1These were the sons of Levi by their fathers' houses, the heads of fathers' houses 2as they were listed according to the number of the names of the individuals from 3twenty years old and upward who were to do the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
For David said, "The LORD, the God of Israel, 4has given rest to his people, and he dwells in Jerusalem forever.
And so the Levites no longer need 5to carry the tabernacle or any of the things for its service."
For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered from 6twenty years old and upward.
For their duty was to assist the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the LORD, having the care of the courts and the chambers, the cleansing of all that is holy, and any work for the service of the house of God.
Their duty was also to assist with the 7showbread, the 8flour for the grain offering, the wafers of unleavened bread, the 9baked offering, the 10offering mixed with oil, and all 11measures of quantity or size.
And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the LORD, and likewise at evening,
and whenever burnt offerings were offered to the LORD 12on Sabbaths, 13new moons, and feast days, 14according to the number required of them, regularly before the LORD.
Thus 15they were to keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and to attend the sons of Aaron, their brothers, for the 16service of the house of the LORD.