1 Chronicles 24
The divisions of priests
These were the divisions of the descendants of Aaron:
The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died before their father did, and they had no sons; so Eleazar and Ithamar served as the priests. With the help of Zadok a descendant of Eleazar and Ahimelek a descendant of Ithamar, David separated them into divisions for their appointed order of ministering. A larger number of leaders were found among Eleazar’s descendants than among Ithamar’s, and they were divided accordingly: sixteen heads of families from Eleazar’s descendants and eight heads of families from Ithamar’s descendants. They divided them impartially by casting lots, for there were officials of the sanctuary and officials of God among the descendants of both Eleazar and Ithamar.
The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded their names in the presence of the king and of the officials: Zadok the priest, Ahimelek son of Abiathar and the heads of families of the priests and of the Levites – one family being taken from Eleazar and then one from Ithamar.
The first lot fell to Jehoiarib,
the second to Jedaiah,
the third to Harim,
the fourth to Seorim,
the fifth to Malkijah,
the sixth to Mijamin,
the seventh to Hakkoz,
the eighth to Abijah,
the ninth to Jeshua,
the tenth to Shekaniah,
the eleventh to Eliashib,
the twelfth to Jakim,
the thirteenth to Huppah,
the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,
the fifteenth to Bilgah,
the sixteenth to Immer,
the seventeenth to Hezir,
the eighteenth to Happizzez,
the nineteenth to Pethahiah,
the twentieth to Jehezkel,
the twenty-first to Jakin,
the twenty-second to Gamul,
the twenty-third to Delaiah
and the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.
This was their appointed order of ministering when they entered the temple of the Lord, according to the regulations prescribed for them by their ancestor Aaron, as the Lord, the God of Israel, had commanded him.
The rest of the Levites
As for the rest of the descendants of Levi:
from the sons of Amram: Shubael;
from the sons of Shubael: Jehdeiah.
As for Rehabiah, from his sons:
Ishiah was the first.
From the Izharites: Shelomoth;
from the sons of Shelomoth: Jahath.
The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the first,[a] Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth.
The son of Uzziel: Micah;
from the sons of Micah: Shamir.
The brother of Micah: Ishiah;
from the sons of Ishiah: Zechariah.
The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi.
The son of Jaaziah: Beno.
The sons of Merari:
from Jaaziah: Beno, Shoham, Zakkur and Ibri.
From Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.
From Kish: the son of Kish:
And the sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder and Jerimoth.
These were the Levites, according to their families. They also cast lots, just as their relatives the descendants of Aaron did, in the presence of King David and of Zadok, Ahimelek, and the heads of families of the priests and of the Levites. The families of the eldest brother were treated the same as those of the youngest.
- 1 Chronicles 24:23 Two Hebrew manuscripts and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 23:19); most Hebrew manuscripts The sons of Jeriah:
1 Chronicles 25
David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:
from the sons of Asaph:
Zakkur, Joseph, Nethaniah and Asarelah. The sons of Asaph were under the supervision of Asaph, who prophesied under the king’s supervision.
As for Jeduthun, from his sons:
Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei,[a] Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six in all, under the supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied, using the harp in thanking and praising the Lord.
As for Heman, from his sons:
Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael and Jerimoth; Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-Ezer; Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. (All these were sons of Heman the king’s seer. They were given to him through the promises of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.)
All these men were under the supervision of their father for the music of the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God.
Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king. Along with their relatives – all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord – they numbered 288. Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.
The first lot, which was for Asaph, fell to Joseph, his sons and relatives[b] 12[c] the second to Gedaliah, him and his relatives and sons 12 the third to Zakkur, his sons and relatives 12 the fourth to Izri,[d] his sons and relatives 12 the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and relatives 12 the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and relatives 12 the seventh to Jesarelah,[e] his sons and relatives 12 the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and relatives 12 the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and relatives 12 the tenth to Shimei, his sons and relatives 12 the eleventh to Azarel,[f] his sons and relatives 12 the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and relatives 12 the thirteenth to Shubael, his sons and relatives 12 the fourteenth to Mattithiah, his sons and relatives 12 the fifteenth to Jerimoth, his sons and relatives 12 the sixteenth to Hananiah, his sons and relatives 12 the seventeenth to Joshbekashah, his sons and relatives 12 the eighteenth to Hanani, his sons and relatives 12 the nineteenth to Mallothi, his sons and relatives 12 the twentieth to Eliathah, his sons and relatives 12 the twenty-first to Hothir, his sons and relatives 12 the twenty-second to Giddalti, his sons and relatives 12 the twenty-third to Mahazioth, his sons and relatives 12 the twenty-fourth to Romamti-Ezer, his sons and relatives. 12
- 1 Chronicles 25:3 One Hebrew manuscript and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also verse 17); most Hebrew manuscripts do not have Shimei.
- 1 Chronicles 25:9 See Septuagint; Hebrew does not have his sons and relatives.
- 1 Chronicles 25:9 See the total in verse 7; Hebrew does not have twelve.
- 1 Chronicles 25:11 A variant of Zeri
- 1 Chronicles 25:14 A variant of Asarelah
- 1 Chronicles 25:18 A variant of Uzziel
1 Chronicles 26:1-19
The divisions of the gatekeepers:
from the Korahites: Meshelemiah son of Kore, one of the sons of Asaph.
Meshelemiah had sons:
Zechariah the firstborn,
Jediael the second,
Zebadiah the third,
Jathniel the fourth,
Elam the fifth,
Jehohanan the sixth
and Eliehoenai the seventh.
Obed-Edom also had sons:
Shemaiah the firstborn,
Jehozabad the second,
Joah the third,
Sakar the fourth,
Nethanel the fifth,
Ammiel the sixth,
Issachar the seventh
and Peullethai the eighth.
(For God had blessed Obed-Edom.)
Obed-Edom’s son Shemaiah also had sons, who were leaders in their father’s family because they were very capable men. The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed and Elzabad; his relatives Elihu and Semakiah were also able men. All these were descendants of Obed-Edom; they and their sons and their relatives were capable men with the strength to do the work – descendants of Obed-Edom, 62 in all.
Meshelemiah had sons and relatives, who were able men – 18 in all.
Hosah the Merarite had sons: Shimri the first (although he was not the firstborn, his father had appointed him the first), Hilkiah the second, Tabaliah the third and Zechariah the fourth. The sons and relatives of Hosah were 13 in all.
These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their leaders, had duties for ministering in the temple of the Lord, just as their relatives had. Lots were cast for each gate, according to their families, young and old alike.
The lot for the East Gate fell to Shelemiah.[a] Then lots were cast for his son Zechariah, a wise counsellor, and the lot for the North Gate fell to him. The lot for the South Gate fell to Obed-Edom, and the lot for the storehouse fell to his sons. The lots for the West Gate and the Shalleketh Gate on the upper road fell to Shuppim and Hosah.
Guard was alongside guard: there were six Levites a day on the east, four a day on the north, four a day on the south and two at a time at the storehouse. As for the court[b] to the west, there were four at the road and two at the court[c] itself.
These were the divisions of the gatekeepers who were descendants of Korah and Merari.
- 1 Chronicles 26:14 A variant of Meshelemiah
- 1 Chronicles 26:18 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
- 1 Chronicles 26:18 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.