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The Story So Far

(Category 13 of 16)

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CHAPTER 22 References

1 aDeut. 12:5;
2 Sam. 24:18;
1 Chr. 21:18,
19, 26, 28;
2 Chr. 3:1
2 a1 Kin. 9:20,
21; 2 Chr.
2:17, 18
b1 Kin. 5:17,
3 a1 Kin. 7:47;
1 Chr. 22:14
4 a1 Kin.
5 a1 Kin. 3:7;
1 Chr. 29:1, 2
6 1commanded
7 a2 Sam. 7:1,
2; 1 Kin. 8:17;
1 Chr. 17:1;

David Prepares to Build the Temple


1 Then David said, a“This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”
2 So David commanded to gather the aaliens who were in the land of Israel; and he appointed masons to bcut hewn stones to build the house of God.
3 And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails of the doors of the gates and for the joints, and bronze in abundance abeyond measure,
4 and cedar trees in abundance; for the aSidonians and those from Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.
5 Now David said, aSolomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.” So David made abundant preparations before his death.
6 Then he called for his son Solomon, and 1charged him to build a house for the LORD God of Israel.
7 And David said to Solomon: “My son, as for me, ait was in my mind

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to build a house bto the name of the LORD my God;
8 “but the word of the LORD came to me, saying, a‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight.
9 a‘Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him brest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be 1Solomon, for I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days.
10 a‘He shall build a house for My name, and bhe shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
11 “Now, my son, may athe LORD be with you; and may you prosper, and build the house of the LORD your God, as He has said to you.
12 “Only may the LORD agive you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the LORD your God.
13 a“Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD 1charged Moses concerning Israel. bBe strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed.
14 “Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare for the house of the LORD one hundred thousand talents of gold and one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron abeyond measure, for it is so abundant. I have prepared timber and stone also, and you may add to them.
15 “Moreover there are workmen with you in abundance: woodsmen and stonecutters, and all types of skillful men for every kind of work.
16 “Of gold and silver and bronze and iron there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and athe LORD be with you.”
17 David also commanded all the aleaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,
18 “Is not the LORD your God with you? aAnd has He not given you rest on every side? For He has given the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the LORD and before His people.
19 “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God. Therefore arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, to abring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy articles of God into the house that is to be built bfor the name of the LORD.”

The Divisions of the Levites


1 So when David was old and full of days, he made his son aSolomon king over Israel.
2 And he gathered together all the

7 bDeut. 12:5,
8 a1 Chr. 28:3
9 a1 Chr. 28:5
b1 Kin. 4:20,
25; 5:4 1Lit.
10 a1 Chr.
17:12, 13; 28:6
bHeb. 1:5
11 a1 Chr.
12 a1 Kin.
13 a1 Chr. 28:7
b[Josh. 1:6, 7,
9] 1commanded
14 a1 Chr. 22:3
16 a1 Chr.
17 a1 Chr.
18 aJosh. 22:4
19 a2 Chr.
5:2–14 b1 Kin.

CHAPTER 23 References

1 a1 Kin.
3 aNum. 4:1–3
4 aEzra 3:8, 9
5 a1 Chr. 15:16
b2 Chr.
6 aEx. 6:16
7 a1 Chr. 26:21
1Libni, Ex.
10 1LXX,Vg.
Zizah and v.
12 aEx. 6:18
13 aEx. 6:20
bHeb. 5:4
c1 Sam. 2:28
d[Deut. 21:5] eNum. 6:23
14 a1 Chr.
15 aEx. 18:3, 4
1Heb. Gershom,
1 Chr.
16 a1 Chr.
1 Chr. 24:20
17 a1 Chr.
18 a1 Chr.
19 a1 Chr.
21 a1 Chr.
24:26 b1 Chr.
22 a1 Chr.
24:28 bNum.
36:6 1kinsmen
23 a1 Chr.

