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 Salomon his sonne King ouer Israel.
The number and distribution of the Levites.
1 Chronicles 23:2 And hee gathered together all the princes of Israel with the Priestes and the Leuites. 1 Chronicles 23:3 And the Leuites were numbred from ye age of thirtie yeere and aboue, and their nomber according to their summe was eight & thirtie thousand men. 1 Chronicles 23:4 Of these foure and twentie thousande were set to aduance the worke of the house of the Lord, & sixe thousand were ouerseers and iudges. 1 Chronicles 23:5 And foure thousand were porters, and foure thousande praised the Lorde with instruments which he made to praise the Lord. 1 Chronicles 23:6 So Dauid deuided offices vnto them, to wit, to the sonnes of Leui, to Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
The families of the Gershonites.
1 Chronicles 23:7 Of the Gershonites were Laadan & 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 Haram, three: these were the chiefe fathers of Laadan. 1 Chronicles 23:10 Also the sonnes of Shimei were Iahath, Zina, Ieush, and Beriah: these foure were ye sonnes of Shimei. 1 Chronicles 23:11 And Iahath was the chiefe, and Zizah the seconde, but Ieush and Beriah had not many sonnes: therfore they were in the families of their father, counted but as one.
The sons of Kohath.
1 Chronicles 23:12 The sonnes of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron aud Vzziel, foure. 1 Chronicles 23:13 The sonnes of Amram, Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated to sanctifie the most holy place, hee and his sonnes for euer to burne incense before the Lord, to minister to him, and to blesse in his Name for euer. 1 Chronicles 23:14 Moses also the man of God, and his children were named with 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 was Shebuel the chiefe. 1 Chronicles 23:17 And the sonne of Eliezer was Rehabiah the chiefe: for Eliezer had none other sonnes: but the sonnes of Rehabiah were very many. 1 Chronicles 23:18 The sone of Izhar was Shelomith ye chiefe. 1 Chronicles 23:19 The sonnes of Hebron were Ieriah the first, Amariah the second, Iahaziel the third, and Iekamiam the fourth. 1 Chronicles 23:20 The sones of Vzziel were Michah the first, and Isshiah the second.
The sons of Merari.
1 Chronicles 23:21 The sonnes of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. The sonnes of Mahli, Eleazar and Kish. 1 Chronicles 23:22 And Eleazar dyed, and had no sonnes, but daughters, and their brethren the sonnes of Kish tooke them. 1 Chronicles 23:23 The sonnes of Mushi were Mahli, & Eder, and Ierimoth, three.
The office of the Levites.
1 Chronicles 23:24 These were the sonnes of Leui according to the house of their fathers, euen the chiefe fathers according to their offices, according to the nomber of names and their summe that did the worke for the seruice of the house of the Lorde from the age of twentie yeeres and aboue. 1 Chronicles 23:25 For Dauid sayde, 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 the Leuites shall no more beare the Tabernacle and al the vessels for the seruice thereof. 1 Chronicles 23:27 Therefore according to the last wordes of Dauid, the Leuites were nombred from twentie yeere and aboue, 1 Chronicles 23:28 And their office was vnder the hand of the sonnes of Aaron, for the seruice of the house of the Lorde in the courtes, and chambers, and in the purifiyng of all holy thinges, and in the worke of the seruice of the house of God, 1 Chronicles 23:29 Both for the shewbread, and for the fine floure, for the meate offring, and for the vnleauened cakes, and for the fryed things, and for that which was rosted, and for all measures and cise, 1 Chronicles 23:30 And for to stand euery morning, to giue thanks & praise to the Lorde, & likewise at euen, 1 Chronicles 23:31 And to offer all burnt offrings vnto the Lorde, in the Sabbaths, in the moneths, and at the appointed times, according to the nomber and according to their custome continually before the Lorde, 1 Chronicles 23:32 And that they should keepe the charge of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and the charge of ye holy place, & the charge of ye sonnes of Aaron their brethren in the seruice of ye house of the Lord.