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Nehemiah 12:1-26 (Today's New International Version)

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Priests and Levites

1 These were the priests1 and Levites2 who returned with Zerubbabel3 son of Shealtiel4 and with Joshua:5 Seraiah,6 Jeremiah, Ezra, 2 Amariah, Malluk, Hattush, 3 Shekaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4 Iddo,7 Ginnethon,a Abijah,8 5 Mijamin,b Moadiah, Bilgah, 6 Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,9 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah. These were the leaders of the priests and their associates in the days of Joshua. 8 The Levites were Jeshua,10 Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah,11 who, together with his associates, was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving. 9 Bakbukiah and Unni, their associates, stood opposite them in the services. 10 Joshua was the father of Joiakim, Joiakim the father of Eliashib,12 Eliashib the father of Joiada, 11 Joiada the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan the father of Jaddua. 12 In the days of Joiakim, these were the heads of the priestly families: of Seraiah's family, Meraiah; of Jeremiah's, Hananiah; 13 of Ezra's, Meshullam; of Amariah's, Jehohanan; 14 of Malluk's, Jonathan; of Shekaniah's,c Joseph; 15 of Harim's, Adna; of Meremoth's,d Helkai; 16 of Iddo's,13 Zechariah; of Ginnethon's, Meshullam; 17 of Abijah's,14 Zikri; of Miniamin's and of Moadiah's, Piltai; 18 of Bilgah's, Shammua; of Shemaiah's, Jehonathan; 19 of Joiarib's, Mattenai; of Jedaiah's, Uzzi; 20 of Sallu's, Kallai; of Amok's, Eber; 21 of Hilkiah's, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah's, Nethanel. 22 The family heads of the Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan and Jaddua, as well as those of the priests, were recorded in the reign of Darius the Persian. 23 The family heads among the descendants of Levi up to the time of Johanan son of Eliashib were recorded in the book of the annals. 24 And the leaders of the Levites15 were Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Jeshua son of Kadmiel, and their associates, who stood opposite them to give praise and thanksgiving, one section responding to the other, as prescribed by David the man of God.16 25 Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon and Akkub were gatekeepers who guarded the storerooms at the gates. 26 They served in the days of Joiakim son of Joshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra the priest, the teacher of the Law.
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