They would spend the night stationed around the house of God,1 because they had to guard it; and they had charge of the key2 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,3 as well as the flour and wine, and the oil, incense and spices.
But some4 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.
Some of their Kohathite brothers were in charge of preparing for every Sabbath the bread set out on the table.533
Those who were musicians,6 heads of Levite families, stayed in the rooms of the temple and were exempt from other duties because they were responsible for the work day and night.734
All these were heads of Levite families, chiefs as listed in their genealogy, and they lived in Jerusalem.