Shallum1 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 Phinehas2 son of Eleazar was in charge of the gatekeepers, and the LORD was with him.
Zechariah3 son of Meshelemiah was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
Altogether, those chosen to be gatekeepers4 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.523
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-day6 periods.
But the four principal gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted with the responsibility for the rooms and treasuries7 in the house of God.
They would spend the night stationed around the house of God,8 because they had to guard it; and they had charge of the key9 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.
Others were assigned to take care of the furnishings and all the other articles of the sanctuary,10 as well as the flour and wine, and the oil, incense and spices.
But some11 of the priests took care of mixing the spices.
A Levite named Mattithiah, the firstborn son of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with the responsibility for baking the offering bread.