1 Chronicles 23
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1 Chronicles 23
And Dawid was old and satisfied with days, and he made his son Shelomoh to reign over Yisra`el,
and he gathered all the rulers of Yisra'el, with the priests and the Lewites.
And the Lewites were numbered from the age of thirty years and above. And their number, head by head, was thirty-eight thousand males.
Of these, twenty-four thousand were to oversee the work of the House of YHWH, and six thousand were officers and judges,
and four thousand were gatekeepers, and four thousand to give praise to YHWH, 'which I made for giving praise.'
And Dawid divided them into divisions, of the sons of Lewi: of Gereshon, Qehath, and Merari.
Of the Gereshonites: La`dan and Shim`i.
The sons of La'dan: Yehi'el the head, then Zetham and Yo'el, three.
The sons of Shim'i: Shelomith, and Hazi'el, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers' houses of La'dan.
And the sons of Shim'i: Yahath, Zina, and Ye'ush, and Beri'ah. These were the four sons of Shim'i.
And Yahath was the head and Zizah the second. But Ye'ush and Beri'ah did not have many sons, so they were reckoned as one father's house.
The sons of Qehath: Amram, Yitshar, Hebron, and Uzzi`el, four.
The sons of Amram: Aharon and Mosheh. And Aharon was set apart, he and his sons forever, that he should set apart the most set-apart, to burn incense before YHWH, to serve Him, and to give the blessing in His Name forever.
Now Mosheh, the man of Elohim, his sons were named after the tribe of Lewi.
The sons of Mosheh: Gereshom and Eli'ezer.
The sons of Gereshom: Shebu'el was the head.
And the sons of Eli'ezer: Rehabyah was the head. And Eli'ezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabyah were very many.
The sons of Yitshar: Shelomith was the head.
The sons of Hebron: Yeriyahu was the head, Amaryah the second, Yahazi'el the third, and Yeqam'am the fourth.
The sons of Uzzi'el: Mikah was the head and Yishshiyah the second.
The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: El`azar and Qish.
And El'azar died, and had no sons, but only daughters. And their brothers, the sons of Qish, took them.
The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Yeremoth, three.
These were the sons of Lewi by their fathers' houses, the heads of the fathers' houses as they were counted head by head by the number of their names, who did the work for the service of the House of YHWH, from the age of twenty years and above.
For Dawid said, ' YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el has given rest to His people, and He dwells in Yerushalayim forever,'
and also of the Lewites, 'They shall no longer bear the Dwelling Place, or any of the vessels for its service.'
For by the last words of Dawid the Lewites were numbered from twenty years old and above,
because their duty was to help the sons of Aharon in the service of the House of YHWH, in the courtyards and in the rooms, in the cleansing of all that was set-apart, and the work of the service of the House of Elohim,
both with the showbread and the fine flour for the grain offering, and with the unleavened cakes and what is baked on the griddle, and with what is mixed and with all kinds of measures and sizes;
and to stand every morning to thank and praise YHWH, and so at evening;
and for all the burnt offerings to YHWH on the Sabbaths and on the New Moons and on the appointed times, by number according to the right-ruling upon them, continually before YHWH;
and that they should guard the duty of the Tent of Meeting, the duty of the set-apart place, and the duty of the sons of Aharon their brothers in the service of the House of YHWH.
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