Kore son of Imnah, a Levite and the guard on the east side, was in charge of the voluntary offerings made to God and disbursed the contributions made to the Lord and the consecrated items.
They made disbursements to the priests listed in the genealogical records by their families, and to the Levites twenty years old and up, according to their duties as assigned to their divisions,
But Hezekiah was ungrateful; he had a proud attitude, provoking God to be angry at him, as well as Judah and Jerusalem. 1
Hezekiah dammed up the source of the waters of the Upper Gihon and directed them down to the west side of the City of David. 1 Hezekiah succeeded in all that he did.
Prepare yourselves by your families according to your divisions, as instructed 1 by King David of Israel and his son Solomon.
The king sent the following response: “To Rehum the commander, Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their colleagues who live in Samaria and other parts of Trans-Euphrates: Greetings! 1
We inquired of those elders, asking them, ‘Who gave you the authority to rebuild this temple and to complete this structure?’
Leave the work on this temple of God alone. 1 Let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this temple of God in its proper place.
The rest of the needs for the temple of your God that you may have to supply, 1 you may do so from the royal treasury.
So I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, 1 Nathan, Zechariah, and Meshullam, who were leaders, and Joiarib and Elnathan, who were teachers.
Everyone who did not come within three days would thereby forfeit all his property, in keeping with the counsel of the officials and the elders. Furthermore, he himself would be excluded from the assembly of the exiles.
In those days the aristocrats of Judah repeatedly sent letters to Tobiah, and responses from Tobiah were repeatedly coming to them.
and their colleagues 1 who were carrying out work for the temple – 822; and Adaiah son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malkijah,
They performed the service of their God and the service of purification, along with the singers and gatekeepers, according to the commandment of David and 1 his son Solomon.
I also discovered that the grain offerings for the Levites had not been provided, and that as a result the Levites and the singers who performed this work had all gone off to their fields.
who shows no partiality to princes, and does not take note of 1 the rich more than the poor, because all of them are the work of his hands?