Nehemiah 12:27

Dedication of the Wall of Jerusalem

27 At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.

Read Nehemiah 12:27 Using Other Translations

And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.
And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, with thanksgivings and with singing, with cymbals, harps, and lyres.
For the dedication of the new wall of Jerusalem, the Levites throughout the land were asked to come to Jerusalem to assist in the ceremonies. They were to take part in the joyous occasion with their songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps, and lyres.

What does Nehemiah 12:27 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Nehemiah 12:27

And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem
In which many priests and Levites assisted, and seems to be the reason of the above account of them; the dedication of the wall takes in the whole city, gates, and houses, ( Nehemiah 12:30 ) , and if a new house was to be dedicated, much more a new city, and especially the holy city, in which stood the temple of the Lord, see ( Deuteronomy 20:5 ) , this dedication was made by prayer and songs of praise, as follow, and no doubt by sacrifices, and was kept as a festival; and indeed, according to the Jewish writers {q}, it was annually observed on the seventh of Elul, or August; it was on the twenty fifth of that month that the wall was finished, ( Nehemiah 6:15 ) , but the gates were not set up, and all things for the dedication were not ready till Elul, or August, following; and then all being finished, they made and served the seventh of that month as a festival:

they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to
Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness;
to assist in the solemnity of the day both with vocal and instrumental music, as follows:

both with thanksgiving and with singing;
with songs of praise and thankfulness vocally, that they had been able, notwithstanding all the malice of their enemies, to build the wall in so short a time; or with a song, perhaps the thirtieth psalm was sung on this occasion:

with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps;
some playing on one, and some on another, which were the three principal instruments of music used by them, see ( 1 Chronicles 15:16 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F17 Megillath Thainith, c. 3. apud Selden. de Synedr. l. 3. c. 13. sect. 12.
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