1And when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
2And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.
3And then were numbered the Levites from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, of men, was thirty and eight thousand.
4Of these were twenty and four thousand to superintend the work of the house of the Lord; and six thousand were officers and judges;
5And four thousand were gatekeepers: and four thousand those who praised the Lord with the instruments which I have made, to praise therewith.
6And David divided them into divisions after the sons of Levi, after Gershon, Kehath, and Merari.
7Of the Gershunites: La'dan, and Shim'i.
8The sons of La'dan: The chief was Jechiel, and Zetham, and Joel, three.
9The sons of Shim'i: Shelomith, and Chaziel, and Haran, three. These were the chiefs of the families of La'dan.
10And the sons of Shim'i were, Jachath, Zina, and Je'ush, and Beri'ah. These four were the sons of Shim'i.
11And Jachath was the chief, and Zizah the second; but Je'ush and Beri'ah had not many sons: therefore were they accounted as one family division in the numbering.
12The sons of Kehath: 'Amram, Yizhar, Hebron, and 'Uzziel, four.
13The sons of 'Amram, Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was set apart, to sanctify him as most holy, he with his sons for ever, to burn incense before the Lord, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever.
14But as regardeth Moses the man of God, his sons were named after the tribe of Levi.
15The sons of Moses were, Gershom, and Eli'ezer.
16Of the sons of Gershom, Shebuel was the chief.
17And the sons of Eli'ezer were, Rechahyah the chief. And Eli'ezer had no other sons; but the sons of Rechahyah became exceedingly numerous.
18Of the sons of Yizhar, was Shelomith the chief.
19The sons of Hebron: Jeriyahu the chief, Amaryah the second, Jachaziel the third, and Jekam'am the fourth.
20The sons of 'Uzziel: Michah the chief, and Yishiyah the second.
21The sons of Merari: Machli, and Mushi. The sons of Machli: El'azar, and Kish.
22And El'azar died, and had no sons, but daughters; and the sons of Kish, their brethren, took them for wives.
23The sons of Mushi: Machli, and 'Eder, and Jeremoth, three.
24These were the sons of Levi after their family divisions, even the chiefs of the families, as they were counted by numbering the names after their polls, that did the work for the service of the house of the Lord, from twenty years old and upward.
25For David said, The Lord the God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, and he dwelleth in Jerusalem for evermore.
26And also the Levites are no more bound to carry the tabernacle, and all its vessels for the service thereof.
27Therefore by the last words of David were there numbered of the Levites those who were from twenty years old and above;
28Because their station was to be at the side of the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the Lord, in the courts, and in the chambers, and by the purification of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God;
29And for the shew-bread, which was put in rows, 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 sodden, and for all manner of dry and wet measure;
30And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and so also at evening,
31And at all the offering of burnt-offerings unto the Lord on the sabbaths, on the new moons, and on the appointed feasts, according to the number, and after the manner prescribed for them, continually before the Lord;
32And that they should keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service of the house of the Lord.