9:1 So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they [were] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, [who] were a carried away to Babylon for their transgression.
(a) Until now he has described their genealogies before they went into captivity, and now he describes their history after their return. 9:2 Now the first inhabitants that [dwelt] in their possessions in their cities [were], the Israelites, the priests, Levites, and the b Nethinims.
(b) Meaning, the Gibeonites, who served in the temple, read ( Joshua 9:23 ). 9:11 And Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the c ruler of the house of God;
(c) That is, he was the high priest. 9:13 And their brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the d work of the service of the house of God.
(d) To serve in the temple, every one according to his office. 9:18 Who hitherto [waited] in the e kings gate eastward: they [were] porters in the companies of the children of Levi.
(e) So called because the king came into the temple by it, and not the common people. 9:19 And Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brethren, of the house of his father, the Korahites, [were] over the work of the service, keepers of the gates of the f tabernacle: and their fathers, [being] over the host of the LORD, [were] keepers of the entry.
(f) Their charge was that no one should enter those places, which were only appointed for the priests to minister in. 9:25 And their brethren, [which were] in their villages, [were] to come after g seven days from time to time with them.
(g) They served weekly, as in ( Exodus 29:30 ). 9:29 [Some] of them also [were] appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the instruments of the sanctuary, and the fine h flour, and the wine, and the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices.
(h) Of which the meat offering was made, ( Leviticus 2:8 ). 9:33 And these [are] the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, [who remaining] in the chambers i [were] free: for they were employed in [that] work day and night.
(i) But were continually occupied in singing praises to God. 9:42 And Ahaz begat k Jarah; and Jarah begat Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri begat Moza;
(k) Who was also called Jehoiada, ( 1 Chronicles 8:36 ).