Numbers 3:20

20 The Merarite clans: Mahli and Mushi. These were the Levite clans, according to their families.

Read Numbers 3:20 Using Other Translations

And the sons of Merari by their families; Mahli, and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers.
And the sons of Merari by their clans: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites, by their fathers' houses.
The clans descended from Merari were named after two of his descendants, Mahli and Mushi. These were the Levite clans, listed according to their family groups.

What does Numbers 3:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 3:20

And the sons, of Merari, by their families
The third son of Levi; Mahli and Mushi;
the same as in ( Exodus 6:19 ) ; from whom were denominated the families of the Mahlites and Mushites, who, as the preceding families, were numbered at this time: these [are] the families of the Levites, according to the house of their
fathers;
in all eight families.

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