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1 Chronicles 6

Romans 11:33-36

Romans 12:1-21

Psalm 89:30-37

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1 Chronicles 6

Levi’s Descendants

Levi’s sons were Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

2 Kohath’s sons were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.

3 Amram’s children were Aaron, Moses and Miriam.

Aaron’s sons were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 4 Eleazar was Phinehas’ father. Phinehas was Abishua’s father. 5 Abishua was Bukki’s father. Bukki was Uzzi’s father. 6 Uzzi was Zerahiah’s father. Zerahiah was Meraioth’s father. 7 Meraioth was Amariah’s father. Amariah was Ahitub’s father. 8 Ahitub was Zadok’s father. Zadok was Ahimaaz’s father. 9 Ahimaaz was Azariah’s father. Azariah was Johanan’s father. 10 Johanan was Azariah’s father. (Azariah is the one who served as priest in the Temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem.) 11 Azariah was Amariah’s father. Amariah was Ahitub’s father. 12 Ahitub was Zadok’s father. Zadok was Shallum’s father. 13 Shallum was Hilkiah’s father. Hilkiah was

Azariah’s father. 14 Azariah was Seraiah’s father. Seraiah was Jehozadak’s father.

15 Jehozadak was forced to leave his

home when the LORD sent the people of Judah and Jerusalem away. Through Nebuchadnezzar the Lord caused them all to be taken away as captives to another country.

Other Descendants of Levi

16 Levi’s sons were Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

17 The names of Gershon’s sons were

Libni and Shimei.

18 Kohath’s sons were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.

19 Merari’s sons were Mahli and Mushi.

This is a list of the families in the tribe of Levi. They are listed with their fathers’ names first:

20 These were Gershon’s descendants:

Libni was Gershon’s son. Jahath was Libni’s son. Zimmah was Jahath’s son. 21 Joah was Zimmah’s son. Iddo was Joah’s son. Zerah was Iddo’s son. Jeatherai was Zerah’s son.

22 These were Kohath’s descendants:

Amminadab was Kohath’s son. Korah was Amminadab’s son. Assir was Ko- rah’s son. 23 Elkanah was Assir’s son. Ebiasaph was Elkanah’s son. Assir was Ebiasaph’s son. 24 Tahath was Assir’s son. Uriel was Tahath’s son. Uzziah was Uriel’s son. Shaul was Uzziah’s son.

25 Elkanah’s sons were Amasai and Ahi-

moth. 26 Zophai was Elkanah’s son. Nahath was Zophai’s son. 27 Eliab was Nahath’s son. Jeroham was Eliab’s son. Elkanah was Jeroham’s son. Samuel was Elkanah’s son. 28 Samuel’s sons were his oldest son Joel and Abijah.

29 These are Merari’s sons: Mahli was Merari’s son, Libni was Mahli’s son,

Shimei was Libni’s son and Uzzah was Shimei’s son. 30 Shimea was Uzzah’s son. Haggiah was Shimea’s son. Asa- iah was Haggiah’s son.

The Temple Musicians

31 These are the men David chose to be in charge of the music at the LORD’s house after God’s Holy Box was put there. 32 These men served by singing at the Holy Tent, that is, the Meeting Tent, until Solomon built the LORD’s Temple in Jerusalem. They served by following the rules given to them for their work.

33 These are the names of the musicians and their sons who served:

The descendants from the Kohath family were Heman the singer who was Joel’s son; Joel was Samuel’s son; 34 Samuel was Elkanah’s son; Elkanah was Jero- ham’s son; Jeroham was Eliel’s son; Eliel was Toah’s son; 35 Toah was Zuph’s son; Zuph was Elkanah’s son; Elkanah was Mahath’s son; Mahath was Amasai’s son; 36 Amasai was Elka- nah’s son; Elkanah was Joel’s son; Joel was Azariah’s son; Azariah was Zephaniah’s son; 37 Zephaniah was Tahath’s son; Tahath was Assir’s son; Assir was Ebiasaph’s son; Ebiasaph was Korah’s son; 38 Korah was Izhar’s son; Izhar was Kohath’s son; Kohath was Levi’s son; Levi was Israel’s son.

