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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
PORTER in EV [Note: English Version.] has always the sense of ‘doorkeeper’ (see House, Â§ 6 ) or ‘gatekeeper’ (see Fortification and Siegecraft, Â§ 5 , end). In John 10:3 the porter is the man left in charge of a sheepfold by the shepherd or shepherds whose sheep are there housed for the night. In private houses the doorkeeper might be a woman ( 2 Samuel 4:6 as restored from LXX [Note: Septuagint.] , Acts 12:13 ). In OT, however, porters are most frequently named in the Books of Chron., Ezrâ€ž and Neh. in connexion with the Temple ( 1 Chronicles 9:17 f. onwards), where they had charge of the various gates (see Temple, Â§ 6 , Priests and Levites, Â§ iii. 1, 2). The same word is rendered doorkeepers in AV [Note: Authorized Version.] 1 Chronicles 15:23 f., and in several other places in RV [Note: Revised Version.] ( 1 Chronicles 15:19 etc.). It is to be regretted that this term was not substituted throughout. In Psalms 84:10 the original is different, and should probably be rendered: ‘I had rather be [standing or lying] at the threshold in the house of my God.’
A. R. S. Kennedy.
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Porter'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/p/porter.html. 1909.