“All these which were chosen to be porters in the gates were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office.”
King James Version (KJV)
9:22 Villages - Where their usual residence was, and whence they cameto Jerusalem in their courses. Ordain - In the times of the judgesthere was much disorder both in the Jewish state and church, and theLevites came to the tabernacle promiscuously, and as their inclinationsor occasions brought them. But Samuel observing they were greatlyincreased, began to think of establishing order in their ministration.And these intentions of his probably were communicated to David, whoafter his own peaceable settlement in his throne, revived and perfectedSamuel's design, and took care to put it in execution.