39 Heman’s relative was Asaph, who served by Heman’s right side. Asaph was Berekiah’s son. Berekiah was Shimea’s son. 40 Shimea was Michael’s son. Michael was Baaseiah’s son. Baa- seiah was Malkijah’s son. 41 Malkijah was Ethni’s son. Ethni was Zerah’s son. Zerah was Adaiah’s son. 42 Adaiah was Ethan’s son. Ethan was Zimmah’s son. Zimmah was Shimei’s son. 43 Shimei was Jahath’s son. Jahath was Gershon’s son. Gershon was Levi’s son.

44 Merari’s descendants were the relatives of Heman and Asaph. They were the singing group on Heman’s left side. Ethan was Kishi’s son. Kishi was Abdi’s son. Abdi was Malluch’s son. 45 Mal- luch was Hashabiah’s son. Hashabiah was Amaziah’s son. Amaziah was Hilkiah’s son. 46 Hilkiah was Amzi’s son. Amzi was Bani’s son. Bani was Shemer’s son. 47 Shemer was Mahli’s son. Mahli was Mushi’s son. Mushi was Merari’s son. Merari was Levi’s son.

48 Heman and Asaph’s brothers were

from the tribe of Levi. The tribe of Levi was also called Levites. The Levites were chosen to do the work in the Holy Tent, which was God’s house. 49 But only Aaron’s descendants were permitted to burn incense on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense. Aaron’s descendants did all the work in the Most Holy Place in God’s house. They also performed the ceremonies to make the Israelites pure. They followed all the rules and laws that Moses, God’s servant, commanded.

Aaron’s Descendants

50 These were Aaron’s sons: Eleazar was Aaron’s son. Phinehas was Eleazar’s son. Abishua was Phinehas’ son. 51 Bukki was Abishua’s son. Uzzi was Bukki’s son. Zerahiah was Uzzi’s son. 52 Meraioth was Zerahiah’s son. Amariah was Meraioth’s son. Ahitub was Amariah’s son. 53 Zadok was Ahi- tub’s son. Ahimaaz was Zadok’s son.

Homes for the Levite Families

54 These are the places where Aaron’s descendants lived. They lived in their camps in the land that was given to them. The Kohath families got the first share of the land that was given to the Levites. 55 They were given the city of Hebron and the pastures around it.

This was in the area of Judah. 56 But the fields farther from the city and the villages around it were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh. 57 So the descendants of Aaron were given Hebron, a city of safety.* They were also given the cities of Libnah, Jattir, Eshtemoa, 58 Hilen, De- bir, 59 Ashan, Juttah and Beth Shemesh. They also got the pastures around those cities. 60 In the territory that belonged to the tribe of Benjamin, they got the cities of Gibeon, Geba, Alemeth and Anathoth. They also got the pastures around those cities.

Thirteen cities were given to the Ko- hath families.

61 The rest of Kohath’s descendants got ten cities from the half-tribe of Manasseh.

62 The families that were the descendants of Gershon got 13 cities in the territories that belonged to the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and the part of Manasseh living in the area of Bashan.

63 The families that were the descendants of Merari got 12 cities in the territories that belonged to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun. They got them by throwing lots.

64 So the Israelites gave those cities

and fields to the Levites. 65 Those cities were in the territories that belonged to the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin. They decided which Levite family got which city by throwing lots.

66 Some of the families that were the

descendants of Kohath were given some cities in the territory that belonged to the tribe of Ephraim. 67–69 They were given Shechem, a city of safety in the hill country of Ephraim. They were also given the cities of Gezer, Jokmeam, Beth Horon, Aijalon and Gath Rimmon. They also got pastures around those cities. 70 And in the territory that belonged to the half-tribe of Manasseh, the Israelites gave the cities of Aner and Bileam to the Kohath families. The Kohath families also got the pastures around those cities.

Other Levite Families Get Homes

71 The Gershon families got the towns of Golan in the area of Bashan and Ashtaroth from the half-tribe of Manasseh. They also got the fields near those towns.

72–73 The Gershon families also got the towns of Kedesh, Daberath, Ramoth and Gannim from the tribe of Issachar. They also got the fields near those towns.

