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  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Courses 
  When  David  was  not  permitted  to  build  the  temple,  he  proceeded, 
  among  the  last  acts  of  his  life,  with  the  assistance  of  Zadok 
  and  Ahimelech,  to  organize  the  priestly  and  musical  services  to 
  be  conducted  in  the  house  of  God.  (1.)  He  divided  the  priests 
  into  twenty-four  courses  (1  Chr.  24:1-19),  sixteen  being  of  the 
  house  of  Eleazar  and  eight  of  that  of  Ithamar.  Each  course  was 
  under  a  head  or  chief,  and  ministered  for  a  week,  the  order 
  being  determined  by  lot  (2.)  The  rest  of  the  38,000  Levites 
  (23:4)  were  divided  also  into  twenty-four  courses,  each  to 
  render  some  allotted  service  in  public  worship:  4,000  in 
  twenty-four  courses  were  set  apart  as  singers  and  musicians 
  under  separate  leaders  (25);  4,000  as  porters  or  keepers  of  the 
  doors  and  gates  of  the  sanctuary  (26:1-19);  and  6,000  as 
  officers  and  judges  to  see  to  the  administration  of  the  law  in 
  all  civil  and  ecclesiastical  matters  (20-32). 
 
  This  arrangement  was  re-established  by  Hezekiah  (2  Chr.  31:2); 
  and  afterwards  the  four  sacerdotal  courses  which  are  said  to 
  have  returned  from  the  Captivity  were  re-divided  into  the 
  original  number  of  twenty-four  by  Ezra  (6:18). 
 




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