The youngest of Levi’s three sons, born in Canaan, and head of a family of the Levites, Genesis 46:11; Exodus 6:16; Numbers 3:17; 1 Chronicles 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, Numbers 4:29-33; 7:8. Twelve cities were assigned to them beyond Jordan, Joshua 21:7,34-40.
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Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'MERARI'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".