1 Chronicles 26:12

12 These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their leaders, had duties for ministering in the temple of the LORD, just as their relatives had.

1 Chronicles 26:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the LORD.
ESV
12 These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their chief men, had duties, just as their brothers did, ministering in the house of the LORD.
NLT
12 These divisions of the gatekeepers were named for their family leaders, and like the other Levites, they served at the house of the LORD .
MSG
12 These teams of security guards, supervised by their leaders, kept order in The Temple of God, keeping up the traditions of their ancestors.
CSB
12 These divisions of the gatekeepers, under their leading men, had duties for ministering in the Lord's temple, just as their brothers did.

1 Chronicles 26:12 Meaning and Commentary

1 Chronicles 26:12

Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the
chief men
These before named were the principal men of the porters, among which was a division or distribution of them into classes or courses, in which they served weekly in turn:

having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the Lord;
meaning either to watch in, as on the north against the south, and the east against the west, and "vice versa". The Jews say F20, the priests kept ward in three places in the house of the sanctuary; in the house of Abtines, in the house of Nitzotz, and in the house of Moked; and the Levites in twenty one places, five at the five gates of the mountain of the house, four at the four corners of it within, five at the five gates of the court, four at the four corners of it without, one at the chamber of the offering, one at the chamber of the vail, and another behind the house of atonement, the holy of holies; but rather the sense is, that they had wards or courses answerable to those of the priests, and the other Levites, the singers, and were distributed into twenty four classes or courses as they, which are thus reckoned by Kimchi; at the east six, at the north four, at the south four, at Asuppim two and two, which were four, at the west four, and at Parbar two; lo, twenty four; see ( 1 Chronicles 26:17 1 Chronicles 26:18 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F20 Misn. Middot, c. 1. sect. 1.

1 Chronicles 26:12 In-Context

10 Hosah the Merarite had sons: Shimri the first (although he was not the firstborn, his father had appointed him the first),
11 Hilkiah the second, Tabaliah the third and Zechariah the fourth. The sons and relatives of Hosah were 13 in all.
12 These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their leaders, had duties for ministering in the temple of the LORD, just as their relatives had.
13 Lots were cast for each gate, according to their families, young and old alike.
14 The lot for the East Gate fell to Shelemiah. Then lots were cast for his son Zechariah, a wise counselor, and the lot for the North Gate fell to him.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Chronicles 9:22