“The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to their fathers.”
Merari was the 3rd and youngest son of Levi. In the journey through the wilderness in Numbers, chapter 3, his family, the Merarites were charged with the framework of the tabernacle. 12 cities were assigned to them beyond the Jordan River in Joshua, chapter 21. Merari had two sons named (1) Mahli and (2) Mushi. Mahli’s family becomes known as the Mahlites. Mahli is both the name of the son of Merari and the son of his brother Mushi, or his nephew, who had the same name. Mushi’s sons were called Mushites.