1 Chronicles 6
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The Levites

1Levi’sa sons: Gershom,b Kohath, and Merari.

2Kohath’s sons: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

3Amram’s children: Aaron, Moses, and Miriam.

Aaron’s sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

4Eleazar fathered Phinehas;c

Phinehas fathered Abishua;

5Abishua fathered Bukki;

Bukki fathered Uzzi;

6Uzzi fathered Zerahiah;

Zerahiah fathered Meraioth;

7Meraioth fathered Amariah;

Amariah fathered Ahitub;

8Ahitub fathered Zadok;

Zadok fathered Ahimaaz;

9Ahimaaz fathered Azariah;

Azariah fathered Johanan;

10Johanan fathered Azariah, who served as priest in the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem;

11Azariah fathered Amariah;

Amariah fathered Ahitub;

12Ahitub fathered Zadok;

Zadok fathered Shallum;

13Shallum fathered Hilkiah;

Hilkiah fathered Azariah;

14Azariah fathered Seraiah;

and Seraiah fathered Jehozadak.

15Jehozadak went into exile when the LORD sent Judah and Jerusalem into exile at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar.d

16eLevi’sf sons: Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.

17These are the names of Gershom’s sons: Libni and Shimei.

18Kohath’s sons: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.

19Merari’s sons: Mahli and Mushi.

These are the Levites’ families according to their fathers:

20Of Gershom: his son Libni,

his son Jahath, his son Zimmah,

21his son Joah, his son Iddo,

his son Zerah, and his son Jeatherai.

22Kohath’s sons: his son Amminadab,

his son Korah, his son Assir,

23his son Elkanah, his son Ebiasaph,

his son Assir, 24his son Tahath,

his son Uriel, his son Uzziah,

and his son Shaul.

25Elkanah’s sons: Amasai and Ahimoth,

26his son Elkanah, his son Zophai,

his son Nahath, 27his son Eliab,

his son Jeroham, and his son Elkanah.

28Samuel’s sons: his firstborn Joel,g, h

and his second son Abijah.

29Merari’s sons: Mahli, his son Libni,

his son Shimei, his son Uzzah,

30his son Shimea, his son Haggiah,

and his son Asaiah.

The Musicians

31These are the men David put in charge of the music in the LORD’s templei after the ark came to rest there.j 32They ministered with song in front of the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, until Solomon built the LORD’s temple in Jerusalem, and they performed their task according to the regulations given to them. 33These are the men who served with their sons.

From the Kohathites: Heman the singer,

son of Joel, son of Samuel,

34son of Elkanah, son of Jeroham,

son of Eliel, son of Toah,

35son of Zuph, son of Elkanah,

son of Mahath, son of Amasai,

36son of Elkanah, son of Joel,

son of Azariah, son of Zephaniah,

37son of Tahath, son of Assir,

son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah,

38son of Izhar, son of Kohath,

son of Levi, son of Israel.

39Heman’s relative was Asaph, who stood at his right hand:

Asaph son of Berechiah, son of Shimea,

40son of Michael, son of Baaseiah,

son of Malchijah, 41son of Ethni,

son of Zerah, son of Adaiah,

42son of Ethan, son of Zimmah,

son of Shimei, 43son of Jahath,

son of Gershom, son of Levi.

44On the left, their relatives were Merari’s sons:

Ethan son of Kishi, son of Abdi,

son of Malluch, 45son of Hashabiah,

son of Amaziah, son of Hilkiah,

46son of Amzi, son of Bani,

son of Shemer, 47son of Mahli,

son of Mushi, son of Merari,

son of Levi.

Aaron’s Descendants

48Their relatives, the Levites, were assigned to all the service of the tabernacle, God’s temple. 49But Aaron and his sons did all the work of the most holy place. They presented the offerings on the altar of burnt offeringsk and on the altar of incensel to make atonement for Israel according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.m

50Thesen are Aaron’s sons: his son Eleazar,

his son Phinehas, his son Abishua,

51his son Bukki, his son Uzzi,

his son Zerahiah, 52his son Meraioth,

his son Amariah, his son Ahitub,

53his son Zadok, and his son Ahimaaz.

