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II Chronicles – Chapter 1
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Solomon gathered the reins of the kingdom together and, with G-d’s help, successfully took charge of the nation. He conferred with all the leaders of the people and gathered together with them at Givon, where most of the vessels of the Tabernacle remained, along with an altar. (The Ark resided in a special structure erected […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 29
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When last we left David, he had singled out Solomon from the large group of leaders he had gathered. He now returns to addressing the entire group. “Even though he is young and inexperienced, Solomon is the one G-d has selected for the awesome responsibility of building the Temple. I have done my best to […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 28
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David called a gathering of the leaders of the people and his officials. Though he was old and infirm, he rose to address them. “Listen, my brothers,” he said. “I intended to build a Temple to G-d but I was denied the privilege. But G-d selected me as king and He has granted me an […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 27
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Having spent the past few chapters detailing how the kohanim and Leviim were divided into 24 “watches” with weekly rotations for their various tasks, the Book now describes how David’s officials had a similar work detail. We see that this rotation was not arranged at this time, as Asahel was in charge of one of […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 26
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This chapter focuses on the shifts of Levite gatekeepers. The start of the chapter is a list of Levite families and the gates they were assigned. (As with the duty roster, the gates were assigned by lottery.) Levites were also placed in charge of the treasuries for construction and for purchasing the animals for communal […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 25
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David and his officers separated the sons of Asaf, Heiman and Yedusun from the other Levites to serve as musicians. Those three Levites had prophesied to musical accompaniment and their inspired words are included in the Book of Psalms. The members of these three families included enough people (288) to meet the musical needs of […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 24
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This chapter lists the “duty roster” of the kohanim (priests). The descendants of Aaron’s son Elazar were more numerous than those of his son Itamar, so the former were placed in charge of 16 shifts and the latter in charge of eight. The order of their shifts was determined by lottery; verses 6-18 provide the […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 23
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David was advanced in age, so he appointed Solomon to rule in his stead. (The full details behind the transfer of power are given in the first chapter of Kings.) David divided the Levites into the various duty groups responsible for administering to the sacrifices, guarding the Temple, playing the instruments, etc. (Verses 6-24 contain […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 22
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David designated the threshing floor as the site of the future Temple; he likewise instructed that the altar he had erected there was the one the people should use for their offerings. David conscripted “resident aliens” (possibly referring specifically to the Gibeonites) to help in the preparations for construction and he enlisted masons to prepare […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 21
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David was seized by an improper desire to take a census of the nation, an act that is forbidden under normal circumstances. He instructed Yoav to carry it out. Yoav balked, but David would not be swayed. The census was taken and the results were reported back to David. (Again, the numbers differ from those […]