44 At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms(A) for the contributions, firstfruits and tithes.(B) From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.(C) 45 They performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as did also the musicians and gatekeepers, according to the commands of David(D) and his son Solomon.(E) 46 For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph,(F) there had been directors for the musicians and for the songs of praise(G) and thanksgiving to God. 47 So in the days of Zerubbabel and of Nehemiah, all Israel contributed the daily portions for the musicians and the gatekeepers. They also set aside the portion for the other Levites, and the Levites set aside the portion for the descendants of Aaron.(H)

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