27 They spent the night in the vicinity of God’s temple, because they had guard duty and were in charge of opening it every morning.(A)

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14 According to the ordinances of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests over their service,(A) of the Levites over their responsibilities to offer praise and to minister before the priests following the daily requirement,(B) and of the gatekeepers by their divisions with respect to each temple gate,(C) for this had been the command of David, the man of God.(D)

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For the Lord has said to me,
“Go, post a lookout;
let him report what he sees.
When he sees riders—
pairs of horsemen,
riders on donkeys,
riders on camels—
he must pay close attention.”
Then the lookout[a] reported,
“Lord, I stand on the watchtower all day,(A)
and I stay at my post all night.
Look, riders come—
horsemen in pairs.”
And he answered, saying,
“Babylon has fallen,(B) has fallen.
All the images of her gods
have been shattered on the ground.”(C)

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Footnotes

  1. 21:8 DSS, Syr; MT reads Then a lion

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