Nehemiah 11:23
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English Standard Version
For there was a command from the king concerning them, and a fixed provision for the singers, as every day required.

King James Bible
For it was the king's commandment concerning them, that a certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.

American Standard Version
For there was a commandment from the king concerning them, and a settled provision for the singers, as every day required.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the king's commandment was concerning them, and an order among the singing men day by day.

English Revised Version
For there was a commandment from the king concerning them, and a settled provision for the singers, as every day required.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it was the king's commandment concerning them, that a certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Of Levites, Shemaiah, a descendant of Bunni, with the members of his house; Shabbethai and Jozabad, "of the heads of the Levites over the outward business of the house of God," i.e., two heads of the Levites who had the care of the outward business of the temple, probably charged with the preservation of the building and furniture, and the office of seeing that all things necessary for the temple worship were duly delivered. The names Shabbethai and Jozabad have already occurred, Nehemiah 8:7, as those of two Levites, and are here also personal names of heads of Levites, as the addition הלויּם מראשׁי informs us. As the office of these two is stated, so also is that of those next following in Nehemiah 11:17; whence it appears that Shemaiah, of whom no such particular is given, was head of the Levites charged with attending on the priests at the sacrificial worship (the האלהים בּית מלאכת, Nehemiah 11:22). The three named in Nehemiah 11:17, Mattaniah an Asaphite, Bakbukiah, and Abda a Jeduthunite, are the chiefs of the three Levitical orders of singers. Mattaniah is called התּחלּה ראשׁ, head of the beginning, which gives no meaning; and should probably, as in the lxx and Vulgate, be read התּהלּה ראשׁ: head of the songs of praise, - he praised for who praised, i.e., sounded the Hodu for prayer; comp. 1 Chronicles 16:5, where Asaph is called the chief of the band of singers. He is followed by Bakbukiah as second, that is, leader of the second band (מאחיו משׁנה like משׁנהוּ, 1 Chronicles 16:5); and Abda the Jeduthunite, as leader of the third. All the Levites in the holy city, i.e., all who dwelt in Jerusalem, amounted to two hundred and eighty-four individuals or fathers of families. The number refers only to the three classes named Nehemiah 11:15-17. For the gatekeepers are separately numbered in Nehemiah 11:19 as one hundred and seventy-two, of the families of Akkub and Talmon.

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the king's.

1 Chronicles 9:33 And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free...

Ezra 6:8,9 Moreover I make a decree what you shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods...

Ezra 7:20-24 And whatever more shall be needful for the house of your God, which you shall have occasion to bestow...

a certain portion. or, a sure ordinance.

Cross References
2 Kings 25:30
and for his allowance, a regular allowance was given him by the king, according to his daily needs, as long as he lived.

Ezra 6:8
Moreover, I make a decree regarding what you shall do for these elders of the Jews for the rebuilding of this house of God. The cost is to be paid to these men in full and without delay from the royal revenue, the tribute of the province from Beyond the River.

Ezra 7:20
And whatever else is required for the house of your God, which it falls to you to provide, you may provide it out of the king's treasury.

Nehemiah 12:47
And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah gave the daily portions for the singers and the gatekeepers; and they set apart that which was for the Levites; and the Levites set apart that which was for the sons of Aaron.

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