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The first book of the Chronicles, chapter 24, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 24

New English Translation


   David Organizes the Priests
   1 The divisions of Aaron's descendants were as follows: The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
   2 Nadab and Abihu died before their father did; they had no sons. Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests.
   3 David, Zadok (a descendant of Eleazar), and Ahimelech (a descendant of Ithamar) divided them into groups to carry out their assigned responsibilities. 4 The descendants of Eleazar had more leaders than the descendants of Ithamar, so they divided them up accordingly; the descendants of Eleazar had sixteen leaders, while the descendants of Ithamar had eight. 5 They divided them by lots, for there were officials of the holy place and officials designated by God among the descendants of both Eleazar and Ithamar. 6 The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, wrote down their names before the king, the officials, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the leaders of the priestly and Levite families. One family was drawn by lot from Eleazar, and then the next from Ithamar.
   7 The first lot went to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,
   8 the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,
   9 the fifth to Malkijah, the sixth to Mijamin,
   10 the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah,
   11 the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah,
   12 the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim,
   13 the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,
   14 the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer,
   15 the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez,
   16 the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel,
   17 the twenty-first to Jakin, the twenty-second to Gamul,
   18 the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.
   19 This was the order in which they carried out their assigned responsibilities when they entered the LORD's temple, according to the regulations given them by their ancestor Aaron, just as the LORD God of Israel had instructed him.
   Remaining Levites
   20 The rest of the Levites included: Shubael from the sons of Amram, Jehdeiah from the sons of Shubael,
   21 the firstborn Isshiah from Rehabiah and the sons of Rehabiah,
   22 Shelomoth from the Izharites, Jahath from the sons of Shelomoth.
   23 The sons of Hebron: Jeriah, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.
   24 The son of Uzziel: Micah; Shamir from the sons of Micah.
   25 The brother of Micah: Isshiah. Zechariah from the sons of Isshiah.
   26 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The son of Jaaziah: Beno.
   27 The sons of Merari, from Jaaziah: Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri.
   28 From Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.
   29 From Kish: Jerahmeel.
   30 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the Levites, listed by their families.
   31 Just like their relatives, the descendants of Aaron, they also cast lots before King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, the leaders of families, the priests, and the Levites. The families of the oldest son cast lots along with the those of the youngest.

King James Version


   1 Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
   2 But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest's office.
   3 And David distributed them, both Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, according to their offices in their service.
   4 And there were more chief men found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar; and thus were they divided. Among the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen chief men of the house of their fathers, and eight among the sons of Ithamar according to the house of their fathers.
   5 Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for the governors of the sanctuary, and governors of the house of God, were of the sons of Eleazar, and of the sons of Ithamar.
   6 And Shemaiah the son of Nethaneel the scribe, one of the Levites, wrote them before the king, and the princes, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and before the chief of the fathers of the priests and Levites: one principal household being taken for Eleazar, and one taken for Ithamar.
   7 Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,
   8 The third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,
   9 The fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin,
   10 The seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah,
   11 The ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah,
   12 The eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim,
   13 The thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,
   14 The fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer,
   15 The seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Aphses,
   16 The nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezekel,
   17 The one and twentieth to Jachin, the two and twentieth to Gamul,
   18 The three and twentieth to Delaiah, the four and twentieth to Maaziah.
   19 These were the orderings of them in their service to come into the house of the LORD, according to their manner, under Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.
   20 ¶ And the rest of the sons of Levi were these: Of the sons of Amram; Shubael: of the sons of Shubael; Jehdeiah.
   21 Concerning Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, the first was Isshiah.
   22 Of the Izharites; Shelomoth: of the sons of Shelomoth; Jahath.
   23 And the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth.
   24 Of the sons of Uzziel; Michah: of the sons of Michah; Shamir.
   25 The brother of Michah was Isshiah: of the sons of Isshiah; Zechariah.
   26 The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi: the sons of Jaaziah; Beno.
   27 ¶ The sons of Merari by Jaaziah; Beno, and Shoham, and Zaccur, and Ibri.
   28 Of Mahli came Eleazar, who had no sons.
   29 Concerning Kish: the son of Kish was Jerahmeel.
   30 The sons also of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites after the house of their fathers.
   31 These likewise cast lots over against their brethren the sons of Aaron in the presence of David the king, and Zadok, and Ahimelech, and the chief of the fathers of the priests and Levites, even the principal fathers over against their younger brethren.
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