The Men Who Guarded the Gates 26 1Here are the groups of men who guarded the gates. From the family of Korah came Meshelemiah, the son of Kore. Kore was one of the sons of Asaph. 2Meshelemiah had sons. Zechariah was his first son. Jediael was his second son. Zebadiah was the third. Jathniel was the fourth. 3Elam was the fifth. Jehohanan was the sixth. And Eliehoenai was the seventh. 4Obed-Edom also had sons. Shemaiah was his first son. Jehozabad was his second son. Joah was the third. Sacar was the fourth. Nethanel was the fifth. 5Ammiel was the sixth. Issachar was the seventh. And Peullethai was the eighth. God had blessed Obed-Edom. 6His son Shemaiah also had sons. They were leaders in their family. That’s because they were men of great ability. 7The sons of Shemaiah were Othni, Rephael, Obed and Elzabad. Elzabad’s brothers Elihu and Semakiah were also able men. 8All of them belonged to the family line of Obed-Edom. They and their sons and relatives were men of ability. They were strong enough to do their work. The total number of men in the family line of Obed-Edom was 62. 9Meshelemiah’s sons and relatives were able men. Their total number was 18. 10Hosah belonged to the family line of Merari. Hosah’s first son was Shimri. But Shimri wasn’t the oldest son. His father had made him the first. 11Hilkiah was Hosah’s second son. Tabaliah was the third. Zechariah was the fourth. The total number of Hosah’s sons and relatives was 13. 12Those groups of men guarded the gates. They worked under their chief men. They served at the Lord’s temple, just as their relatives had served. 13Lots were cast for each gate, family by family. Young and old alike were chosen. 14The lot that was drawn out for the East Gate was for Shelemiah. Then lots were cast for his son Zechariah. He gave wise advice. The lot that was drawn out for the North Gate was for him. 15The lot for the South Gate was for Obed-Edom. The lot for the storeroom was for his sons. 16Lots were drawn out for the West Gate and the Shalleketh Gate on the upper road. Those lots were for Shuppim and Hosah. One guard stood next to another. 17There were six Levites a day on the east. There were four a day on the north. There were four a day on the south. And there were two at a time at the storeroom. 18Two Levite guards were at the courtyard to the west. And four were at the road. 19Those were the groups of the men who guarded the gates. They belonged to the family lines of Korah and Merari. Other Officials 20The Levite relatives of the men who guarded the gates were in charge of the treasures in the house of God. They were also in charge of other treasures that had been set apart for God. 21Ladan was from the family line of Gershon. Some leaders of families belonged to Ladan’s family line. One of them was Jehieli. 22The sons of Jehieli were Zetham and his brother Joel. They were in charge of the treasures in the Lord’s temple. 23Here are the officials who were from the family lines of Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. 24Shubael was from the family line of Moses’ son Gershom. Shubael was the officer in charge of the treasures. 25His relatives through Eliezer included his son Rehabiah. Jeshaiah was Rehabiah’s son. Joram was Jeshaiah’s son. Zicri was Joram’s son. And Shelomith was Zicri’s son. 26Shelomith and his relatives were in charge of all of the treasures that had been set apart for God. King David had set those treasures apart. Some family leaders had also set them apart. They were the commanders of thousands of men and commanders of hundreds. The treasures had also been set apart by other army commanders. 27Some of the goods that had been taken in battle were set apart to repair the Lord’s temple. 28The prophet Samuel had set apart some things for God. Saul, the son of Kish, had set apart other things. So had Abner, the son of Ner. And so had Joab, the son of Zeruiah. All of those things and all of the others that had been set apart were taken care of by Shelomith and his relatives. 29From the family line of Izhar came Kenaniah and his sons. They were given duties that were away from the temple. They were officials and judges over Israel. 30From the family line of Hebron came Hashabiah and his relatives. They were able men. The total number was 1,700. It was their duty to serve the king in Israel west of the Jordan River. It was also their duty to do all of the Lord’s work there. 31Jeriah was the chief of the family line of Hebron. That’s based on their family history. In the 40th year of David’s rule, a search was made in the records. That’s how men of ability were found in the family line of Hebron at Jazer in Gilead. 32Jeriah had 2,700 relatives. They were able men. They were family leaders. King David had put them in charge of the tribes of Reuben and Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh. They were in charge of matters having to do with God and the king.
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