And Johanan begat Azariah, (he it is that executed the priest's office in the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem:)
The priest's office — So did all the rest, but it is implied that he did it worthily, he filled his place, and valiantly discharged his office in Uzziah's time. Solomon built - In Solomon's temple; so called to distinguish it from the second temple which was built or in building when these books were written.
 And their brethren the sons of Merari stood on the left hand: Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch,
 Now these are their dwelling places throughout their castles in their coasts, of the sons of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites: for theirs was the lot.
Castles — So called, not only because, walled and well guarded by the country; but because they and their possessions were in a particular manner the care of divine providence. As God was their portion, so God was their protector. And a cottage will be a castle to those that abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
The lot — Or, the first lot.
 And the residue of the families of the sons of Kohath had cities of their coasts out of the tribe of Ephraim.
Coasts — Or, of their borders, of their country contained within its borders.