Families of the Levites and Their Functions
1When David was old and full of days, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.2David assembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites.3The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were counted, and the total was thirty-eight thousand.4“Twenty-four thousand of these,” David said, “shall have charge of the work in the house of the Lord, six thousand shall be officers and judges,5four thousand gatekeepers, and four thousand shall offer praises to the Lord with the instruments that I have made for praise.”6And David organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.7The sons of Gershon were Ladan and Shimei.8The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, Zetham, and Joel, three.9The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of families of Ladan.10And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei.11Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, so they were enrolled as a single family.12The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.13The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart to consecrate the most holy things, so that he and his sons forever should make offerings before the Lord, and minister to him and pronounce blessings in his name forever;14but as for Moses the man of God, his sons were to be reckoned among the tribe of Levi.15The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer.16The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief.17The sons of Eliezer: Rehabiah the chief; Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very numerous.18The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief.19The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.20The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief and Isshiah the second.21The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish.22Eleazar died having no sons, but only daughters; their kindred, the sons of Kish, married them.23The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth, three.24These were the sons of Levi by their ancestral houses, the heads of families as they were enrolled according to the number of the names of the individuals from twenty years old and upward who were to do the work for the service of the house of the Lord.25For David said, “The Lord, the God of Israel, has given rest to his people; and he resides in Jerusalem forever.26And so the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the things for its service”—27for according to the last words of David these were the number of the Levites from twenty years old and upward—28“but their duty shall be to assist the descendants 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;29to assist also with the rows of bread, the choice flour for the grain offering, the wafers of unleavened bread, the baked offering, the offering mixed with oil, and all measures of quantity or size.30And they shall stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening,31and whenever burnt offerings are offered to the Lord on sabbaths, new moons, and appointed festivals, according to the number required of them, regularly before the Lord.32Thus they shall keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and shall attend the descendants of Aaron, their kindred, for the service of the house of the Lord.”Chapter 24Divisions of the Priests
1The divisions of the descendants of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.2But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no sons; so Eleazar and Ithamar became the priests.3Along with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, David organized them according to the appointed duties in their service.4Since more chief men were found among the sons of Eleazar than among the sons of Ithamar, they organized them under sixteen heads of ancestral houses of the sons of Eleazar, and eight of the sons of Ithamar.5They organized them by lot, all alike, for there were officers of the sanctuary and officers of God among both the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar.6The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded them in the presence of the king, and the officers, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the heads of ancestral houses of the priests and of the Levites; one ancestral house being chosen for Eleazar and one chosen for Ithamar.7The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,8the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,9the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin,10the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah,11the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah,12the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim,13the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,14the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer,15the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez,16the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel,17the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul,18the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.19These had as their appointed duty in their service to enter the house of the Lord according to the procedure established for them by their ancestor Aaron, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him.Other Levites
20And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah.21Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief.22Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath.23The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth.24The sons of Uzziel, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir.25The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah.26The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Jaaziah: Beno.27The sons of Merari: of Jaaziah, Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri.28Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.29Of Kish, the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel.30The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites according to their ancestral houses.31These also cast lots corresponding to their kindred, the descendants of Aaron, in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of ancestral houses of the priests and of the Levites, the chief as well as the youngest brother.Chapter 25The Temple Musicians
1David and the officers of the army also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with lyres, harps, and cymbals. The list of those who did the work and of their duties was:2Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah, sons of Asaph, under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied under the direction of the king.3Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with the lyre in thanksgiving and praise to the Lord.4Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth.5All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer, according to the promise of God to exalt him; for God had given Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.6They were all under the direction of their father for the music in the house of the Lord with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king.7They and their kindred, who were trained in singing to the Lord, all of whom were skillful, numbered two hundred eighty-eight.8And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike.9The first lot fell for Asaph to Joseph; the second to Gedaliah, to him and his brothers and his sons, twelve;10the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brothers, twelve;11the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brothers, twelve;12the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;13the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;14the seventh to Jesarelah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;15the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;16the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;17the tenth to Shimei, his sons and his brothers, twelve;18the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve;19the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;20to the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his brothers, twelve;21to the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;22to the fifteenth, to Jeremoth, his sons and his brothers, twelve;23to the sixteenth, to Hananiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;24to the seventeenth, to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;25to the eighteenth, to Hanani, his sons and his brothers, twelve;26to the nineteenth, to Mallothi, his sons and his brothers, twelve;27to the twentieth, to Eliathah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;28to the twenty-first, to Hothir, his sons and his brothers, twelve;29to the twenty-second, to Giddalti, his sons and his brothers, twelve;30to the twenty-third, to Mahazioth, his sons and his brothers, twelve;31to the twenty-fourth, to Romamti-ezer, his sons and his brothers, twelve.