Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity
than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
The fear of the LORD leads to life,
and whoever has it rests satisfied;
he will not be visited by harm.
When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
David assembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites. The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were numbered, and the total was 38,000 men. “Twenty-four thousand of these,” David said, “shall have charge of the work in the house of the LORD, 6,000 shall be officers and judges, 4,000 gatekeepers, and 4,000 shall offer praises to the LORD with the instruments that I have made for praise.” And David organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.