12:44 On that day men were appointed over the storerooms for the contributions, first fruits, and tithes, to gather into them from 1 the fields of the cities the portions prescribed by the law for the priests and the Levites, for the people of Judah 2 took delight in the priests and Levites who were ministering. 3
12:47 So in the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah, all Israel was contributing the portions for the singers and gatekeepers, according to the daily need. 4 They also set aside 5 the portion for the Levites, and the Levites set aside the portion for the descendants of Aaron.
1 tc The translation reads מִשְּׂדֶי (missÿde, “from the fields”) rather than the MT reading לִשְׂדֵי (lisdey, “to the fields”).
2 tn Heb “for Judah.” The words “the people of” have been supplied in the translation for clarity, since “Judah” is a proper name as well as a place name.
3 tn Heb “standing.”
4 tn Heb “a thing of a day in its day.”
5 tn Heb “were sanctifying.”