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The sons of Levi. i The sons of Levi; Gershon, the families of the Levites acKoath, and Merari.

cording to their fathers. 2 And the sons of Kohath; Am- 20 Of Gershom ; Libni his son, ram, Izhar, and Hebron, and Uz- Jahath his son, Zimmah his son, ziel.

21 Joah his son, Iddo his son, 3 And the children of Amram; Zerah his son, Jeaterai his son. Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. 22 The sons of Kohath ; AmThe sons also of Aaron; Nadab, minadab his son, Korah his son, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Assir his son,

4 Eleazar begat Phinehas, 23 Elkanah his son, and EbiaPhineas begat Abishua, saph his son, and Assir his son.

5 And Abishua begat Bukki, 24 Tahath his son, Uriel hisson, and Bukki begat Uzzi, Uzziah his son, and Shaul his son.

6 And Uzzi begat Zerahiah, 25 And the sons of Elkanah; and Zerahiah begat Meraioth, Amasai, and Ahimoth. 7 Meraioth begat Amariah,

begat Amariah, 26 As for Elkanah: the sons and Amariah begat Ahitub, of Elkanah; Zophai his son, and

8 And Ahitub begat Zadok, Nahath his son, and Zadok begat Ahimaaz, 27 Eliab his son, Jeroham his

9 And Ahimaaz begat Azari- son, Elkanah his son. ah, and Azariah begat Jobanan, 28 And the sons of Samuel;

10 And Johanan begat Aza- the firstborn Vashni, and Abiah. riah, (he it is that executed the 29 The sons of Merari ; Mahpriest's office in the temple that li, Libni his son, Shimei his Solomon built in Jerusalem :) son, Uzza his son,

11 And Azariah begat Ama- 30 Shimei his son, Haggiah riah, and Amariah begat Ahitub, his son, Asaiah his son.

12 And Ahitub begat Zadok, 31 And these are they whom and Zadok begat Shallum, David set over the service of

13 And Shailum begat Hilki- song in the house of the LORD, ah, and Hilkiah begat Azariah, after that the ark had rest.

14 And Azariah begat Seraiah, 32 And they ministered before and Seraiah begat Jehozadak, the dwelling place of the taber

15 And Jehozadak went into nacle of the congregation with captivity, when the Lord carri- singing, until Solomon had built ed away Judah and Jerusalem by the house of the Lord in Jeruthe hand of Nebuchadnezzar. salem : and then they waited on

16 The sons of Levi; Ger- their office according to their shom, Kohath, and Merari. order.

17 And these be the names of 33 And these are they that the sons of Gershom; Libni, waited with their children. Of and Shimei.

the sons of the Kohathites: He18 And the sons of Kohath man a singer, the son of Joel, were, Amram, and Izhar, and the son of Shemuel, Hebron, and Uzziel.

34 The son of Elkanah, the 19 The sons of Merari; Mah- son of Jeroham, the son of Eli, and Mushi. And these are liel, the son of Toah,

35 The son of Zuph, the son of 42 The son of Ethan, the son Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the of Zimmah, the son of Shimei, son of Amasai,

43 The son of Jahath, the son 36 The son of Elkanah, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi. of Joel, the son of Azariah, the 41 And their brethren the sons son of Zephaniah,

of Merari stood on the left hand: 37 The son of Tahath, the son Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, of Abdi, the son of Malluch, the son of Korah,

45 The son of Hashabiah, the 38 The son of Izhar, the son son of Amaziah, the son of Hilof Kohath, the son of Levi, the kiah, son of Israel.

46 The son of Amzi, the son 39 And his brother Asaph, who of Bani, the son of Shamer, stood on his right band, even 47 The son of Mahli, the son Asaph the son of Berachiah, the of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Shimea,

son of Levi. 40 The son of Michael, the son 48 Their brethren also the Leof Baaseiah, the son of Malchiah, vites were appointed unto all

