1 Chronicles 23
David in his old age maketh Solomon king.
1 Chronicles 23:1 And when Dauid was olde and stryken in yeares, he made Salomon hys sonne king ouer Israel.
The number and distribution of the Levites.
1 Chronicles 23:2 And then he gathered together al the Lordes of Israel wt the pryestes & the Leuites. 1 Chronicles 23:3 And the Leuites were numbred from .xxx. year & aboue, and he tale of them in men polle by polle was .xxxviij. thousande. 1 Chronicles 23:4 Of whiche .xxiiij. thousand were set to forther the worcke of the house of the Lorde. And syxe thousand were officers & Iudges. 1 Chronicles 23:5 Four thousand were porters and four thousand praised the Lord with suche instrumentes as Dauid had made to prayse with all. 1 Chronicles 23:6 And Dauid put an ordre amonge the chyldren of Leui: Gerson, Cahath and Merari:
The families of the Gershonites.
1 Chronicles 23:7 Of the Gersonites was Laadan and Semei: 1 Chronicles 23:8 The sonnes of Laadan: the chefe was Iehiel, and then Zethan and Ioel, thre. 1 Chronicles 23:9 The sonnes of Semei, Salomith, Haziel, and Haram, thre. These were the auncient heades of Laadan. 1 Chronicles 23:10 And the sonnes of Semei were also Iahath Zinah, Iaus and Bariah: these foure were the sonnes of Semei. 1 Chronicles 23:11 And Iahath was the chefe, Zinah the seconde. But Iaus and Bariah had no many sonnes, and therfore they were rekened for one auncient housholde.
The sons of Kohath.
1 Chronicles 23:12 The sonnes of Cahath: Amram, Izahar, Hebron & Vziel, foure. 1 Chronicles 23:13 The sonnes of Amram: Aaron and Moses. And Aaron was appoynted to consecrate in the place moost holy, with his sonnes for euer: & to burne the offerynges before the Lorde, and to ministre, & to blesse in his name for euer. 1 Chronicles 23:14 And as for Moses the man of God, hys chyldren were named wt the trybe of Leui. 1 Chronicles 23:15 The sonnes of Moses: Gerson & Eliezer. 1 Chronicles 23:16 And of the sonnes of Gerzon: Sabael was þe chefe. 1 Chronicles 23:17 The sonnes of Eliezer: Rohabiah the chefe. And Eliezer had no nother sonnes: But the sonnes of Rohabiah were very manye. 1 Chronicles 23:18 And of the sonnes of Izahar: Salomi, the chefe. 1 Chronicles 23:19 The sonnes of Hebron: Ieriahu, the fyrste, Amariah the seconde, Iahaziel the thirde, and Iecmaam the fourthe. 1 Chronicles 23:20 The sonnes of Vziel: Micah the fyrste and Iesiah the seconde.
The sons of Merari.
1 Chronicles 23:21 The sonnes of Merari: Mahali, and Musi, the sonnes of Mahali: Eleazar and Cis. 1 Chronicles 23:22 And Eleazar died and had no sonnes but doughters onlye, whiche their brethren the sonnes of Cis toke. 1 Chronicles 23:23 The sonnes of Musi: Mahali, Eder, and Ierumuth, thre.
The office of the Levites.
1 Chronicles 23:24 These are the children of Leui in the housholdes of their fathers the auncyent heades, vewed and nombred by name and polle by polle from twentye yeare and aboue, to worcke in the seruyce of the house of the Lorde. 1 Chronicles 23:25 For Dauid sayde: the Lorde God of Israel hath geuen reste vnto his people, and they shall dwelle in Ierusalem for euer. 1 Chronicles 23:26 Moreouer the Leuites shoulde now no more beare the tabernacle and all the vesselles þt pertayneth to the seruice therof. 1 Chronicles 23:27 But at the last commaundement of Dauid, 1 Chronicles 23:28 the Leuites were nombred from twenty yeare and aboue to wayte at the handes of the sonnes of Aaron in the seruyce of the house of the Lorde, & to haue the ouersyghte of the courtes, and of the store houses, and of the purefyinge of all holye thynges, and of the worcke of the thynges that serued for the house of God, 1 Chronicles 23:29 as the shewe breade, the fyne floure, the meateofferynges, the flannes of swete breade, and of the thinges baken in the frying panne, or broiled on the grydyron, and on all maner measures & cyse, 1 Chronicles 23:30 and to wayte euery morning to thanke and prayse the Lorde, and lykewyse at euen. 1 Chronicles 23:31 And to wayte on euery offerynge and burnt sacrifices vnto the Lorde, the Sabbothes and fyrst daies of the monethes, and other feastful dayes by nombre and custome, was their office euer before the Lorde. 1 Chronicles 23:32 And that they shoulde 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.