5 occurrences in 5 dictionaries

Reference: Gershon


The eldest son of Levi, and head of one of the three branches of the Levitical tribe, Ge 46:11; Ex 6:16. The Gershonites encamped west of the tabernacle in the wilderness, and carried its curtains and other parts form station to station, Nu 3:17,25; 4:24-28,38-41; 10:17. Thirteen cities were assigned to them in northern Canaan, Jos 21:6; 1Ch 6:62,71.

See Verses Found in Dictionary


Ger'shom expulsion, the eldest of Levi's three sons (Ge 46:11; Ex 6:16).

In the wilderness the sons of Gershon had charge of the fabrics of the tabernacle when it was moved from place to place, the curtains, veils, tent-hangings (Nu 3:1; 21-26). Thirteen Levitical cities fell to the lot of the Gershonites (Jos 21:27-33).

See Verses Found in Dictionary


Oldest of Levi's three sons, born apparently before Jacob's going down to Egypt (Ge 46:11). Kohath and his descendants Moses and Aaron's priestly line eclipsed Gershon's line. Gershon's sons were Libni and Shimei (1Ch 6:17,20-21,39-43). Some of his descendants took part in the service of the sanctuary (1Ch 23:7-11). Asaph, the famous sacred singer and seer, was one of them. Compare also under Hezekiah (2Ch 29:12). At the Sinai census the males of the sons of Gershon were 7500 (Nu 3:21-22). The serving men were 2,630 (Nu 4:38-41). They had charge of the tabernacle, tent, covering, hangings, curtain of the door, and cords (Nu 3:25-26; 4:25-26). They had two covered wagons and four oxen for the service (Nu 7:3,7-8).

The Merarites had twice as many wagons and oxen. The reason for this unequal division is not expressed; but on turning to Numbers 2 the reason undesignedly appears (an unstudied propriety attesting the truth of the narrative); the Gershonites had the lighter parts to bear, the "curtains," "tabernacle," i.e. the mishkan or great woven cloth consisting of ten breadths, the "tent" of goats' hair cloth, and the "covering" of rams' skins, and badgers (tachash) skins, the hangings and their cords. (See BADGERS.) But the Merarites had the heavier and more solid framework to bear, the boards, bars, pillars, sockets, pins, their cords and instruments. Their station was "behind the tabernacle westward" (Nu 3:23); on march they were in the rear of the first three tribes. Thirteen of the Levitical cities were allotted to them; all in the northern tribes, two of them cities of refuge (Jos 21:27-33; 1Ch 6:62,71-76).

See Verses Found in Dictionary


Ger'shon Gershonites. Ger'shonites

Eldest son of Levi, born before the children of Israel entered Egypt, and his descendants. Ge 46:11; 1Ch 6:1; 23:6. At the numbering of the Israelites in the wilderness there were 7,500 Gershonites as a branch of the Levites. Their charge was the frame-work of the tabernacle and the tent, with the hangings and curtains. For the transport of these they had two wagons and four oxen. Nu 3:17-25; 4:22-38; 7:7. They had thirteen of the Levitical cities. Jos 21:6,27-33. In the kingdom, under Asaph and his sons, they "prophesied according to the order of the king." Others had charge of the "treasures of the house of God, and were over the treasures of the holy things," and of the precious stones. 1Ch 23:6-7; 25:2; 26:20-22; 29:8. See GERSHOM, No. 2.

See Verses Found in Dictionary



(exile). The eldest of the three sons of Levi, born before the descent of Jacob's family into Egypt.

Ge 46:11; Ex 6:16

(B.C. before 1706.) But, though the eldest born, the families of Gershon were outstripped in fame by their younger brethren of Kohath, from whom sprang Moses and the priestly line of Aaron.

See Verses Found in Dictionary