David reorganizes the ushers. And the administrators.
VERSE 1. For the divisions of the doorkeepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
the divisions of the doorkeepers. The doorkeepers can also be thought of as gatekeepers. We will refer to them as ushers.
the son of Kore. They are sometimes referred to as Korahites.
the sons of Asaph. Apparently, the ushers are closely associated with the musicians, since the musicians are also affiliated with Asaph.
VERSE 2. Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,
VERSE 3. Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, and Eliehoenai the seventh.
VERSE 4. Obed-Edom had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth,
Obed-Edom. The Bible has at least two men by this name:
- Obed-Edom who had sheltered the Ark in his house
- Obed-Edom who is identified as a son of Jeduthun
- Obed-Edom the regular gatekeeper
- Obed-Edom the occasional gatekeeper
VERSE 5. Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, and Peullethai the eighth; for God blessed him.
VERSE 6. Sons were also born to Shemaiah his son, who ruled over the house of their father; for they were mighty men of valor.
VERSE 7. The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed, and Elzabad, whose relatives were valiant men, Elihu, and Semachiah.
VERSE 8. All these were of the sons of Obed-Edom with their sons and their brothers, able men in strength for the service: sixty-two of Obed-Edom.
sixty-two of Obed-Edom. The lineage of Obed-Edom provides 62 men as gatekeepers.
eighteen valiant men. The lineage of Meshelemiah provides 18 men as gatekeepers.
VERSE 10. Also Hosah, of the children of Merari, had sons: Shimri the chief (for though he was not the firstborn, yet his father made him chief),
VERSE 11. Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, and Zechariah the fourth. All the sons and brothers of Hosah were thirteen.
VERSE 12. Of these were the divisions of the doorkeepers, even of the chief men, having offices like their brothers, to minister in the LORD’s house.
VERSE 13. They cast lots, the small as well as the great, according to their fathers’ houses, for every gate.
They cast lots. All these gatekeepers are assigned their stations by lots.
VERSE 14. The lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. Then for Zechariah his son, a wise counselor, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward.
VERSE 15. To Obed-Edom southward; and to his sons the storehouse.
VERSE 16. To Shuppim and Hosah westward, by the gate of Shallecheth, at the causeway that goes up, watchman opposite watchman.
Shuppim. The meaning of the word “Shuppim” is unclear.
VERSE 17. Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and for the storehouse two and two.
VERSE 18. For Parbar westward, four at the causeway, and two at Parbar.
VERSE 19. These were the divisions of the doorkeepers; of the sons of the Korahites, and of the sons of Merari.
VERSE 20. Of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasures of God’s house and over the treasures of the dedicated things.
Of the Levites. Some translations say “Their fellow Levites.” That rendering comes from the Septuagint instead of the Hebrew.
Ahijah was over the treasures. He is in charge of all the treasuries of the temple. He is the director.
VERSE 21. The sons of Ladan, the sons of the Gershonites belonging to Ladan, the heads of the fathers’ households belonging to Ladan the Gershonite: Jehieli.
VERSE 22. The sons of Jehieli: Zetham, and Joel his brother, over the treasures of the LORD’s house.
VERSE 23. Of the Amramites, of the Izharites, of the Hebronites, of the Uzzielites:
VERSE 24. Shebuel the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was ruler over the treasuries.
VERSE 25. His brothers: of Eliezer, Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomoth his son.
VERSE 26. This Shelomoth and his brothers were over all the treasuries of the dedicated things, which David the king, and the heads of the fathers’ households, the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the captains of the army, had dedicated.
They are already planning for the ongoing maintenance of the future temple.
VERSE 28. All that Samuel the seer, Saul the son of Kish, Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah had dedicated, whoever had dedicated anything, it was under the hand of Shelomoth and of his brothers.
VERSE 29. Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were appointed to the outward business over Israel, for officers and judges.
appointed to the outward business. The Izharites are charged with duties in outlying areas away from the temple.
VERSE 30. Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brothers, one thousand seven hundred men of valor, had the oversight of Israel beyond the Jordan westward, for all the business of the LORD and for the service of the king.
VERSE 31. Of the Hebronites, Jerijah was the chief of the Hebronites, according to their generations by fathers’ households. They were sought for in the fortieth year of the reign of David, and mighty men of valor were found among them at Jazer of Gilead.
VERSE 32. His relatives, men of valor, were two thousand seven hundred, heads of fathers’ households, whom king David made overseers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites, for every matter pertaining to God and for the affairs of the king.
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