The people carry out a lottery, and one out of every ten are chosen to dwell in Jerusalem. Jerusalem’s inhabitants are then listed by family.
The Judean hills are settled: “… In the countryside of Judah, the people lived in their towns, each on his own property, Israelites, priests, Levites, temple servants, and the sons of Solomon’s servants.” (v. 3)
III. Important Verses
v. 1: The officers of the people settled in Jerusalem; the rest of the people cast lots for one out of ten to come and settle in the holy city of Jerusalem, and the other nine-tenths to stay in the towns.
v. 2: The people gave their blessing to all the men who willingly settled in Jerusalem.
v. 24: Petahiah son of Meshezabel, of the sons of Zerah son of Judah, advised the king concerning all the affairs of the people.
1-2. The lottery to decide who gets to live in Jerusalem 3-24. A list of those residing in Jerusalem 3. Introduction 4-6. The Judahites 7-8. The Benjaminites 9. The governors 10-14. The priests 15-18. The Levites 19. The gatekeepers 20. The rest of the people 21-24. The temple servants and city liaisons 25-36. The other Israelites
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VI. Works Used
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