1 Chronicles 23:6
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New International Version
David separated the Levites into divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

King James Bible
And David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

Darby Bible Translation
And David divided them into courses according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

World English Bible
David divided them into divisions according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

Young's Literal Translation
And David distributeth them into courses: Of the sons of Levi: of Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Four thousand praised the Lord - David made this distribution according to his own judgment, and from the dictates of his piety; but it does not appear that he had any positive Divine authority for such arrangements. As to the instruments of music which he made they are condemned elsewhere; see Amos 6:5, to which this verse is allowed to be the parallel.

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2 Chronicles 8:14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service...

2 Chronicles 29:25 And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David...

2 Chronicles 31:2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service...

2 Chronicles 35:10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses...

Ezra 6:18 And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem...

courses [heb] divisions

1 Chronicles 24:1 Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

1 Chronicles 26:1 Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Korhites was Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.

Gershon Gershon () is called () Gershom, in the parallel passage, simply by the mutation of () {noon} into () {mem}

1 Chronicles 6:1,16 The sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari...

Exodus 6:16-24 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari...

Numbers 26:57,58 And these are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites: of Kohath...

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

Cross References
1 Chronicles 6:1
The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

1 Chronicles 23:7
Belonging to the Gershonites: Ladan and Shimei.

1 Chronicles 28:13
He gave him instructions for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of the LORD, as well as for all the articles to be used in its service.

2 Chronicles 23:18
Then Jehoiada placed the oversight of the temple of the LORD in the hands of the Levitical priests, to whom David had made assignments in the temple, to present the burnt offerings of the LORD as written in the Law of Moses, with rejoicing and singing, as David had ordered.

Ezra 6:18
And they installed the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their groups for the service of God at Jerusalem, according to what is written in the Book of Moses.

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