1 Chronicles 23
David in his old age maketh Solomon king.
1 Chronicles 23:1 So when Dauid was old and full of dayes, he made Solomon his sonne king ouer Israel.
The number and distribution of the Levites.
1 Chronicles 23:2 And he gathered together all the Princes of Israel, with the Priests and the Leuites. 1 Chronicles 23:3 Now the Leuites were numbred from the age of thirtie yeeres and vpward: and their number, by their polles, man by man, was thirtie and eight thousand. 1 Chronicles 23:4 Of which, twentie and foure thousand [were] to set forward the work of the house of the LORD: and sixe thousand [were] Officers and Iudges. 1 Chronicles 23:5 Moreouer, foure thousand [were] porters, and foure thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made ([said Dauid]) to praise [therewith]. 1 Chronicles 23:6 And Dauid diuided them into courses among the sonnes of Leui, [namely] Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
The families of the Gershonites.
1 Chronicles 23:7 Of the Gershonites [were] Laadan, and Shimei. 1 Chronicles 23:8 The sonnes of Laadan, the chiefe [was] Iehiel, and Zetham, and Ioel, three. 1 Chronicles 23:9 The sonnes of Shimei: Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These [were] the chiefe of the fathers of Laadan. 1 Chronicles 23:10 And the sonnes of Shimei [were]: Iahath, Zina, and Ieush, and Beriah. These foure [were] the sonnes of Shimei. 1 Chronicles 23:11 And Iahath was the chiefe, and Ziza the second: but Ieush and Beriah had not many sonnes: therefore they were in one reckoning, according to [their] fathers house.
The sons of Kohath.
1 Chronicles 23:12 The sonnes of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, foure. 1 Chronicles 23:13 The sonnes of Amram: Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctifie the most holy things, he and his sonnes for euer, to burne [incense] before the LORD, to minister vnto him, and to blesse in his Name for euer. 1 Chronicles 23:14 Now concerning Moses the man of God, his sonnes were named of the tribe of Leui. 1 Chronicles 23:15 The sonnes of Moses [were]: Gershom and Eliezer. 1 Chronicles 23:16 Of the sonnes of Gershom Shebuel [was] the chiefe. 1 Chronicles 23:17 And the sonnes of Eliezer [were]: Rehabiah the chiefe. And Eliezer had none other sonnes: but the sonnes of Rehabiah were very many. 1 Chronicles 23:18 Of the sonnes of Izhar, Shelomith the chiefe. 1 Chronicles 23:19 Of the sonnes of Hebron, Ieriah the first, Amariah the second, Iahaziel the third, and Iekamiam the fourth. 1 Chronicles 23:20 Of the sonnes of Uzziel: Michah the first, and Iesiah the second.
The sons of Merari.
1 Chronicles 23:21 The sonnes of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sonnes of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish. 1 Chronicles 23:22 And Eleazar died, and had no sonnes but daughters: and their brethren the sonnes of Kish tooke them. 1 Chronicles 23:23 The sonnes of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Ierimoth, three.
The office of the Levites.
1 Chronicles 23:24 These [were] the sonnes of Leui after the house of their fathers, [euen] the chiefe of the fathers, as they were counted by number of names by their polles, that did the worke for the seruice of the house of the LORD, from the age of twentie yeeres and vpward. 1 Chronicles 23:25 For Dauid sayd, The LORD God of Israel hath giuen rest vnto his people, [that] they may dwell in Ierusalem for euer. 1 Chronicles 23:26 And also vnto the Leuites: they shall no [more] cary the Tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the seruice thereof. 1 Chronicles 23:27 For by the last words of Dauid, the Leuites [were] numbred from twentie yeeres olde, and aboue: 1 Chronicles 23:28 Because their office was to wait on the sonnes of Aaron, for the seruice of the house of the LORD, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the worke of the seruice of the house of God: 1 Chronicles 23:29 Both for the shew-bread, and for the fine floure for meat offering, and for the vnleauened cakes, and for [that which is baked] in the panne, and for [that which] is fried, and for all maner of measures and size: 1 Chronicles 23:30 And to stand euery morning to thanke and praise the LORD, and likewise at Euen: 1 Chronicles 23:31 And to offer all burnt sacrifices vnto the LORD in the Sabbaths, in the new moones, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded vnto them continually before the LORD: 1 Chronicles 23:32 And that they should keepe the charge of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sonnes of Aaron their brethren, in the seruice of the house of the LORD.