1 Chronicles 24
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1This is how Aaron’s descendants, the priests, were divided into groups for service. The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.1The divisions of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
2But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and they had no sons. So only Eleazar and Ithamar were left to carry on as priests.2But Nadab and Abihu died before their father and had no children, so Eleazar and Ithamar became the priests.
3With the help of Zadok, who was a descendant of Eleazar, and of Ahimelech, who was a descendant of Ithamar, David divided Aaron’s descendants into groups according to their various duties.3With the help of Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, David organized them according to the appointed duties in their service.
4Eleazar’s descendants were divided into sixteen groups and Ithamar’s into eight, for there were more family leaders among the descendants of Eleazar.4Since more chief men were found among the sons of Eleazar than among the sons of Ithamar, they organized them under sixteen heads of fathers’ houses of the sons of Eleazar, and eight of the sons of Ithamar.
5All tasks were assigned to the various groups by means of sacred lots so that no preference would be shown, for there were many qualified officials serving God in the sanctuary from among the descendants of both Eleazar and Ithamar.5They divided them by lot, all alike, for there were sacred officers and officers of God among both the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar.
6Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, acted as secretary and wrote down the names and assignments in the presence of the king, the officials, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the family leaders of the priests and Levites. The descendants of Eleazar and Ithamar took turns casting lots.6And the scribe Shemaiah, the son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded them in the presence of the king and the princes and Zadok the priest and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the priests and of the Levites, one father’s house being chosen for Eleazar and one chosen for Ithamar.
7The first lot fell to Jehoiarib. The second lot fell to Jedaiah.7The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,
8The third lot fell to Harim. The fourth lot fell to Seorim.8the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,
9The fifth lot fell to Malkijah. The sixth lot fell to Mijamin.9the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin,
10The seventh lot fell to Hakkoz. The eighth lot fell to Abijah.10the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah,
11The ninth lot fell to Jeshua. The tenth lot fell to Shecaniah.11the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah,
12The eleventh lot fell to Eliashib. The twelfth lot fell to Jakim.12the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim,
13The thirteenth lot fell to Huppah. The fourteenth lot fell to Jeshebeab.13the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,
14The fifteenth lot fell to Bilgah. The sixteenth lot fell to Immer.14the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer,
15The seventeenth lot fell to Hezir. The eighteenth lot fell to Happizzez.15the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez,
16The nineteenth lot fell to Pethahiah. The twentieth lot fell to Jehezkel.16the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel,
17The twenty-first lot fell to Jakin. The twenty-second lot fell to Gamul.17the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul,
18The twenty-third lot fell to Delaiah. The twenty-fourth lot fell to Maaziah.18the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.
19Each group carried out its appointed duties in the house of the LORD according to the procedures established by their ancestor Aaron in obedience to the commands of the LORD, the God of Israel. Family Leaders among the Levites19These had as their appointed duty in their service to come into the house of the LORD according to the procedure established for them by Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.
20These were the other family leaders descended from Levi: From the descendants of Amram, the leader was Shebuel. From the descendants of Shebuel, the leader was Jehdeiah.20And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah.
21From the descendants of Rehabiah, the leader was Isshiah.21Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief.
22From the descendants of Izhar, the leader was Shelomith. From the descendants of Shelomith, the leader was Jahath.22Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath.
23From the descendants of Hebron, Jeriah was the leader, Amariah was second, Jahaziel was third, and Jekameam was fourth.23The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth.
24From the descendants of Uzziel, the leader was Micah. From the descendants of Micah, the leader was Shamir,24The sons of Uzziel, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir.
25along with Isshiah, the brother of Micah. From the descendants of Isshiah, the leader was Zechariah.25The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah.
26From the descendants of Merari, the leaders were Mahli and Mushi. From the descendants of Jaaziah, the leader was Beno.26The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Jaaziah: Beno.
27From the descendants of Merari through Jaaziah, the leaders were Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri.27The sons of Merari: of Jaaziah, Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri.
28From the descendants of Mahli, the leader was Eleazar, though he had no sons.28Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.
29From the descendants of Kish, the leader was Jerahmeel.29Of Kish, the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel.
30From the descendants of Mushi, the leaders were Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the descendants of Levi in their various families.30The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites according to their fathers’ houses.
31Like the descendants of Aaron, they were assigned to their duties by means of sacred lots, without regard to age or rank. Lots were drawn in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the family leaders of the priests and the Levites.31These also, the head of each father’s house and his younger brother alike, cast lots, just as their brothers the sons of Aaron, in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of fathers’ houses of the priests and of the Levites.
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