GOD'S WORD® Translation
1Levi's sons were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 2Kohath's sons were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 3Amram's children were Aaron, Moses, and Miriam. Aaron's sons were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 4Eleazar was the father of Phinehas. Phinehas was the father of Abishua. 5Abishua was the father of Bukki. Bukki was the father of Uzzi. 6Uzzi was the father of Zerahiah. Zerahiah was the father of Meraioth. 7Meraioth was the father of Amariah. Amariah was the father of Ahitub. 8Ahitub was the father of Zadok. Zadok was the father of Ahimaaz. 9Ahimaaz was the father of Azariah. Azariah was the father of Johanan. 10Johanan was the father of Azariah. (He was the one who served as priest in the temple Solomon built in Jerusalem.) 11Azariah was the father of Amariah. Amariah was the father of Ahitub. 12Ahitub was the father of Zadok. Zadok was the father of Shallum. 13Shallum was the father of Hilkiah. Hilkiah was the father of Azariah. 14Azariah was the father of Seraiah. Seraiah was the father of Jehozadak. 15Jehozadak was taken captive when the LORD used Nebuchadnezzar to take Judah and Jerusalem away into captivity.
16Levi's sons were Gershom, Kohath, and Merari. 17These are the names of Gershom's sons: Libni and Shimei. 18Kohath's sons were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 19Merari's sons were Mahli and Mushi. These are the descendants of Levi's sons. They are grouped by families: 20Gershom's son was Libni. Libni's son was Jahath. Jahath's son was Zimmah. 21Zimmah's son was Joah. Joah's son was Iddo. Iddo's son was Zerah. Zerah's son was Jeatherai. 22These were Kohath's descendants: Kohath's son was Amminadab. Amminadab's son was Korah. Korah's son was Assir. 23Assir's son was Elkanah. Elkanah's son was Ebiasaph. Ebiasaph's son was Assir. 24Assir's son was Tahath. Tahath's son was Uriel. Uriel's son was Uzziah. Uzziah's son was Shaul. 25Elkanah's sons were Amasai and Ahimoth. 26Ahimoth's son was Elkanah. Elkanah's son was Zophai. Zophai's son was Nahath. 27Nahath's son was Eliab. Eliab's son was Jeroham. Jeroham's son was Elkanah. 28Samuel's sons were Joel, who was his firstborn, and Abijah, who was his second son. 29These were Merari's descendants: Merari's son was Mahli. Mahli's son was Libni. Libni's son was Shimei. Shimei's son was Uzzah. 30Uzzah's son was Shimea. Shimea's son was Haggiah. Haggiah's son was Asaiah.
31David put men in charge of the music in the LORD's temple after the ark was placed there permanently. 32They served as musicians in the courtyard in front of the tent of meeting until Solomon built the LORD's temple in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations set down for them. 33These are the men who served (their descendants also served): The musician Heman was from Kohath's family line. Heman was the son of Joel, who was the son of Samuel, 34who was the son of Elkanah, who was the son of Jeroham, who was the son of Eliel, who was the son of Toah, 35who was the son of Zuph, who was the son of Elkanah, who was the son of Mahath, who was the son of Amasai, 36who was the son of Elkanah, who was the son of Joel, who was the son of Azariah, who was the son of Zephaniah, 37who was the son of Tahath, who was the son of Assir, who was the son of Ebiasaph, who was the son of Korah, 38who was the son of Izhar, who was the son of Kohath, who was the son of Levi, who was the son of Israel. 39Heman's relative Asaph stood on his right. He was the son of Berechiah, who was the son of Shimea, 40who was the son of Michael, who was the son of Baaseiah, who was the son of Malchiah, 41who was the son of Ethni, who was the son of Zerah, who was the son of Adaiah, 42who was the son of Ethan, who was the son of Zimmah, who was the son of Shimei, 43who was the son of Jahath, who was the son of Gershom, who was the son of Levi. 44On the left was Ethan, one of Heman's relatives descended from Merari. Ethan was the son of Kishi, who was the son of Abdi, who was the son of Malluch, 45who was the son of Hashabiah, who was the son of Amaziah, who was the son of Hilkiah, 46who was the son of Amzi, who was the son of Bani, who was the son of Shemer, 47who was the son of Mahli, who was the son of Mushi, who was the son of Merari, who was the son of Levi. 48Their relatives, the Levites, were assigned all the other duties in the tent, the house of God.
