Nehemiah 12

Priests and Levites Who Returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel

1Now these are a  the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, 3Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah, 5Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, 6Shemaiah and Joiarib, Jedaiah, 7Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah. These were the heads of the priests and their
Lit brothers
kinsmen in the days of Jeshua.

8The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah who was
Lit over
in charge of the songs of thanksgiving, he and his brothers.
9Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brothers, stood opposite them d  in their service divisions. 10Jeshua
Lit begot, and so in vv 11, 12
became the father of Joiakim, and Joiakim
Lit begot, and so in vv 11, 12
became the father of Eliashib, and Eliashib
Lit begot, and so in vv 11, 12
became the father of Joiada,
11and Joiada became the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan became the father of Jaddua.

12Now in the days of Joiakim, the priests, the heads of fathers’ households were: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah; 13of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan; 14of
In Neh 12:2, Malluch
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.

The Chief Levites

22As for the Levites, the heads of fathers’ households were registered in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan and Jaddua; so were the priests in the reign of Darius the Persian. 23The sons of Levi, the heads of fathers’ households, were registered in the Book of the Chronicles up to the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib. 24The heads of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers opposite them, i  to praise and give thanks
Lit in the commandment of
as prescribed by David the man of God k  division corresponding to division.
25Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon and Akkub were gatekeepers keeping watch at l  the storehouses of the gates. 26These served in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of m  Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra the priest and scribe.

Dedication of the Wall

27Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs n  to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps and lyres. 28So the sons of the singers were assembled from the district around Jerusalem, and from o  the villages of the Netophathites, 29from Beth-gilgal and from their fields in Geba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built themselves villages around Jerusalem. 30The priests and the Levites p  purified themselves; they also purified the people, the gates and the wall.

Procedures for the Temple

31Then I had the leaders of Judah come up on top of the wall, and I appointed two great
Lit thanksgiving choirs
Heb and processions to the right
s  the first proceeding to the right on top of the wall toward t  the Refuse Gate.
32Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah followed them, 33with Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, 34Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah, 35and some of the sons of the priests with trumpets; and Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph, 36and his
Lit brothers
kinsmen, Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani, v  with the musical instruments of David the man of God. And Ezra the scribe went before them.
37At w  the Fountain Gate they went directly up x  the steps of the city of David by the stairway of the wall above the house of David to y  the Water Gate on the east.

38 z  The second
Lit thanksgiving choir
choir proceeded to the
Lit front
left, while I followed them with half of the people on the wall ac  above the Tower of Furnaces, to ad  the Broad Wall,
39and above ae  the Gate of Ephraim, by af  the Old Gate, by the ag  Fish Gate ah  the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate; and they stopped at ai  the Gate of the Guard. 40Then the two choirs took their stand in the house of God. So did I and half of the officials with me; 41and the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah, with the trumpets; 42and Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam and Ezer. And the singers
Lit caused their voices to be heard
sang, with Jezrahiah their leader,
43and on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because ak  God had given them great joy, even the women and children rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard from afar.

44On that day al  men were also appointed over the chambers for the stores, the contributions, the first fruits and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions required by the law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who
Lit stood
45For they performed the
Lit service
worship of their God and the service of purification, together with the singers and the gatekeepers ao  in accordance with the command of David and of his son Solomon.
46For in the days of David and ap  Asaph, in ancient times, there were
Lit heads
ar  leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God.
47So all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and Nehemiah gave the portions due the singers and the gatekeepers as  as each day required, and at  set apart the consecrated portion for the Levites, and the Levites set apart the consecrated portion for the sons of Aaron.
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