These chief fathers of the Levites were chief throughout their generations; these dwelled at Jerusalem.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)These chief . . . generations.—Literally, These are the heads of the Levitical houses, according to their birth-rolls, heads. (Comp. 1Chronicles 8:28 for the meaning.)
These dwelt in Jerusalem.—A final remark concerning all the Levites of 1Chronicles 9:14-32. The proper names are regarded as chiefs, under whom their numerous clansmen are subsumed.1 Chronicles 9:34-35. These dwelt at Jerusalem — Upon their return from Babylon they were not suffered to choose their habitations in the country, as others were, but were obliged to settle themselves at Jerusalem, that they might constantly attend upon God’s service there. Whose wife’s name was Maachah — In this and the following verses he repeats Saul’s genealogy, that he might make way for the following history.
these dwelt at Jerusalem; always resided there, and did not in turns go into the country villages, as the inferior Levites did; their office requiring them to be constantly there, being chief of the porters, singers, &c. who had the superintendency and direction of the rest.These chief fathers of the Levites were chief throughout their generations; these dwelt at Jerusalem.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)34. These chief … generations] R.V. These were heads of fathers’ houses of the Levites, throughout their generations, chief men.Verse 34. - This verse can scarcely be other than a closing general comment respecting all the chief fathers of the Levites, who have been spoken of (1 Chronicles 8:28); and it purports to say that the same order and principle obtained in the offices referred to from generation to generation of families. 1 Chronicles 9:29, other Levites were set over הכּלים and over הקּדשׁ כּלי.
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