being stationed at the King's Gate1 on the east, up to the present time. These were the gatekeepers belonging to the camp of the Levites.
Shallum2 son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his fellow gatekeepers from his family (the Korahites) were responsible for guarding the thresholds of the Tenta just as their fathers had been responsible for guarding the entrance to the dwelling of the LORD.
In earlier times Phinehas3 son of Eleazar was in charge of the gatekeepers, and the LORD was with him.
Zechariah4 son of Meshelemiah was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
Altogether, those chosen to be gatekeepers5 at the thresholds numbered 212. They were registered by genealogy in their villages. The gatekeepers had been assigned to their positions of trust by David and Samuel the seer.623
They and their descendants were in charge of guarding the gates of the house of the LORD--the house called the Tent.
The gatekeepers were on the four sides: east, west, north and south.
Their brothers in their villages had to come from time to time and share their duties for seven-day7 periods.
But the four principal gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted with the responsibility for the rooms and treasuries8 in the house of God.
They would spend the night stationed around the house of God,9 because they had to guard it; and they had charge of the key10 for opening it each morning.
Some of them were in charge of the articles used in the temple service; they counted them when they were brought in and when they were taken out.