23:1 So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his
son king over Israel.
23:2 And he assembled all the princes of Israel, with the
priests and the Levites.
23:3 Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years
and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was
thirty and eight thousand.
23:4 Of which, twenty and four thousand [were] to oversee the
work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand [were] officers
23:5 Moreover, four thousand [were] porters; and four thousand
praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, [said
David], to praise [with them].
23:6 And David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi,
[namely], Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
23:7 Of the Gershonites, [were], Laadan and Shimei.
23:8 The sons of Laadan: the chief [was] Jehiel, and Zetham, and
23:9 The sons of Shimei; Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran,
three. These [were] the chief of the fathers of Laadan.
23:10 And the sons of Shimei [were], Jahath, Zina, and Jeush and
Beriah. These four [were] the sons of Shimei.
23:11 And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Jeush
and Beriah had not many sons; therefore they were in one
reckoning, according to [their] father's house.
23:12 The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel,
23:13 The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was
separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and
his sons for ever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister
to him, and to bless in his name for ever.
23:14 Now [concerning] Moses the man of God, his sons were named
of the tribe of Levi.
23:15 The sons of Moses [were], Gershom, and Eliezer.
23:16 Of the sons of Gershom; Shebuel [was] the chief.
23:17 And the sons of Eliezer [were], Rehabiah the chief. And
Eliezer had no other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very
23:18 Of the sons of Izhar; Shelomith the chief.
23:19 Of the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the
second, Jehaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.
23:20 Of the sons of Uzziel; Micah the first, and Jesiah the
23:21 The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. The sons of Mahli;
Eleazar, and Kish.
23:22 And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters: and
their brethren the sons of Kish took them.
23:23 The sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.
23:24 These [were] the sons of Levi after the house of their
fathers; [even] the chief of the fathers, as they were counted
by number of names by their polls, that did the work for the
service of the house of the LORD, from the age of twenty years
23:25 For David said, The LORD God of Israel hath given rest to
his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever;
23:26 And also to the Levites: they shall no [more] carry the
tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for its service.
23:27 For by the last words of David the Levites [were] numbered
from twenty years old and above:
23:28 Because their office [was] to wait on the sons of Aaron
for the service of the house of the LORD, in the courts, and in
the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the
work of the service of the house of God;
23:29 Both for the show-bread, and for the fine flour for
meat-offering, and for the unleavened cakes, and for [that
which is baked in] the pan, and for that which is fried, and
for all manner of measure and size;
23:30 And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD,
and likewise at evening;
23:31 And to offer all burnt-sacrifices to the LORD on the
sabbaths, in the new moons, and on the set feasts, by number,
according to the order commanded to them, continually before
23:32 And that they should keep the charge of the tabernacle of
the congregation, and the charge of the holy [place], and the
charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service of
the house of the LORD.