1Some priests and Levites returned to Judah with Zerubbabel and Joshua. Zerubbabel was the son of Shealtiel. Here are the names of those priests and Levites. Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,2Amariah, Malluk, Hattush,3Shekaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,4Iddo, Ginnethon, Abijah,5Mijamin, Moadiah, Bilgah,6Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,7Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah All of them were the leaders of the priests and those who helped them. They lived in the days of Joshua.8The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah and Judah. There were also Mattaniah and those who helped him. They were in charge of the songs for giving thanks.9Bakbukiah and Unni helped them. They stood and sang opposite them during the services.10Joshua was the father of Joiakim. Joiakim was the father of Eliashib. Eliashib was the father of Joiada.11Joiada was the father of Jonathan. And Jonathan was the father of Jaddua.12Here are the names of the family leaders of the priests. They were the leaders in the days of Joiakim. Meraiah was from Seraiah’s family. Hananiah was from Jeremiah’s family.13Meshullam was from Ezra’s family. Jehohanan was from Amariah’s family.14Jonathan was from Malluk’s family. Joseph was from Shekaniah’s family.15Adna was from Harim’s family. Helkai was from Meremoth’s family.16Zechariah was from Iddo’s family. Meshullam was from Ginnethon’s family.17Zikri was from Abijah’s family. Piltai was from Miniamin’s and Moadiah’s family.18Shammua was from Bilgah’s family. Jehonathan was from Shemaiah’s family.19Mattenai was from Joiarib’s family. Uzzi was from Jedaiah’s family.20Kallai was from Sallu’s family. Eber was from Amok’s family.21Hashabiah was from Hilkiah’s family. And Nethanel was from Jedaiah’s family.22The names of the family leaders of the Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan and Jaddua were written down. So were the names of the family leaders of the priests. That happened while Darius ruled over Persia.23The names of the leaders in Levi’s family line up to the time of Johanan were written down. They were written in the official records. Johanan was the son of Eliashib.24The leaders of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah and Jeshua. Jeshua was the son of Kadmiel. Those who helped them stood opposite them to sing praises and give thanks. One group would sing back to the other. That’s what David, the man of God, had ordered.25Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon and Akkub stood at the gates of the temple. They guarded the storerooms at the gates.26They served in the days of Joiakim. He was the son of Joshua. Joshua was the son of Jozadak. They also served in the days of Nehemiah and Ezra. Nehemiah was the governor. Ezra was a priest and the teacher of the Law.
The wall of Jerusalem is set apart to God
27The wall of Jerusalem was set apart to God. For that occasion, the Levites were gathered together from where they lived. They were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate that happy occasion. They celebrated the fact that the wall was being set apart to God. They did it by singing and giving their thanks to him. They celebrated by playing music on cymbals, harps and lyres.28The musicians were also brought together. Some of them came in from the area around Jerusalem. Others came from the villages where the people of Netophah lived.29Others came from Beth Gilgal. Still others came from the area of Geba and Azmaveth. The musicians had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem.30The priests and Levites made themselves pure. Then they made the people, the gates and the wall pure and ‘clean’.31I, Nehemiah, had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also appointed two large choirs to sing and give thanks. I told one of them to walk south on top of the wall. That was towards the Dung Gate.32Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah followed them.33Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam,34Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah and Jeremiah also followed them.35Some priests who had trumpets followed them. So did Zechariah. He was the son of Jonathan. Jonathan was the son of Shemaiah. Shemaiah was the son of Mattaniah. Mattaniah was the son of Micaiah. Micaiah was the son of Zakkur. Zakkur was the son of Asaph.36Those who helped Zechariah also marched along. They were Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani. They brought musical instruments with them. That’s what David, the man of God, had ordered. Ezra led the group that was marching south. He was the teacher of the Law.37At the Fountain Gate they continued straight up the steps of the City of David. The steps went up to the wall. Then the group passed above the place where David’s palace had been. They continued on to the Water Gate on the east.38The second choir went north. I followed them on top of the wall. Half of the people went with me. They went past the Tower of the Ovens. They went to the Broad Wall.39They marched over the Gate of Ephraim. They went over the Jeshanah Gate and the Fish Gate. They went past the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred. They continued on to the Sheep Gate. At the Gate of the Guard they stopped.40Then the two choirs that sang and gave thanks took their places in God’s house. So did I. So did half of the officials.41And so did the priests. They were Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah. They had their trumpets with them.42Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malkijah, Elam and Ezer were also there. The choirs sang under the direction of Jezrahiah.43On that day large numbers of sacrifices were offered. The people were glad because God had given them great joy. The women and children were also very happy. The joyful sound in Jerusalem could be heard far away.
