These are the men1 David put in charge of the music2 in the house of the LORD after the ark came to rest there.
They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them.
Here are the men who served, together with their sons: From the Kohathites: Heman,3 the musician, the son of Joel,4 the son of Samuel,
the son of Elkanah,5 the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,
the son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,
the son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,
the son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,638
the son of Izhar,7 the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel;
and Heman's associate Asaph,8 who served at his right hand: Asaph son of Berekiah, the son of Shimea,940
the son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah,a the son of Malkijah,
the son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah,
the son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei,
the son of Jahath, the son of Gershon, the son of Levi;
and from their associates, the Merarites,10 at his left hand: Ethan son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch,
the son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,
the son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shemer,
the son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.
Their fellow Levites11 were assigned to all the other duties of the tabernacle, the house of God.
But Aaron and his descendants were the ones who presented offerings on the altar12 of burnt offering and on the altar of incense13 in connection with all that was done in the Most Holy Place, making atonement for Israel, in accordance with all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.
These were the descendants of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son,
Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,
Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,
Zadok14 his son and Ahimaaz his son.
These were the locations of their settlements15 allotted as their territory (they were assigned to the descendants of Aaron who were from the Kohathite clan, because the first lot was for them):
They were given Hebron in Judah with its surrounding pasturelands.
But the fields and villages around the city were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh.1657
So the descendants of Aaron were given Hebron (a city of refuge), and Libnah,b17 Jattir,18 Eshtemoa,
Ashan,20 Juttahc and Beth Shemesh, together with their pasturelands.
And from the tribe of Benjamin they were given Gibeon,d Geba, Alemeth and Anathoth,21 together with their pasturelands. These towns, which were distributed among the Kohathite clans, were thirteen in all.
The rest of Kohath's descendants were allotted ten towns from the clans of half the tribe of Manasseh.
The descendants of Gershon, clan by clan, were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Issachar, Asher and Naphtali, and from the part of the tribe of Manasseh that is in Bashan.
The descendants of Merari, clan by clan, were allotted twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun.
So the Israelites gave the Levites these towns22 and their pasturelands.
From the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin they allotted the previously named towns.
Some of the Kohathite clans were given as their territory towns from the tribe of Ephraim.
In the hill country of Ephraim they were given Shechem (a city of refuge), and Gezer,e2368
Jokmeam,24 Beth Horon,2569
Aijalon26 and Gath Rimmon,27 together with their pasturelands.
And from half the tribe of Manasseh the Israelites gave Aner and Bileam, together with their pasturelands, to the rest of the Kohathite clans.
The Gershonites28 received the following: From the clan of the half-tribe of Manasseh they received Golan in Bashan29 and also Ashtaroth, together with their pasturelands;
from the tribe of Issachar they received Kedesh, Daberath,3073
Ramoth and Anem, together with their pasturelands;
from the tribe of Asher they received Mashal, Abdon,3175
Hukok32 and Rehob,33 together with their pasturelands;
and from the tribe of Naphtali they received Kedesh in Galilee, Hammon34 and Kiriathaim,35 together with their pasturelands.
The Merarites (the rest of the Levites) received the following: From the tribe of Zebulun they received Jokneam, Kartah,f Rimmono and Tabor, together with their pasturelands;
from the tribe of Reuben across the Jordan east of Jericho they received Bezer36 in the desert, Jahzah,
Kedemoth37 and Mephaath, together with their pasturelands;
and from the tribe of Gad they received Ramoth in Gilead,38 Mahanaim,3981
Heshbon and Jazer,40 together with their pasturelands.41