And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.
At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms1 for the contributions, firstfruits and tithes.2 From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.345
They performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as did also the singers and gatekeepers, according to the commands of David4 and his son Solomon.546
For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph,6 there had been directors for the singers and for the songs of praise7 and thanksgiving to God.
So in the days of Zerubbabel and of Nehemiah, all Israel contributed the daily portions for the singers and gatekeepers. They also set aside the portion for the other Levites, and the Levites set aside the portion for the descendants of Aaron.8