1 Chronicles 6

The tribe of Levi

1 Levi's sons were Gershon, Kohath and Merari. 2 Kohath's sons were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. 3 Amram's children were Aaron, Moses and Miriam. Aaron's sons were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 4 Eleazar was the father of Phinehas and Phinehas was the father of Abishua. 5 Abishua was the father of Bukki and Bukki was the father of Uzzi. 6 Uzzi was the father of Zerahiah and Zerahiah was the father of Meraioth. 7 Meraioth was the father of Amariah and Amariah was the father of Ahitub. 8 Ahitub was the father of Zadok and Zadok was the father of Ahimaaz. 9 Ahimaaz was the father of Azariah and Azariah was the father of Johanan. 10 Johanan was the father of Azariah. Azariah worked as a priest in the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem. 11 Azariah was the father of Amariah and Amariah was the father of Ahitub. 12 Ahitub was the father of Zadok and Zadok was the father of Shallum. 13 Shallum was the father of Hilkiah and Hilkiah was the father of Azariah. 14 Azariah was the father of Seraiah and Seraiah was the father of Jehozadak. 15 Jehozadak went into exile. That happened when the LORD sent the people from Judah and from Jerusalem into exile. The LORD used Nebuchadnezzar to do it.

The three clans of Levi

16 Levi's sons were Gershon, Kohath and Merari. 17 The names of Gershon's sons were Libni and Shimei. 18 Kohath's sons were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. 19 Merari's sons were Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites. And their ancestors are in this list.

20 Gershon's son was Libni. Libni's son was Jahath and Jahath's son was Zimmah. 21 Zimmah's son was Joah and Joah's son was Iddo. Iddo's son was Zerah and Zerah's son was Jeatherai.

22 Kohath's son was Amminadab. Amminadab's son was Korah and Korah's son was Assir. 23 Assir's son was Elkanah. Elkanah's son was Ebiasaph and Ebiasaph's son was Assir. 24 Assir's son was Tahath and Tahath's son was Uriel. Uriel's son was Uzziah and Uzziah's son was Shaul. 25 Elkanah's sons were Amasai and Ahimoth. 26 Ahimoth's son was Elkanah. Elkanah's son was Zophai and Zophai's son was Nahath. 27 Nahath's son was Eliab. Eliab's son was Jeroham and Jeroham's son was Elkanah. 28 Samuel's first son was Joel and his second son was Abijah.

6:28Samuel was a prophet. He was Elkanah's son.

29 Merari's son was Mahli and Mahli's son was Libni. Libni's son was Shimei and Shimei's son was Uzzah. 30 Uzzah's son was Shimea. Shimea's son was Haggiah and Haggiah's son was Asaiah.

The men who would make music

31 David brought God's Covenant Box into the LORD's house. Then he chose some leaders as the men who would make the music in that house. 32 They worshipped the LORD while they sang at the holy tent. That tent was where the LORD met with the people. They used that tent until Solomon built the LORD's house in Jerusalem. They obeyed the rules for their work.

6:32The Covenant Box was a wooden box. It had was covered in gold on the inside and the outside. In it, was the book of the law that God gave to Moses.

33 These are the leaders of the music and their sons: From Kohath's clan, there was Heman the singer. Heman was Joel's son and Joel was Samuel's son. 34 Samuel was Elkanah's son and Elkanah was Jeroham's son. Jeroham was Eliel's son and Eliel was Toah's son. 35 Toah was Zuph's son and Zuph was Elkanah's son. Elkanah was Mahath's son and Mahath was Amasai's son. 36 Amasai was Elkanah's son and Elkanah was Joel's son. Joel was Azariah's son and Azariah was Zephaniah's son. 37 Zephaniah was Tahath's son and Tahath was Assir's son. Assir was Ebiasaph's son and Ebiasaph was Korah's son. 38 Korah was Izhar's son and Izhar was Kohath's son. Kohath was Levi's son and Levi was Israel's son.

39 Heman worked with Asaph, who belonged to the same tribe as Heman. Asaph stood at Heman's right side. Asaph was Berechiah's son and Berechiah was Shimea's son. 40 Shimea was Michael's son. Michael was Baaseiah's son and Baaseiah was Malchijah's son. 41 Malchijah was Ethni's son. Ethni was Zerah's son and Zerah was Adaiah's son. 42 Adaiah was Ethan's son. Ethan was Zimmah's son and Zimmah was Shimei's son. 43 Shimei was Jahath's son. Jahath was Gershon's son and Gershon was Levi's son.

