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The descendants of Levi were recorded in the Book of the Chronicles 1 as heads of families up to the days of Johanan son of Eliashib.
The Egyptians will panic, 1 and I will confuse their strategy. 2 They will seek guidance from the idols and from the spirits of the dead, from the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, and from the magicians. 3
Then the heads of the family groups 1 of the Gileadites, the descendant of Machir, the descendant of Manasseh, who were from the Josephite families, approached and spoke before Moses 2 and the leaders who were the heads of the Israelite families. 3
These are the land assignments which Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the Israelite tribal leaders 1 made by drawing lots in Shiloh before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 2 So they finished dividing up the land.
But the woman said to him, “Look, you are aware of what Saul has done; he has removed 1 the mediums and magicians 2 from the land! Why are you trapping me 3 so you can put me to death?”
1 Then Solomon convened in Jerusalem 2 Israel’s elders, all the leaders of the Israelite tribes and families, so they could witness the transferal of the ark of the Lord’s covenant from the city of David (that is, Zion). 3
All these were the descendants of Asher. They were the leaders of their families, the most capable men, who were warriors and served as head chiefs. There were 26,000 warriors listed in their genealogical records as capable of doing battle. 1
These were the descendants of Levi according to their families, that is, the leaders of families as counted and individually listed who carried out assigned tasks in the Lord’s temple and were twenty years old and up. 1
The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, wrote down their names before the king, the officials, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the leaders of the priestly and Levite families. One family was drawn by lot from Eleazar, and then the next from Ithamar. 1
Just like their relatives, the descendants of Aaron, they also cast lots before King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, the leaders of families, the priests, and the Levites. The families of the oldest son cast lots along with the those of the youngest. 1
Jeriah had 2,700 relatives who were respected family leaders. 1 King David placed them in charge of the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh; they took care of all matters pertaining to God and the king. 2
What follows is a list of Israelite family leaders and commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, as well as their officers who served the king in various matters. Each division was assigned to serve for one month during the year; each consisted of 24,000 men. 1
Then Solomon convened Israel’s elders – all the leaders of the Israelite tribes and families – in Jerusalem, 1 so they could witness the transferal of the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the City of David 2 (that is, Zion). 3
Then the leaders 1 of Judah and Benjamin, along with the priests and the Levites – all those whose mind God had stirred – got ready 2 to go up in order to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. 3
Many of the priests, the Levites, and the leaders 1 – older people who had seen with their own eyes the former temple while it was still established 2 – were weeping loudly, 3 and many others raised their voice in a joyous shout.
they came to Zerubbabel and the leaders 1 and said to them, “Let us help you build, 2 for like you we seek your God and we have been sacrificing to him 3 from the time 4 of King Esarhaddon 5 of Assyria, who brought us here.” 6
But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the rest of the leaders of Israel said to them, “You have no right 1 to help us build the temple of our God. We will build it by ourselves for the Lord God of Israel, just as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, has commanded us.”
So the exiles proceeded accordingly. Ezra the priest separated out 1 by name men who were leaders in their family groups. 2 They sat down to consider this matter on the first day of the tenth month,
Some of the family leaders 1 contributed to the work. The governor contributed to the treasury 1,000 gold drachmas, 2 50 bowls, and 530 priestly garments.
1 They will say to you, “Seek oracles at the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, from the magicians who chirp and mutter incantations. 2 Should people not seek oracles from their gods, by asking the dead about the destiny of the living?” 3