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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 Salomon hys sonne kynge ouer Israel.

The number and distribution of the Levites.

1 Chronicles 23:2 And then he geathered togeather all þe Lordes of Israel wyth the preastes and the Leuites. 1 Chronicles 23:3 And the Leuites were nombred from the age of .xxx. yeare and aboue, and the nombre and summe of them was .xxxviij. thousande men. 1 Chronicles 23:4 Of which .xxiiij. thousande were set to further the worcke of the house of the Lorde. And syxe thousande were offycers & Iudges. 1 Chronicles 23:5 Foure thousande were porters and foure thousande praysed þe Lorde with soche instrumentes as was made to prayse wyth all. 1 Chronicles 23:6 And so Dauid put an ordre among them deuidinge them in partes. Of þe children of Leui? Gerson, Cahath & Merari:

The families of the Gershonites.

1 Chronicles 23:7 Of the Gersonites was Laadan & Semei. 1 Chronicles 23:8 The sonnes of Laadan the chefe was Iehiel, Zethan & Ioel, thre. 1 Chronicles 23:9 The sonnes of Semei: Selomith, Haziel, & Haran, thre. These were þe auncient fathers of laadan. 1 Chronicles 23:10 And þe sonnes of Semei were Iahath, Zina, Ieus & Beria: these foure were the sonnes of Semei. 1 Chronicles 23:11 And Iahath was the chefe, Zina the seconde. But Ieus and Beria had not many sonnes, therfore they were in one rekenynge, accordyng to theyr fathers housholde rekened for one auncient housholde.

The sons of Kohath.

1 Chronicles 23:12 The sonnes of Cahath: Amram, Izahar, Hebron and Uziel, foure. 1 Chronicles 23:13 The sonnes of Amram: Aaron & Moses. And Aaron was separated, to haue the rule of the holy thynges in the place moost holye, he and hys sonnes for euer: and to burne incense before the Lorde, and to mynistre vnto him, & to blesse in his name for euer. 1 Chronicles 23:14 Moses also the man of God, and his chyldren, were named wyth þe trybe of Leui. 1 Chronicles 23:15 The sonnes of Moses: Gerson and Eliezer. 1 Chronicles 23:16 Of the sonnes of Gerzon: Sebuel was the chefe. 1 Chronicles 23:17 The sonnes of Eliezer: Rehabia the chefe. And Eliezer had none other sonnes: But the sonnes of Rehabia were very manye. 1 Chronicles 23:18 The sonnes of Izahar: Salomith, the chefe. 1 Chronicles 23:19 The sonnes of Hebron: Ieriahu the fyrst, Amaria the seconde, Iahaziel the thirde, and Iecameam the fourth. 1 Chronicles 23:20 The sonnes of Uziel: Micha the fyrst, and Iesia the seconde.

The sons of Merari.

1 Chronicles 23:21 The sonnes of Merari Mahli: and 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, & Ieremoth, thre.

The office of the Levites.

1 Chronicles 23:24 These are the chyldren of Leui after the houshold of theyr fathers, euen the auncient of the fathers according to theyr offyces, and after þe nombre and somme of þe names of them that dyd the worcke in the seruice of the house of the Lord, from the age of twentye yeares & aboue. 1 Chronicles 23:25 And Dauid sayde: the Lorde God of Israel hath geuen rest vnto his people, that they maye dwell in Ierusalem for euer. 1 Chronicles 23:26 That the Leuites also shuld nowe nomore beare þe tabernacle & all the vesselles for the seruyce therof: 1 Chronicles 23:27 for accordynge to the last wordes of Dauid, 1 Chronicles 23:28 the Leuites were nombred from twentye yere and aboue, and their offyce was vnder the hande of the sonnes of Aaron, for the seruice of the house of the Lorde, in the courtes & celles, and in the purifyinge of all holye thynges, and in the worcke of the seruice of the house of God. 1 Chronicles 23:29 In the shewe breed in þe fyne flowre, in þe meateofferinge, in the wafers of swete breed, in the fryinge panne, in the grydyron, and in all maner of measures and cyse, 1 Chronicles 23:30 and to stande euery daye in the mornynge, to thanke and prayse the Lorde, and so lykewyse at euen. 1 Chronicles 23:31 And to offer all burntsacrifyces vnto the Lorde, in þe Sabbothes, in the newe moones, & on the festfull dayes by nombre and custome continually (as they were commaunded) before the Lorde. 1 Chronicles 23:32 And that they shulde wayte on the tabernacle of wytnesse, and on the holy place, and on the sonnes of Aaron their brethren, in the seruice of the house of the Lorde.

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