Rules for the priests
1 Aaron's descendants, the priests, were in the following groups.
Aaron's four sons were: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2 But Nadab and Abihu died before their father died. They had no sons. So Eleazar and Ithamar served God as priests.
3 Zadok and Ahimelech helped David to put Aaron's descendants into groups. Zadok was a descendant of Eleazar. Ahimelech was a descendant of Ithamar. They told each group what their work would be to serve God. 4 There were more leaders among Eleazar's descendants than among Ithamar's descendants. So from Eleazar's descendants, there were 16 groups with their leaders. From Ithamar's descendants there were 8 groups with their leaders. 5 They used lots to decide the work of each group. The families of both Eleazar and Ithamar included officers for the temple as well as priests.
6 Shemaiah was the secretary who wrote down the names in each group. He was the son of Nethanel, a Levite. Shemaiah wrote down the names while the king and his officers watched. Zadok the priest, Abiathar's son Ahimelech and the leaders of the priests' clans and of the other Levite clans were also watching. When they threw the lots, they would choose a family from Eleazar's descendants, then a family from Ithamar's descendants, and so on.
7-18 This is the list of the group leaders as they chose them, one by one:1. Jehoiarib2. Jedaiah3. Harim4. Seorim5. Malkijah6. Mijamin7. Hakkoz8. Abijah9. Jeshua10. Shecaniah11. Eliashib12. Jakim13. Huppah14. Jeshebeab15. Bilgah16. Immer17. Hezir18. Happizzez19. Pethahiah20. Jehezkel21. Jakin22. Gamul23. Delaiah24. Maaziah.
19 Each of these leaders, with their group, had their jobs to do in the temple. They had to obey the rules that their ancestor Aaron had given. The Lord, Israel's God, had told him what they must do.