Nehemiah 12


The Priests and Levites Ascend with Zerubbabel

1And these are the priests and the Levites, the ones ascending with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua; Saraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, 3Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah, 5Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, 6Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah, 7Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the rulers of the priests, and their brethren in the days of Jeshua. 8And the Levites; Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Joiada, Mattaniah, which was over the acknowledgments, he and his brethren. 9And Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren were over against them in the daily rotations. 10And Jeshua engendered Joiakim, and Joiakim engendered Eliashib, and Eliashib engendered Joiada, 11and Joiada engendered Jonathan, and Jonathan engendered Jaddua. 12And in the days of Joiakim were the priests, and the rulers of the families -- to Seraiah, Meraiah; to Jeremiah, Hananiah; 13to Ezra, Meshullam; to Amariah, Jehohanan; 14to Melicu, Jonathan; to Secheniah, Joseph; 15to Harim, Adna; to Maraioth, Helkai; 16to Iddo, Zechariah; to Ginnethon, Meshullam; 17to Abijah, Zichri; to Miniamin, Moadiah, to Piltai, 18to Bilgah, Shammua; to Shemaiah, Jehonathan; 19to Joiarib, Mattenai; to Jedaiah, Uzzi; 20to Sallai, Kallai; to Amok, Eber; 21to Hilkiah, Hashabiah; to Jedaiah, Nethaneel. 22The Levites in the days of Eliashib, were Joiada, and Joa, and Johanan, and Jaddua they were written down as rulers of the families; and the priests in the kingdom of Darius the Persian. 23And the sons of Levi, rulers of the families were written upon the scroll of the words of the days, even until the days of Johanan son of Eliashib. 24And the rulers of the Levites -- Hashabiah, and Sherebiah, and Jeshua. And the sons of Kadmiel, and their brethren over against them, for praising and making acknowledgment, by the command of David the man of God, in daily rotation by daily rotation. 25Mattaniah and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were guarding gatekeepers of the watch in my gathering the gatekeepers. 26These were in the days of Joiakim son of Jeshua, son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the ruler, and Ezra the priest and scribe.

The Festival of Dedication

27And in the festival of dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in their places, to bring them into Jerusalem, to observe the holiday of rededication with gladness, and in praise, and in odes, playing cymbals, and psalteries, and lutes. 28And [5gathered 1the 2sons 3of the 4singers] even from the place round about Jerusalem, and from the properties of the Netophathi. 29And in Beth-gilgal and from the fields of Geba and Azmaveth; for [5nearby properties 3built 4for themselves 1the 2singers] surrounding Jerusalem. 30And [6cleansed themselves 1the 2priests 3and 4the 5Levites], and they cleansed the people, and the gates, and the wall. 31And they brought the rulers of Judah upon the wall, and I stationed two [2for 3praise 1great companies], and they went at the right the wall of the gate of the dung. 32And [6went 7behind 8them 1Hoshaiah 2and 3half 4of the rulers 5of Judah], 33and Azariah, and Ezra, and Meshullam, 34and Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah. 35And some from the sons of the priests with trumpets; Zechariah son of Jonathan, son of Shemaiah, son of Mathaniah son of Michaiah, son of Zaccur, son of Asaph. 36And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah and Hanani, to praise by instruments in odes of David the man of God; and Ezra the scribe was in front of them. 37At the gate of the spring, over by them, they ascended upon the stairways of the city of David, by ascending the wall on top of the house of David, and unto the [2gate 1water] according to the east. 38And for praise, the second group went forth to meet them, and I was behind them. And half of the people were above the wall, up above the tower of the furnaces, and unto the [2wall 1broad], 39and up above the gate of Ephraim, and upon the gate, the one of Eisiana, and upon the [2gate 1fish], and by the tower of Hananeel, and from the tower of Meah, and unto the gate of the sheep; and they stopped upon the gate of the prison. 40And [3stood 1the 2two groups] for praise in the house of God, and I, and the half of the commandants with me. 41And the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, Hananiah, were with trumpets; 42and Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Melchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And [3were heard 1the 2singers], and Jezrahiah the overseer. 43And they sacrificed in that day [2sacrifices 1great], and they were glad. For God gladdened them [2gladness with great]; and their wives and their children were glad; and [5was heard 1the 2gladness 3in 4Jerusalem] from far off. 44And they ordained in that day men over the treasuries, for the treasures, for the first-fruits, and for the tenths, to gather in to them from the fields of the cities portions to the priests and to the Levites; for there was gladness in Judah, and upon the priests, and the Levites, of the ones standing. 45And they guarded the watch of their God, and the watches of the cleansing, even the singers and the gatekeepers, according to the commands of David, and Solomon his son. 46For in the days of David and Asaph from the beginning there was a first of the singers, and a hymn and praise to God. 47And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, were giving portions of the singers and of the gatekeepers -- an account [2day 3by 4day 1of it]. And they sanctified them to the Levites; and the Levites sanctified them to the sons of Aaron.
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