9:1 So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they [were] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, [who] were a carried away to Babylon for their transgression.
(a) Until now he has described their genealogies
before they went into captivity, and now he describes their history after
9:2 Now the first inhabitants that [dwelt] in their
possessions in their cities [were], the Israelites, the priests, Levites, and
the b Nethinims.
(b) Meaning, the Gibeonites, who served in the
temple, read (Joshua
And Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son
of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the c
ruler of the house of God;
(c) That is, he was the high priest.
9:13 And their
brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and
threescore; very able men for the d work
of the service of the house of God.
(d) To serve in the temple, every one according
to his office.
Who hitherto [waited] in the e king's
gate eastward: they [were] porters in the companies of the children of Levi.
(e) So called because the king came into the
temple by it, and not the common people.
9:19 And Shallum the son of Kore, the son of
Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brethren, of the house of his father, the
Korahites, [were] over the work of the service, keepers of the gates of the f
tabernacle: and their fathers, [being] over the host of the LORD, [were] keepers
of the entry.
(f) Their charge was that no one should enter
those places, which were only appointed for the priests to minister in.
And their brethren, [which were] in their villages, [were] to come after g
seven days from time to time with them.
(g) They served weekly, as in (Exodus
[Some] of them also [were] appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the
instruments of the sanctuary, and the fine h
flour, and the wine, and the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices.
(h) Of which the meat offering was made, (Leviticus
And these [are] the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, [who
remaining] in the chambers i [were]
free: for they were employed in [that] work day and night.
(i) But were continually occupied in singing
praises to God.
And Ahaz begat k Jarah; and Jarah begat
Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri begat Moza;
(k) Who was also called Jehoiada, (1 Chronicles