1 Chronicles 26

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Divisions of the Gatekeepers

1 As for the divisions of the gatekeepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
2 And Meshelemiah had sons: 1Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,
3 Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh.
4 And 2Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sachar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth,
5 Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth, 3for God blessed him.
6 Also to his son Shemaiah were sons born who were rulers in their fathers' houses, for they were men of great ability.
7 The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed and Elzabad, whose brothers were able men, Elihu and Semachiah.
8 All these were of the sons of Obed-edom with their sons and brothers, able men qualified for the service; sixty-two of Obed-edom.
9 And Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, able men, eighteen.
10 And 4Hosah, of the sons of Merari, had sons: Shimri the chief (for though he was not the firstborn, his father made him chief),
11 Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brothers of Hosah were thirteen.
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.
13 And they cast lots by fathers' houses, 5small and great alike, for their gates.
14 The lot for the east fell to Shelemiah. They cast lots also for his son Zechariah, a shrewd counselor, and his lot came out for the north.
15 Obed-edom's came out for the south, and to his sons was allotted 6the gatehouse.
16 For Shuppim and 7Hosah it came out for the west, at the gate of Shallecheth on the road that goes up. Watch corresponded to watch.
17 On the east there were six each day,[a] on the north four each day, on the south four each day, as well as two and two at the gatehouse.
18 And for the 8colonnade[b] on the west there were four at the road and two at the colonnade.
19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers among the Korahites and the sons of Merari.

Treasurers and Other Officials

20 And of the Levites, Ahijah had charge of 9the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries of the dedicated gifts.
21 The sons of Ladan, the sons of the Gershonites belonging to Ladan, the heads of the fathers' houses belonging to Ladan the Gershonite: 10Jehieli.[c]
22 11The sons of Jehieli, Zetham, and Joel his brother, were in charge of the treasuries of the house of the LORD.
23 12Of the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites--
24 and 13Shebuel the son of Gershom, son of Moses, was chief officer in charge of the treasuries.
25 His brothers: from 14Eliezer were his son Rehabiah, and his son 15Jeshaiah, and his son Joram, and his son Zichri, and his son 16Shelomoth.
26 This Shelomoth and his brothers were in charge of all the treasuries of the dedicated gifts that David the king and the heads of the fathers' houses and the officers of the thousands and the hundreds and the commanders of the army 17had dedicated.
27 From spoil won in battles they dedicated gifts for the maintenance of the house of the LORD.
28 Also all that 18Samuel the seer and Saul the son of Kish and Abner the son of Ner and Joab the son of Zeruiah had dedicated--all dedicated gifts were in the care of 19Shelomoth[d] and his brothers.
29 Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were appointed to 20external duties for Israel, 21as officers and judges.
30 Of the Hebronites, 22Hashabiah and his brothers, 1,700 men of ability, had the oversight of Israel westward of the Jordan for all the work of the LORD and for the service of the king.
31 Of the Hebronites, 23Jerijah was chief of the Hebronites of whatever genealogy or fathers' houses. (In the fortieth year of David's reign search was made and men of great ability among them were found at 24Jazer in Gilead.)
32 King David appointed him and his brothers, 2,700 men of ability, heads of fathers' houses, to have the oversight of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of the Manassites for everything pertaining to God and for 25the affairs of the king.

1 Chronicles 26 Commentary

Chapter 26

The offices of the Levites.

- The porters and treasurers of the temple, had occasion for strength and valour to oppose those who wrongly attempted to enter the sanctuary, and to guard the sacred treasures. Much was expended daily upon the altar; flour, wine, oil, salt, fuel, beside the lamps; quantities of these were kept beforehand, besides the sacred vestments and utensils. These were the treasures of the house of God. These treasures typified the plenty there is in our heavenly Father's house, enough and to spare. From those sacred treasuries, the unsearchable riches of Christ, all our wants are supplied; and receiving from his fulness, we must give him the glory, and endeavour to dispose of our abilities and substance according to his will. We have an account of those employed as officers and judges. The magistracy is an ordinance of God for the good of the church, as truly as the ministry, and must not be neglected. None of the Levites who were employed in the service of the sanctuary, none of the singers or porters, were concerned in this outward business; one duty was enough to engage the whole man. Wisdom, courage, strength of faith, holy affections, and constancy of mind in doing our duty, are requisite or useful for every station.

Cross References 25

  • 1. 1 Chronicles 9:21
  • 2. 1 Chronicles 15:18, 24; 1 Chronicles 16:38
  • 3. 1 Chronicles 13:14; 2 Samuel 6:11
  • 4. 1 Chronicles 16:38
  • 5. 1 Chronicles 25:8
  • 6. Nehemiah 12:25; [2 Chronicles 25:24]
  • 7. [See ver. 10 above]
  • 8. 2 Kings 23:11
  • 9. ver. 22, 24, 26; 1 Chronicles 28:12; Ezra 2:69; Nehemiah 10:38
  • 10. [1 Chronicles 29:8]
  • 11. [1 Chronicles 23:8]
  • 12. 1 Chronicles 23:12
  • 13. 1 Chronicles 23:16; [1 Chronicles 24:20]
  • 14. [1 Chronicles 23:17]
  • 15. [1 Chronicles 24:21]
  • 16. [1 Chronicles 23:18]
  • 17. 2 Samuel 8:11
  • 18. 1 Chronicles 29:29; See 1 Samuel 9:9
  • 19. [See ver. 25 above]
  • 20. Nehemiah 11:16
  • 21. 1 Chronicles 23:4; See Deuteronomy 16:18
  • 22. 1 Chronicles 27:17
  • 23. 1 Chronicles 24:23; [1 Chronicles 23:19]
  • 24. 1 Chronicles 6:81; Numbers 21:32; Joshua 21:39
  • 25. 2 Chronicles 19:11

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. Septuagint; Hebrew six Levites
  • [b]. Or court; Hebrew parbar (meaning unknown); twice in this verse
  • [c]. The Hebrew of verse 21 is uncertain
  • [d]. Hebrew Shelomith

Chapter Summary


In this chapter we have a further account of the disposition and distribution of the Levites, to serve in other offices, as of porters at the several gates of the temple, for which they cast lots, 1Ch 26:1-19 of others, as over the treasures of the house of the Lord, 1Ch 26:20-28, and of others that were appointed judges in the land, to administer justice to the people, 1Ch 26:29-32.

1 Chronicles 26 Commentaries

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