1Ch 15:9; 23:12; 24:23.
The sons of Merari.
21 ¶ The sonsº of Merari;º Mahli,º and Mushi.º The sonsº of Mahli;º Eleazar,º and Kish.º 22 And Eleazarº died,ºª and had² no² sons,º but²² daughters:º and their brethrenº the sonsº of Kishº tookºª them. 23 The sonsº of Mushi;º Mahli,º and Eder,º and Jeremoth,º three.º
The office of the Levites.
24 ¶ These² [were] the sonsº of Leviº after the houseº of their fathers;º [even] the chiefº of the fathers,º as they were countedºª by numberº of namesº by their polls,º that didºª the workº for the serviceº of the houseº of the LORD,º from the ageº² of twentyº yearsº and upward.º 25 For² Davidº said,ºª The LORDº Godº of Israelº hath given restºª unto his people,º that they may dwellºª in Jerusalemº for ever:º² 26 And also² unto the Levites;º they shall no² [more] carryºª² the tabernacle,º nor any² vesselsº of it for the serviceº thereof. 27 For² by the lastº wordsº of Davidº the Levitesº² [were] numberedº from twenty¹ years¹ oldº²²² and above:º 28 Because² their officeº [was] to wait¹ on² the sonsº of Aaronº for the serviceº of the houseº of the LORD,º in² the courts,º and in² the chambers,º and in² the purifyingº of all² holy things,º and the workº of the serviceº of the houseº of God;º 29 Both for the shewbread,ºº and for the fine flourº for meat offering,º and for the unleavenedº cakes,º and for [that which is baked in] the pan,º and for that which is fried,ºª and for all manner² of measureº and size;º 30 And to standºª every morningº to thankºª and praiseºª the LORD,º and likewise² at even;º 31 And to offerºª all² burnt sacrificesº unto the LORDº in the sabbaths,º in the new moons,º and on the set feasts,º by number,º according to the orderº commanded unto² them, continuallyº beforeº the LORD:º 32 And that they should keepºª² the chargeº of the tabernacleº of the congregation,º and the chargeº of the holyº [place], and the chargeº of the sonsº of Aaronº their brethren,º in the serviceº of the houseº of the LORD.º
 Nu 1:2, 3, 4, 18, 22; 2:32; 3:15, 20, 47; 4:3, 34; 8:24; 10:17, 21; 1Ch 23:3, 27; Ezr 3:8.
 2S 7:1, 11; 1K 8:13, 27; 1Ch 22:18; Ps 9:11; 68:16, 18; 132:13; 135:21; Is 8:18; Jol 3:21; Zc 8:3; 2Co 6:16; Col 2:9.
 Nu 4:5, 49; 7:9.
 2S 23:1; 1Ch 23:3, 24; Ps 72:20.
 Nu 3:6; 1K 6:5; 1Ch 9:28; 18:17; 23:4; 28:13; 2Ch 29:5, 18; 31:11; 35:3, 11; Ezr 8:29; Ne 11:24; 13:4, 9; Jr 35:4; Ezk 41:6, 26; 42:3, 13.
 Ex 25:30; Lv 2:4; 6:20; 7:9; 19:35; 24:5; Nu 3:50; 1K 7:48; 1Ch 9:29, 31; 2Ch 13:11; 29:18; Ne 10:33; Mt 12:4; He 9:2.
 Ex 29:39; 1Ch 6:31; 9:33; 16:37; 25:1; 2Ch 29:25; 31:2; Ezr 3:10; Ps 92:1; 134:1; 135:1, 19; 137:2; Rv 5:8; 14:3.
 Lv 23:1, 24, 39; Nu 10:10; 28:1; Ps 81:1; Is 1:13.
 Nu 1:53; 3:6, 38; 1K 8:4; 1Ch 9:27.
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