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Levites, The


1. Descended from Jacob’s third son. Ge 29:34; Heb 7:9,10.

2. Prophecies respecting. Ge 49:5,7; De 33:8-11.

3. Originally consisted for three families or divisions. Nu 3:17; 1Ch 6:16-48.

4. Not numbered with Israel. Nu 1:47-49.

5. Numbered separately after the people from a month old. Nu 3:14-16,39.

6. Families, as numbered

a. Of Gershom. Nu 3:18,21,22.

b. Of Kohath. Nu 3:19,27,28.

c. Of Merari. Nu 3:20,33,34.

7. Chosen by God for service of the sanctuary. 1Ch 15:2; Nu 3:6.

8. Were consecrated. Nu 8:6,14.

9. Taken instead of the first-born of Israel. Nu 3:12,13,40-45; 8:16-18.

10. Zeal against idolatry a cause of their appointment. Ex 32:26-28; De 33:9,10.

11. Entered on their service at twenty-five years of age. Nu 8:24.

12. Numbered as ministers at thirty. Nu 4:3,23-49.

13. Superannuated at fifty. Nu 8:25.

14. When superannuated required to perform the less arduous duties. Nu 8:26.

15. Ceremonies at consecration of

a. Cleansing and purifying. Nu 8:7.

b. Making a sin-offering for. Nu 8:8,12.

c. Elders of Israel laying their hands on them. Nu 8:9,10.

d. Presenting them to God as an offering for the people. Nu 8:11,15.

e. Setting before the priest and presenting them as their offering to God. Nu 8:13.

16. Given to Aaron and sons. Nu 3:9; 8:19.

17. Encamped round the tabernacle. Nu 1:50,52,53; 3:23,29,35.

18. Marched in the centre of Israel. Nu 2:17.

19. Services of

a. Ministering to the Lord. De 10:8.

b. Ministering to priests. Nu 3:6,7; 18:2.

c. Ministering to the people. 2Ch 35:3.

d. Keeping the charge of the sanctuary. Nu 18:3; 1Ch 23:32.

e. Keeping sacred instruments and vessels. Nu 3:8; 1Ch 9:28,29.

f. Keeping sacred oil, flour, &c. 1Ch 9:29,30.

g. Keeping sacred treasures. 1Ch 26:20.

h. Taking charge of the tithes, offerings, &c. 2Ch 31:11-19; Ne 12:44.

i. Doing the service of tabernacle. Nu 8:19,22.

j. Taking down, putting up, and carrying the tabernacle, &c. Nu 1:50,51; 4:5-33.

k. Preparing the sacrifices for the priests. 1Ch 23:31; 2Ch 35:11.

l. Preparing the show bread. 1Ch 9:31,32; 23:29.

m. Purifying the holy things. 1Ch 23:28.

n. Regulating weights and measures. 1Ch 23:29.

o. Teaching the people. 2Ch 17:8,9; 30:22; 35:3; Ne 8:7.

p. Blessing the people. De 10:8.

q. Keeping the gates of the temple. 1Ch 9:17-26; 23:5; 2Ch 35:15; Ne 12:25.

r. Conducting the sacred music. 1Ch 23:5-30; 2Ch 5:12,13; Ne 12:24,27-43.

s. Singing praises before the army. 2Ch 20:21,22.

t. Judging and deciding in controversies. De 17:9; 1Ch 23:4; 2Ch 19:8.

20. Guarded king’s person and house in times of danger. 2Ki 11:5-9; 2Ch 23:5-7.

21. Had no inheritance in Israel. De 10:9; Jos 13:33; 14:3.

22. The Jews to be kind and benevolent to. De 12:12,18,19; 14:29; 16:11,14.

23. Eight and forty cities with extensive suburbs, appointed for. Nu 35:2-8.

24. The tithes given to, for their support. Nu 18:21,24; 2Ch 31:4,5; Ne 12:44,45; Heb 7:5.

25. Bound to give a tenth of their tithes to the priests. Nu 18:26-32.

26. Had a part of their offerings. De 18:1,2.

27. David

a. Numbered them first from thirty years old. 1Ch 23:2-3.

b. Divided them into four classed. 1Ch 23:4-6.

c. By his last words had them numbered from twenty years old. 1Ch 23:24,27.

d. Made them serve from twenty on account of the lightness of their duties. 1Ch 23:26,28-32.

e. Subdivided into 24 courses. 1Ch 23:6; 25:8-31.

f. Made them attend in courses. 2Ch 8:14; 31:17.

28. Served in courses after captivity. Ezr 6:18.

29. Had chiefs or officers over them. Nu 3:24,30,35; 1Ch 15:4-10; 2Ch 35:9; Ezr 8:29.

30. Were all under control of the high priest’s deputy. Nu 3:32; 1Ch 9:20.

31. While in attendance lodged around the temple. 1Ch 9:27.

32. Punished with death for encroaching on the priestly office. Nu 18:3.

33. Punishment of Korah and others of, for offering incense. Nu 16:1-35.