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(Heb. Chebroni', חֶבְרוֹנַי , Sept. Χεβρών ald Χεβρωνί , Vulg. Hebronitce), a designation of the descendants of HEBRON, the third son of Kohath, who was the second son of Levi, the younger brother of Amram, father of Moses and Aaron ( Exodus 6:18;  Numbers 3:19;  1 Chronicles 6:2;  1 Chronicles 6:18;  1 Chronicles 23:12). The immediate children of Hebron are not mentioned by name (comp.  Exodus 6:21-22), but he was the founder of a "family" (Mishpachah) of Hebronites ( Numbers 3:27;  Numbers 26:58;  1 Chronicles 26:23;  1 Chronicles 26:30-31) or Bene-Hebron ( 1 Chronicles 15:9;  1 Chronicles 23:19), who are often mentioned in the enumerations of the Levites in the passages above cited. Jeriah was the head of the family in the time of David ( 1 Chronicles 23:19;  1 Chronicles 26:31;  1 Chronicles 24:23 : in the last of these passages the name of Hebron does not now exist in the Hebrew, but has been supplied in the A.V. from the other lists). In the last year of David's reign we find them settled at Jazer, in Gilead (a place not elsewhere named as a Levitical city), "mighty men of valor" ( בְּנֵי חִיַל ), 2700 in number, who were superintendents for the king over the two and a half tribes in regard to all matters sacred and secular ( 1 Chronicles 26:31-32). At the same time 1700 of the family under Hashabiah held the same office on the west of Jordan ( 1 Chronicles 26:30).