2 Kings 11:7

7 and you who are in the other two companies that normally go off Sabbath duty are all to guard the temple for the king.

2 Kings 11:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king.
ESV
7 And the two divisions of you, which come on duty in force on the Sabbath and guard the house of the LORD on behalf of the king,
NLT
7 The other two units who are off duty on the Sabbath must stand guard for the king at the LORD ’s Temple.
MSG
7
CSB
7 Your two divisions that go off duty on the Sabbath are to provide protection for the Lord's temple.

2 Kings 11:7 Meaning and Commentary

2 Kings 11:7

And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath
The course that went out of service at the end of the sabbath; these were not suffered, not any of them, to go into the country, but were detained for the present purpose, and divided into two parts:

even they shall keep the watch of the house of the Lord about the king,
these were placed in the temple where the king was, or where he should be brought forth, and be a guard on his right and left; this interpretation seems to be agreeably to the order of the text here, and is the sense of Jarchi; but there is this objection to it, that, by such a distribution of both courses, no provision is made for the services of the temple; wherefore Dr. Lightfoot F3 divides them into six parts, each into three, one third of the course that came in for service, the other to keep the watch at the king's house, and the other third at the gate Sur; and the course that went out, one third of them was placed at the gate behind the guard, and the other two to keep the watch of the house for the king's safety; but according to the account in ( 2 Chronicles 23:4 2 Chronicles 23:5 ) , there were but three ranks or orders of them in all; wherefore the sense of Kimchi, Ben Gersom, and Abarbinel, seems most agreeable, that the first consisted of those that went in on the sabbath, not of all, but half of them, the other half being employed in the service of the sanctuary; and the other two of the course that went out, even all of them, they being entirely at leisure, who were divided into two parts, and disposed of as above.


FOOTNOTES:

F3 Prospect of the Temple, c. 20.

2 Kings 11:7 In-Context

5 He commanded them, saying, “This is what you are to do: You who are in the three companies that are going on duty on the Sabbath—a third of you guarding the royal palace,
6 a third at the Sur Gate, and a third at the gate behind the guard, who take turns guarding the temple—
7 and you who are in the other two companies that normally go off Sabbath duty are all to guard the temple for the king.
8 Station yourselves around the king, each of you with weapon in hand. Anyone who approaches your ranks is to be put to death. Stay close to the king wherever he goes.”
9 The commanders of units of a hundred did just as Jehoiada the priest ordered. Each one took his men—those who were going on duty on the Sabbath and those who were going off duty—and came to Jehoiada the priest.
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