NASB — 1 Chronicles 23 — KJV

Solomon Reigns

1 aNow when David Ireached old age, bhe made his son Solomon king over Israel. 2 And he gathered together all the leaders of Israel with the priests and the Levites.

[1] ILit became old and sated with days a1Ch 29:28 b1K 1:1-40; 2:12; 1Ch 28:5; 29:22

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.

[3] ILit their heads aNu 4:3-49 bNu 4:48; 1Ch 23:24
[4] aEzr 3:8, 9 b1Ch 26:29
[5] ILit I made a1Ch 15:16
[6] a1Ch 6:1

Gershonites

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.

[7] IIn Ex 6:17, Libni
[10] IIn v 11, Zizah
[11] ILit mustering

Kohathites

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.

[13] aEx 6:20 bEx 28:1 cEx 30:6-10
[14] aDt 33:1; Ps 90: title
[16] ILit sons IIIn ch 24:20, Shubael
[17] ILit sons...were
[18] ILit sons IIIn ch 24:22, Shelomoth

Merarites

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.

Duties Revised

24aThese 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.

[24] ILit mustered IILit heads aNu 10:17, 21 b1Ch 23:3
[25] a1Ch 22:18
[26] aNu 4:5, 15; 7:9; Dt 10:8
[28] ILit at the hand of
[29] aLv 24:5-9 bLv 6:20 c1Ch 9:31 dLv 6:21 eLv 19:35, 36
[31] aIs 1:13, 14 bLv 23:2-4
[32] ILit brothers aNu 1:53; 1Ch 9:27 bNu 3:6-9, 38


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David in his old age maketh Solomon king.

1 ¶ So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.

[1] Gn 25:8; 35:29; 1K 1:1, 33; 1Ch 28:5; 29:22, 28; Jb 5:26.

The number and distribution of the Levites.

2 ¶ And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. 3 Now 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. 4 Of which, twenty and four thousand [were] to set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand [were] officers and judges: 5 Moreover four thousand [were] porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, [said David], to praise [therewith]. 6 And David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi, [namely], Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

[2] Jsh 23:2; 24:1; 1Ch 13:1; 28:1; 2Ch 34:29.
[3] Nu 4:2, 23, 30, 35, 43, 47, 48.
[4] 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.
[5] 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.
[6] 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 Gershonites [were], Laadan, and Shimei. 8 The sons of Laadan; the chief [was] Jehiel, and Zetham, and Joel, three. 9 The sons of Shimei; Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These [were] the chief of the fathers of Laadan. 10 And the sons of Shimei [were], Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four [were] the sons of Shimei. 11 And 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's house.

[7] Ex 6:17; 1Ch 6:17; 15:7; 26:21.
[8] 1Ch 6:33; 15:7, 11, 17, 18, 20.
[10] 1Ch 23:11.
[11] 1Ch 23:10.

The sons of Kohath.

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 for ever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever. 14 Now [concerning] Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi. 15 The sons of Moses [were], Gershom, and Eliezer. 16 Of the sons of Gershom, Shebuel [was] the chief. 17 And the sons of Eliezer [were], Rehabiah the chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18 Of the sons of Izhar; Shelomith the chief. 19 Of the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. 20 Of the sons of Uzziel; Michah the first, and Jesiah the second.

[12] Ex 6:18; Nu 3:27; 26:58; 1Ch 6:2.
[13] 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.
[14] Dt 33:1; 1Ch 26:23; Ps 90:1.
[15] Ex 2:22; 4:20; 18:3.
[16] 1Ch 24:20; 25:20; 26:24.
[17] 1Ch 26:25.
[18] 1Ch 24:22; 26:26.
[19] 1Ch 15:9; 23:12; 24:23.

The sons of Merari.

21 ¶ The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. The sons of Mahli; Eleazar, and Kish. 22 And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters: and their brethren the sons of Kish took them. 23 The sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

[21] Ex 6:19; 1Ch 6:20, 30; 23:6; 24:26.
[22] Nu 36:6; 1Ch 24:28.
[23] 1Ch 24:30.

The office of the Levites.

24 ¶ These [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. 25 For David said, The LORD God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever: 26 And also unto the Levites; they shall no [more] carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof. 27 For by the last words of David the Levites [were] numbered from twenty years old and above: 28 Because 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; 29 Both 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; 30 And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even; 31 And 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: 32 And 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.

[24] 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.
[25] 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.
[26] Nu 4:5, 49; 7:9.
[27] 2S 23:1; 1Ch 23:3, 24; Ps 72:20.
[28] 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.
[29] 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.
[30] 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.
[31] Lv 23:1, 24, 39; Nu 10:10; 28:1; Ps 81:1; Is 1:13.
[32] Nu 1:53; 3:6, 38; 1K 8:4; 1Ch 9:27.


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