New International Version
According to the last instructions of David, the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more.
King James Bible
For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above:
Darby Bible Translation
For by the last words of David was this [done], -- the numbering of the sons of Levi from twenty years old and upward.
World English Bible
For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered, from twenty years old and upward.
Young's Literal Translation
for by the last words of David they took the number of the sons of Levi from a son of twenty years and upward,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Twenty years and upward - It appears that this was a different ordinance from that mentioned 1 Chronicles 23:3. At first he appointed the Levites to serve from thirty years and upward; now from twenty years. These were David's last orders; see 1 Chronicles 23:27. They should begin at an earlier age, and continue later.
This was not a very painful task; the ark being now fixed, and the Levites very numerous, there could be no drudgery.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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The comparative indifference with which Chronicles is regarded in modern times by all but professional scholars seems to have been shared by the ancient Jewish church. Though written by the same hand as wrote Ezra-Nehemiah, and forming, together with these books, a continuous history of Judah, it is placed after them in the Hebrew Bible, of which it forms the concluding book; and this no doubt points to the fact that it attained canonical distinction later than they. Nor is this unnatural. The book …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
1 Chronicles 23:26
the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service."
1 Chronicles 23:28
The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron's descendants in the service of the temple of the LORD: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God.
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