1 Chronicles 23:1-23 NIV

The Levites

1 When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon1 king over Israel.2

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2 He also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites.
3 The Levites thirty years old or more3 were counted,4 and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand.5

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4 David said, "Of these, twenty-four thousand are to supervise6 the work7 of the temple of the LORD and six thousand are to be officials and judges8

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5 Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments9 I have provided for that purpose."10

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6 David divided11 the Levites into groups corresponding to the sons of Levi:12 Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

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Gershonites

7 Belonging to the Gershonites:13 Ladan and Shimei.

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8 The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the first, Zetham and Joel--three in all.
9 The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel and Haran--three in all. These were the heads of the families of Ladan.
10 And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Ziza,a Jeush and Beriah. These were the sons of Shimei--four in all.

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    • a 23:10 - One Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint and Vulgate (see also verse 11); most Hebrew manuscripts "Zina"
      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.

      Kohathites

      12 The sons of Kohath:14 Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel--four in all.

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      13 The sons of Amram:15 Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart,16 he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the LORD, to minister17 before him and to pronounce blessings18 in his name forever.

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      14 The sons of Moses the man19 of God were counted as part of the tribe of Levi

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      15 The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer.20

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      16 The descendants of Gershom:21 Shubael was the first.

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      17 The descendants of Eliezer: Rehabiah22 was the first. Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very numerous.

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      18 The sons of Izhar: Shelomith23 was the first.

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      19 The sons of Hebron:24 Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth

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      20 The sons of Uzziel: Micah the first and Isshiah the second.

      Merarites

      21 The sons of Merari:25 Mahli and Mushi.26 The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish

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      22 Eleazar died without having sons: he had only daughters. Their cousins, the sons of Kish, married them.27

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      23 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder and Jerimoth--three in all.