41 The son of Ethni, the son manner of service of the taberof Zerah, the son of Adaiah, nacle of the house of God.


Congregational psalmody. We have here a list of the descendants of Levi, including the line of the high priests to the time of the captivity, and the names of those “whom David set over the service of song in the house of the Lord, after that the ark had rest.” This was no part of the service allotted to the Levites in the Law. But we have a remarkable instance of singing praise to God before the Law had been revealed. See Exod. 15. We doubt not that this practice was in use in all the ages of the church. And we have reason to think, that David had divine authority for making these arrangements for the singing God's praises by the children of Levi, when the ark was established in mount Zion. See 2 Chron. 35. 15. Well may we wish, that on the strength of this example, they who ordered our present excellent church ritual had found means to set over the service of song” persons competent to give it due effect; and also had made arrangements for an uniform course of psalms and hymns, to be sung in our public worship. No part of our divine service is left so much at the discretion of the minister. And there is none which the minister is so often found to leave to the discretion of some small part of his congregation. Let us endeavour, for our share, whatever place we occupy in the assembly of God's worshippers, both to sing with the spirit, and to sing with the understanding also. And as far as is in our power, let us help to bring it to pass, that the service of song, instead of being confined to a few, and being coldly, and carelessly performed, shall be the fervent expression of devotion in the heart, poured forth with order, reverence, and joy, by a whole united congregation.


The Levitical cities. 49 But Aaron and his sons 61 And unto the sons of Kooffered upon the altar of the hath, which were left of the faburnt offering, and on the altar mily of that tribe, were cities of incense, and were appointed given out of the half tribe, for all the work of the place namely, out of the half tribe of most holy, and to make an Manasseh, by lot, ten cities. atonement for Israel, according 62 And to the sons of Gerto all that Moses the servant of shom throughout their families God had commanded.

out of the tribe of Issachar, and 50 And these are the sons of out of the tribe of Asher, and Aaron; Eleazar his son, Phine- out of the tribe of Naphtali, and has his son, Abishua his son, out of the tribe of Manasseh in

51 Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Bashan, thirteen cities. Zerahiah his son,

63 Unto the sons of Merari 52 Meraioth his son, Amariah were given by lot, throughout his son, Ahitub his son,

their families, out of the tribe 53 Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his of Reuben, and out of the tribe

of Gad, and out of the tribe of 54 Now these are their dwell- Zebulun, twelve cities. ing places throughout their cas- 64 And the children of Israel tles in their coasts, of the sons of gave to the Levites these cities Aaron, of the families of the Ko- with their suburbs. hathites : for their's was the lot. 65 And they gave by lot out of

55 And they gave them Heb- the tribe of the children of Juron in the land of Judah, and the dah, and out of the tribe of the suburbs thereof round about it. children of Simeon, and out of

56 But the fields of the city, the tribe of the children of Benand the villages thereof, they jamin, these cities, which are gave to Caleb the son of Je- called by their names. phunneh.

66 And the residue of the fa57 And to the sons of Aaron milies of the sons of Kohath had they gave the cities of Judah, cities of their coasts out of the namely, Hebron, the city of re- tribe of Ephraim. fuge, and Libnah with her sub- 67 And they gave unto them, urbs, and Jattir, and Eshtemoa, of the cities of refuge, Shechem with their suburbs,

in mount Ephraim with her sub58 And Hilen with her sub- urbs; they gave also Gezer with urbs, Debir with her suburbs. her suburbs,

59 And Ashan with her sub- 68 And Jokmeam with her suburbs, and Beth-shemesh with urbs, and Beth-horon with her her suburbs :

suburbs, 60 And out of the tribe of Ben- 69 And Aijalon with her subjamin; Geba with her suburbs, urbs, and Gath-rimmon with her and Alemeth with her suburbs, suburbs : and Anathoth with her suburbs. 70 And out of the half tribe of All their cities throughout their Manasseh ; Aner with her subfamilies were thirteen cities. urbs, and Bileam with her sub

urbs, for the family of the rem- im with her suburbs. nant of the sons of Kohath. 77 Unto the rest of the chil

71 Unto the sons of Gershom dren of Merari were given out were given out of the family of of the tribe of Zebulun, Rimthe half tribe of Manasseh, Go- mon with her suburbs, Tabor lan in Bashan with her suburbs, with her suburbs : and Ashtaroth with her suburbs : 78. And on the other side Jor

72 And out of the tribe of Issa- dan by Jericho, on the east side char; Kedesh with her suburbs, of Jordan, were given them out Daberath with her suburbs, of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in

73 And Ramoth with her sub- the wilderness with her suburbs, urbs, and Anem with hersuburbs: and Jahzah with her suburbs,

74 And out of the tribe of Ash- 79 Kedemoth also with her er: Mashal with her suburbs, suburbs, and Mephaath with her and Abdon with her suburbs, suburbs:

75 And Hukok with her sub- 80 And out of the tribe of Gad; urbs and Rehob with hersuburbs: Ramoth in Gilead with her sub76 And out of the tribe of urbs, and Mahanaim with her Naphtali; Kedesh in Galilee suburbs, with her suburbs, and Hammon 81 And Heshbon with her subwith her suburbs, and Kirjatha- urbs, and Jazer with her suburbs.


