And David is old, and satisfied with days, and causeth his
son Solomon to reign over Israel,
and gathereth all the heads of Israel, and the priests, and
and the Levites are numbered from a son of thirty years and
upward, and their number, by their polls, is of mighty men thirty and eight
Of these to preside over the work of the house of Jehovah are
twenty and four thousand, and officers and judges six thousand,
and four thousand gatekeepers, and four thousand giving
praise to Jehovah, 'with instruments that I made for praising,' saith David.
And David distributeth them into courses: Of the sons of
Levi: of Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Of the Gershonite: Laadan and Shimei.
Sons of Laadan: the head is Jehiel, and Zetham, and
Sons of Shimei are Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran,
three; these are heads of the fathers of Laadan.
And sons of Shimei are Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and
Beriah; these are sons of Shimei, four.
And Jahath is the head, and Zizah the second, and Jeush and
Beriah have not multiplied sons, and they become the house of a father by one
Sons of Kohath are Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel,
Sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses; and Aaron is separated for
his sanctifying the holy of holies, he and his sons -- unto the age, to make
perfume before Jehovah, to serve Him, and to bless in His name -- unto the age.
As to Moses, the man of God, his sons are called after the
tribe of Levi.
Sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer.
Sons of Gershom: Shebuel the head.
And sons of Eliezer are Rehabiah the head, and Eliezer had
no other sons, and the sons of Rehabiah have multiplied exceedingly.
Sons of Izhar: Shelomith the head.
Sons of Hebron: Jeriah the head, Amariah the second,
Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.
Sons of Uzziel: Micah the head, and Ishshiah, the second.
Sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi; sons of Mahli: Eleazar and
And Eleazar dieth, and he had no sons, but daughters, and
sons of Kish their brethren take them.
Sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Jerimoth, three.
These are sons of Levi, by the house of their
fathers, heads of the fathers, by their appointments, in the number of names,
by their polls, doing the work for the service of the house of Jehovah, from a
son of twenty years and upward,
for David said, 'Jehovah, God of Israel, hath given rest to
His people, and He doth tabernacle in Jerusalem unto the age;'
and also of the Levites, 'None are to bear the
tabernacle and all its vessels for its service;'
for by the last words of David they took the number
of the sons of Levi from a son of twenty years and upward,
for their station is at the side of the sons of
Aaron, for the service of the house of Jehovah, over the courts, and over the
chambers, and over the cleansing of every holy thing, and the work of the
service of the house of God,
and for the bread of the arrangement, and for fine flour for
present, and for the thin unleavened cakes, and for the work of the pan,
and for that which is fried, and for all liquid measure and solid
and to stand, morning by morning, to give thanks, and to
give praise to Jehovah, and so at evening;
and for all the burnt-offerings -- burnt-offerings to
Jehovah for sabbaths, for new moons, and for appointed seasons, by number,
according to the ordinance upon them continually, before Jehovah.
And they have kept the charge of the tent of meeting, and
the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the sons of Aaron, their
brethren, for the service of the house of Jehovah.