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7 The Gershonite family units were defined
by their lines of descent from Libni* and
Shimei, the sons of Gershon. 8 Three of
the descendants of Libni were Jehiel (the
family leader), Zetham, and Joel. 9 These
were the leaders of the family of Libni.
Three of the descendants of Shimei were
Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran. 10 Four other
descendants of Shimei were Jahath, Ziza,*
Jeush, and Beriah. 11 Jahath was the family
leader, and Ziza was next. Jeush and Beriah
were counted as a single family because
neither had many sons.
12 Four of the descendants of Kohath were
Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
13 The sons of Amram were Aaron and Moses.
Aaron and his descendants were set apart
to dedicate the most holy things, to offer
sacrifices in the Lord’s presence, to serve
the Lord, and to pronounce blessings in
his name forever.
14 As for Moses, the man of God, his sons
were included with the tribe of Levi. 15 The
sons of Moses were Gershom and Eliezer.
16 The descendants of Gershom included
Shebuel, the family leader. 17 Eliezer had
only one son, Rehabiah, the family leader.
Rehabiah had numerous descendants.
18 The descendants of Izhar included
Shelomith, the family leader.
19 The descendants of Hebron included Jeriah
(the family leader), Amariah (the second),
Jahaziel (the third), and Jekameam (the
20 The descendants of Uzziel included Micah
(the family leader) and Isshiah (the second).
21 The descendants of Merari included Mahli
The sons of Mahli were Eleazar and
Kish. 22 Eleazar died with no sons, only
daughters. His daughters married their
cousins, the sons of Kish.
23 Three of the descendants of Mushi were
Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth.
24 These were the descendants of Levi by
clans, the leaders of their family groups,
registered carefully by name. Each had to be
twenty years old or older to qualify for service
in the house of the Lord. 25 For David said, “The
Lord, the God of Israel, has given us peace, and
he will always live in Jerusalem. 26 Now the Le
vites will no longer need to carry the Taber
nacle and its furnishings from place to place.”
27 In accordance with Da
vid’s final instruc
tions, all the Levites twenty years old or older
were registered for service.
28 The work of the Levites was to assist the
priests, the descendants of A
aron, as they
served at the house of the Lord. They also
took care of the courtyards and side rooms,
helped perform the ceremonies of purifica
tion, and served in many other ways in the
house of God. 29 They were in charge of the
sacred bread that was set out on the table,
the choice flour for the grain offerings, the
wafers made without yeast, the cakes cooked
in olive oil, and the other mixed breads. They
were also responsible to check all the weights
and measures. 30 And each morning and eve
ning they stood before the Lord to sing songs
of thanks and praise to him. 31 They assisted
with the burnt offerings that were presented
to the Lord on Sabbath days, at new moon
celebrations, and at all the appointed festivals.
The required number of Levites served in the
Lord’s presence at all times, following all the
procedures they had been given.
32 And so, under the supervision of the
priests, the Levites watched over the Taber
nacle and the Temple* and faithfully carried
out their duties of service at the house of the
22:9 Solomon sounds like and is probably derived from the
Hebrew word for “peace.” 22:14 Hebrew 100,000 talents [3,400
metric tons] of gold, 1,000,000 talents [34,000 metric tons] of
23:7 Hebrew Ladan (also in 23:8, 9), a variant spelling
of Libni; compare 6:17. 23:10 As in Greek version and Latin
Vulgate (see also 23:11); Hebrew reads Zina.
23:32 Hebrew the
Tent of Meeting and the sanctuary.
Well then, should we conclude that we Jews
are better than others? No, not at all, for we
have already shown that all people, whether
Jews or Gentiles,* are under the power of sin.
10 As the Scriptures say,
“No one is r ighteous—
not even one.
No one is truly wise;
no one is seeking God.
All have turned away;
all have become useless.
No one does good,
not a single one.”*
“Their talk is foul, like the stench from an
Their tongues are filled with lies.”
“Snake venom drips from their lips.”*
“Their mouths are full of cursing and
“They rush to commit murder.
Destruction and misery always follow
They don’t know where to find peace.”*
“They have no fear of God at all.”*
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