Who until then waited in the king's gate eastward: they were gatekeepers in the camp of the children of Levi.
Read Chapter 9
George Leo Haydock
Time. Hebrew, "and hitherto. "This custom has been observed at the king's gate, who entered his tribune by the eastern gate of the temple, 4 Kings xvi. 18. So far the ancient records reach. Some would infer from this passage, that a guard was still kept at the king's gate, even though there was none sitting upon the throne after the captivity. (Calmet)
Protestants, ("who hitherto waited in the king's gate eastward.) They were porters in the companies of the children of Levi. "(Haydock)
These different bands attended by turns. (Menochius)
But the captains were on duty every day, ver. 25, and 26, and 34.