The Groups of the Priests 24 1These were the groups of Aaron’s sons: Aaron’s sons were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 2But Nadab and Abihu died before their father did, and they had no sons. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as the priests. 3David, with the help of Zadok, a descendant of Eleazar, and Ahimelech, a descendant of Ithamar, separated their family groups into two different groups. Each group had certain duties. 4There were more leaders from Eleazar’s family than from Ithamar’s— sixteen leaders from Eleazar’s family and eight leaders from Ithamar’s family. 5Men were chosen from Eleazar’s and Ithamar’s families by throwing lots. Some men from each family were chosen to be in charge of the Holy Place, and some were chosen to serve as priests. 6Shemaiah son of Nethanel, from the tribe of Levi, was the secretary. He recorded the names of those descendants in front of King David, the officers, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the leaders of the families of the priests and Levites. The work was divided by lots among the families of Eleazar and Ithamar. The following men with their groups were chosen. 7The first one chosen was Jehoiarib. The second was Jedaiah. 8The third was Harim. The fourth was Seorim. 9The fifth was Malkijah. The sixth was Mijamin. 10The seventh was Hakkoz. The eighth was Abijah. 11The ninth was Jeshua. The tenth was Shecaniah. 12The eleventh was Eliashib. The twelfth was Jakim. 13The thirteenth was Huppah. The fourteenth was Jeshebeab. 14The fifteenth was Bilgah. The sixteenth was Immer. 15The seventeenth was Hezir. The eighteenth was Happizzez. 16The nineteenth was Pethahiah. The twentieth was Jehezkel. 17The twenty-first was Jakin. The twenty-second was Gamul. 18The twenty-third was Delaiah. The twenty-fourth was Maaziah. 19These were the groups chosen to serve in the Temple of the Lord. They obeyed the rules given them by Aaron, just as the Lord, the God of Israel, had commanded him. The Other Levites 20These are the names of the rest of Levi’s descendants: Shubael was a descendant of Amram, and Jehdeiah was a descendant of Shubael. 21Isshiah was the first son of Rehabiah. 22From the Izhar family group, there was Shelomoth, and Jahath was a descendant of Shelomoth. 23Hebron’s first son was Jeriah, Amariah was his second, Jahaziel was his third, and Jekameam was his fourth. 24Uzziel’s son was Micah. Micah’s son was Shamir. 25Micah’s brother was Isshiah, and Isshiah’s son was Zechariah. 26Merari’s descendants were Mahli and Mushi. Merari’s son was Jaaziah. 27Jaaziah son of Merari had sons named Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri. 28Mahli’s son was Eleazar, but Eleazar did not have any sons. 29Kish’s son was Jerahmeel. 30Mushi’s sons were Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These are the Levites, listed by their families. 31They were chosen for special jobs by throwing lots in front of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, the leaders of the families of the priests, and the Levites. They did this just as their relatives, the priests, Aaron’s descendants, had done. The families of the oldest brother and the youngest brother were treated the same.
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