English Standard Version
And they lodged around the house of God, for on them lay the duty of watching, and they had charge of opening it every morning.
King James Bible
And they lodged round about the house of God, because the charge was upon them, and the opening thereof every morning pertained to them.
American Standard Version
And they lodged round about the house of God, because the charge thereof was upon them; and to them pertained the opening thereof morning by morning.
And they abode in their watches round about the temple of the Lord: that when it was time, they might open the gates in the morning.
English Revised Version
And they lodged round about the house of God, because the charge thereof was upon them, and to them pertained the opening thereof morning by morning.
Webster's Bible Translation
And they lodged about the house of God, because the charge was upon them, and the opening of it every morning pertained to them.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
1 Chronicles 9:21 is quite unconnected with the preceding context, the conjunction w being omitted, and its contents also present considerable difficulties. Zechariah, the son of Meshelemiah, can only be the Zechariah who is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 26:2 as the first-born of Meshelemiah, and who lived in the time of David; for at the time when David divided the porters into classes, there fell to him the lot towards midnight, i.e., the duty of waiting at the door on the north side of the holy place (1 Chronicles 26:14). With this, indeed, the general statement of our verse, "he was porter of the door (or the entrance) of the tent of the covenant," is not inconsistent. But what purpose does this general statement serve? With what design is Zechariah, and he alone, mentioned? We have no means of giving a definite answer to this question; but he may perhaps be named as being the person who, before David's division of the Levites into classes was carried out, had charge of the porters' service in the tabernacle. But even if this conjecture be accepted as well grounded, the abrupt way in which it is mentioned still remains enigmatical.
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1 Chronicles 9:26
for the four chief gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted to be over the chambers and the treasures of the house of God.
1 Chronicles 9:28
Some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they were required to count them when they were brought in and taken out.
1 Chronicles 23:30
And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the LORD, and likewise at evening,
1 Chronicles 23:32
Thus they were to keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and to attend the sons of Aaron, their brothers, for the service of the house of the LORD.
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