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1 Chronicles 26:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For the courses of the doorkeepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Korhites [was] Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For the divisions of the gatekeepers [there were] of the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Korhites [was] Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The divisions of the doorkeepers. Of the Korahites: Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— To the courses of the door-keepers, pertained,—of the Korahites, Meshelemiah son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— For the courses of the gatekeepers: of the Korhites [is] Meshelemiah son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And the divisions of the porters: of the Corites Meselemia, the son of Core, of the sons of Asaph.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Concerning the diuisions of the porters: of the Korhites [was] Meshelemiah the sonne of Kore, of the sonnes of Asaph.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And for the divisions of the gates: the sons of the Corites [were] Mosellemia, of the sons of Asaph.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Qorchim [was] Meshelemyah the son of Qore, of the sons of Asaf.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Concerning the divisions 4256
{4256} Prime
מַחֲלְקָה
machaloqeth
{makh-al-o'-keth}
From H2505; a section (of Levites, people or soldiers).
of the porters: 7778
{7778} Prime
שׁוֹעֵר
show`er
{sho-are'}
Active participle of H8176 (as denominative from H8179); a janitor.
Of the Korm קָרחִים 7145
{7145} Prime
קָרְחִי
Qorchiy
{kor-khee'}
Patronymic from H7141; a Korchite (collectively) or descendant of Korach.
[was] Melemy מְשֶׁלֶמיָה 4920
{4920} Prime
מְשֶׁלֶמְיָהוּ
M@shelemyah
{mesh-eh-lem-yaw'}
From H7999 and H3050; ally of Jah; Meshelemjah, an Israelite.
the son 1121
{1121} Prime
בֵּן
ben
{bane}
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
of Kr קוֹרֵא, 6981
{6981} Prime
קוֹרֵא
Qowre'
{ko-ray'}
Active participle of H7121; crier; Kore, the name of two Israelites.
of x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
the sons 1121
{1121} Prime
בֵּן
ben
{bane}
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
of sf אָסָף. 623
{0623} Prime
אָסָף
'Acaph
{aw-sawf'}
From H0622; collector; Asaph, the name of three Israelites, and of the family of the first.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Chronicles 26:1-2

_ _ 1 Chronicles 26:1-12. Division of the porters.

_ _ Concerning the divisions of the porters — There were four thousand (1 Chronicles 23:6), all taken from the families of the Kohathites and Merarites (1 Chronicles 26:14), divided into twenty-four courses — as the priests and musicians.

_ _ Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph — Seven sons of Meshelemiah are mentioned (1 Chronicles 26:2), whereas eighteen are given (1 Chronicles 26:9), but in this latter number his relatives are included.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

1 Chronicles 26:1-19

_ _ Observe, I. There were porters appointed to attend the temple, who guarded all the avenues that let to it, opened and shut all the outer gates and attended at them, not only for the state, but for service, to direct and instruct those who were going to worship in the courts of the sanctuary in the decorum they were to observe, to encourage those that were timorous, to send back the strangers and unclean, and to guard against thieves and others that were enemies to the house of God. In allusion to this office, ministers are said to have the keys to the kingdom of heaven committed to them (Matthew 16:19), that they may admit, and exclude, according to the law of Christ.

_ _ II. Of several of those that were called to this service, it is taken notice of that they were mighty men of valour (1 Chronicles 26:6), strong men (1 Chronicles 26:7), able men (1 Chronicles 26:8), and one of them that he was a wise counsellor (1 Chronicles 26:14), who probably, when he had used this office of a deacon well and given proofs of more than ordinary wisdom, purchased to himself a good degree, and was preferred from the gate to the council-board, 1 Timothy 3:13. As for those that excelled in strength of body, and courage and resolution of mind, they were thereby qualified for the post assigned them; for whatever service God calls men to he either finds them fit or makes them so.

_ _ III. The sons of Obed-edom were employed in this office, sixty-two of that family. This was he that entertained the ark with reverence and cheerfulness; and see how he was rewarded for it. 1. He had eight sons (1 Chronicles 26:5), for God blessed him. The increase and building up of families are owing to the divine blessing; and a great blessing it is to a family to have many children, when like these they are able for, and eminent in, the service of God. 2. His sons were preferred to places of trust in the sanctuary. They had faithfully attended the ark in their own house, and now were called to attend it in God's house. He that is trusty in little shall be trusted with more. He that keeps God's ordinances in his own tent is fit to have the custody of them in God's tabernacle, 1 Timothy 3:4, 1 Timothy 3:5. I have kept thy law, says David, and this I had because I kept thy precepts, Psalms 119:55, Psalms 119:56.

