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.
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.
The heads of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothersopposite them, 1to praise and givethanks, aas prescribed by David the man of God, 2divisioncorresponding to division.
25Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon and Akkub were gatekeeperskeepingwatch at 3the storehouses of the gates.
26These served in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of 4Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra the priest and scribe.
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 songs5to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps and lyres.
So the sons of the singers were assembled from the districtaroundJerusalem, and from 6the villages of the Netophathites,
from Beth-gilgal and from their fields in Geba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built themselves villagesaroundJerusalem.
The priests and the Levites7purified themselves; they also purified the people, the gates and the wall.