The sons of Merari:1 Mahli and Mushi.2 The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish.
Eleazar died without having sons: he had only daughters. Their cousins, the sons of Kish, married them.323
The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder and Jerimoth--three in all.
These were the descendants of Levi by their families--the heads of families as they were registered under their names and counted individually, that is, the workers twenty years old or more4 who served in the temple of the LORD.
For David had said, "Since the LORD, the God of Israel, has granted rest5 to his people and has come to dwell in Jerusalem forever,
the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service."627
According to the last instructions of David, the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more.
The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron's descendants in the service of the temple of the LORD: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification7 of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God.
They were in charge of the bread set out on the table,8 the flour for the grain offerings,9 the unleavened wafers, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.1030
They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening1131
and whenever burnt offerings were presented to the LORD on Sabbaths and at New Moon12 festivals and at appointed feasts.13 They were to serve before the LORD regularly in the proper number and in the way prescribed for them.
And so the Levites14 carried out their responsibilities for the Tent of Meeting,15 for the Holy Place and, under their brothers the descendants of Aaron, for the service of the temple of the LORD.16