25 Three days later, while all of them were still in pain,(A) two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon(B) and Levi,(C) Dinah’s brothers, took their swords(D) and attacked the unsuspecting city,(E) killing every male.(F)

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“Simeon(A) and Levi(B) are brothers—
    their swords[a] are weapons of violence.(C)
Let me not enter their council,
    let me not join their assembly,(D)
for they have killed men in their anger(E)
    and hamstrung(F) oxen as they pleased.
Cursed be their anger, so fierce,
    and their fury,(G) so cruel!(H)
I will scatter them in Jacob
    and disperse them in Israel.(I)

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 49:5 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

The Birth of Moses

Now a man of the tribe of Levi(A) married a Levite woman,(B)

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16 These were the names of the sons of Levi(A) according to their records: Gershon,(B) Kohath and Merari.(C) Levi lived 137 years.

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19 The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi.(A)

These were the clans of Levi according to their records.

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47 The ancestral tribe of the Levites,(A) however, was not counted(B) along with the others.

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17 These were the names of the sons of Levi:(A)

Gershon,(B) Kohath(C) and Merari.(D)

18 These were the names of the Gershonite clans:

Libni and Shimei.(E)

19 The Kohathite clans:

Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.(F)

20 The Merarite clans:(G)

Mahli and Mushi.(H)

These were the Levite clans, according to their families.

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57 These were the Levites(A) who were counted by their clans:

through Gershon, the Gershonite clan;

through Kohath, the Kohathite clan;

through Merari, the Merarite clan.

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About Levi(A) he said:

“Your Thummim and Urim(B) belong
    to your faithful servant.(C)
You tested(D) him at Massah;
    you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.(E)

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Levi

[a]The sons of Levi:(A)

Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Chronicles 6:1 In Hebrew texts 6:1-15 is numbered 5:27-41, and 6:16-81 is numbered 6:1-66.

16 The sons of Levi:(A)

Gershon,[a] Kohath and Merari.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Chronicles 6:16 Hebrew Gershom, a variant of Gershon; also in verses 17, 20, 43, 62 and 71

David separated(A) the Levites into divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi:(B) Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

Gershonites

Belonging to the Gershonites:(C)

Ladan and Shimei.

The sons of Ladan:

Jehiel the first, Zetham and Joel—three in all.

The sons of Shimei:

Shelomoth, Haziel and Haran—three in all.

These were the heads of the families of Ladan.

10 And the sons of Shimei:

Jahath, Ziza,[a] Jeush and Beriah.

These were the sons of Shimei—four in all.

11 Jahath was the first and Ziza the second, but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons; so they were counted as one family with one assignment.

Kohathites

12 The sons of Kohath:(D)

Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel—four in all.

13 The sons of Amram:(E)

Aaron and Moses.

Aaron was set apart,(F) he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the Lord, to minister(G) before him and to pronounce blessings(H) in his name forever. 14 The sons of Moses the man(I) of God were counted as part of the tribe of Levi.

15 The sons of Moses:

Gershom and Eliezer.(J)

16 The descendants of Gershom:(K)

Shubael was the first.

17 The descendants of Eliezer:

Rehabiah(L) was the first.

Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very numerous.

18 The sons of Izhar:

Shelomith(M) was the first.

19 The sons of Hebron:(N)

Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth.

20 The sons of Uzziel:

Micah the first and Ishiah the second.

Merarites

21 The sons of Merari:(O)

Mahli and Mushi.(P)

The sons of Mahli:

Eleazar and Kish.

22 Eleazar died without having sons: he had only daughters. Their cousins, the sons of Kish, married them.(Q)

23 The sons of Mushi:

Mahli, Eder and Jerimoth—three in all.

24 These were the descendants of Levi by their families—the heads of families as they were registered under their names and counted individually, that is, the workers twenty years old or more(R) who served in the temple of the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Chronicles 23:10 One Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint and Vulgate (see also verse 11); most Hebrew manuscripts Zina

13 The sons of Amram:(A)

Aaron and Moses.

Aaron was set apart,(B) he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the Lord, to minister(C) before him and to pronounce blessings(D) in his name forever. 14 The sons of Moses the man(E) of God were counted as part of the tribe of Levi.

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