1 Chronicles 23
David Organizes the Levites
23:1 When David was old and approaching the end of his life,1 he made his son Solomon king over Israel.
23:2 David2 assembled all the leaders of Israel, along with the priests and the Levites.
23:3 The Levites who were thirty years old and up were counted; there were 38,000 men.3
23:4 David said,4 “Of these, 24,000 are to direct the work of the
23:7 The Gershonites included Ladan and Shimei.
23:8 The sons of Ladan:
Jehiel the oldest, Zetham, and Joel – three in all.
23:9 The sons of Shimei:
Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran – three in all.
These were the leaders of the family of Ladan.
23:10 The sons of Shimei:
Jahath, Zina,6 Jeush, and Beriah. These were Shimei’s sons – four in all.7 23:11 Jahath was the oldest and Zizah the second oldest. Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, so they were considered one family with one responsibility.
23:12 The sons of Kohath:
Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel – four in all.
23:13 The sons of Amram:
Aaron and Moses.
Aaron and his descendants were chosen on a permanent basis to consecrate the most holy items, to offer sacrifices before the
23:15 The sons of Moses:
Gershom and Eliezer.
23:16 The son10 of Gershom:
Shebuel11 the oldest.
23:17 The son of Eliezer was12 Rehabiah, the oldest. Eliezer had no other sons, but Rehabiah had many descendants.
23:18 The son13 of Izhar:
Shelomith the oldest.
23:19 The sons of Hebron:
Jeriah the oldest, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.
23:20 The sons of Uzziel:
Micah the oldest, and Isshiah the second.
23:21 The sons of Merari:
Mahli and Mushi.
The sons of Mahli:
Eleazar and Kish.
23:22 Eleazar died without having sons; he had only daughters. The sons of Kish, their cousins, married them.14
23:23 The sons of Mushi:
Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth – three in all.
23:24 These were the descendants of Levi according to their families, that is, the leaders of families as counted and individually listed who carried out assigned tasks in the
23:28 Their job was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the