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The youngest of Levi's three sons, born in Canaan, and head of a family of the Levites, Ge 46:11; Ex 6:16; Nu 3:17; 1Ch 6:1. In the journey through the wilderness they were charged with the framework of the tabernacle, to carry from one place of encampment to another, and there set it up, Nu 4:29-33; 7:8. Twelve cities were assigned to them beyond Jordan, Jos 21:7,34-40.

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sad; bitter, the youngest son of Levi, born before the descent of Jacob into Egypt, and one of the seventy who accompanied him thither (Ge 46:11; Ex 6:16). He became the head of one of the great divisions of the Levites (Ex 6:19). (See Merarites.)

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("sorrowful"), because of the anguish attending his birth (Ge 46:8,11). (See LEVITES.) Third of Levi's sons, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. Born before Jacob's going down to Egypt; of the 70 who accompanied him. The Mahlites and Mushites were the two families of Merarites at the Exodus and in the wilderness (1Ch 6:19,47; Nu 3:20,33-37; 4:29-33,42-45; 7:8; 10:17-21). They followed after Judah's standard, and before Reuben's in the march, to set up the tabernacle against the Kohathites' arrival. Their charge was the tabernacle boards, pillars, etc., four wagons and eight oxen being assigned them. Joshua assigned them 12, cities out of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun (Jos 21:7,34-40).

They shared with the Gershonites and Kohathites the offices of singers, doorkeepers, etc., under David (1Ch 15:1-6; 23:5-6,21-23; 26:10,19); in Nehemiah's time also (Ne 11:15-16). Lord A. Hervey (Smith's Dictionary) supposes Jeduthun the patronymic title of the house, Ethan the head in David's time, and that Jeduthnn was brother of an ancestor of Ethan before Hashabiah (1Ch 6:45; 25:3,19) and son of Hilkiah or Amaziah. Thus, the "sons of Ethan" are distinct from "sons of Jeduthun," and the difficulty is explained how in David's time there could be sons of "sons of Jeduthun" above 30 years of age for they filled offices (1Ch 26:10; 16:38), at the same time that Jeduthun is said to be" chief of the singers."

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Mera'ri Merarites. Mera'rites

Third son of Levi, and his descendants. He entered into Egypt with his family, but nothing is further recorded of him personally. The MERARITES became a large branch of the Levites. They had charge of the heavier parts of the tabernacle, to carry which they had four wagons and eight oxen. In the land they had twelve cities from among the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun, including the city of Ramoth-gilead. They shared in the duties devolving on the Levites during the kingdom, a third part of the singers and a third part of the door-keepers being Merarites. Some of their descendants returned from exile. Ex 6:16,19; Nu 3:17-37; 4:29-45; 7:8; 10:17; 26:57; Jos 21:7,34-40; 1Ch 6:1-77; Ezr 8:19, etc.

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