The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Chronicles 24:1–31

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And the courses of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

And they number the sons of Aaron in their division, Nadab, and Abiud, and Eleazar, and Ithamar.

Now these were the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, and Abihu, and Eleazar, and Ithamar.

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But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children; therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest's office.

And Nadab and Abiud died before their father, and they had no sons: so Eleazar and Ithamar the sons of Aaron ministered as priests.

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And David with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, divided them according to their ordering in their service.

And David distributed them, even Sadoc of the sons of Eleazar, and Achimelech of the sons of Ithamar, according to their numbering, according to their service, according to the houses of their fathers.

And David distributed them, that is, Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, according to their courses and ministry.

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And there were more chief men found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar; and thus were they divided: of the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen, heads of fathers' houses; and of the sons of Ithamar, according to their fathers' houses, eight.

And there were found many more of the sons of Eleazar among the leading men, than of the sons of Ithamar. Therefore, he divided them so that there were, of the sons of Eleazar, sixteen leaders by their families, and of the sons of Ithamar eight by their families and houses.

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Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for they were princes of the sanctuary and princes of God, both of the sons of Eleazar, and of the sons of Ithamar.

And he divided them according to their lots, one with the other; for there were those who had charge of the holy things, and those who had charge of the house of the Lord among the sons of Eleazar, and among the sons of Ithamar.

Then he divided among them, in both families, by lot. For there were leaders of the sanctuary and leaders of God, as much from the sons of Eleazar as from the sons of Ithamar.

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And Shemaiah the son of Nethanel the scribe, who was of the Levites, wrote 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 taken for Eleazar, and proportionately for Ithamar.

And the scribe Shemaiah, the son of Nethanel, a Levite, wrote these down before the king and the leaders, with Zadok, the priest, and Ahimelech, the son of Abiathar, and also the leaders of the priestly and Levitical families. And there was one house, which was preeminent over the others, that of Eleazar; and there was another house, which had the others under it, that of Ithamar.

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Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah;

the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim;

the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin;

10  the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah;

11  the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah;

12  the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim;

13  the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab;

14  the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer;

15  the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez;

16  the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel;

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17  the one and twentieth to Jachin, the two and twentieth to Gamul;

17  the twenty-first to Achim, the twenty-second to Gamul,

18  the three and twentieth to Delaiah, the four and twentieth to Maaziah.

18  the twenty-third to Adallai, the twenty-fourth to Maasai.

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19  These were the orderings of them in their service, to come into the house of YHWH according to the ordinance given unto them by the hand of Aaron their father, as the YHWH, the God of Israel, had commanded him.

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20  And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah.

20  Now of the sons of Levi who were remaining, there were Shubael, from the sons of Amram, and Jehdeiah, from the sons of Shubael.

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21  Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief.

21  For Raabia, the chief was Isaari,

21  Also, there were Isshiah, the leader from the sons of Rehabiah,

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22  Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath.

22  and for Isaari, Salomoth: for the sons of Salomoth, Jath.

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23  And Benai, Jeriah, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth.

23  The sons of Ecdiu; Amadia the second, Jaziel the third, Jecmoam the fourth.

23  Jeremiah, Hezaiel, and Neshamim.

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24  The sons of Uzziel, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir.

24  Of the sons of Uzziel: Michah; of the sons of Michah: Shamir and Jeshua.

25  The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah.

25  Of the sons of Jeshua: Zechariah.

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26  The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi; the sons of Jaaziah, his son,

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27  even the sons of Merari through Jaaziah his son: Shoham, and Zaccur, and Ibri.

27  That is, the sons of Merari by Ozia, —his sons were Isoam, and Sacchur, and Abai.

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28  Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.

28  To Mooli were born Eleazar, and Ithamar; and Eleazar died, and had no sons.

28  In addition, the son of Mahli was Eleazar, who had no children.

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29  Of Kish: the sons of Kish, Jerahmeel.

29  Truly, the son of Kish was Jerahmeel.

30  And the sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites after their fathers' houses.

30  The sons of Mushi were Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of Levi according to the houses of their families.

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31  These likewise cast lots even as their brethren the sons of Aaron in the presence of David the king, and Zadok, and Ahimelech, and the heads of the fathers' houses of the priests and of the Levites; the fathers' houses of the chief even as those of his younger brother.

31  And they also received lots as their brethren the sons of Aaron before the king; Sadoc also, and Achimelech, and the chiefs of the families of the priests and of the Levites, principal heads of families, even as their younger brethren.