And they lodged round about the house of God
In chambers on the outward wall about it, that they might be near to do their office:
because the charge was upon them;
to guard the house:
and the opening thereof every morning pertained to them;
that is, the opening of the doors of the mountain of the house, and the court of women; for as for others, that appertained to the priests, as Dr. Lightfoot F21 observes; under the second temple, it is said F23, Ben Geber was over the shutting of the gates in the evening, and so of opening in the morning.
F21 Temple-Service, c. 7. sect. 1.
F23 Misn. Shekalim, c. 5. sect. 1.