The intent of a settled ministry. The line of Levi, and the offices to be performed by the several branches of his family, are set down in these chronicles with more than common care; this tribe having been appointed by the Lord to minister in holy things. This made it most desirable, that their genealogies should be preserved; since otherwise the people would have had no evidence that their priests ministered with authority derived to them from God.' Their cities also are here enumerated. For on the return of the people from captivity, there was nothing which more concerned their own interests, than that they should have the members of this consecrated family settled amongst them in all quarters as before. There is a resemblance in both these points, between the institutions of the Law, and those of our own land under the Gospel, for which we all owe great thanks to God. Our ministers according to the model left by the apostles have an outward visible appointment, as well as an inward spiritual call. They derive authority from our Lord, through each other in succession. And they have places assigned for them to dwell in, throughout the length and breadth of the land; with the intent, that every member of the state should be a member also of the church, and that every member of the church should have the benefit of a minister nigh at hand, to dispense to him, as a faithful steward, the word and sacraments of God. God be praised for these blessings, so far as they are now realized! God grant that they may be speedily carried out to their fullest possible extent !


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The genealogies of several other tribes. i Now the sons of Issachar of their fathers, mighty men of were, Tola, and Puah, Jashub, valour, was twenty thousand and and Shimrom, four.

two hundred. 2 And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, 10 The sons also of Jediael; and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Bilhan: and the sons of Bilhan; Jahmai, and Jibsam, and She- Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ebud, muel, heads of their father's and Chenaanal, and Zethan, and house, to wit, of Tola : they Tharshish, and Ahishahar. were valiant men of might in 11 All these the sons of Jediael, their generations; whose num- by the heads of their fathers, ber was in the days of David two mighty men of valour, were and twenty thousand and six seventeen thousand and two bunhundred

dred soldiers, fit to go out for 3 And the sons of Uzzi; Izra- war and battle. hiah : and the sons of Izrahiah; 12 Shuppim also, and Huppim, Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, the children of Ir, and Hushim, Ishiah, five: all of them chief men. the sons of Aber.

4 And with them, by their 13 The sons of Naphtali; Jahgenerations, after the house of ziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and their fathers, were bands of sol- Shallum, the sons of Bilhah. diers for war, six and thirty 14 The sons of Manasseh ; thousand men : for they had Ashriel, whom she bare: (but many wives and sons.

his concubine the Aramitess bare 5 And their brethren among Machir the father of Gilead: all the families of Issachar were 15 And Machir took to wife valiant men of might, reckoned the sister of Huppim and Shupin all by their genealogies four- pim, whose sister's name was score and seven thousand. Maachah;) and the name of the

6 The sons of Benjamin; Bela, second was Zelophehad: and and Becher, and Jediael, three. Zelophehad had daughters.

7 And the sons of Bela; Ez- 16 And Maachah the wife of bon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Machir bare a son, and she callJerimoth, and Iri, five; headsed his name Peresh; and the of the house of their fathers, name of his brother was Sheresh; mighty men of valour; and were and his sons were Ulam and Rareckoned by their genealogies kem. twenty and two thousand and 17 And the sons of Ulam; Bethirty and four.

dan. These were the sons of 8 And the sons of Becher; Gilead, the son of Machir, the Zemira, and Joash, and Eliezer, son of Manasseh. and Elioenai, and Omri, and 18 And his sister HammoleJerimoth, and Abiah, and Ana- keth bare Ishod, and Abiezer, thoth, and Alameth. All these and Mahalah. are the sons of Becher.

19 And the sons of Shemidah 9 And the number of them, were, Ahian, and Shechem, and after their genealogy by their Likhi, and Aniam. generations, heads of the house 20 And the sons of Ephraim;

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