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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 24

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1The divisions of the sons of Aaron: his sons were Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2Nadab and Abihu died before their father, leaving no sons; therefore Eleazar and Ithamar held the office of priest. 3David, acting with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar and with Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, organized them in divisions for the discharge of the duties of their office. 4The male heads of families proved to be more numerous in the line of Eleazar than in that of Ithamar, so that sixteen heads of families were grouped under the line of Eleazar and eight under that of Ithamar. 5He organized them by drawing lots among them, for there were sacred officers a 24:5 sacred officers: or officers of the sanctuary. and officers of God in the line of Eleazar and in that of Ithamar.

6Shemaiah the clerk, a Levite, son of Nethanel, wrote down the names in the presence of the king, the officers, Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and of the heads of the priestly and levitical families, one priestly family being taken from the line of Eleazar and one from that b 24:6 one from that: so some MSS; others taken from that. of Ithamar. 7The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, 8the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, 9the fifth to Malchiah, the sixth to Mijamin, 10the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, 11the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah, 12the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, 13the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab c 24:13 Jeshebeab: one form of Gk has Ishbaal. , 14the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, 15the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Aphses, 16the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel, 17the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty- second to Gamul, 18the twenty-third to Delaiah, and the twenty-fourth to Maaziah. 19This was their order of duty for the discharge of their service when they entered the house of the LORD, according to the rule prescribed for them by their ancestor Aaron, who had received his instructions from the LORD the God of Israel.

20Of the remaining Levites: of the sons of Amram: Shubael. Of the sons of Shubael: Jehdeiah. 21Of Rehabiah: Isshiah, the chief of Rehabiah's sons. 22Of the line of Izhar: Shelomoth. Of the sons of Shelomoth; Jahath. 23The sons of Hebron d 24:23 Hebron: so one MS; others omit. : Jeriah the chief e the chief: so Gk (Luc.); Heb. omits. , Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. 24The sons of Uzziel: Micah. Of the sons of Micah: Shamir; 25Micah's brother: Isshiah. Of the sons of Isshiah: Zechariah. 26The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi and also f 24:26 and also: prob. rdg; Heb. the sons of. Jaaziah his son. 27The sons of Merari: of Jaaziah: Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri. 28Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons; 29of Kish: the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel; 30and the sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the Levites by families. 31These also, side by side with their kinsmen the descendants of Aaron, cast lots in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of the priestly and levitical families, the senior and junior houses casting lots side by side.

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a 24:5 sacred officers: or officers of the sanctuary.

b 24:6 one from that: so some MSS; others taken from that.

c 24:13 Jeshebeab: one form of Gk has Ishbaal.

d 24:23 Hebron: so one MS; others omit.

e the chief: so Gk (Luc.); Heb. omits.

f 24:26 and also: prob. rdg; Heb. the sons of.

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