New International Version
The musicians were under the king's orders, which regulated their daily activity.
King James Bible
For it was the king's commandment concerning them, that a certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.
Darby Bible Translation
For it was the king's commandment concerning them, and there was a settled portion for the singers, due for each day.
World English Bible
For there was a commandment from the king concerning them, and a settled provision for the singers, as every day required.
Young's Literal Translation
for the command of the king is upon them, and support is for the singers, a matter of a day in its day.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
It was the king's commandment - By the king some understand David, and others Artaxerxes. It is most probable that it was the latter; who wished that a provision should be made for these, a part of whose office was to offer up prayers also, as well as praises. For we know that Darius made an ample provision for the priests, that they might offer sacrifices of sweet savor unto the God of heaven; and pray for the life of the king and of his sons, Ezra 6:10. Some have thought that they had been Jewish singers employed in the service of the Persian king, to whom he had given a salary, and to whom he wished still to continue the same.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
a certain portion. or, a sure ordinance.
"Lydda was a village, not yielding to a city in greatness." Concerning its situation, and distance from Jerusalem, the Misna hath these words: "The vineyard of four years" (that is, the fruit of a vineyard now of four years' growth; for, for the first three years, they were trees, as it were, not circumcised) "was brought to Jerusalem, in the space of a day's journey on every side. Now these were the bounds of it; Elath on the south; Acrabatta on the north; Lydda on the west; and Jordan on the east." …
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica
2 Kings 25:30
Day by day the king gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived.
Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God: Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop.
And anything else needed for the temple of your God that you are responsible to supply, you may provide from the royal treasury.
So in the days of Zerubbabel and of Nehemiah, all Israel contributed the daily portions for the musicians and the gatekeepers. They also set aside the portion for the other Levites, and the Levites set aside the portion for the descendants of Aaron.
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