1 Chronicles 23:3
New International Version
The Levites thirty years old or more were counted, and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand.

New Living Translation
All the Levites who were thirty years old or older were counted, and the total came to 38,000.

English Standard Version
The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were numbered, and the total was 38,000 men.

Berean Study Bible
The Levites thirty years of age or older were counted, and the total number of men was 38,000.

King James Bible
Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.

New King James Version
Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and above; and the number of individual males was thirty-eight thousand.

New American Standard Bible
Now the Levites were counted from thirty years old and upward, and their number by head count of men was thirty-eight thousand.

NASB 1995
The Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward, and their number by census of men was 38,000.

NASB 1977
And the Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward, and their number by census of men was 38,000.

Amplified Bible
The Levites thirty years old and upward were counted, and their number man by man was 38,000.

Christian Standard Bible
The Levites thirty years old or more were counted; the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand by headcount.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Levites 30 years old or more were counted; the total number of men was 38,000 by headcount."

American Standard Version
And the Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Levites were numbered from a son of thirty years and above, and the number of men by head of each man was thirtyeight thousand.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Levites numbered themselves from thirty years old and upward; and their number by their polls amounted to thirty and eight thousand men.

Contemporary English Version
He then counted the Levite men who were at least 30 years old, and the total was 38,000.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years, and upwards: and there were found of them thirty-eight thousand men.

English Revised Version
And the Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.

Good News Translation
He took a census of all the male Levites aged thirty or older. The total was thirty-eight thousand.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Every male Levite who was at least 30 years old was counted. There were 38,000.

International Standard Version
descendants of Levi 30 years old and above were counted for a total of 38,000.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward; and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.

Literal Standard Version
and the Levites are numbered from a son of thirty years and upward, and their number, for their counted heads, is of thirty-eight thousand mighty men.

NET Bible
The Levites who were thirty years old and up were counted; there were 38,000 men.

New Heart English Bible
The Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty-eight thousand.

World English Bible
The Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty-eight thousand.

Young's Literal Translation
and the Levites are numbered from a son of thirty years and upward, and their number, by their polls, is of mighty men thirty and eight thousand.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Divisions of the Levites
2Then he gathered all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites. 3The Levites thirty years of age or older were counted, and the total number of men was 38,000 4“Of these,” said David, “24,000 are to oversee the work of the house of the LORD, 6,000 are to be officers and judges,…

Cross References
Numbers 4:3
men from thirty to fifty years old--everyone who is qualified to serve in the work at the Tent of Meeting.

Numbers 4:23
from thirty to fifty years old, counting everyone who comes to serve in the work at the Tent of Meeting.

Numbers 4:48
And the number of men was 8,580.

Numbers 8:24
"This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years of age or older shall enter to perform the service in the work at the Tent of Meeting.

1 Chronicles 23:2
Then he gathered all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites.

1 Chronicles 23:24
These were the descendants of Levi by their families--the heads of families, registered individually by name--those twenty years of age or older who worked in the service of the house of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 31:16
In addition, they distributed portions to the males registered by genealogy who were three years of age or older--to all who would enter the house of the LORD for their daily duties for service in the responsibilities of their divisions--


Treasury of Scripture

Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.

the Levites

Numbers 4:2,3,23,30,35,43,47
Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers, …

thirty and eight

Numbers 4:48
Even those that were numbered of them, were eight thousand and five hundred and fourscore.









(3) Now . . . and--i.e., after the council had agreed upon it.

The Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward.--A census like that which Moses instituted (Numbers 4:3; Numbers 4:23; Numbers 4:30, &c.), of all Levites "from thirty years old and upward unto fifty years," for the work of the Tabernacle.

By their polls, man by man.--Lit., As to their skulls, as to men. The second phrase defines the first, and excludes women and children.

Verse 3. - Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward. The thing which Joab had rightly resisted (1 Chronicles 21:3-6) and shrunk from doing was now rightly done. There was now a practical and a legitimate object for doing it. This consideration helps to determine what it was that "displeased the Lord" in the former general census of David. In connection with this clause, 1 Chronicles 27:23 should be noted, where we read, "But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under: because the Lord had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of the heavens." The period from the age of thirty years up to fifty (Numbers 4:3, 23, 35, 39) was fixed under Moses, for those "that came to do the service of the ministry, and the service of the burden in the tabernacle of the congregation" (Numbers 4:47). It is not certain, however, that this census did not inquire, in point of fact, respecting some below this limit of age. For we may note ver. 24 in the first place, and this is partly explained by Numbers 8:23-25. The number "thirty and eight thousand" of our present verse may be compared with the "eight thousand and five hundred and four score" of Numbers 4:47, 48. It is to be observed how promptly the national council did on this occasion commence with the arrangement of the ministers of religion, "the Levites." As we read (Numbers 4:3) of "thirty years" of age as the appointed age for the commencement of their ministry, and (Numbers 7:3) of the present or "offering" of "six covered waggons and twelve oxen," which the twelve "princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, princes of the tribes," offered "before the Lord," which greatly lessened the laborious work of the Levites; so we find the commencing age reduced from time to time, to "twenty-five" years (Numbers 8:24), and to "twenty years" of age, as in our present chapter (vers. 24-28).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The Levites
הַלְוִיִּ֔ם (hal·wî·yim)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's 3881: Levites -- descendant of Levi

thirty
שְׁלֹשִׁ֥ים (šə·lō·šîm)
Number - common plural
Strong's 7970: Thirty, thirtieth

years of age
מִבֶּ֛ן (mib·ben)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son

and older
וָמָ֑עְלָה (wā·mā·‘ə·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb | third person feminine singular
Strong's 4605: The upper part, with prefix upward, above, overhead, from the top

were counted,
וַיִּסָּֽפְרוּ֙ (way·yis·sā·p̄ə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5608: To count, recount, relate

and the total number
מִסְפָּרָ֤ם (mis·pā·rām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration

of men
לִגְבָרִ֔ים (liḡ·ḇā·rîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1397: A valiant man, warrior, a person simply

was
וַיְהִ֨י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

38,000
שְׁלֹשִׁ֥ים (šə·lō·šîm)
Number - common plural
Strong's 7970: Thirty, thirtieth


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