leaders of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.
3 Now the Levites were numbered from the age of athirty years and above; and the number of individual males was thirty-eight thousand.
4 Of these, twenty-four thousand were to alook after the work of the house of the LORD, six thousand were bofficers and judges,
5 four thousand were gatekeepers, and four thousand apraised the LORD with musical instruments, b“which I made,” said David, “for giving praise.”
6 Also aDavid separated them into 1divisions among the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
7 Of the aGershonites: 1Laadan and Shimei.
8 The sons of Laadan: the first Jehiel, then Zetham and Joel—three in all.
9 The sons of Shimei: Shelomith, Haziel, and Haran—three in all. These were the heads of the fathers’ houses of Laadan.
10 And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, 1Zina, Jeush, and Beriah. These were the four sons of Shimei.
11 Jahath was the first and Zizah the second. But Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons; therefore they were assigned as one father’s house.
12 aThe sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel—four in all.
13 The sons of aAmram: Aaron and Moses; and bAaron was set apart, he and his sons forever, that he should 1sanctify the most holy things, cto burn incense before the LORD, dto minister to Him, and eto give the blessing in His name forever.
14 Now athe sons of Moses the man of God were reckoned to the tribe of Levi.
15 aThe sons of Moses were 1Gershon and Eliezer.
16 Of the sons of Gershon, aShebuel1 was the first.
17 Of the descendants of Eliezer, aRehabiah was the first. And Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.
18 Of the sons of Izhar, aShelomith was the first.
19 aOf the sons of Hebron, Jeriah was the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.
20 Of the sons of Uzziel, Michah was the first and Jesshiah the second.
21 aThe sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli were Eleazar and bKish.
22 And Eleazar died, and ahad no sons, but only daughters; and their 1brethren, the sons of Kish, btook them as wives.
23 aThe sons of Mushi were Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth—three in all.

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24 These were the sons of aLevi by their fathers’ houses—the heads of the fathers’ houses as they were counted individually by the number of their names, who did the work for the service of the house of the LORD, from the age of btwenty years and above.
25 For David said, “The LORD God of Israel ahas given rest to His people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem forever”;
26 and also to the Levites, “They shall no longer acarry the tabernacle, or any of the articles for its service.”
27 For by the alast words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above;
28 because their duty was to help the sons of Aaron in the service of the house of the LORD, in the courts and in the chambers, in the purifying of all holy things and the work of the service of the house of God,
29 both with athe showbread and bthe fine flour for the grain offering, with cthe unleavened cakes and dwhat is baked in the pan, with what is mixed and with all kinds of emeasures and sizes;
30 to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening;
31 and at every presentation of a burnt offering to the LORD aon the Sabbaths and on the New Moons and on the bset1 feasts, by number according to the ordinance governing them, regularly before the LORD;
32 and that they should aattend to the bneeds of the tabernacle of meeting, the needs of the holy place, and the cneeds of the sons of Aaron their brethren in the work of the house of the LORD.

The Divisions of the Priests


1 Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. aThe sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
2 And aNadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children; therefore Eleazar and Ithamar ministered as priests.
3 Then David with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and aAhimelech of the sons of Ithamar, divided them according to the schedule of their service.
4 There were more leaders found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar, and thus they were divided. Among the sons of Eleazar were sixteen heads of their fathers’ houses, and eight heads of their fathers’ houses among the sons of Ithamar.
5 Thus they were divided by lot, one group as another, for there were officials of the sanctuary and officials of the house of God, from the

24 aNum.
10:17, 21
bNum. 1:3;
Ezra 3:8
25 a1 Chr.
26 aNum. 4:5,
15; 7:9; Deut.
27 a2 Sam.
29 aEx. 25:30
bLev. 6:20
cLev. 2:1, 4
dLev. 2:5, 7
eLev. 19:35
31 aNum. 10:10
bLev. 23:2–4
32 a2 Chr.
13:10, 11
b[Num. 1:53];
1 Chr. 9:27
cNum. 3:6–9,

CHAPTER 24 References

1 aLev. 10:1–6;
Num. 26:60,
61; 1 Chr. 6:3
2 aNum. 3:1–4;
3 a1 Chr. 18:16
10 aNeh. 12:4,
17; Luke 1:5
15 1LXX,Vg.
16 1MT
19 a1 Chr. 9:25
20 1Shebuel,
1 Chr. 23:16
21 a1 Chr.
22 1Shelomith,
1 Chr. 23:18
23 a1 Chr.
23:19; 26:31
from 23:19
some Heb.
mss. and LXX
mss.) 2See
previous note
26 aEx. 6:19;
1 Chr. 23:21
28 a1 Chr.
30 a1 Chr.


sons of Eleazar and from the sons of Ithamar.
6 And the scribe, Shemaiah the son of Nethanel, one of the Levites, wrote them down before the king, the leaders, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the priests and Levites, one father’s house taken for Eleazar and one for Ithamar.
7 Now the first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,
8 the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,
9 the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin,
10 the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to aAbijah,
11 the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah,
12 the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim,
13 the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,
14 the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer,
15 the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to 1Happizzez,
16 the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to 1Jehezekel,
17 the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul,
18 the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.
19 This was the schedule of their service afor coming into the house of the LORD according to their ordinance by the hand of Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.

