The singers also were brought together from the region around Jerusalem--from the villages of the Netophathites,1
References for Nehemiah 12:28
from Beth Gilgal, and from the area of Geba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem.
When the priests and Levites had purified themselves ceremonially, they purified the people,2 the gates and the wall.
References for Nehemiah 12:30