1 Chronicles 26

1The Groups of the Gatekeepers: These are the gatekeepers from the Korah family. Meshelemiah ˻and his sons˼. (Meshelemiah was Kore’s son. He was from Asaph’s family group.) 2Meshelemiah had sons. Zechariah was the oldest son. Jediael was the second son. Zebadiah was the third son. Jathniel was the fourth son. 3Elam was the fifth son. Jehohanan was the sixth son. And Eliehoenai was the seventh son. 4Obed Edom and his sons. Obed Edom’s oldest son was Shemaiah. Jehozabad was his second son. Joah was his third son. Sacar was his fourth son. Nethanel was his fifth son. 5Ammiel was his sixth son. Issachar was his seventh son. And Peullethai was his eighth son. God truly blessed Obed Edom. 6Obed Edom’s son was Shemaiah. Shemaiah also had sons. Shemaiah’s sons were leaders in their father’s family because they were brave soldiers. 7Shemaiah’s sons were Othni, Rephael, Obed, Elzabad, Elihu, and Semakiah. Elzabad’s relatives were skilled workers. 8All those men were Obed Edom’s descendants. Those men and their sons and relatives were powerful men. They were good guards. Obed Edom had 62 descendants. 9Meshelemiah had sons and relatives that were powerful men. In all there were 18 sons and relatives. 10These are the gatekeepers from the Merari family. There was Hosah. Shimri was chosen to be the first son. Shimri was not really the oldest, but his father chose him to be the firstborn son. 11Hilkiah was his second son. Tebaliah was his third son. And Zechariah was his fourth son. In all Hosah had 13 sons and relatives. 12These were the leaders of the groups of the gatekeepers. The gatekeepers had a special way to serve in the Lord’s temple, just like their relatives did. 13Each family was given a gate to guard. Lots were thrown to choose a gate for a family. Young and old were treated the same. 14Meshelemiah was chosen to guard the East Gate. Then lots were thrown for Meshelemiah’s son Zechariah. Zechariah was a wise counselor. Zechariah was chosen for the North Gate. 15Obed Edom was chosen for the South Gate. And Obed Edom’s sons were chosen to guard the house where the valuable things were kept. 16Shuppim and Hosah were chosen for the West Gate and the Shalleketh Gate on the upper road. Guards stood side by side. 17Six Levites stood guard every day at the East Gate. Four Levites stood guard every day at the North Gate. Four Levites stood guard at the South Gate. And two Levites guarded the house where the valuable things were kept. 18There were four guards at the western court. And there were two guards on the road to the court. 19These were the groups of the gatekeepers. Those gatekeepers were from the families of Korah and Merari. 20Ahijah was from the family group of Levi. Ahijah was responsible for taking care of the valuable things in God’s temple. Ahijah also was responsible for the places where the holy things were kept. 21Ladan was from Gershon’s family. Jehieli was one of the leaders of Ladan’s family group. 22Jehieli’s sons were Zetham and Zetham’s brother Joel. They were responsible for the valuable things in the Lord’s temple. 23˻Other leaders were chosen˼ from the family groups of Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 24Shubael was the leader responsible for the valuable things in the Lord’s temple. Shubael was Gershom’s son. Gershom was Moses’ son. 25These were Shubael’s relatives: His relatives from Eliezer were: Rehabiah, Eliezer’s son. Jeshaiah, Rehabiah’s son. Joram, Jeshaiah’s son. Zicri, Joram’s son. And Shelomith, Zicri’s son. 26Shelomith and his relatives were responsible for all the things David had collected for the temple. The officers of the army also gave things for the temple. 27They gave some of the things taken in wars. They gave those things to be used in building the Lord’s temple. 28Shelomith and his relatives also took care of all the holy things given by Samuel the seer; Saul son of Kish; Abner son of Ner; and Joab son of Zeruiah. Shelomith and his relatives took care of all the holy things that people gave to the Lord. 29Kenaniah was from the Izhar family. Kenaniah and his sons had work outside the temple. They worked as policemen and judges in different places in Israel. 30Hashabiah was from the Hebron family. Hashabiah and his relatives were responsible for all the Lord’s work and for the king’s business in Israel west of the Jordan River. There were 1,700 powerful men in Hashabiah’s group. 31The family history of the Hebron family shows that Jeriah was their leader. When David had been king for 40 years, he ordered his people to search through the family histories for strong and skilled men. Some of those men were found among the Hebron family living in the town of Jazer in Gilead. 32Jeriah had 2,700 relatives that were powerful men and leaders of families. King David gave those 2,700 relatives the responsibility of leading the family groups of Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh in taking care of the Lord’s work and the king’s business.

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