The Settlements of the Levites

54These were the places assigned to Aaron’s sons from the Kohathite family for their settlements in their territory, because the first lot was for them.o 55Theyp were given Hebron in the land of Judah and its surrounding pasturelands, 56but the fields and villages around the city were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh. 57Aaron’s sons were given:q

Hebron (a city of refuge), Libnah and its pasturelands, Jattir, Eshtemoa and its pasturelands, 58Hilenr and its pasturelands, Debir and its pasturelands, 59Ashan and its pasturelands, and Beth-shemesh and its pasturelands. 60From the tribe of Benjamin they were given Geba and its pasturelands, Alemeth and its pasturelands, and Anathoth and its pasturelands. They had 13 towns in all among their families.

61To the rest of the Kohathites, 10 towns from half the tribe of Manasseh were assigned by lot.s

62The Gershomites were assigned 13 towns from the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and Manasseh in Bashan according to their families.

63The Merarites were assigned by lot 12 towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun according to their families.t 64So the Israelites gave these towns and their pasturelands to the Levites.u 65They assigned by lot the towns named abovev from the tribes of the Judahites, Simeonites, and Benjaminites.

66Somew of the families of the Kohathites were given towns from the tribe of Ephraim for their territory:

67Shechem (a city of refuge) with its pasturelands in the hill country of Ephraim, Gezer and its pasturelands, 68Jokmeam and its pasturelands, Beth-horon and its pasturelands, 69Aijalon and its pasturelands, and Gath-rimmon and its pasturelands. 70From half the tribe of Manasseh, Aner and its pasturelands, and Bileam and its pasturelands were given to the rest of the families of the Kohathites.

71The Gershomites received:

Golan in Bashan and its pasturelands, and Ashtaroth and its pasturelands from the families of half the tribe of Manasseh. 72From the tribe of Issachar they received Kedesh and its pasturelands, Daberath and its pasturelands, 73Ramoth and its pasturelands, and Anem and its pasturelands. 74From the tribe of Asher they received Mashal and its pasturelands, Abdon and its pasturelands, 75Hukok and its pasturelands, and Rehob and its pasturelands. 76From the tribe of Naphtali they received Kedesh in Galilee and its pasturelands, Hammon and its pasturelands, and Kiriathaim and its pasturelands.

77The rest of the Merarites received:

From the tribe of Zebulun they received Rimmono and its pasturelands and Tabor and its pasturelands. 78From the tribe of Reuben across the Jordan at Jericho, to the east of the Jordan, they received Bezer in the desert and its pasturelands, Jahzah and its pasturelands, 79Kedemoth and its pasturelands, and Mephaath and its pasturelands. 80From the tribe of Gad they received Ramoth in Gilead and its pasturelands, Mahanaim and its pasturelands, 81Heshbon and its pasturelands, and Jazer and its pasturelands.

a. 6:1-3 Gn 46:11; Ex 6:16,18,20,23; Nm 26:57-60
b. 6:1 Levi’s son’s name is spelled Gershon in Ex.
c. 6:4 Ex 6:25
d. 6:15 2Kg 24:1-2,10,14; 25:1,8,11,21; 1Ch 9:1
e. 6:16 1Ch 6:1 in Hb
f. 6:16-19 Ex 6:16-19
g. 6:28 Some LXX mss, Syr, Arabic; other Hb mss omit Joel ; 1Sm 8:2
h. 6:28 1Sm 8:2
i. 6:31 1Ch 15:16-22; 16:4-6
j. 6:31 2Sm 6:17; 1Ch 15:25–16:1
k. 6:49 Ex 27:1-8
l. 6:49 Ex 30:1-7
m. 6:49 Ex 30:10-16
n. 6:50-53 1Ch 6:4-8
o. 6:54 Jos 21:4,10
p. 6:55-56 Jos 14:13; 15:13
q. 6:57 Jos 21:13,19
r. 6:58 Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read Hilez
s. 6:61 Jos 21:5; 1Ch 6:66-70
t. 6:63 Jos 21:7; 1Ch 6:77-81
u. 6:64 Jos 21:3,41-42
v. 6:65 1Ch 6:57-60
w. 6:66-81 Jos 21:20-40
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