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1 Chronicles 23 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When David got to be an old man, he made his son Solomon king over Israel. 1 When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.
2 At the same time he brought together all the leaders of Israel, the priests, and the Levites. 2 He also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites.
3 The Levites thirty years and older were counted; the total was 38,000. 3 The Levites thirty years old or more were counted, and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand.
4 David sorted them into work groups: "24,000 are in charge of administering worship in the sanctuary; 6,000 are officials and judges 4 David said, "Of these, twenty-four thousand are to supervise the work of the temple of the LORD and six thousand are to be officials and judges.#cr
5 4,000 are security guards; and 4,000 are to serve in the orchestra, praising God with instruments that I have provided for praise." 5 Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose."
6 David then divided the Levites into groupings named after the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 6 David divided the Levites into groups corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
7 The Gershonites: Ladan and Shimei. 7 Belonging to the Gershonites: Ladan and Shimei.
8 The three sons of Ladan: Jehiel, Zetham, and Joel. 8 The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the first, Zetham and Joel--three in all.
9 The three sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran, all heads of the families of Ladan. 9 The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel and Haran--three in all. These were the heads of the families of Ladan.
10 The four sons of Shimei: Jahath, Ziza, Jeush, and Beriah. 10 And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Ziza, Jeush and Beriah. These were the sons of Shimei--four in all.
11 Jahath came first, followed by Ziza. Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons so they were counted as one family with one task. 11 Jahath was the first and Ziza the second, but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons; so they were counted as one family with one assignment.
12 The four sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 12 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel--four in all.
13 The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was especially ordained to work in the Holy of Holies, to burn incense before God, to serve God and bless his Name always. This was a permanent appointment for Aaron and his sons. 13 The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart, he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the LORD, to minister before him and to pronounce blessings in his name forever.
14 Moses and his sons were counted in the tribe of Levi 14 The sons of Moses the man of God were counted as part of the tribe of Levi
15 The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. 15 The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer.
16 Shubael was the first son of Gershom. 16 The descendants of Gershom: Shubael was the first.
17 Rehabiah was the first and only son of Eliezer; but though Eliezer had no other sons, Rehabiah had many sons. 17 The descendants of Eliezer: Rehabiah was the first. Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very numerous.
18 Shelomith was the first son of Izhar. 18 The sons of Izhar: Shelomith was the first.
19 Hebron had four sons: Jeriah, Amariah, Jahaziel, and Jekameam 19 The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth
20 Uzziel had two sons: Micah and Isshiah. 20 The sons of Uzziel: Micah the first and Isshiah the second.
21 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish 21 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish
22 Eleazar died without any sons, only daughters. Their cousins, the sons of Kish, married the daughters. 22 Eleazar died without having sons: he had only daughters. Their cousins, the sons of Kish, married them.
23 Mushi had three sons: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. 23 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder and Jerimoth--three in all.
24 These are the sons of Levi twenty years and older, divided up according to families and heads of families and listed in the work groups that took care of the worship in the sanctuary of God. 24 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 more who served in the temple of the LORD.
25 David said, "Now that the God of Israel has given rest to his people and made Jerusalem his permanent home, 25 For David had said, "Since the LORD, the God of Israel, has granted rest to his people and has come to dwell in Jerusalem forever,
26 the Levites no longer have to carry the Tabernacle and all the furniture required for the work of worship." 26 the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service."
27 These last words of David referred only to Levites twenty years old and above. 27 According to the last instructions of David, the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more.
28 From now on the assigned work of the Levites was to assist Aaron's sons in the work of worship in God's house: maintain courtyards and closets, keep the furniture and utensils of worship clean, take care of any extra work needed in the work of worship, 28 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 purification of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God.
29 and provide bread for the table and flour for the Meal Offerings and the unraised wafers - all baking and mixing, all measuring and weighing. 29 They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the flour for the grain offerings, the unleavened wafers, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.
30 Also they were to be present for morning prayers, thanking and praising God, for evening prayers, 30 They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening
31 and at the service of Whole-Burnt-Offerings to God on Sabbath, at New Moons, and at all festivals. They were on regular duty to serve God according to their assignment and the required number. 31 and whenever burnt offerings were presented to the LORD on Sabbaths and at New Moon festivals and at appointed feasts. They were to serve before the LORD regularly in the proper number and in the way prescribed for them.
32 In short, the Levites, with the sons of Aaron as their companions in the ministry of holy worship, were responsible for everything that had to do with worship: the place and times and ordering of worship. 32 And so the Levites carried out their responsibilities for the Tent of Meeting, for the Holy Place and, under their brothers the descendants of Aaron, for the service of the temple of the LORD.