Solomon Made King over IsraelNow David became old and full of days, and he made his son Solomon king over Israel. 2 And he gathered together all the leaders of Israel with the priests and the Levites.
The Work of the Levites3 And the Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward, and their number by census of men was 38,000. 4 Of these, 24,000 were to direct the work of the house of Yahweh; and 6,000 were officers and judges, 5 and 4,000 were gatekeepers, and 4,000 were praising Yahweh with the instruments which David made for giving praise. 6 And David divided them into divisions according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
The Sons of Gershon7
Of the Gershonites were Ladan and Shimei. 8
The sons of Ladan were Jehiel the first and Zetham and Joel, three. 9
The sons of Shimei were Shelomoth and Haziel and Haran, three.
These were the heads of the fathers’ households of Ladan. 10
The sons of Shimei were Jahath, Zina, Jeush, and Beriah.
These four were the sons of Shimei. 11
Jahath was the first and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, so they became a father’s household, one unit.
The Sons of Kohath12
The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four. 13
The sons of Amram were Aaron and Moses. And Aaron was separated in order to sanctify him as most holy, he and his sons forever, to offer offerings up in smoke before Yahweh, to minister to Him and to bless in His name forever. 14
But as for Moses the man of God, his sons were named among the tribe of Levi. 15
The sons of Moses were Gershom and Eliezer. 16
The son of Gershom was Shebuel the chief. 17
The son of Eliezer was Rehabiah the chief; and Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18
The son of Izhar was Shelomith the chief. 19
The sons of Hebron were Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth. 20
The sons of Uzziel were Micah the first and Isshiah the second.
The Sons of Merari21
The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli were Eleazar and Kish. 22
And Eleazar died and had no sons, but daughters only, so their brothers, the sons of Kish, took them up as wives. 23
The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth, three.
The Service of the Levites24 These were the sons of Levi according to their fathers’ households, even the heads of the fathers’ households of those of them who were counted, in the number of names by their census, doing the work for the service of the house of Yahweh, from twenty years old and upward. 25 For David said, “Yahweh, the God of Israel, has given rest to His people, and He dwells in Jerusalem forever. 26 Also, the Levites will no longer need to carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings for its service.” 27 For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered from twenty years old and upward. 28 For their station is to be on hand for the sons of Aaron with the service of the house of Yahweh, in the courts and in the chambers and in the cleansing of all holy things, even the work of the service of the house of God, 29 and with the showbread, and the fine flour for a grain offering, and unleavened wafers, or what is made on the griddle, or what is well stirred, and all measures of volume and size. 30 And they are to stand every morning to thank and to praise Yahweh, and likewise at evening, 31 and to offer all burnt offerings to Yahweh, on the sabbaths, the new moons and the appointed times in the number set by the judgments concerning them, continually before Yahweh. 32 Thus they shall keep responsibility of the tent of meeting, and responsibility of the holy place, and responsibility of the sons of Aaron their relatives, for the service of the house of Yahweh.