1 Chronicles 23

1 So when Dawid was old and full of days, he made Solomon (Shelomoh) his son king over Yisrael.

2 And he gathered together all the princes of Yisrael, with the priests (kohanim) and the Levites (Lewiyim).

3 Now the Levites (Lewiyim) were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward; and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.

4 Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of יהוה; and six thousand were officers and judges.

5 Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised יהוה with the instruments, “which I made,” said Dawid, “to praise therewith.”

6 And Dawid divided them into courses among the sons of Lewi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

7 Of the Gershonites were Laadan, and Shimei.

8 The sons of Laadan: the chief was Yeiel, and Zetham, and Yoel, three.

9 The sons of Shimei: Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the chief of the fathers of Laadan.

10 And the sons of Shimei were, Yachat, Zina, and Yeush, and Beriyah. These four were the sons of Shimei.

11 And Yachat was the chief, and Zizah the second; but Yeush and Beriyah had not many sons; therefore they were in one reckoning, according to their father’s house.

12 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.

13 The sons of Amram: Aaron (Aharon) and Moses (Mosheh); and Aaron (Aharon) was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons forever, to burn incense before יהוה, to minister unto Him, and to bless in His name forever.

14 Now concerning Moses (Mosheh) the man of God (Elohim), his sons were named of the tribe of Lewi.

15 The sons of Moses (Mosheh) were Gershom, and Eliezer.

16 Of the sons of Gershom: Shebuel was the chief.

17 And the sons of Eliezer were Rechavyah the chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; but the sons of Rechavyah were very many.

18 Of the sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief.

19 Of the sons of Hebron: Yeriyah the first, Amaryah the second, Yachaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.

20 Of the sons of Uzziel: Michah the first, and Yishiyahu the second.

21 The sons of Merari: Mahli, and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar, and Kish.

22 And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters; and their brethren the sons of Kish took them.

23 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Yeremot, three.

24 These were the sons of Lewi 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 יהוה, from the age of twenty years and upward.

25 For Dawid said, “יהוה God of Israel (Elohei Yisrael) hath given rest unto His people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) forever;”

26 And also unto the Levites (Lewiyim); they shall no more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof.

27 For by the last words of Dawid the Levites (Lewiyim) were numbered from twenty years old and above;

28 Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron (Aharon) for the service of the house of יהוה, 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 (Elohim);

29 Both for the shewbread, and for the fine flour for meat offering, and for the unleavened cakes (matstsot), and for that which is baked in the pan, and for that which is fried, and for all manner of measure and size;

30 And to stand every morning to thank and praise יהוה, and likewise at even;

31 And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto יהוה on the Shabbats, on the New Moons, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before יהוה;

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 (Aharon) their brethren, in the service of the house of יהוה.