The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Chronicles 26:1–19

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For the courses of the doorkeepers: of the Korahites: Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.

And for the divisions of the gates: the sons of the Corites were Mosellemia, of the sons of Asaph.

CONCERNING the divisions of the porters whom David the king appointed as guards: Meshelemiah of the sons of Joseph.

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And Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the first-born, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth;

And Mosellemia’s first-born son was Zacharias, the second Jadiel, the third Zabadia, the fourth Jenuel,

Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh.

the fifth Jolam, the sixth Jonathan, the seventh Elionai, the eighth Abdedom.

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And Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the first-born, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethanel the fifth;

And to Abdedom there were born sons, Samaias the first-born, Jozabath the second, Joath the third, Sachar the fourth, Nathanael the fifth,

Then the sons of Obededom: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sachar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth,

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Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth; for God blessed him.

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Also unto Shemaiah his son were sons born, that ruled over the house of their father; for they were mighty men of valour.

And to Samaias his son were born the sons of his first-born, chiefs over the house of their father, for they were mighty.

Now to his son Shemaiah, there were born sons, rulers of their families. For they were very strong men.

The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, and Rephael and Obed and Elzabad his brethren, valiant men; Elihu also, and Semachiah.

The sons of Samai; Othni, and Raphael, and Obed, and Elzabath, and Achiud, mighty men, Heliu, and Sabachia, and Isbacom.

Then the sons of Shemaiah were Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, Elzabad and his brothers, very strong men, as well as Elihu and Semachiah.

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All these were of the sons of Obed-edom: they and their sons and their brethren, able men in strength for the service; threescore and two of Obed-edom.

All these were from the sons of Obededom: they and their sons and brothers, very fit for the ministry, sixty-two from Obededom.

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And Meshelemiah had sons and brethren, valiant men, eighteen.

And Mosellemia had eighteen sons and brethren, mighty men.

Then there were the sons of Meshelemiah and their brothers, very robust men, eighteen.

10  Also Hosah, of the children of Merari, had sons: Shimri the chief--for though he was not the firstborn, yet his father made him chief--

10  And to Osa of the sons of Merari there were born sons, keeping the dominion; though he was not the first-born, yet his father made him chief of the second division.

10  Now, from Hosah, that is, from the sons of Merari: Shimri the leader, for he had not had a firstborn son, and so, because of this, his father had appointed him as the leader,

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11  Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth; all the sons and brethren of Hosah were thirteen.

11  Chelcias the second, Tablai the third, Zacharias the fourth: all these were the sons and brethren of Osa, thirteen.

12  These courses of the doorkeepers, even the chief men, had wards over against their brethren, to minister in the house of YHWH.

12  To these were assigned the divisions of the gates, to the chiefs of the mighty men the daily courses, even their brethren, to minister in the house of the Lord.

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13  And they cast lots, as well the small as the great, according to their fathers' houses, for every gate.

13  Then they cast lots equally, for both the small and the great, by their families, concerning each one of the gates.

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14  And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. Then for Zechariah his son, a discreet counsellor, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward.

14  And the lot of the east gates fell to Selemias, and Zacharias: the sons of Soaz cast lots for Melchias, and the lot came out northward.

14  And the lot of the east fell out to Shelemiah. But to his son Zechariah, a very prudent and learned man, the northern section was obtained by lot.

15  To Obed-edom southward; and to his sons the Storehouse.

15  To Abdedom they gave by lot the south, opposite the house of Esephim.

15  Truly, Obededom and his sons obtained that to the south, in the part of the house where the council of elders was.

16  To Shuppim and Hosah westward, by the gate of Shallecheth, at the causeway that goeth up, ward against ward.

16  They gave the lot for the second to Osa westward, after the gate of the chamber by the ascent, watch against watch.

16  Shuppim and Hosah obtained that toward the west, beside the gate that leads to the way of the ascent, one post facing the other.

17  Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and for the Storehouse two and two.

17  Eastward were six watchmen in the day; northward four by the day; southward four by the day; and two at the Esephim,

17  Truly, toward the east there were six Levites, and toward the north there were four per day, and then toward the south similarly there were four each day. And where the council was, there were two and two.

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18  For the Precinct westward, four at the causeway, and two at the Precinct.

18  to relieve guard, also for Osa westward after the chamber-gate, three. There was a ward over against the ward of the ascent eastward, six men in a day, and four for the north, and four for the south, and at the Esephim two to relieve guard, and four by the west, and two to relieve guard at the pathway.

18  At Parbar westward, four at the road and two at Parbar.

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19  These were the courses of the doorkeepers; of the sons of the Korahites, and of the sons of Merari.

19  These are the divisions of the porters for the sons of Core, and to the sons of Merari.