David’s overseers

1 Chronicles Bible Background

05.29.2018 – Old Testament: 1Ch 27.25–31

To read the Bible in a year, read First Chronicles 26–27 on May 29, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Heads of government have many affairs with which to deal. David was no exception. He could not do everything himself, not even as an overseer of everything, but he had to have help:

And Azmaveth the son of Adiel was over the king’s treasuries; and Jehonathan the son of Uzziah was over the storehouses in the field, in the cities, in the villages, and in the fortresses. Ezri the son of Chelub was over those who did the work of the field for tilling the ground. And Shimei the Ramathite was over the vineyards, and Zabdi the Shiphmite was over the produce of the vineyards for the supply of wine. Baal-hanan the Gederite was over the olive trees and the sycamore trees that were in the lowlands, and Joash was over the store of oil. And Shitrai the Sharonite was over the herds that fed in Sharon, and Shaphat the son of Adlai was over the herds that were in the valleys. Obil the Ishmaelite was over the camels, Jehdeiah the Meronothite was over the donkeys, and Jaziz the Hagrite was over the flocks. All these were the officials over King David’s property (1 Chronicles 27.25–31).

David had men overseeing his treasuries, storehouses, tilling of the ground, vineyards, produce from the vineyards, olive trees, sycamore trees, the store of oil, herds, camels, donkeys, and flocks.


  • Do you try to do everything or do you employ others?
  • If you work for someone, do you do your work faithfully?

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