1 Chronicles 23:4
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New International Version
David said, "Of these, twenty-four thousand are to be in charge of the work of the temple of the LORD and six thousand are to be officials and judges.

New Living Translation
Then David said, "From all the Levites, 24,000 will supervise the work at the Temple of the LORD. Another 6,000 will serve as officials and judges.

English Standard Version
“Twenty-four thousand of these,” David said, “shall have charge of the work in the house of the LORD, 6,000 shall be officers and judges,

New American Standard Bible
Of these, 24,000 were to oversee the work of the house of the LORD; and 6,000 were officers and judges,

King James Bible
Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Of these," David said, "24,000 are to be in charge of the work on the LORD's temple, 6,000 are to be officers and judges,

International Standard Version
"24,000 of these," David said, "are to be set in charge of the work of the Temple of the LORD, with 6,000 serving as officers and judges,

NET Bible
David said, "Of these, 24,000 are to direct the work of the LORD's temple; 6,000 are to be officials and judges;

New Heart English Bible
David said, "Of these, twenty-four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of the LORD; six thousand were officers and judges;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Of these, 24,000 were appointed to supervise the work on the LORD's temple, 6,000 were appointed to be officers and judges,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Of these, twenty and four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges;

New American Standard 1977
Of these, 24,000 were to oversee the work of the house of the LORD; and 6,000 were officers and judges,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Of which, twenty-four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the LORD, and six thousand were officers and judges;

King James 2000 Bible
Of which, twenty and four thousand were to look after the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges:

American King James Version
Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges:

American Standard Version
Of these, twenty and four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of Jehovah; and six thousand were officers and judges;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of these twenty-four thousand were chosen, and distributed unto the ministry of the house of the Lord: and six thousand were the overseers and judges.

Darby Bible Translation
Of these, twenty-four thousand were to preside over the work of the house of Jehovah; and six thousand were officers and judges;

English Revised Version
Of these, twenty and four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges:

Webster's Bible Translation
Of which, twenty and four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges:

World English Bible
David said, "Of these, twenty-four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of Yahweh; six thousand were officers and judges;

Young's Literal Translation
Of these to preside over the work of the house of Jehovah are twenty and four thousand, and officers and judges six thousand,
Study Bible
Divisions of the Levites
3The Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward, and their number by census of men was 38,000. 4Of these, 24000 were to oversee the work of the house of the LORD; and 6,000 were officers and judges, 5and 4,000 were gatekeepers, and 4,000 were praising the LORD with the instruments which David made for giving praise.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 26:29
As for the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were assigned to outside duties for Israel, as officers and judges.

Ezra 3:8
Now in the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem in the second month, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak and the rest of their brothers the priests and the Levites, and all who came from the captivity to Jerusalem, began the work and appointed the Levites from twenty years and older to oversee the work of the house of the LORD.

Ezra 3:9
Then Jeshua with his sons and brothers stood united with Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah and the sons of Henadad with their sons and brothers the Levites, to oversee the workmen in the temple of God.

Ezekiel 44:24
"In a dispute they shall take their stand to judge; they shall judge it according to My ordinances. They shall also keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed feasts and sanctify My sabbaths.
Treasury of Scripture

Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges:

twenty

1 Chronicles 23:28-32 Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service …

1 Chronicles 9:28-32 And certain of them had the charge of the ministering vessels, that …

1 Chronicles 26:20-27 And of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasures of the house of …

set forward. or, oversee

Nehemiah 11:9,22 And Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer: and Judah the son …

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

officers and judges

1 Chronicles 26:29-31 Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were for the outward business …

Deuteronomy 16:18 Judges and officers shall you make you in all your gates, which the …

Deuteronomy 17:8-10 If there arise a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood …

2 Chronicles 19:8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of …

Malachi 2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek …

(4) Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward.--It is clear from 1Chronicles 23:5 that David himself is supposed to utter both verses, thus personally assigning their commission to the Levites. The Hebrew here is peculiar. We may render: "Of these let there be for superintending the work of the house of Jehovah twenty-four thousand, and scribes and judges six thousand."

To set forward.--An infinitive, as at 1Chronicles 22:12. The verb is that of which the participle often occurs in the titles of the Psalms. (Authorised "Version, "chief musician.") It means "to lead," or "superintend." The Levites had a share in prisoners of war, according to Numbers 31:30. These they could employ in the more menial work of the sanctuary. The Gibeonites were spared on condition of becoming "hewers of wood and drawers of water," i.e., Levitical bondsmen; and other whole cities may have received the same terms (Joshua 9:23; Joshua 9:27). We have details of the functions of these superintending Levites in 1Chronicles 23:28-32, below.

And six thousand were officers and judges.--See above. "Officers" (sh?t?rm) are first mentioned in Exodus 5:6 (see Note there; and comp. Deuteronomy 16:18). The word means writers (comp. Assyrian sadh?ru, to write). The progress of the entire people in power and civilisation elevated the Levites also; and from a warlike troop of defenders of the sanctuary, they became peaceful guardians of the great Temple at Jerusalem and its treasures, musicians and artists in its service, instructors and judges scattered throughout the whole country (Ewald).

Verse 4. - To set forward (Hebrew לְנַצֵּחַ, Piel conjugation). The strict meaning of the word here is to superintend. The word has already occurred in the same sense in 1 Chronicles 15:21. Officers and judges (Hebrew וְשֹׁמְרִים וְשֹׁפְטִים). The explanation of the nature of the work of these, as really outward work, for the "outward business of Israel," is distinctly stated in 1 Chronicles 26:29; 2 Chronicles 19:5-11. These officers are mentioned under the same Hebrew term in Exodus 5:6, in a very different connection. It is plain that they were generally foremen, or overseers; while the judges took cognizance of matters which involved the interests of religion. This verse and the following give between them the four divisions of Levites, afterwards to be more fully described. The fuller account of the "twenty-four thousand" priests (including attendants) occupies ch. 24; the "six thousand" officers and judges, 1 Chronicles 26:20-32; the "four thousand" porters, 1 Chronicles 26:1-19; and the "four thousand who praised the Lord with the instruments," ch. 25. Of which twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the Lord,.... To prepare for the work of the priests by slaying the sacrifices, flaying them, cutting them in pieces, and washing them, and bringing them to the altar; 1000 of these served weekly in their turns:

and six thousand were officers and judges: that acted as justices of the peace in the several parts of the country, heard causes and administered justice to the people, being trained up in and acquainted with the laws of God, civil as well as ecclesiastic; some were more properly judges, and others executioners of their sentence; see Deuteronomy 16:18. 4. twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the Lord—They were not to preside over all the services of the temple. The Levites were subject to the priests, and they were superior to the Nethinim and other servants, who were not of the race of Levi. But they had certain departments of duty assigned, some of which are here specified.23:1-23 David, having given charge concerning the building of the temple, settles the method of the temple service, and orders the officers of it. When those of the same family were employed together, it would engage them to love and assist one another.
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