Nehemiah makes some final changes
44At that time some men were put in charge of the storerooms. That’s where all the gifts the people brought were placed. Those gifts included the first shares of their crops. They also included a tenth of everything the Law required. Crops were harvested from the fields around the towns. The people had to bring the shares of those crops that were required by the Law. They gave them to the priests and Levites. That’s because the people of Judah were pleased with the priests and Levites who were serving God.45The priests and Levites did everything their God wanted them to do. They made things pure and ‘clean’. The musicians and the men who guarded the temple gates also served God. Everything was done just as David and his son Solomon had commanded.46A long time ago there had been directors for the musicians. There had also been directors for the songs for giving thanks and praise to God. It was in the time of David and Asaph.47So now in the days of Zerubbabel and Nehemiah, all the people of Israel brought their gifts. They gave the musicians and the men who guarded the gates what they were supposed to give them every day. They also set apart the shares for the other Levites. And the Levites set apart the shares for the priests in the family line of Aaron.
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Priests and Levites
1These are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, (1Ch 3:19; Ezr 2:1; Ezr 3:2; Ne 10:2; Ne 12:12; Ne 12:47)2Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,3Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,4Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah,5Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,6Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,7Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chiefs of the priests and of their brothers in the days of Jeshua.8And the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, who with his brothers was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving. (2Ch 5:13; Ne 11:17; Ne 12:24)9And Bakbukiah and Unni and their brothers stood opposite them in the service. (Ne 12:24)10And Jeshua was the father of Joiakim, Joiakim the father of Eliashib, Eliashib the father of Joiada,11Joiada the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan the father of Jaddua.12And in the days of Joiakim were priests, heads of fathers’ houses: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah; (Ne 12:26)13of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;14of Malluchi, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;15of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;16of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;17of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai;18of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;19of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;20of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;21of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethanel.22In the days of Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan, and Jaddua, the Levites were recorded as heads of fathers’ houses; so too were the priests in the reign of Darius the Persian.23As for the sons of Levi, their heads of fathers’ houses were written in the Book of the Chronicles until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib. (1Ch 9:14)24And the chiefs of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers who stood opposite them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, watch by watch. (2Ch 5:13; Ezr 2:40; Ezr 3:11; Ne 10:9; Ne 11:17; Ne 12:9; Ne 12:36)25Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub were gatekeepers standing guard at the storehouses of the gates. (1Ch 26:15)26These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra, the priest and scribe. (Ne 8:9)
Dedication of the Wall
27And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, with thanksgivings and with singing, with cymbals, harps, and lyres. (Nu 7:10; 1Ch 15:16)28And the sons of the singers gathered together from the district surrounding Jerusalem and from the villages of the Netophathites;29also from Beth-gilgal and from the region of Geba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built for themselves villages around Jerusalem.30And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and they purified the people and the gates and the wall. (Ne 13:22; Ne 13:30)31Then I brought the leaders of Judah up onto the wall and appointed two great choirs that gave thanks. One went to the south on the wall to the Dung Gate. (Ne 2:13; Ne 3:13; Ne 12:38)32And after them went Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah,33and Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam,34Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,35and certain of the priests’ sons with trumpets: Zechariah the son of Jonathan, son of Shemaiah, son of Mattaniah, son of Micaiah, son of Zaccur, son of Asaph; (1Ch 15:24)36and his relatives, Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah, and Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God. And Ezra the scribe went before them. (1Ch 23:5; Ne 12:24)37At the Fountain Gate they went up straight before them by the stairs of the city of David, at the ascent of the wall, above the house of David, to the Water Gate on the east. (Ne 2:14; Ne 3:15; Ne 3:26; Ne 8:1; Ne 8:3; Ne 8:16)38The other choir of those who gave thanks went to the north, and I followed them with half of the people, on the wall, above the Tower of the Ovens, to the Broad Wall, (Ne 3:8; Ne 3:11; Ne 12:31)39and above the Gate of Ephraim, and by the Gate of Yeshanah, and by the Fish Gate and the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, to the Sheep Gate; and they came to a halt at the Gate of the Guard. (Ne 3:1; Ne 3:3; Ne 3:6; Ne 3:25; Ne 8:16)40So both choirs of those who gave thanks stood in the house of God, and I and half of the officials with me;41and the priests Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets; (1Ch 15:24)42and Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang with Jezrahiah as their leader.43And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.
Service at the Temple
44On that day men were appointed over the storerooms, the contributions, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them the portions required by the Law for the priests and for the Levites according to the fields of the towns, for Judah rejoiced over the priests and the Levites who ministered. (2Ch 31:11; Ne 13:5; Ne 13:12)45And they performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as did the singers and the gatekeepers, according to the command of David and his son Solomon.46For long ago in the days of David and Asaph there were directors of the singers, and there were songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. (1Ch 25:1; 2Ch 29:30)47And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah gave the daily portions for the singers and the gatekeepers; and they set apart that which was for the Levites; and the Levites set apart that which was for the sons of Aaron. (Nu 18:21; Nu 18:24; Nu 18:26; 2Ch 31:16; Ne 11:23)