Now the leaders of the people were living in Jerusalem, the holy city, at this time. A tenth of the people from the other towns of Judah and Benjamin were chosen by sacred lots to live there, too, while the rest stayed where they were.
And the people commended everyone who volunteered to resettle in Jerusalem.
Here is a list of the names of the provincial officials who came to Jerusalem. Most of the people, priests, Levites, Temple servants, and descendants of Solomon's servants continued to live in their own homes in the various towns of Judah,
but some of the people from Judah and Benjamin resettled in Jerusalem. From the tribe of Judah: Athaiah son of Uzziah, son of Zechariah, son of Amariah, son of Shephatiah, son of Mahalalel, of the family of Perez;
and Maaseiah son of Baruch, son of Col-hozeh, son of Hazaiah, son of Adaiah, son of Joiarib, son of Zechariah, of the family of Shelah. a6
There were also 468 descendants of Perez who lived in Jerusalem -- all outstanding men.
From the tribe of Benjamin: Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Joed, son of Pedaiah, son of Kolaiah, son of Maaseiah, son of Ithiel, son of Jeshaiah;
and after him there were Gabbai and Sallai, and a total of 928 relatives.
Their chief officer was Joel son of Zicri, who was assisted by Judah son of Hassenuah, second-in-command over the city.
From the priests: Jedaiah son of Joiarib; Jakin;
and Seraiah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the supervisor of the Temple of God;
together with 822 of their associates, who worked at the Temple. Also, there was Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pelaliah, son of Amzi, son of Zechariah, son of Pashhur, son of Malkijah;
and 242 of his associates, who were heads of their families. There were also Amashsai son of Azarel, son of Ahzai, son of Meshillemoth, son of Immer;
and 128 of his outstanding associates. Their chief officer was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim.
From the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, son of Bunni;
Shabbethai and Jozabad, who were in charge of the work outside the Temple of God;
Mattaniah son of Mica, son of Zabdi, a descendant of Asaph, who opened the thanksgiving services with prayer; Bakbukiah, who was Mattaniah's assistant; and Abda son of Shammua, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun.
In all, there were 284 Levites in the holy city.
From the gatekeepers: Akkub, Talmon, and 172 of their associates, who guarded the gates.
The other priests, Levites, and the rest of the Israelites lived wherever their family inheritance was located in any of the towns of Judah.
However, the Temple servants, whose leaders were Ziha and Gishpa, all lived on the hill of Ophel.
The chief officer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi son of Bani, son of Hashabiah, son of Mattaniah, son of Mica, a descendant of Asaph, whose family served as singers at God's Temple.
They were under royal orders, which determined their daily activities.
Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, a descendant of Zerah son of Judah, was the king's agent in all matters of public administration.
Some of the people of Judah lived in Kiriath-arba with its villages, Dibon with its villages, and Jekabzeel with its villages.
They also lived in Jeshua, Moladah, Beth-pelet,
Hazar-shual, Beersheba with its villages,
Ziklag, and Meconah with its villages.
They were also in En-rimmon, Zorah, Jarmuth,
Zanoah, and Adullam with their villages. They were also in Lachish and its nearby fields and Azekah with its surrounding villages. So the people of Judah were living all the way from Beersheba to the valley of Hinnom.
Some of the people of Benjamin lived at Geba, Micmash, Aija, and Bethel with its surrounding villages.
They were also in Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,
Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,
Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,
Lod, Ono, and the Valley of Craftsmen. b36
Some of the Levites who lived in Judah were sent to live with the tribe of Benjamin.
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