23When David was an old man, he appointed his son Solomon to be king over Israel.H1732H2204H7646H3117H8010H1121H4427H3478 2David summoned all the leaders of Israel, together with the priests and Levites.H622H8269H3478H3548H3881 3All the Levites who were thirty years old or older were counted, and the total came to 38,000.H3881H5608H1121H7970H8141H4605H4557H1538H1397H7970H8083H505 4Then David said, "From all the Levites, 24,000 will supervise the work at the Temple of the LORD. Another 6,000 will serve as officials and judges.H428H6242H702H505H5329H4399H1004H3068H8337H505H7860H8199 5Another 4,000 will work as gatekeepers, and 4,000 will praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have made."H702H505H7778H702H505H1984H3068H3627H6213H1984 6Then David divided the Levites into divisions named after the clans descended from the three sons of Levi—Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.H1732H2505H4256H1121H3878H1648H6955H4847 7The Gershonite family units were defined by their lines of descent from Libni and Shimei, the sons of Gershon.H1649H3936H8096 8Three of the descendants of Libni were Jehiel (the family leader), Zetham, and Joel.H1121H3936H7218H3171H2241H3100H7969 9These were the leaders of the family of Libni. Three of the descendants of Shimei were Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran.H1121H8096H8019H8013H2381H2039H7969H7218H1H3936 10Four other descendants of Shimei were Jahath, Ziza, Jeush, and Beriah.H1121H8096H3189H2126H3266H1283H702H1121H8096 11Jahath was the family leader, and Ziza was next. Jeush and Beriah were counted as a single family because neither had many sons.H3189H7218H2125H8145H3266H1283H7235H1121H259H6486H1H1004 12Four of the descendants of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.H1121H6955H6019H3324H2275H5816H702 13The sons of Amram were Aaron and Moses. Aaron and his descendants were set apart to dedicate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices in the LORD's presence, to serve the LORD, and to pronounce blessings in his name forever.H1121H6019H175H4872H175H914H6942H6944H6944H1121H5704H5769H6999H6440H3068H8334H1288H8034H5704H5769 14As for Moses, the man of God, his sons were included with the tribe of Levi.H4872H376H430H1121H7121H7626H3878 15The sons of Moses were Gershom and Eliezer.H1121H4872H1647H461 16The descendants of Gershom included Shebuel, the family leader.H1121H1647H7619H7218 17Eliezer had only one son, Rehabiah, the family leader. Rehabiah had numerous descendants.H1121H461H7345H7218H461H312H1121H1121H7345H4605H7235 18The descendants of Izhar included Shelomith, the family leader.H1121H3324H8019H7218 19The descendants of Hebron included Jeriah (the family leader), Amariah (the second), Jahaziel (the third), and Jekameam (the fourth).H1121H2275H3404H7218H568H8145H3166H7992H3360H7243 20The descendants of Uzziel included Micah (the family leader) and Isshiah (the second).H1121H5816H4318H7218H3449H8145 21The descendants of Merari included Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli were Eleazar and Kish.H1121H4847H4249H4187H1121H4249H499H7027 22Eleazar died with no sons, only daughters. His daughters married their cousins, the sons of Kish.H499H4191H1121H1323H251H1121H7027H5375 23Three of the descendants of Mushi were Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth.H1121H4187H4249H5740H3406H7969 24These were the descendants of Levi by clans, the leaders of their family groups, registered carefully by name. Each had to be twenty years old or older to qualify for service in the house of the LORD.H1121H3878H1004H1H7218H1H6485H4557H8034H1538H6213H4399H5656H1004H3068H1121H6242H8141H4605 25For David said, "The LORD, the God of Israel, has given us peace, and he will always live in Jerusalem.H1732H559H3068H430H3478H5117H5971H7931H3389H5769 26Now the Levites will no longer need to carry the Tabernacle and its furnishings from place to place."H3881H5375H4908H3627H5656 27In accordance with David's final instructions, all the Levites twenty years old or older were registered for service.H314H1697H1732H3881H4557H6242H8141H1121H4605 28The work of the Levites was to assist the priests, the descendants of Aaron, as they served at the house of the LORD. They also took care of the courtyards and side rooms, helped perform the ceremonies of purification, and served in many other ways in the house of God.H4612H3027H1121H175H5656H1004H3068H2691H3957H2893H6944H4639H5656H1004H430 29They were in charge of the sacred bread that was set out on the table, the choice flour for the grain offerings, the wafers made without yeast, the cakes cooked in olive oil, and the other mixed breads. They were also responsible to check all the weights and measures.H3899H4635H5560H4503H4682H7550H4227H7246H4884H4060 30And each morning and evening they stood before the LORD to sing songs of thanks and praise to him.H5975H1242H3034H1984H3068H6153 31They assisted with the burnt offerings that were presented to the LORD on Sabbath days, at new moon celebrations, and at all the appointed festivals. The required number of Levites served in the LORD's presence at all times, following all the procedures they had been given.H5927H5930H3068H7676H2320H4150H4557H4941H8548H6440H3068 32And so, under the supervision of the priests, the Levites watched over the Tabernacle and the Temple and faithfully carried out their duties of service at the house of the LORD.H8104H4931H168H4150H4931H6944H4931H1121H175H251H5656H1004H3068
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