The other gatekeepers (1 Chr 26:9-26:11)

“Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, able men, who were eighteen. Hosah, of the sons of Merari, had sons. Shimri was the chief. Even though he was not the first-born, his father made him chief. Hilkiah was the second. Tebaliah was the third. Zechariah was the fourth. All the sons and brothers of Hosah were thirteen.”

Now we find out about other gatekeepers. 18 people were the sons and brothers of Meshelemiah, the Korahite mentioned earlier in this chapter, who had 7 sons. Hosah, whose was a Merarite, had at least 4 sons. All his sons and brothers amounted to 13 men. Besides this chief (1) Shimri, there were 3 other people with that name. (2) Hilkiah was the name of a high priest with Josiah.   This is the only time the name (3) Tebaliah appears. There were 27 biblical people with the name of (4) Zechariah with the most famous being the prophet and his book, Zechariah. This is also the name of one of the sons of Meshelemiah.

The service of the gatekeepers (1 Chr 16:37-16:38)

“King David left Asaph and his kinsfolk there before the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to minister regularly before the ark as each day required. Obed-edom and his sixty-eight kinfolk were there also. Obed-edom, the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah were to be gatekeepers.”

The singer and cantor Asaph was to be in charge of the Ark of the Covenant on a regular basis. However, Obed-edom and 68 of his relatives were there also. The gatekeepers were to be Obed-edom, who had the Ark of the Covenant in his house before it came to Jerusalem, and Hosah, who was a Merari Levite.