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16 Joab the son of Zeruiah was the commander in chief of the army.

Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud kept the government records.

17 Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Abiathar the son of Ahimelech,[a] were the priests.

Seraiah was the secretary.

18 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was the commander of[b] David’s bodyguard.[c]

David’s sons were priests.

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Footnotes

  1. 8.17 Abiathar the son of Ahimelech: One ancient translation and 1 Samuel 22.11-23; Hebrew “Ahimelech the son of Abiathar.”
  2. 8.18 was the commander of: Not in the Hebrew text of this verse, but see 1 Chronicles 18.17.
  3. 8.18 David’s bodyguard: The Hebrew text has “the Cherethites and the Pelethites,” who were foreign soldiers hired by David to be his bodyguard.

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