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1 Chronicles 24
David Organizes the Priests
 The divisions of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.  But Nadab and Abihu died before their father and had no children, so Eleazar and Ithamar became the priests.  With the help of Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, David organized them according to the appointed duties in their service.  Since more chief men were found among the sons of Eleazar than among the sons of Ithamar, they organized them under sixteen heads of fathers' houses of the sons of Eleazar, and eight of the sons of Ithamar.  They divided them by lot, all alike, for there were sacred officers and officers of God among both the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar.  And the scribe Shemaiah, the son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded 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 chosen for Eleazar and one chosen for Ithamar.
 The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,  the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,  the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin,  the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah,  the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah,  the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim,  the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,  the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer,  the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez,  the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel,  the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul,  the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.  These had as their appointed duty in their service to come into the house of the LORD according to the procedure established for them by Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.
 And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah.  Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief.  Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath.  The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth.  The sons of Uzziel, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir.  The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah.  The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Jaaziah: Beno.  The sons of Merari: of Jaaziah, Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri.  Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.  Of Kish, the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel.  The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites according to their fathers' houses.  These also, the head of each father's house and his younger brother alike, cast lots, just as their brothers the sons of Aaron, in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of fathers' houses of the priests and of the Levites.
1 Chronicles 25
David Organizes the Musicians
 David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who prophesied with lyres, with harps, and with cymbals. The list of those who did the work and of their duties was:  Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah, sons of Asaph, under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied under the direction of the king.  Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with the lyre in thanksgiving and praise to the LORD.  Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth.  All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer, according to the promise of God to exalt him, for God had given Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.  They were all under the direction of their father in the music in the house of the LORD with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king.  The number of them along with their brothers, who were trained in singing to the LORD, all who were skillful, was 288.  And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike.
 The first lot fell for Asaph to Joseph; the second to Gedaliah, to him and his brothers and his sons, twelve;  the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  the seventh to Jesharelah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  the tenth to Shimei, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the fifteenth, to Jeremoth, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the sixteenth, to Hananiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the seventeenth, to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the eighteenth, to Hanani, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the nineteenth, to Mallothi, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the twentieth, to Eliathah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the twenty-first, to Hothir, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the twenty-second, to Giddalti, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the twenty-third, to Mahazioth, his sons and his brothers, twelve;  to the twenty-fourth, to Romamti-ezer, his sons and his brothers, twelve. (ESV)
1 Chronicles 26
Divisions of the Gatekeepers
 As for the divisions of the gatekeepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.  And Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,  Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh.  And Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sachar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth,  Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth, for God blessed him.  Also to his son Shemaiah were sons born who were rulers in their fathers' houses, for they were men of great ability.  The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed and Elzabad, whose brothers were able men, Elihu and Semachiah.  All these were of the sons of Obed-edom with their sons and brothers, able men qualified for the service; sixty-two of Obed-edom.  And Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, able men, eighteen.  And Hosah, of the sons of Merari, had sons: Shimri the chief (for though he was not the firstborn, his father made him chief),  Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brothers of Hosah were thirteen.
 These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their chief men, had duties, just as their brothers did, ministering in the house of the LORD.  And they cast lots by fathers' houses, small and great alike, for their gates.  The lot for the east fell to Shelemiah. They cast lots also for his son Zechariah, a shrewd counselor, and his lot came out for the north.  Obed-edom's came out for the south, and to his sons was allotted the gatehouse.  For Shuppim and Hosah it came out for the west, at the gate of Shallecheth on the road that goes up. Watch corresponded to watch.  On the east there were six each day, on the north four each day, on the south four each day, as well as two and two at the gatehouse.  And for the colonnade on the west there were four at the road and two at the colonnade.  These were the divisions of the gatekeepers among the Korahites and the sons of Merari.
Treasurers and Other Officials
 And of the Levites, Ahijah had charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries of the dedicated gifts.  The sons of Ladan, the sons of the Gershonites belonging to Ladan, the heads of the fathers' houses belonging to Ladan the Gershonite: Jehieli.
 The sons of Jehieli, Zetham, and Joel his brother, were in charge of the treasuries of the house of the LORD.  Of the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites— and Shebuel the son of Gershom, son of Moses, was chief officer in charge of the treasuries.  His brothers: from Eliezer were his son Rehabiah, and his son Jeshaiah, and his son Joram, and his son Zichri, and his son Shelomoth.  This Shelomoth and his brothers were in charge of all the treasuries of the dedicated gifts that David the king and the heads of the fathers' houses and the officers of the thousands and the hundreds and the commanders of the army had dedicated.  From spoil won in battles they dedicated gifts for the maintenance of the house of the LORD.  Also all that Samuel the seer and Saul the son of Kish and Abner the son of Ner and Joab the son of Zeruiah had dedicated—all dedicated gifts were in the care of Shelomoth and his brothers.
 Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were appointed to external duties for Israel, as officers and judges.  Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brothers, 1,700 men of ability, had the oversight of Israel westward of the Jordan for all the work of the LORD and for the service of the king.  Of the Hebronites, Jerijah was chief of the Hebronites of whatever genealogy or fathers' houses. (In the fortieth year of David's reign search was made and men of great ability among them were found at Jazer in Gilead.)  King David appointed him and his brothers, 2,700 men of ability, heads of fathers' houses, to have the oversight of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of the Manassites for everything pertaining to God and for the affairs of the king.
The Plot to Kill Jesus
 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him,  but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.  So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.  If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”  But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all.  Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.”  He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,  and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.  So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.
 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.
 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves.  They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?”  Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.