FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

1 David had grown quite old, so he made his

Son Solomon the king of Israel.

2 He gathered chiefs of Israel, and he

Assembled priests and Levites, 3 and he had

The Levites who were thirty years old or

Counted. The total count of men was thirty-

Eight thousand. 4 David said, “And from them, twenty-

Four thousand will direct the work that is

For the Lord’s temple. And six thousand will

Be judges and officials, 5 and another

Four thousand will protect the gates. And four

Thousand will praise the Lord with instruments

Of music I’ve provided for that purpose.”

6 David divided Levites into groups.

He did it based on Levi’s sons, who where

Gershon and Kohath and Merari. 7 Ladan

               And Shimei were with the Gershonites.

8 Ladan’s sons were Jehiel and Zetham and

Joel. Jehiel was oldest, and he had

Three sons in all. 9 And Shimei’s sons were called

Shelomoth, Haziel and Haran, with

Three sons in all, and they led families

Of Ladan. 10 Shimei’s sons were called Jahath,

Ziza and Jeush and Beriah, with

Four sons in all, 11 with Jahath the first son

               And Ziza second, but Beriah and

Jeush did not have many sons, so they

Were counted as one family. They had

Only one task. 12 The sons of Kohath were

Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel—

Four sons in all. 13 To Amram’s family line

Aaron and Moses did belong, and Aaron

And his whole family line were set apart

Forever as the Lord’s priests, and they had

The duty to set the most holy things

Apart to God. They offered sacrifices

To God, served him and gave their blessings in

His name forever. 14 Sons of Moses, man

Of God, were counted with the tribe of Levi.

15 And Moses’ sons were Gershom and Eliezer.

               16 Shubael was the oldest son within

The Gershom family line. 17 Rehabiah

Was first in Eliezer’s family line;

               While Eliezer had no other sons,

Rehabiah had many sons. 18 Now Izhar

Had Shelomith as eldest son, 19 and Hebron’s

               Sons were Jeriah, first, and Amariah,

               Second, Jahaziel the third, and fourth,

Jekameam. 20 Uzziel’s first son was named

               Micah; Isshiah was his second son.

               21 Merari’s sons were Mahli, Mushi. Sons

Of Mahli were Eleazar and Kish.

22 Eleazar expired without a son

To bear his name, for he had only daughters

Who wed their cousins, who were Kish’s sons.

23 Now Mushi’s sons were Mahli, Eder and

Jerimoth, with three sons in all. 24 Those were

The Levi family lines that were recorded

Under the names of family leaders, and

Each worker who was twenty years old or

Older was counted, and they served inside              

God’s temple. 25 David had said this: “The Lord

Is God of Israel. He has provided

His people peace and rest. He has come to

Jerusalem to live forever there, 26

So Levites need not bear the holy tent

Or items in it any longer. Those

Were items that were used to serve there.” 27 Now

Those Levites who were twenty years old or

Older were counted. That was in accord

With David’s final rules.28 The Levites’ duties

Were to assist the members of the line

Of Aaron’s family. They helped them serve

In the Lord’s temple and took care of courtyards

And side rooms, and they made all sacred things

Pure and unblemished, and their other duties

Within God’s house: 29 They set the holy bread

Upon the table and prepared the flour

For the grain offerings, and made the wafers

Using no yeast. They baked and mixed and measured

The size and the amount of everything.

30 Each morning they stood up to thank and praise

The Lord, and they did the same thing each night.

31 They also did it every time that burnt

Offerings were brought God. Those offerings

Were brought each Sabbath day and were brought, too,

At every New Moon Feast and during feasts

Every year as they were appointed. Levites

               Served before the Lord at set times. They

Always employed the proper number of

The Levites when they served. They served the way

The law required them to, 32 so Levites did

Their duties for the Meeting Tent and for

The Holy Room, and they performed their work

               And served their relatives who were within

The family line of Aaron, and helped them

Serve wholeheartedly at the Lord’s temple.