We also notify you that it shall not be lawful to impose tribute, custom, or toll on anyone of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the doorkeepers, the temple servants, or other servants of this house of God.
Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests
and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this
house of God
The king had a right and perfect knowledge of the distinct
offices and services of those persons, see ( Ezra 7:7 ) ,
it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom,
that they might be the less encumbered with the affairs of life,
and be more at leisure to attend divine service, and do it the
more readily and freely; it was usual with the Heathens to except
ecclesiastics from taxes, tributes, and imposts; so the priests
in Egypt F23, and the Druids here in Britain
F23 Diodor. Sicul. l. 1. p. 66. F24 Caesar. Comment. de Bello Gall. l. 6. c.