74–75 The Gershon families also got the towns of Mashal, Abdon, Hukok and Rehob from the tribe of Asher. They also got the fields near those towns.

76 The Gershon families also got the

towns of Kedesh in Galilee, Hammon and Kiriathaim from the tribe of Naph- tali. They also got the fields near those towns.

77 The rest of the Levites, from the Merari families, got the towns of Jokneam, Kartah, Rimmono and Tabor from the tribe of Zebulun. They also got the fields near those towns.

78–79 The Merari families also got the towns of Bezer in the desert, Jahzah, Kedemoth and Mephaath from the tribe of Reuben. The tribe of Reuben lived on the east side of the Jordan River, east of the city of Jericho. These Merari families also got the fields near those towns.

80–81 And the Merari families got the

towns of Ramoth in Gilead, Mahanaim, Heshbon and Jazer from the tribe of Gad. They also got the fields near those towns.

Romans 11:33-36

Praise to God

33 Yes, God’s riches are very great! His wisdom and knowledge have no end! No one can explain what God decides. No one can understand his ways. 34 As the Scriptures say,

“Who can know what is on the Lord’s mind? Who is able to give him advice?”

35 “Who has ever given God anything? God owes nothing to anyone.”

36 Yes, God made all things. And everything continues through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 12:1-21

Give Your Lives to God

So, brothers and sisters, I ask you to respond to the great kindness

God has shown us. Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice to him. Live only for God and be pleasing to him. Consider- ing what he has done, it is only right that you should worship him in this way. 2 Don’t think and act like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants—all that is good, pleasing to him and perfect.

3 God has given me a special gift, and that is why I have something to say to each one of you. Don’t think that you are better than you really are. You must see yourself just as you are. Decide what you are by the faith God has given each of us. 4 Each one of us has one body, and that body has many parts. These parts don’t all do the same thing. 5 In the same way, we are many people, but because we belong to Christ, we are all one body. We are the parts of that body, and each part belongs to all the others.

6 We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace God gave us. Whoever has the gift of prophecy should use that gift in a way that fits the kind of faith they have. 7 Whoever has the gift of serving should serve. Whoever has the gift of teaching should teach. 8 Whoever has the gift of encouraging others should do that. Whoever has the gift of providing for the needs of others should share generously. Whoever has the gift of leading should work hard at it. Whoever has the gift of showing kindness to others should do it gladly.

9 Your love must be real. Hate what is

evil. Do only what is good. 10 Love each other as your own family. And try to be first in giving honor to each other. 11 As you serve the Lord, work hard and don’t be lazy. Be excited about serving him!* 12 Be happy because of the hope you have. Be patient when you have troubles. Pray all the time. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Be ready to welcome into your homes any who are traveling or need help.

14 Wish only good for those who mistreat you. Ask God to bless them, not curse them. 15 When others are happy, you should be happy with them. And when others are sad, you should be sad too. 16 Live together in peace with each other. Don’t be proud, but be willing to be friends with people who are not important to others. Don’t think of yourself as smarter than everyone else.

17 If someone does you wrong, don’t try to pay them back by doing wrong to them. Try to do what everyone thinks is right. 18 Do the best you can to live in peace with everyone. 19 My friends, don’t try to punish anyone who does wrong to you. Wait for God in his anger to punish them. In the Scriptures the Lord says, “I will punish them for what they have done.”† 20 Instead,

“if you have enemies who are hungry, give them something to eat.

If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.

In doing this you will make them feel ashamed.”

21 Don’t let evil defeat you but defeat evil by doing good.

Psalm 89:30-37

30 “If his descendants stop following my

law and stop obeying my commands,

31 if they break my laws

and ignore my commands,

32 I will punish them severely for their sins and wrongs.

33 But I will never take my love from him.

I will never stop being loyal to him.

34 I will not break my agreement with David.

I will never change what I said.

35 By my holiness, I made a promise to him,

and I would not lie to David.

36 His family will continue forever.

His kingdom will continue as long as the sun.

37 It will last as long as the moon,

that faithful witness in the sky.” Selah