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The Leaders and Servants in Jerusalem

11 Now the commanders of the people lived in Jerusalem, but the remainder of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in the holy city of Jerusalem, the other nine’s place was in the other cities. And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem.

These are the heads of the province who lived in Jerusalem, but in the cities of Judah each one lived on his property in their cities: Israel, the priests, the Levites, the temple servants, and the descendants[a] of Solomon’s servants. And some from the descendants[b] of Judah and Benjamin lived in Jerusalem. From the descendants[c] of Judah: Athaiah son of Uzziah, son of Zechariah, son of Amariah, son of Shephatiah, son of Mahalalel, from the descendants[d] of Perez; and Maaseiah son of Baruch, son of Col-Hozeh, son of Hazaiah, son of Adaiah, son of Jehoiarib, son of Zechariah, son[e] of the Shilonite. All of the descendants[f] of Perez who were living in Jerusalem were four hundred and sixty-eight able-bodied men.

These are the descendants[g] 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 following after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred and twenty-eight. And Joel son of Zicri, their chief officer; and Judah son of Hassenuah, second in command over the city.

10 From the priests: Jedaiah son of Jehoiarib, Jakin, 11 Seraiah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub—the leader of the house of God— 12 and their brothers who did the work of the house, eight hundred and twenty-two. And Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pelaliah, son of Amzi, son of Zechariah, son of Pashhur, son of Malkijah, 13 and his brothers, heads of the families,[h] two hundred and forty-two. And Amashai son of Azarel, son of Ahzai, son of Meshillemoth, son of Immer, 14 and their brothers; mighty warriors of strength, one hundred and twenty-eight. The chief officer over them was Zabdiel son of Hagedolim.

15 Now from the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, son of Bunni; 16 and Shabbethai and Jehozabad, leaders over the work of the Levites outside of the house of God; 17 Mattaniah son of Micah, son of Zabdi, son[i] of Asaph, who was the leader to begin the thanksgiving prayer, and Bakbukiah the second of his brothers; Abda son of Shammua, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun. 18 All of the Levites in the holy city were two hundred and eighty-four.

19 The gatekeepers: Akkub, Talmon, and their brothers, the keepers of the gates, one hundred and seventy-two. 20 And the remainder of Israel, the priests and the Levites, in all of the cities of Judah, each in his inheritance. 21 But the temple servants were living on the Ophel; Ziha and Gishpa were over the temple servants.

22 The chief officer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi son of Bani, son of Hashabiah, son of Mattaniah, son of Mica, from the descendants[j] of Asaph, the singers over the work of the house of God. 23 For there was a command of the king concerning them and a regulation concerning the singers, required day by day.[k] 24 And Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, from the descendants[l] of Zerah the son of Judah, was at the hand of the king in all matters concerning the people.

Villages Outside of Jerusalem

25 As for the villages in their territories, some from the descendants[m] of Judah lived in Kiriath-Arba and its settlements,[n] Dibon and its settlements,[o] Jekabzeel and its settlements,[p] 26 Jeshua, Moladah, Beth Pelet, 27 Hazar Shual, Beersheba and its settlements,[q] 28 Ziklad, Meconah and its settlements,[r] 29 En-Rimmon, Zorah, Jarmuch, 30 Zanoah, Adullam and their settlements,[s] Lachish and its fields, and Azekah and its settlements.[t] So they camped from Beersheba up to the Valley of Hinnom. 31 The descendants[u] of Benjamin from Geba, Micmash, Aija, Bethel and their settlements,[v] 32 Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, 35 Lod, and Ono the valley of the artisans. 36 And from the Levites the working groups of Judah were assigned to Benjamin.


  1. Nehemiah 11:3 Or “sons”
  2. Nehemiah 11:4 Or “sons”
  3. Nehemiah 11:4 Or “sons”
  4. Nehemiah 11:4 Or “sons”
  5. Nehemiah 11:5 Or “descendant”
  6. Nehemiah 11:6 Or “sons”
  7. Nehemiah 11:7 Or “sons”
  8. Nehemiah 11:13 Literally “fathers”
  9. Nehemiah 11:17 Or “descendant”
  10. Nehemiah 11:22 Or “sons”
  11. Nehemiah 11:23 Literally “a word for a day on his day”
  12. Nehemiah 11:24 Or “sons”
  13. Nehemiah 11:25 Or “sons”
  14. Nehemiah 11:25 Literally “its daughters”
  15. Nehemiah 11:25 Literally “its daughters”
  16. Nehemiah 11:25 Literally “its daughters”
  17. Nehemiah 11:27 Literally “its daughters”
  18. Nehemiah 11:28 Literally “its daughters”
  19. Nehemiah 11:30 Literally “their daughters”
  20. Nehemiah 11:30 Literally “its daughters”
  21. Nehemiah 11:31 Or “sons”
  22. Nehemiah 11:31 Literally “their daughters”