Duties of the Gatekeepers
1These are the divisions of the gatekeepers:
From the Korahites, there was Meshelemiah son of Kore, of the family of Abiasaph.#26:1 As in Greek version (see also Exod 6:24); Hebrew reads Asaph. 2The sons of Meshelemiah were Zechariah (the oldest), Jediael (the second), Zebadiah (the third), Jathniel (the fourth), 3Elam (the fifth), Jehohanan (the sixth), and Eliehoenai (the seventh).
4The sons of Obed-edom, also gatekeepers, were Shemaiah (the oldest), Jehozabad (the second), Joah (the third), Sacar (the fourth), Nethanel (the fifth), 5Ammiel (the sixth), Issachar (the seventh), and Peullethai (the eighth). God had richly blessed Obed-edom.
6Obed-edom’s son Shemaiah had sons with great ability who earned positions of great authority in the clan. 7Their names were Othni, Rephael, Obed, and Elzabad. Their relatives, Elihu and Semakiah, were also very capable men.
8All of these descendants of Obed-edom, including their sons and grandsons—sixty-two of them in all—were very capable men, well qualified for their work.
9Meshelemiah’s eighteen sons and relatives were also very capable men.
10Hosah, of the Merari clan, appointed Shimri as the leader among his sons, though he was not the oldest. 11His other sons included Hilkiah (the second), Tebaliah (the third), and Zechariah (the fourth). Hosah’s sons and relatives, who served as gatekeepers, numbered thirteen in all.
12These divisions of the gatekeepers were named for their family leaders, and like the other Levites, they served at the house of the Lord. 13They were assigned by families for guard duty at the various gates, without regard to age or training, for it was all decided by means of sacred lots.
14The responsibility for the east gate went to Meshelemiah#26:14 Hebrew Shelemiah, a variant spelling of Meshelemiah; compare 26:2. and his group. The north gate was assigned to his son Zechariah, a man of unusual wisdom. 15The south gate went to Obed-edom, and his sons were put in charge of the storehouse. 16Shuppim and Hosah were assigned the west gate and the gateway leading up to the Temple.#26:16 Or the gate of Shalleketh on the upper road (also in 26:18). The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. Guard duties were divided evenly. 17Six Levites were assigned each day to the east gate, four to the north gate, four to the south gate, and two pairs at the storehouse. 18Six were assigned each day to the west gate, four to the gateway leading up to the Temple, and two to the courtyard.#26:18 Or the colonnade. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
19These were the divisions of the gatekeepers from the clans of Korah and Merari.
Treasurers and Other Officials
20Other Levites, led by Ahijah, were in charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries of the gifts dedicated to the Lord. 21From the family of Libni#26:21a Hebrew Ladan, a variant spelling of Libni; compare 6:17. in the clan of Gershon, Jehiel#26:21b Hebrew Jehieli (also in 26:22), a variant spelling of Jehiel; compare 23:8. was the leader. 22The sons of Jehiel, Zetham and his brother Joel, were in charge of the treasuries of the house of the Lord.
23These are the leaders that descended from Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel:
24From the clan of Amram, Shebuel was a descendant of Gershom son of Moses. He was the chief officer of the treasuries. 25His relatives through Eliezer were Rehabiah, Jeshaiah, Joram, Zicri, and Shelomoth.
26Shelomoth and his relatives were in charge of the treasuries containing the gifts that King David, the family leaders, and the generals and captains#26:26 Hebrew the commanders of thousands and of hundreds. and other officers of the army had dedicated to the Lord. 27These men dedicated some of the plunder they had gained in battle to maintain the house of the Lord. 28Shelomoth#26:28 Hebrew Shelomith, a variant spelling of Shelomoth. and his relatives also cared for the gifts dedicated to the Lord by Samuel the seer, Saul son of Kish, Abner son of Ner, and Joab son of Zeruiah. All the other dedicated gifts were in their care, too.
29From the clan of Izhar came Kenaniah. He and his sons were given administrative responsibilities#26:29 Or were given outside work; or were given work away from the Temple area. over Israel as officials and judges.
30From the clan of Hebron came Hashabiah. He and his relatives—1,700 capable men—were put in charge of the Israelite lands west of the Jordan River. They were responsible for all matters related to the things of the Lord and the service of the king in that area.
31Also from the clan of Hebron came Jeriah,#26:31 Hebrew Jerijah, a variant spelling of Jeriah; compare 23:19. who was the leader of the Hebronites according to the genealogical records. (In the fortieth year of David’s reign, a search was made in the records, and capable men from the clan of Hebron were found at Jazer in the land of Gilead.) 32There were 2,700 capable men among the relatives of Jeriah. King David sent them to the east side of the Jordan River and put them in charge of the tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. They were responsible for all matters related to God and to the king.