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Another 4,000 will work as gatekeepers, and 4,000 will praise the Lord with the musical instruments I have made.” Then David divided the Levites into divisions named after the clans descended from the three sons of Levi—Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

The Gershonites

The Gershonite family units were defined by their lines of descent from Libni[a] and Shimei, the sons of Gershon.

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  1. 23:7 Hebrew Ladan (also in 23:8, 9), a variant spelling of Libni; compare 6:17.