1 Chronicles 26)
1 Concerning the courses (the names of the chiefs are given, as of the courses of priests and Levites. 93 chiefs here; 4,000 under them [23:5]. The 212 of ch. 9:22 were connected with the Tabernacle [9:21], not the Temple) of the gatekeepers: (see 9:17:18-26; 15:18; 16:38,42. They were drawn from 3 families, namely Meshelemiah [the Shallum of 9:19 and Shelemiah of v.14], Obed-edom [v.4], and Hosah [v.10]) Of the Korhites (cp. 9:19,31) was Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph. (of 6:37; 9:19)
2 And the sons of Meshelemiah were, Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,
3 Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh.
4 Moreover the sons of Obededom were, Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethaneel the fifth.
5 Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth: for God blessed him. (i.e. Obed-edom [v.4]. Cp. 13:14)
6 Also to Shemaiah his son were sons born, that ruled throughout the house of their father: for they were mighty men of valor.
7 The sons of Shemaiah; Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, Elzabad, whose brethren were sons of valor, Elihu, and Semachiah.
8 All these of the sons of Obededom: they and their sons and their brethren, able men for strength for the service, were threescore and two of Obededom.
9 And Meshelemiah had sons and brethren, strong men, eighteen.
10 Also Hosah, of the sons of Merari, had sons; Simri the head, (for though he was not the firstborn, yet his father made him the head;)
11 Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brethren of Hosah were thirteen.
12 Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the Lord.
13 And they cast lots, (see 25:8,9) as well the small as the great, according to the house of their fathers, for every gate. (This ordering of David was according to the plan of the Temple, given by God "in writing" to David. See 28:11-13,19. So was the Tabernacle plan shown to Moses in the mount [Ex. 25:40. Heb. 9:5])
14 And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. (the Meshelemiah of v.1. See 25:11) Then for Zechariah his son, a wise counselor, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward.
15 To Obededom southward; and to his sons the house of Asuppim. (- treasuries, comes from Heb. asaph, to gather cp. 2 Chron. 25:24, were Joash took what was in Obed-edom's charge. So named because of "the two gates called Asuppim")
16 To Shuppim (not an "accidental repetition" or "unintelligible intrusion", but a proper name) and Hosah the lot came forth westward, with the gate Shallecheth, (= a casting up. Occurs only here, and Isa. 6:13. Another gate made by Solomon [1 Kings 10:5. 2 Chron.9:4]) by the causeway of the going up, (made by Solomon [1 Kings 10:5. 2 Chron. 9:4. Connected with "Millo", between Zion [Jebus] and Moriah) ward against ward.
17 Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and toward Asuppim two and two.
18 At Parbar (another gate connected with this causeway. Cp. 2 Kings 23:11, Rendered "suburbs:. Cp. 2 Kings 11:16) westward, four at the causeway, and two at Parbar.
19 These are the divisions of the porters among the sons of Kore, and among the sons of Merari.
20 And of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasuries of the house of God, (there were several in different places, with various names) and over the treasures of the holy things. (See Ex. 3:5)
21 As concerning the sons of Laadan; the sons of the Gershonite Laadan, heads of the fathers, even of Laadan the Gershonite, were Jehieli.
22 The sons of Jehieli; Zetham, and Joel his brother, which were over the treasures of the house of the LORD.
23 Of the Amramites, and the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites:
24 And Shebuel (see 23:16) the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was ruler of the treasures.
25 And his brethren by Eliezer; Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomith his son.
26 Which Shelomith and his brethren were over all the treasures of the dedicated things, which David the king, and the heads of the fathers, the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the captains of the host, had set dedicated.
27 Out of the spoils won in battles did they set apart to maintain the house of the Lord.
28 And all that Samuel the seer, and Saul the son of Kish, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah, had dedicated; (a practice dating from the time of Moses [Num 31:28-47], and Joshua [6:24]) and whosoever had dedicated any thing, it was under the hand of Shelomith, and of his brethren.
29 Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were for the outward business over Israel, (outside the temple [Neh. 10:32-39]; 11:16], as distinguished from the worship within [which was the "business of the house of God". [Neh. 11:22]) for officers and judges. (See Deut. 16:18[same Heb.], 6,000 appointed. Provision made for the in Ex. 18:13-26)
30 And of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, sons of valor, a thousand and seven hundred, were officers among them of Israel on this side Jordan westward in all the business of the LORD, and in the service of the king.
31 Among the Hebronites was Jerijah the head, even among the Hebronites, according to the generations of his fathers. In the fortieth year of the reign of David they were sought for, and there were found among them mighty men of valour at Jazer of Gilead.
32 And his brethren, men of valor, were two thousand and seven hundred chief fathers, whom king David made rulers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for every matter pertaining to God, and affairs of the king.