“Who hitherto waited in the king's gate eastward: they were porters in the companies of the children of Levi.”
King James Version (KJV)
9:18 King's gate - In the east - gate of the temple, which was socalled, because the kings of Judah used to go to the temple throughthat gate. Under this gate he comprehends all the rest, which also wereguarded by these porters. Companies - Or, according to the courses.They kept the gates successively, according to that method into which theLevites were distributed, for the more convenient management of theirseveral offices; among which this of the porters was one.