44 Other relatives of Heman and Asaph worked with them. These men belonged to Merari's clan and they stood on the left side. Ethan the son of Kishi belonged to this group. Kishi was Abdi's son and Abdi was Malluch's son. 45 Malluch was Hashabiah's son. Hashabiah was Amaziah's son and Amaziah was Hilkiah's son. 46 Hilkiah was Amzi's son. Amzi was Bani's son and Bani was Shemer's son. 47 Shemer was Mahli's son and Mahli was Mushi's son. Mushi was Merari's son and Merari was Levi's son.

48 And all the other Levites did everything else that was necessary for the holy tent. The holy tent was the house of God.

Aaron's descendants

49 But Aaron and his descendants gave the gifts to God. They burned the sacrifices on the altar that was for that. And they burned oils with sweet smells on the altar that was for oils with sweet smells. They gave the sacrifices to God so that he would remove the Israelites' sins. They did all the work in the most holy place. They obeyed all the rules that God's servant Moses had told them about. 50 These were Aaron's descendants. Eleazar was Aaron's son. Phinehas was Eleazar's son and Abishua was Phinehas's son. 51 Bukki was Abishua's son. Uzzi was Bukki's son and Zerahiah was Uzzi's son. 52 Meraioth was Zerahiah's son. Amariah was Meraioth's son and Ahitub was Amariah's son. 53 Zadok was Ahitub's son and Ahimaaz was Zadok's son.

The cities of the Levites

54 These are the places where the descendants of Levi, Aaron's son, lived. The Kohath clan were first when the leaders used the lot. So they received the first part of the land. (Aaron was from the Kohath clan.) 55 They had the city in Judah that is called Hebron. And they had the land round Hebron. 56 But Caleb had the fields round the city. Caleb also had the villages near Hebron. (Caleb was the son of Jephunneh.) 57-58 So the people gave safe cities to the descendants of Aaron. Those cities included Hebron, Libnah with the fields round it, Jattir and Eshtemoa with the fields round it. They also included Hilen with the fields round it and Debir with the fields round it. 59 And they had Ashan with its fields and Beth-Shemesh with its fields. 60 Also, the tribe of Benjamin gave towns and fields to them. Those towns were Geba with its fields, Alemeth with its fields and Anathoth with its fields. So there were 13 towns for all their descendants to live in.

61 And the clans of half of Manasseh gave 10 towns to the other people who belonged to Kohath's clan. They used lots to choose the towns. 62 The tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and Manasseh chose 13 towns. (That was the part of Manasseh in Bashan.) They gave those towns to the Gershon clan. 63 The tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun chose 12 towns. They used lots to choose the towns. They gave those towns to the Merari clan. 64 So the Israelites gave those towns and their fields to the Levites. 65 The tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin gave certain towns too.

66 And the tribe of Ephraim chose some towns from their land. They gave those towns to some of Kohath's clan. 67-69 And they gave safe cities to Kohath's clan. One city was Shechem with its fields. Shechem is in the hills in Ephraim. The other cities included Gezer with its fields, Jokmeam with its fields and Beth-Horon with its fields. They also included Aijalon with its fields and Gath-Rimmon with its fields. 70 And the half tribe of Manasseh chose Aner with its fields and Bileam with its fields. They gave those towns to the other families that belonged to Kohath's clan.

71 The other half of the tribe of Manasseh chose towns and they gave them to the Gershon clan. They gave Golan in Bashan with its fields. And they gave Ashtaroth with its fields. 72-73 The tribe of Issachar gave towns to the Gershon clan. Those towns were Kedesh with its fields, Daberath with its fields, Ramoth with its fields and Anem with its fields. 74-75 The tribe of Asher gave towns to the Gershon clan. Those towns were Mashal with its fields, Abdon with its fields, Hukok with its fields and Rehob with its fields. 76 The tribe of Naphtali also gave towns to the Gershon clan. The towns were Kedesh in Galilee with its fields, Hammon with its fields and Kiriathaim with its fields. 77 The tribe of Zebulun chose some towns. They gave those towns to the other people who belonged to the Merari clan. The towns were Rimmono with its fields and Tabor with its fields. 78-79 The tribe of Reuben also gave towns to the Merari clan. Those towns included Bezer in the desert with its fields. They also included Jahzah with its fields, Kedemoth with its fields and Mephaath with its fields. The tribe of Reuben lived east of the River Jordan, that is, across from Jericho. 80-81 The tribe of Gad also gave towns to the Merari clan. Those towns included Ramoth in Gilead with its fields and Mahanaim with its fields. They also included Heshbon with its fields and Jazer with its fields.