49Aaron and his descendants offered sacrifices on the altar for burnt offerings and on the altar for incense. They did all the work in the most holy place and removed Israel's sins to make Israel acceptable to God. They did exactly what God's servant Moses had commanded. 50These were Aaron's descendants: His son was Eleazar. Eleazar's son was Phinehas. Phinehas' son was Abishua. 51Abishua's son was Bukki. Bukki's son was Uzzi. Uzzi's son was Zerahiah. 52Zerahiah's son was Meraioth. Meraioth's son was Amariah. Amariah's son was Ahitub. 53Ahitub's son was Zadok. Zadok's son was Ahimaaz.
54These are the places where Levi's descendants lived, the places where they settled in the territory chosen for them when lots were drawn: The [first] lot was drawn for the descendants of Aaron from the family descended from Kohath. 55They were given Hebron in the territory of Judah as well as the pastureland around it, 56but the fields belonging to the city and its villages were given to Caleb, son of Jephunneh. 57Aaron's descendants were given Hebron as a city of refuge, Libnah with its pastureland, Jattir, Eshtemoa with its pastureland, 58Hilen with its pastureland, Debir with its pastureland, 59Ashan with its pastureland, and Beth Shemesh with its pastureland. 60From the tribe of Benjamin, Aaron's descendants received Geba with its pastureland, Alemeth with its pastureland, and Anathoth with its pastureland. There was a total of 13 cities for their families.
61The rest of Kohath's descendants received 10 cities chosen by lot from the families of half of the tribe of Manasseh. 62The families of Gershom's descendants were given 13 cities chosen by lot from the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and [the part of] the tribe of Manasseh that lived in Bashan. 63The families of Merari's descendants were given 12 cities chosen by lot from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun. 64So the Israelites gave the Levites the cities with their pasturelands. 65They gave [them] the cities chosen by lot and mentioned here by name from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin.
66Some of the families of Kohath's descendants had cities chosen by lot from the tribe of Ephraim. 67They were given these cities of refuge: Shechem with its pastureland in the hills of Ephraim, Gezer with its pastureland, 68Jokmeam with its pastureland, Beth Horon with its pastureland, 69Aijalon with its pastureland, and Gath Rimmon with its pastureland. 70From half of the tribe of Manasseh, they were given Aner with its pastureland and Bileam with its pastureland for the families of the rest of Kohath's descendants.
71Gershom's descendants received Golan in Bashan with its pastureland and Ashtaroth with its pastureland from the families of half of the tribe of Manasseh. 72From the tribe of Issachar, they received Kedesh with its pastureland, Daberath with its pastureland, 73Ramoth with its pastureland, and Anem with its pastureland. 74From the tribe of Asher, they received Mashal with its pastureland, Abdon with its pastureland, 75Hukok with its pastureland, and Rehob with its pastureland. 76From the tribe of Naphtali, they received Kedesh in Galilee with its pastureland, Hammon with its pastureland, and Kiriathaim with its pastureland.
77The rest of Merari's descendants received Rimmono with its pastureland and Tabor with its pastureland from the tribe of Zebulun. 78From the tribe of Reuben, Merari's descendants received land east of the Jordan River and across from Jericho: Bezer in the wilderness with its pastureland, Jahzah with its pastureland, 79Kedemoth with its pastureland and Mephaath with its pastureland. 80From the tribe of Gad, they received Ramoth in Gilead with its pastureland, Mahanaim with its pastureland, 81Heshbon with its pastureland, and Jazer with its pastureland.