No one is to enter the temple of the Lord except the priests and Levites on duty; they may enter because they are consecrated, but all the others are to observe(A) the Lord’s command not to enter.[a]

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  1. 2 Chronicles 23:6 Or are to stand guard where the Lord has assigned them

28 The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the temple of the Lord: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification(A) of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God. 29 They were in charge of the bread set out on the table,(B) the special flour for the grain offerings,(C) the thin loaves made without yeast, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.(D) 30 They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening(E) 31 and whenever burnt offerings were presented to the Lord on the Sabbaths, at the New Moon(F) feasts and at the appointed festivals.(G) They were to serve before the Lord regularly in the proper number and in the way prescribed for them.

32 And so the Levites(H) carried out their responsibilities for the tent of meeting,(I) for the Holy Place and, under their relatives the descendants of Aaron, for the service of the temple of the Lord.(J)

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a third at the Sur Gate, and a third at the gate behind the guard, who take turns guarding the temple— and you who are in the other two companies that normally go off Sabbath duty are all to guard the temple for the king.

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