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1 Chronicles 23

David in his old age maketh Solomon king.

1 Chronicles 23:1 So when Dauid was olde and full of dayes, he made Solomon his sonneking ouer Israel.

The number and distribution of the Levites.

1 Chronicles 23:2 And then he gathered together all the lordes of Israel, with the priestes and the Leuites. 1 Chronicles 23:3 And the Leuites were numbred from the age of thirtie yeres and aboue: and the number and summe of them was thirtie and eyght thousande men. 1 Chronicles 23:4 Of which twentie and foure thousand were set to further the worke of the house of the Lorde: and sixe thousande were officers and iudges. 1 Chronicles 23:5 Foure thousande were porters, & foure thousand praysed the Lorde with such instrumentes as was made to prayse withall. 1 Chronicles 23:6 And so Dauid put an order among them deuiding them, in partes: Of the children of Leui, Gerson, Caath, and Merari.

The families of the Gershonites.

1 Chronicles 23:7 Of the Gersonites was Laadan, and Semei. 1 Chronicles 23:8 The sounes of Laadan, the chiefe was Iehiel, Zethan, and Ioel, three. 1 Chronicles 23:9 The sonnes of Semei: Selomith, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the auncient fathers of Laadan. 1 Chronicles 23:10 And the sonnes of Semei: were, Iahath, Zina, Ieus, & Beria: these foure were the sonnes of Semei. 1 Chronicles 23:11 And Iahath was the chiefe, Ziza the seconde: but Ieus, and Beria had not many sonnes, therfore they were in one reckening according to their fathers housholde, reckened for one auncient housholde.

The sons of Kohath.

1 Chronicles 23:12 The sonnes of Caath: Amram, Izahar, Hebron, and Uzziel, foure. 1 Chronicles 23:13 The sonnes of Amram: Aaron, and Moyses: And Aaron was separated to haue the rule of the holy thinges in the place most holy, he & his sonnes for euer, and to burne incense before the Lorde, and to minister vnto him, and to blesse in his name for euer. 1 Chronicles 23:14 Moyses also the man of God, and his children, were named with the tribe of Leui. 1 Chronicles 23:15 The sonnes of Moyses: Gerso, & Eliezer. 1 Chronicles 23:16 Of the sonnes of Gersom, Sebuel was the chiefe. 1 Chronicles 23:17 The sonnes of Eliezer, Rehabia the chiefe: And Eliezer had none other sonnes, but the sonnes of Rehabia were verie many. 1 Chronicles 23:18 The sonnes of Izahar, Selomith the chiefe. 1 Chronicles 23:19 The sonnes of Hebron, Ieriahu the first, Amaria the seconde, Iahaziel the thirde, and Iermaam the fourth. 1 Chronicles 23:20 The sonnes of Uzziel: Micha the first, and Iesia the seconde.

The sons of Merari.

1 Chronicles 23:21 The sonnes of Merati: Mahli, & Musi. The sonnes of Mahli: Eleazar and Cis. 1 Chronicles 23:22 And Eleazar dyed, and had no sonnes, but daughters: and their brethren the sonnes of Cis toke them. 1 Chronicles 23:23 The sonnes of Musi: Mahli, Eder, and Ieremoth, three.

The office of the Levites.

1 Chronicles 23:24 These are the children of Leui after the houshold of their fathers, euen the auncient of the fathers according to their offices, and after the number and summe of the names of them that dyd the worke in the seruice of the house of the Lord, from the age of twentie yeres and aboue. 1 Chronicles 23:25 And Dauid sayde: The Lorde God of Israel hath geuen rest vnto his people, that they may dwell in Hierusalem for euer. 1 Chronicles 23:26 That the Leuites also shoulde nowe no more beare the tabernacle, and al the vessels for the seruice thereof. 1 Chronicles 23:27 For according to the last wordes of Dauid, the Leuites were numbred from twentie yeres and aboue. 1 Chronicles 23:28 And their office was vnder the hande of the sonnes of Aaron, for the seruice of the house of the Lorde in the courtes and celles, and in the purifying of all holy thinges, and in the worke of the seruice of the house of God: 1 Chronicles 23:29 In the shewbread, in the fine flowre, in the meate offring, in ye wafers of sweete bread, in the frying panne, in the gredyron, and in all maner of measures & sise: 1 Chronicles 23:30 And to stand euery day in the morning to thanke and prayse the Lorde, and so likewise at euen: 1 Chronicles 23:31 And to offer all burnt sacrifices vnto the Lord, in the Sabbathes, in the new moones, and on the feastfull dayes, by number and custome continually as they were commaunded, before the Lord. 1 Chronicles 23:32 And that they should wayte on the tabernacle of the congregation, & on the holy place, and on the sonnes of Aaron their brethre, in the seruice of the house of the Lord.

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