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Nehemiah 11:31 ASV
The children of Benjamin also [dwelt] from Geba [onward], at Michmash and Aija, and at Beth-el and the towns thereof,
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Nehemiah 11:31 BBE
And the children of Benjamin were living from Geba, at Michmash and Aija, and at Beth-el and its daughter-towns,
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Nehemiah 11:31 CEB
The people of Benjamin also lived from beyond Geba, at Michmash, Aija, Bethel and its villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 CJB
The people of Binyamin lived from Geva onward, in Mikhmas and 'Ayah, in Beit-El and its villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 RHE
And the children of Benjamin, from Geba, at Mechmas, and at Hai, and at Bethel, and in the villages thereof,
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Nehemiah 11:31 ESV
The people of Benjamin also lived from Geba onward, at Michmash, Aija, Bethel and its villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 GW
Benjamin's descendants live in the area of Geba, in Michmash, Aija, Bethel and its villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 GNT
The people of the tribe of Benjamin lived in Geba, Michmash, Ai, Bethel and the nearby villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 HNV
The children of Binyamin also [lived] from Geva [onward], at Mikhmash and Ayah, and at Beit-El and the towns of it,
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Nehemiah 11:31 CSB
Benjamin's descendants: from Geba, Michmash, Aija, and Bethel-and its villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 KJV
The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija, and Bethel, and in their villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 LEB
The descendants of Benjamin from Geba, Micmash, Aija, Bethel and {their settlements},
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Nehemiah 11:31 NAS
The sons of Benjamin also lived from Geba onward, at Michmash and Aija, at Bethel and its towns,
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Nehemiah 11:31 NCV
The descendants of the Benjaminites from Geba lived in Micmash, Aija, Bethel and its surroundings,
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Nehemiah 11:31 NIRV
Some of the members of the family line of Benjamin who were from Geba lived in Micmash. Others lived in Aija and in Bethel and its settlements.
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Nehemiah 11:31 NIV
The descendants of the Benjamites from Geba lived in Micmash, Aija, Bethel and its settlements,
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Nehemiah 11:31 NKJV
Also the children of Benjamin from Geba dwelt in Michmash, Aija, and Bethel, and their villages;
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Nehemiah 11:31 NLT
Some of the people of Benjamin lived at Geba, Micmash, Aija, and Bethel with its surrounding villages.
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Nehemiah 11:31 NRS
The people of Benjamin also lived from Geba onward, at Michmash, Aija, Bethel and its villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 RSV
The people of Benjamin also lived from Geba onward, at Michmash, Ai'ja, Bethel and its villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 DBY
And the children of Benjamin from Geba [dwelt] in Michmash and Aija and Bethel, and their dependent villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 MSG
The Benjaminites from Geba lived in: Micmash Aijah Bethel and its suburbs
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Nehemiah 11:31 WBT
The children also of Benjamin from Geba [dwelt] at Michmash, and Aija, and Beth-el, and [in] their villages.
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Nehemiah 11:31 TMB
The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija and Bethel and in their villages,
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Nehemiah 11:31 TNIV
The descendants of the Benjamites from Geba lived in Mikmash, Aija, Bethel and its settlements,
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Nehemiah 11:31 WEB
The children of Benjamin also [lived] from Geba [onward], at Michmash and Aija, and at Bethel and the towns of it,
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Nehemiah 11:31 WYC
And the sons of Benjamin dwelled in Geba, Michmash, and Aija, and Bethel, and in the villages thereof; (And the sons of Benjamin lived in Geba, Michmash, Aija, and Bethel, and in their villages;)
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Nehemiah 11:31 YLT
And sons of Benjamin [are] at Geba, Michmash, and Aija, and Beth-El, and its small towns,
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Nehemiah 11 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 11

The distribution of the people.

- In all ages, men have preferred their own ease and advantage to the public good. Even the professors of religion too commonly seek their own, and not the things of Christ. Few have had such attachment to holy things and holy places, as to renounce pleasure for their sake. Yet surely, our souls should delight to dwell where holy persons and opportunities of spiritual improvement most abound. If we have not this love to the city of our God, and to every thing that assists our communion with the Saviour, how shall we be willing to depart hence; to be absent from the body, that we may be present with the Lord? To the carnal-minded, the perfect holiness of the New Jerusalem would be still harder to bear than the holiness of God's church on earth. Let us seek first the favour of God, and his glory; let us study to be patient, contented, and useful in our several stations, and wait, with cheerful hope, for admission into the holy city of God.

Nehemiah 11 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 11

Nehemiah 11:1 Nehemiah 11:2 . THE RULERS, VOLUNTARY MEN, AND EVERY TENTH MAN CHOSEN BY LOT, DWELL AT JERUSALEM.

