1 Chronicles 26:12
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New International Version
These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their leaders, had duties for ministering in the temple of the LORD, just as their relatives had.

New Living Translation
These divisions of the gatekeepers were named for their family leaders, and like the other Levites, they served at the house of the LORD.

English Standard Version
These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their chief men, had duties, just as their brothers did, ministering in the house of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
To these divisions of the gatekeepers, the chief men, were given duties like their relatives to minister in the house of the LORD.

King James Bible
Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
These divisions of the gatekeepers, under their leading men, had duties for ministering in the LORD's temple, just as their relatives did.

Contemporary English Version
The guards were divided into groups, according to their family leaders, and they were assigned duties at the temple, just like the other Levites.

Good News Translation
The Temple guards were divided into groups, according to families, and they were assigned duties in the Temple, just as the other Levites were.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
These divisions of the gatekeepers, under their leading men, had duties for ministering in the LORD's temple, just as their brothers did.

International Standard Version
With respect to their leaders, these courses of trustees had responsibilities, along with their relatives, regarding ministry within the Temple of the LORD

NET Bible
These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their leaders, had assigned responsibilities, like their relatives, as they served in the LORD's temple.

New Heart English Bible
Of these were the divisions of the doorkeepers, even of the chief men, having offices like their brothers, to minister in the house of the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These divisions of gatekeepers through their head men were assigned duties with their relatives to serve in the LORD's temple.

JPS Tanakh 1917
These courses of the doorkeepers, even the chief men, had wards over against their brethren, to minister in the house of the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
To these divisions of the gatekeepers, the chief men, were given duties like their relatives to minister in the house of the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another two by two, to minister in the house of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Among these were the divisions of the gatekeepers, even among the chief men, having duties like one another, to minister in the house of the LORD.

American King James Version
Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the LORD.

American Standard Version
Of these were the courses of the doorkeepers, even of the chief men, having offices like their brethren, to minister in the house of Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Among these were the divisions of the porters, so that the chiefs of the wards, as well as their brethren, always ministered in the house of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Among these were the divisions of the doorkeepers, among the head-men, as to the charges together with their brethren, for performing the service in the house of Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Of these were the courses of the doorkeepers, even of the chief men, having charges like as their brethren, to minister in the house of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the LORD.

World English Bible
Of these were the divisions of the doorkeepers, even of the chief men, having offices like their brothers, to minister in the house of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
According to these are the courses of the gatekeepers; to the heads of the mighty ones are charges over-against their brethren, to minister in the house of Jehovah,
Study Bible
The Divisions of the Gatekeepers
11Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth; all the sons and relatives of Hosah were 13. 12To these divisions of the gatekeepers, the chief men, were given duties like their relatives to minister in the house of the LORD. 13They cast lots, the small and the great alike, according to their fathers' households, for every gate.…
Cross References
2 Kings 7:10
So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and they told them, saying, "We came to the camp of the Arameans, and behold, there was no one there, nor the voice of man, only the horses tied and the donkeys tied, and the tents just as they were."

1 Chronicles 26:11
Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth; all the sons and relatives of Hosah were 13.

1 Chronicles 26:13
They cast lots, the small and the great alike, according to their fathers' households, for every gate.

2 Chronicles 35:15
The singers, the sons of Asaph, were also at their stations according to the command of David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the gatekeepers at each gate did not have to depart from their service, because the Levites their brethren prepared for them.
Treasury of Scripture

Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the LORD.

wards That is, classes against each other. Ward formerly signified a class or division: we still apply the term to the different apartments in hospitals, and to the more extensive districts into which the city of London is divided.

1 Chronicles 25:8 And they cast lots, ward against ward, as well the small as the great, …

(12) Among these were the divisions of the porters.--Rather, To these, the courses (1Chronicles 23:6) of porters, that is, to the heads of the men (1Chronicles 24:4), were watches or charges (1Chronicles 25:8) in common with their brethren (1Chronicles 24:31), to minister in the house of Jehovah (1Chronicles 16:37). The statement of this verse makes it evident that the names in 1Chronicles 26:2-11 represent the courses of the porters or warders. As the twenty-four sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun represented the twenty-four courses of musicians in 1 Chronicles 25, a similar classification might naturally be expected here. Accordingly, we actually find seven sons of Meshelemiah (1Chronicles 26:2-3), eight sons of Obed-edom (1Chronicles 26:4-5), and four sons of Hosah (1Chronicles 26:10-11), which together make nineteen heads and classes. It remains to add the "sons" of Shemaiah son of Obed-edom. As the text stands, these appear to be six in number, which would give a total of twenty-five (7 + 8 + 4 + 6). But the connection of the Hebrew in 1Chronicles 26:7 is so unusual as to suggest at once that something is wrong: and if we assume Obed-Elzabad to represent one original composite name, like Obed-edom, we get five "sons of Shemaiah," and so a total of twenty-four classes or courses of warders. (From this verse to the end of chapter 27 the Syriac and Arabic versions fail us.)

Verse 12. - Translate, To these divisions of the porters, as regards the chief men, belonged the charge together with their brethren to officiate in the house of the Lord. According to the present chapter, then, the divisions add up to ninety-three. And if at any time of the history it were the case that these ninety-three were the leaders of groups among the total of "four thousand porters," it would put exactly forty-two under each of these ninety-three, leaving but one over. This number ninety-three, meantime, does not agree with the two hundred and twelve of 1 Chronicles 9:22. And the three score and two of Obed-edom in ver. 8 of the present chapter does not agree with the three score and eight of Obed-edom in 1 Chronicles 16:38. At the same time, no little light may be thrown on this subject by noticing that the porters numbered in Zerubbabel's time one hundred and thirty-nine (Ezra 2:42); and that the number one hundred and seventy-two is given for them by Nehemiah (Nehemiah 11:19). The conclusion may well be that the numbers varied in David's time and the other times severally;and that the date in question (1 Chronicles 9:22) was not the same with the date of David in our present chapter, but was a subsequent date nearer the time of the Captivity. There is, therefore, no special ground for doubting the accuracy of the numbers given in this chapter. Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men,.... These before named were the principal men of the porters, among which was a division or distribution of them into classes or courses, in which they served weekly in turn:

having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the Lord; meaning either to watch in, as on the north against the south, and the east against the west, and "vice versa". The Jews say (t), the priests kept ward in three places in the house of the sanctuary; in the house of Abtines, in the house of Nitzotz, and in the house of Moked; and the Levites in twenty one places, five at the five gates of the mountain of the house, four at the four corners of it within, five at the five gates of the court, four at the four corners of it without, one at the chamber of the offering, one at the chamber of the vail, and another behind the house of atonement, the holy of holies; but rather the sense is, that they had wards or courses answerable to those of the priests, and the other Levites, the singers, and were distributed into twenty four classes or courses as they, which are thus reckoned by Kimchi; at the east six, at the north four, at the south four, at Asuppim two and two, which were four, at the west four, and at Parbar two; lo, twenty four; see 1 Chronicles 26:17.

(t) Misn. Middot, c. 1. sect. 1.12. Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men—These were charged with the duty of superintending the watches, being heads of the twenty-four courses of porters.26:1-32 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.
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