1. These are the assignments of work for the Levites who served as Temple guards. For the Korahites: Meshelemiah son of Kore, one of the sons of Ebiasahp.

2. Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,

3. Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh.

4. Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth,

5. Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth; God had indeed blessed him.

6. Shemaiah had sons who were important men in their clan because of their great ability.

7. Sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed, Elzabad and his brothers, Elihu and Semachia, brave men.

8. All these were sons of Obed-edom. These and their sons and brothers were highly qualified for this work. For Obed-edom, sixty-two.

9. Meshelemiah had sons and brothers: eighteen brave men.

10. Hosah, son of Merari, had sons: Shimri was the first, for although he was not the firstborn his father had made him the chief.

11. Hilkiah was the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth. Altogether thirteen members of Hosah's family were Temple guards.

12. The Temple guards were divided into groups, according to their families, and they were assigned duties in the Temple, just as the other Levites were.

13. They drew lots, junior and senior family alike, to see which gate it would be responsible for.

14. For the east side the lot fell to Shelemiah, whose son Zechariah was a shrewd counselor; when they drew lots, the lot for the north side fell to the latter.

15. To Obed-edom went the south, and to his sons the storehouse.

16. To Shuppim and Hosah went the west with the Gate of the Felled Treetrunk on the upper road. Watches were established for each family.

17. On the east, six daily; on the north, four daily; on the south, four daily; at the storehouse, two each side;

18. for the Parbar.

19. These were the orders of the gatekeepers among the Korahites and Merarites.

20. Others of their fellow Levites were in charge of the Temple Treasury and the storerooms for gifts dedicated to God.

21. The sons of Ladan, sons of Gershon, through Ladan had the Jehielites for heads of the families of Ladan the Gershonite.

22. The Jehielites, Zetham and Joel his brother, were responsible for the treasuries of the Temple of Yahweh.

23. As regard the Amramites, Izharites, Hebronites, and Uzzielites;

24. Shebuel son of Gershom, son of Moses, was the officer responsible for the treasuries.

25. His kinsmen through Eliezer: Rehabiah his son, Jeshaiah his son, Joram his son, Zichri his son, Shelomoth his son.

26. This Shelomoth and his kinsmen were in charge of all the gifts dedicated to Yahweh by King David and by the heads of families as officers of thousands, of hundreds, or as other senior officers.

27. There was a part of the loot they captured in battle and dedicated for use in the Temple

28. and also the things that Samuel and the seer Saul son of Kish, Abner son of Ner, and Joab son of Zeruiah had dedicated. All that had been dedicated was under the responsibility of Shelomoth and his kinsmen.

29. For the Izharites: Chananiah and his sons were in charge of Israel's civil affairs as officials and judges.

30. For the Hebronites: Hashabiah and his kinsmen, one thousand seven hundred fighting men, were appointed as overseers of all Israel west of Jordan, for all the service of Yahweh and the service of the king.

31. For the Hebronites: Jerijah the chief. In the fortieth year of David's reign, the family line of the Hebronite families was investigated and fighting men were found belonging to them at Jazer in Gilead.

32. King David appointed two thousand seven hundred fighting men, kinsmen to Jerijah and heads of families, as overseers of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh for all the service of Yahweh and the sacrifices of the king.

“Mesmo quando perdemos a consciência deste mundo, quando parecemos já mortos, Deus nos dá ainda uma chance de entender o que é realmente o pecado, antes de nos julgar. E se entendemos corretamente, como podemos não nos arrepender?” São Padre Pio de Pietrelcina