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1 Chronicles 23 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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David Organizes the Levites

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:1 - When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:2 - David[fn] assembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:3 - The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were numbered, and the total was 38,000 men.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:4 - “Twenty-four thousand of these,” David said,[fn] “shall have charge of the work in the house of the LORD, 6,000 shall be officers and judges,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:5 - 4,000 gatekeepers, and 4,000 shall offer praises to the LORD with the instruments that I have made for praise.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:6 - And David organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:7 - The sons of Gershon[fn] were Ladan and Shimei.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:8 - The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham, and Joel, three.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:9 - The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers’ houses of Ladan.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:10 - And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, and Jeush and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:11 - Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, therefore they became counted as a single father’s house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:12 - The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:13 - The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart to dedicate the most holy things, that he and his sons forever should make offerings before the LORD and minister to him and pronounce blessings in his name forever.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:14 - But the sons of Moses the man of God were named among the tribe of Levi.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:15 - The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:16 - The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:17 - The sons of Eliezer: Rehabiah the chief. Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:18 - The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:19 - The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:20 - The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief and Isshiah the second.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:21 - The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:22 - Eleazar died having no sons, but only daughters; their kinsmen, the sons of Kish, married them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:23 - The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth, three.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:24 - These were the sons of Levi by their fathers’ houses, the heads of fathers’ houses as they were listed 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:25 - For David said, “The LORD, the God of Israel, has given rest to his people, and he dwells in Jerusalem forever.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:26 - And so the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the things for its service.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:27 - For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered from twenty years old and upward.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:28 - For their duty was to assist the sons 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:29 - Their duty was also to assist with the showbread, the 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:30 - And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the LORD, and likewise at evening,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:31 - and whenever burnt offerings were offered to the LORD on Sabbaths, new moons, and feast days, according to the number required of them, regularly before the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:32 - Thus they were to keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and to attend the sons of Aaron, their brothers, for the service of the house of the LORD.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew He
Hebrew lacks David said
Vulgate (compare Septuagint, Syriac); Hebrew to the Gershonite

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