1 Chronicles 23:5
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New International Version
Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose."

King James Bible
Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.

Darby Bible Translation
and four thousand were doorkeepers; and four thousand praised Jehovah with the instruments which I made, [said David,] to praise [therewith].

World English Bible
four thousand were doorkeepers; and four thousand praised Yahweh with the instruments which I made, for giving praise."

Young's Literal Translation
and four thousand gatekeepers, and four thousand giving praise to Jehovah, 'with instruments that I made for praising,' saith David.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Four thousand praised the Lord - David made this distribution according to his own judgment, and from the dictates of his piety; but it does not appear that he had any positive Divine authority for such arrangements. As to the instruments of music which he made they are condemned elsewhere; see Amos 6:5, to which this verse is allowed to be the parallel.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

porters

1 Chronicles 9:17-27 And the porters were, Shallum, and Akkub, and Talmon, and Ahiman, and their brothers: Shallum was the chief...

1 Chronicles 15:23,24 And Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark...

1 Chronicles 16:38 And Obededom with their brothers, three score and eight; Obededom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be porters:

1 Chronicles 26:1-12 Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Korhites was Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph...

2 Chronicles 8:14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service...

2 Chronicles 35:15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman...

Ezra 7:7 And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters...

Nehemiah 7:73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel...

praised

1 Chronicles 6:31-48 And these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after that the ark had rest...

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

1 Chronicles 15:16-22 And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brothers to be the singers with instruments of music...

1 Chronicles 16:41,42 And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the LORD...

1 Chronicles 25:1-7 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun...

2 Chronicles 20:19-21 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites...

Psalm 87:7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in you.

the instruments

1 Kings 10:12 And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the LORD, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for singers...

2 Chronicles 29:25,26 And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David...

Amos 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David;

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Chronicles
The comparative indifference with which Chronicles is regarded in modern times by all but professional scholars seems to have been shared by the ancient Jewish church. Though written by the same hand as wrote Ezra-Nehemiah, and forming, together with these books, a continuous history of Judah, it is placed after them in the Hebrew Bible, of which it forms the concluding book; and this no doubt points to the fact that it attained canonical distinction later than they. Nor is this unnatural. The book
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
2 Kings 7:10
So they went and called out to the city gatekeepers and told them, "We went into the Aramean camp and no one was there--not a sound of anyone--only tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents left just as they were."

1 Chronicles 15:16
David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.

1 Chronicles 25:7
Along with their relatives--all of them trained and skilled in music for the LORD--they numbered 288.

2 Chronicles 29:26
So the Levites stood ready with David's instruments, and the priests with their trumpets.

Amos 6:5
You strum away on your harps like David and improvise on musical instruments.

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