1 Chronicles 26 – “The Levitical Gatekeepers and Temple Guards”

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I. Summary
The chapter lists the gatekeepers, temple guards, and other functionaries from the tribe of Levi.

II. Photo
The gatekeepers were exceptionally strong: “All these, sons of Obed-edom; they and their sons and brothers, strong and able men for the service…” (v. 8 )

III. Important Verses
vv. 12-13: These are the divisions of the gatekeepers, by their chief men, [who worked in] shifts corresponding to their kinsmen, ministering in the House of the LORD. They cast lots, small and great alike, by clans, for each gate.
v. 24: Shebuel son of Gershom son of Moses was the chief officer over the treasuries.
vv. 26-28: that Shelomith and his brothers were over all the treasuries of dedicated things that were dedicated by King David and the chiefs of the clans, and the officers of thousands and hundreds and the other army officers; they dedicated some of the booty of the wars to maintain the House of the LORD. All that Samuel the seer had dedicated, and Saul son of Kish, and Abner son of Ner, and Joab son of Zeruiah — or [what] any other man had dedicated, was under the charge of Shelomith and his brothers.

IV. Outline
1a. Introduction
1b-9. Korahite gatekeepers
10-11. Merarite gatekeepers
12-19. Organizing the gatekeepers
20-28. Levitical guards
29-32. Levitical functionaries outside the temple

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
De Vries, Simon J. “1 and 2 Chronicles,” The Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 11 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989).
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