Nehemiah 12 (New American Standard)

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Priests and Levites Who Returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel

1 Now these are 1the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua : Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, 3 Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4 Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah, 5 Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, 6 Shemaiah and Joiarib, Jedaiah, 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah. These were the heads of the priests and their akinsmen in the days of Jeshua. 8 The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah who was bin charge of the songs of thanksgiving, he and his brothers. 9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brothers, stood opposite them 2in their service divisions. 10 Jeshua cbecame the father of Joiakim, and Joiakim dbecame the father of Eliashib, and Eliashib ebecame the father of Joiada, 11 and Joiada became the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan became the father of Jaddua. 12 Now in the days of Joiakim, the priests, the heads of fathers' households were: of Seraiah, Meraiah ; of Jeremiah, Hananiah ; 13 of Ezra, Meshullam ; of Amariah, Jehohanan ; 14 of fMalluchi, Jonathan ; of Shebaniah, Joseph ; 15 of Harim, Adna ; of Meraioth, Helkai ; 16 of Iddo, Zechariah ; of Ginnethon, Meshullam ; 17 of Abijah, Zichri ; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai ; 18 of Bilgah, Shammua ; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan ; 19 of Joiarib, Mattenai ; of Jedaiah, Uzzi ; 20 of Sallai, Kallai ; of Amok, Eber ; 21 of Hilkiah, Hashabiah ; of Jedaiah, Nethanel.

The Chief Levites

22 As 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. 23 The 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. 24 The heads of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers opposite them, 3to praise and give thanks, gas prescribed by David the man of God, 4division corresponding to division. 25 Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon and Akkub were gatekeepers keeping watch at 5the storehouses of the gates. 26 These served in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of 6Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra the priest and scribe.

Dedication of the Wall

27 Now 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 7to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps and lyres. 28 So the sons of the singers were assembled from the district around Jerusalem, and from 8the villages of the Netophathites, 29 from Beth-gilgal and from their fields in Geba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built themselves villages around Jerusalem. 30 The priests and the Levites 9purified themselves; they also purified the people, the gates and the wall.

Procedures for the Temple

31 Then I had the leaders of Judah come up on top of the wall, and I appointed two great hchoirs, i10the first proceeding to the right on top of the wall toward 11the Refuse Gate. 32 Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah followed them, 33 with Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, 34 Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah, 35 and 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, 36 and his jkinsmen, Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani, 12with the musical instruments of David the man of God. And Ezra the scribe went before them. 37 At 13the Fountain Gate they went directly up 14the steps of the city of David by the stairway of the wall above the house of David to 15the Water Gate on the east. 38 16The second kchoir proceeded to the lleft, while I followed them with half of the people on the wall, 17above the Tower of Furnaces, to 18the Broad Wall, 39 and above 19the Gate of Ephraim, by 20the Old Gate, by the 21Fish Gate, 22the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate ; and they stopped at 23the Gate of the Guard. 40 Then the two choirs took their stand in the house of God. So did I and half of the officials with me; 41 and the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah, with the trumpets ; 42 and Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam and Ezer. And the singers msang, with Jezrahiah their leader, 43 and on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because 24God had given them great joy, even the women and children rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard from afar. 44 On that day 25men 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 nserved. 45 For they performed the oworship of their God and the service of purification, together with the singers and the gatekeepers 26in accordance with the command of David and of his son Solomon. 46 For in the days of David and 27Asaph, in ancient times, there were p28leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God. 47 So all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and Nehemiah gave the portions due the singers and the gatekeepers 29as each day required, and 30set apart the consecrated portion for the Levites, and the Levites set apart the consecrated portion for the sons of Aaron.
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