_ _ IV. It is said of one here that though he was not the first-born his father made him the chief (1 Chronicles 26:10), either because he was very excellent, or because the elder son was very weak. He was made chief, perhaps not in inheriting the estate (for that was forbidden by the law, Deuteronomy 21:16, Deuteronomy 21:17), but in this service, which required personal qualifications.

_ _ V. The porters, as the singers, had their post assigned them by lot, so many at such a gate, and so many at such a one, that every one might know his post and make it good, 1 Chronicles 26:13. It is not said that they were cast into twenty-four courses, as before; but here are the names of about twenty-four (1 Chronicles 26:1-11), and the posts assigned are twenty-four, 1 Chronicles 26:17, 1 Chronicles 26:18. We have therefore reason to think they were distributed into as many companies. Happy are those who dwell in God's house: for, as they are well fed, well taught, and well employed, so they are well guarded. Men attended at the gates of the temple, but angels attend at the gates of the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:12.

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Chronicles 26:1

Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Korhites [was] Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of (a) Asaph.

(a) This Asaph was not the notable musician, but another of that name also called Ebiasaph in (1 Chronicles 6:23, 1 Chronicles 6:37, 1 Chronicles 9:19) and also Jasaph.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the divisions:
There were four classes of these, each of which belonged to the four gates of the temple, which opened to the four cardinal points of heaven. The eastern gate fell to Shelemiah; the northern to Zechariah (
1 Chronicles 26:14 And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. Then for Zechariah his son, a wise counsellor, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward.
); the southern to Obed-edom (
1 Chronicles 26:15 To Obededom southward; and to his sons the house of Asuppim.
); and the western to Shuppim and Hosah (
1 Chronicles 26:16 To Shuppim and Hosah [the lot came forth] westward, with the gate Shallecheth, by the causeway of the going up, ward against ward.
). These several persons were captains of these porter-bands, or door-keepers, at the different gates. There were probably a thousand men under each of these captains; as we find, from
1 Chronicles 23:5 Moreover four thousand [were] porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, [said David], to praise [therewith].
, that their whole number was four thousand.

the porters:

1 Chronicles 9:17-27 And the porters [were], Shallum, and Akkub, and Talmon, and Ahiman, and their brethren: Shallum [was] the chief; ... And they lodged round about the house of God, because the charge [was] upon them, and the opening thereof every morning [pertained] to them.
1 Chronicles 15:18 And with them their brethren of the second [degree], Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, the porters.
1 Chronicles 15:23-24 And Berechiah and Elkanah [were] doorkeepers for the ark. ... And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did blow with the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obededom and Jehiah [were] doorkeepers for the ark.
2 Chronicles 23:19 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none [which was] unclean in any thing should enter in.

Korhites:

Numbers 26:9-11 And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. This [is that] Dathan and Abiram, [which were] famous in the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against the LORD: ... Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.
Psalms 44:1 [[To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.]] We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, [what] work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
Psalms 49:1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.]] Hear this, all [ye] people; give ear, all [ye] inhabitants of the world:
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Meshelemiah:
שׁלמיה [Strong's H8018], Shelemiah, is merely an abbreviation of משׁלמיה [Strong's H4920], Meshelemiah, by the apheresis of מ, mem.
1 Chronicles 26:14 And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. Then for Zechariah his son, a wise counsellor, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward.
, Shelemiah

Asaph:
This variation arises from the rejection of the word אב [Strong's H0001], av, "father," and the mutation of י, yood, into א, aleph; being written in the parallel passages אביסף [Strong's H0043], Ebiasaph, and here אסף [Strong's H0623], Asaph.
1 Chronicles 6:37 The son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,
1 Chronicles 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 tabernacle: and their fathers, [being] over the host of the LORD, [were] keepers of the entry.
, Ebiasaph
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Nu 26:9. 1Ch 6:37; 9:17, 19; 15:18, 23; 23:5; 26:14, 15, 16. 2Ch 23:19. Ps 44:1; 49:1.

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