1From the priests were Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jachin,
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and Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, 2the chief officer of the house of God;
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and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah, and Maasai the son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer;
and their relatives, heads of their fathers' households, 1,760 very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.
3Of the Levites were Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari;
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and Bakbakkar, Heresh and Galal and Mattaniah the son of Mica, the son of Zichri, the son of Asaph,
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and Obadiah the son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah the son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, who lived in the villages of the Netophathites.
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Now the gatekeepers were Shallum and Akkub and Talmon and Ahiman and their relatives (Shallum the chief
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being stationed until now at 4the king's gate to the east ). These were the gatekeepers for the camp of the sons of Levi.
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Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his relatives of his father's house, the Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent; and their fathers had been over the camp of the LORD, keepers of the entrance.
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5Phinehas the son of Eleazar was ruler over them previously, and the LORD was with him.
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6Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper of the entrance of the tent of meeting.
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All these who were chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds were 212 . These were enrolled by genealogy in their villages, 7whom David and Samuel the seer appointed 8in their office of trust.
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So they and their sons had charge of the gates of the house of the LORD, even the house of the tent, as guards.
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The gatekeepers were on the four sides, to the east, west, north and south.
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Their relatives in their villages 9were to come in every seven days from time to time to be with them;
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for the four chief gatekeepers who were Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the chambers and over the treasuries in the house of God.
They spent the night around the house of God, 10because the watch was committed to them; and they were in charge of opening it morning by morning.
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Now some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they counted them when they brought them in and when they took them out.
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Some of them also were appointed over the furniture and over all the utensils of the sanctuary and 11over the fine flour and the wine and the oil and the frankincense and the spices.
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Some of 12the sons of the priests prepared the mixing of the spices.
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Mattithiah, one of the Levites, who was the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, had 13the responsibility over the things which were baked in pans.
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Some of their relatives of the sons of the Kohathites 14were over the showbread to prepare it every sabbath.
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Now these are 15the singers, heads of fathers' households of the Levites, who lived in the chambers of the temple free from other service; for they were engaged 16in their work day and night.
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These were heads of fathers' households of the Levites according to their generations, chief men, who lived in Jerusalem.
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