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
(a) Until now he has described their genealogies before they
went into captivity, and now he describes their history
after their return.
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
9:11 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
9:18 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
9:25 And their brethren, [which were] in their villages, [were]
to come after g seven days from time to time with them.