1 Chronicles Chapter 24 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 The diuisions of the sonnes of Aaron by lot into foure and twenty orders. 20 The Kohathites, 27 and the Merarites diuided by lot.
4 And there were moe chiefe men found of the sonnes of Eleazar, then of the sonnes of Ithamar: and thus were they diuided. Among the sonnes of Eleazar there were sixteene chiefe men of the house of their fathers, and eight among the sonnes of Ithamar according to the house of their fathers.
6 And Shemaiah the sonne of Nathanael the Scribe, one of the Leuites, wrote them before the King and the Princes, and Zadok the Priest, and Ahimelech the sonne of Abiathar, and before the chiefe of the fathers of the priests and Leuites: one principall houshold being taken for Eleazar, and one taken for Ithamar.6
31 These likewise cast lots ouer against their brethren the sonnes of Aaron, in the presence of Dauid the King, and Zadok and Ahimelech, and the chiefe of the fathers of the priests and Leuites, euen the principall fathers ouer against their yonger brethren.
View Wesley's Notes for 1 Chronicles Chapter 24
24:1 Divisions - The several branches into which that family wasdivided.
24:2 Therefore, &c. - Were the only persons to whom the execution ofthat office was committed.
24:3 Distributed - Allotting to each of them several times, whereinthey should by turns have the government of holy ministrations.
24:5 By lot - That the disposal thereof might be of the Lord, and soall contention be prevented, as no man could be charged with partiality,nor could any say, they had wrong done them. In like manner Matthiaswas chosen to the apostleship by lot with prayer. And I know not, saysMr. Henry, but it might be still used in faith, in parallel cases, asan instituted ordinance. Of God - Or rather, of the things of God,that is, of all persons ministering in the sanctuary, and of all holyministrations done in it, and of all other matters of the Lord, asthey are called by way of distinction from, the king's matters,#2Chron 19:11|.
24:6 One, &c. - Or, the chief of one house of the fathers was taken(by lot) for Eleazar (out of his family) and that which was takenafter it was taken for Ithamar, out of his family. So the first lotfell to Eleazar, and the second to Ithamar, the third to Eleazar,and the fourth to Ithamar, so successively, 'till all the families ofIthamar had received their lots. And afterwards all the lots came forthto the rest of Eleazar's families, which were double in number to thoseof Ithamar.
24:7 Came - Out of the vessel in which all the lots were put together,and out of which they were severally taken.
24:19 These, &c. - In this order and method they were to come toperform the offices of the temple. To come - To come into the templeevery sabbath - day, and to continue there 'till the next sabbath, whenthey were relieved by others. Aaron - Under the direction of thehigh - priests, whom he calls Aaron, because he represented his personand executed his office, and their father, because of the authoritywhich by God's appointment he had over them.
24:31 Over against - Answerable for number and order to those of thepriests, so that there should be a course of the Levites for eachcourse of the priests.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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