1. the rulers . . . dwelt at Jerusalem--That city being the metropolis of the country, it was right and proper that the seat of government should be there. But the exigency of the times required that special measures should be taken to insure the residence of an adequate population for the custody of the buildings and the defense of the city. From the annoyances of restless and malignant enemies, who tried every means to demolish the rising fortifications, there was some danger attending a settlement in Jerusalem. Hence the greater part of the returned exiles, in order to earn as well as secure the rewards of their duty, preferred to remain in the country or the provincial towns. To remedy this state of things, it was resolved to select every tenth man of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin by lot, to become a permanent inhabitant of the capital. The necessity of such an expedient commended it to the general approval. It was the more readily submitted to because the lot was resorted to on all the most critical conjunctures of the Jewish history, and regarded by the people as a divine decision ( Proverbs 18:18 ). This awakened strongly the national spirit; and patriotic volunteers came forward readily to meet the wishes of the authorities, a service which, implying great self-denial as well as courage, was reckoned in the circumstances of so much importance as entitled them to the public gratitude. No wonder that the conduct of these volunteers drew forth the tribute of public admiration; for they sacrificed their personal safety and comfort for the interests of the community because Jerusalem was at that time a place against which the enemies of the Jews were directing a thousand plots. Therefore, residence in it at such a juncture was attended with expense and various annoyances from which a country life was entirely free.

Nehemiah 11:3-36 . THEIR NAMES.

3. the chief of the province--that is, Judea. Nehemiah speaks of it, as it then was, a small appendix of the Persian empire.
in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his possession in their cities--The returned exiles, who had come from Babylon, repaired generally, and by a natural impulse, to the lands and cities throughout the country which had been anciently assigned them.
Israel--This general name, which designated the descendants of Jacob before the unhappy division of the two kingdoms under Rehoboam, was restored after the captivity, the Israelites being then united with the Jews, and all traces of their former separation being obliterated. Although the majority of the returned exiles belonged to the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, they are here called Israel because a large number out of all the tribes were now intermingled, and these were principally the occupiers of the rural villages, while none but those of Judah and Benjamin resided in Jerusalem.
the Levites--These took possession of the cities allotted to them according as they had opportunity.
the Nethinims--A certain order of men, either Gibeonites or persons joined with them, who were devoted to the service of God.

4. at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the children of Judah--The discrepancy that is apparent between this ( Nehemiah 11:4-36 ) and the list formerly given in 1 Chronicles 9:1-9 , arose not only from the Jewish and Oriental practice of changing or modifying the names of persons from a change of circumstances, but from the alterations that must have been produced in the course of time. The catalogue in Chronicles contains those who came with the first detachment of returned exiles, while the list in this passage probably included also those who returned with Ezra and Nehemiah; or it was most probably made out afterwards, when several had died, or some, who had been inserted as going on the journey, remained, and others came in their stead.

9. overseer--that is, "captain" or "chief."

11. the ruler of the house of God--assistant of the high priest ( Numbers 3:32 , 1 Chronicles 9:11 , 2 Chronicles 19:11 ).

16. the oversight of the outward business of the house of God--that is, those things which were done outside, or in the country, such as the collecting of the provisions ( 1 Chronicles 26:29 ).

17. the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer--that is, the leader of the choir which chanted the public praise at the time of the morning and evening sacrifice. That service was always accompanied by some appropriate psalm, the sacred music being selected and guided by the person named.

22. the sons of Asaph, the singers were over the business of the house of God--They were selected to take charge of providing those things which were required for the interior of the temple and its service, while to others was committed the care of the "outward business of the house of God" ( Nehemiah 11:16 ). This duty was very properly assigned to the sons of Asaph; for, though they were Levites, they did not repair in rotation to Jerusalem, as the other ministers of religion. Being permanent residents, and employed in duties which were comparatively light and easy, they were very competent to undertake this charge.

23. it was the king's commandment--It was the will of the Persian monarch in issuing his edict that the temple service should be revived in all its religious fulness and solemnity. As this special provision for the singers is said to have been by the king's commandment, the order was probably given at the request or suggestion of Ezra or Nehemiah.

24. Pethahiah . . . was at the king's hand in all matters concerning the people--This person was entrusted with judicial power, either for the interest, or by the appointment, of the Persian monarch, and his duty consisted either in adjusting cases of civil dispute, or in regulating fiscal concerns.

25. some of the children of Judah dwelt at Kirjath-arba--The whole region in which the villages here mentioned were situated had been completely devastated by the Chaldean invasion; and, therefore, it must be assumed, that these villages had been rebuilt before "the children dwelt in them."

36. And of the Levites were divisions in Judah, and in Benjamin--Rather, there were divisions for the Levites; that is, those who were not resident in Jerusalem were distributed in settlements throughout the provinces of Judah and Benjamin.