2 Kings 11:5
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New International Version
He commanded them, saying, "This is what you are to do: You who are in the three companies that are going on duty on the Sabbath--a third of you guarding the royal palace,

King James Bible
And he commanded them, saying, This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you that enter in on the sabbath shall even be keepers of the watch of the king's house;

Darby Bible Translation
And he commanded them saying, This is the thing which ye shall do: a third part of you, that come in on the sabbath, shall be keepers of the watch of the king's house;

World English Bible
He commanded them, saying, "This is the thing that you shall do: a third part of you, who come in on the Sabbath, shall be keepers of the watch of the king's house;

Young's Literal Translation
and commandeth them, saying, 'This is the thing that ye do; The third of you are going in on the sabbath, and keepers of the charge of the house of the king,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That enter in on the Sabbath - It appears that Jehoiada chose the Sabbath day to proclaim the young king, because as that was a day of public concourse, the gathering together of the people who were in this secret would not be noticed; and it is likely that they all came unarmed, and were supplied by Jehoiada with the spears and shields which David had laid up in the temple, 2 Kings 11:10.

The priests and Levites were divided into twenty-four classes by David, and each served a week by turns in the temple, and it was on the Sabbath that they began the weekly service, all this favored Jehoiada's design.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that enter

1 Chronicles 9:25 And their brothers, which were in their villages, were to come after seven days from time to time with them.

1 Chronicles 23:3-6,32 Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man...

1 Chronicles 24:3-6 And David distributed them, both Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar...

Luke 1:8,9 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course...

the watch

2 Kings 11:19 And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and the guard, and all the people of the land...

2 Kings 16:18 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king's entry without...

1 Kings 10:5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers...

Jeremiah 26:10 When the princes of Judah heard these things, then they came up from the king's house to the house of the LORD...

Ezekiel 44:2,3 Then said the LORD to me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD...

Ezekiel 46:2,3 And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate...

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Jehoiada and Joash
'And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal. 2. But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain. 3. And he was with her hid in the house of the Lord six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land. 4. And the seventh year Jehoiada
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Mothers, Daughters, and Wives in Israel
In order accurately to understand the position of woman in Israel, it is only necessary carefully to peruse the New Testament. The picture of social life there presented gives a full view of the place which she held in private and in public life. Here we do not find that separation, so common among Orientals at all times, but a woman mingles freely with others both at home and abroad. So far from suffering under social inferiority, she takes influential and often leading part in all movements, specially
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
2 Kings 11:6
a third at the Sur Gate, and a third at the gate behind the guard, who take turns guarding the temple--

1 Chronicles 9:25
Their fellow Levites in their villages had to come from time to time and share their duties for seven-day periods.

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