Other Levites

20 And the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, 1Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah.
21 Concerning aRehabiah, of the sons of Rehabiah, the first was Isshiah.
22 Of the Izharites, 1Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath.
23 Of the sons 1of aHebron, Jeriah was the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.
24 Of the sons of Uzziel, Michah; of the sons of Michah, Shamir.
25 The brother of Michah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah.
26 aThe sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi; the son of Jaaziah, Beno.
27 The sons of Merari by Jaaziah were Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri.
28 Of Mahli: Eleazar, awho had no sons.
29 Of Kish: the son of Kish, Jerahmeel.
30 Also athe sons of Mushi were Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites according to their fathers’ houses.
31 These also cast lots just as their

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brothers the sons of Aaron did, in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the priests and Levites. The chief fathers did just as their younger brethren.

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An Urgent Plea for Help in Trouble

To the Chief Musician. Set to 1“The Lilies.” A Psalm of David.

1 SAVE me, O God! For athe waters have come up to my 1neck.
2 aI sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me.
3 aI am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; bMy eyes fail while I wait for my God.

4 Those who ahate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.

5 O God,You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You.
6 Let not those who 1wait for You, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me; Let not those who seek You be 2confounded because of me, O God of Israel.
7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.
8 aI have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mother’s children;
9 aBecause zeal for Your house has eaten me up, bAnd the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
10 When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, That became my reproach.
11 I also 1made sackcloth my garment; I became a byword to them.
12 Those who 1sit in the gate speak against me, And I am the song of the adrunkards.

13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.
14 Deliver me out of the mire, And let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, And out of the deep waters.
15 Let not the floodwater overflow me, Nor let the deep swallow me up; And let not the pit shut its mouth on me.

PSALM 69 References

title 1Heb.
1 aJob 22:11;
Jon. 2:5 1Lit.
2 aPs. 40:2
3 aPs. 6:6
bDeut. 28:32;
Ps. 119:82,
123; Is. 38:14
4 aPs. 35:19;
John 15:25
6 1Wait in
faith 2dishonored
8 aIs. 53:3;
Mark 3:21;
Luke 8:19;
John 7:3–5
9 aJohn 2:17
bRom. 15:3
11 1Symbolic
of sorrow
12 aJob 30:9
1Sit as judges
19 aPs. 22:6, 7;
Heb. 12:2
20 aIs. 63:5
bJob 16:2 1Lit.
21 aMatt.
27:34, 48;
Mark 15:23,
36; Luke
23:36; John
22 aRom. 11:9,
23 aIs. 6:9, 10
24 a[1 Thess.
2:16; Jer
10:25] 25 aMatt.
23:38; Luke
13:35; Acts
26 a[Is. 53:4;
1 Pet. 2:24] 27 aNeh. 4:5;
[Rom. 1:28] b[Is. 26:10] 28 a[Ex. 32:32];
Phil. 4:3; [Rev.
3:5; 13:8] bEzek. 13:9;
Luke 10:20;
Heb. 12:23
30 a[Ps. 28:7] 31 aPs. 50:13,
14, 23; 51:16
32 aPs. 34:2
bPs. 22:26
33 a[Ps. 68:6];
Eph. 3:1
34 aPs. 96:11;
Is. 44:23;
49:13 bIs.
35 aPs. 51:18;
Is. 44:26
36 aPs. 102:28
1Lit. seed

16 Hear me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.
17 And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in trouble; Hear me speedily.
18 Draw near to my soul, and redeem it; Deliver me because of my enemies.

19 You know amy reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You.
20 Reproach has broken my heart, And I am full of 1heaviness; aI looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; And for bcomforters, but I found none.
21 They also gave me gall for my food, aAnd for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

22 aLet their table become a snare before them, And their well-being a trap.
23 aLet their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see; And make their loins shake continually.
24 aPour out Your indignation upon them, And let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.
25 aLet their dwelling place be desolate; Let no one live in their tents.
26 For they persecute the ones aYou have struck, And talk of the grief of those You have wounded.
27 aAdd iniquity to their iniquity, bAnd let them not come into Your righteousness.
28 Let them abe blotted out of the book of the living, bAnd not be written with the righteous.

29 But I am poor and sorrowful; Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
30 aI will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
31 aThis also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, Which has horns and hooves.
32 aThe humble shall see this and be glad; And you who seek God, byour hearts shall live.
33 For the LORD hears the poor, And does not despise aHis prisoners.

34 aLet heaven and earth praise Him, The seas band everything that moves in them.
35 aFor God will save Zion And build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it.
36 Also, athe 1descendants of His servants shall inherit it, And those who love His name shall dwell in it.




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