After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers,(A) the musicians(B) and the Levites(C) were appointed. I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani,(D) along with Hananiah(E) the commander of the citadel,(F) because he was a man of integrity and feared(G) God more than most people do. I said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened until the sun is hot. While the gatekeepers are still on duty, have them shut the doors and bar them. Also appoint residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some near their own houses.”

The List of the Exiles Who Returned(H)

Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it,(I) and the houses had not yet been rebuilt. So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. This is what I found written there:

These are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles(J) whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town, in company with Zerubbabel,(K) Joshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum and Baanah):

The list of the men of Israel:

the descendants of Parosh2,172
of Shephatiah372
10 of Arah652
11 of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab)2,818
12 of Elam1,254
13 of Zattu845
14 of Zakkai760
15 of Binnui648
16 of Bebai628
17 of Azgad2,322
18 of Adonikam667
19 of Bigvai2,067
20 of Adin(L)655
21 of Ater (through Hezekiah)98
22 of Hashum328
23 of Bezai324
24 of Hariph112
25 of Gibeon95
26 the men of Bethlehem and Netophah(M)188
27 of Anathoth(N)128
28 of Beth Azmaveth42
29 of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah(O) and Beeroth(P)743
30 of Ramah and Geba621
31 of Mikmash122
32 of Bethel and Ai(Q)123
33 of the other Nebo52
34 of the other Elam1,254
35 of Harim320
36 of Jericho(R)345
37 of Lod, Hadid and Ono(S)721
38 of Senaah3,930

39 The priests:

the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua)973
40 of Immer1,052
41 of Pashhur1,247
42 of Harim1,017

43 The Levites:

the descendants of Jeshua (through Kadmiel through the line of Hodaviah)74

44 The musicians:(T)

the descendants of Asaph148

45 The gatekeepers:(U)

the descendants of
Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita and Shobai138

46 The temple servants:(V)

the descendants of
Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
47 Keros, Sia, Padon,
48 Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai,
49 Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,
50 Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,
51 Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,
52 Besai, Meunim, Nephusim,
53 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
54 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
55 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
56 Neziah and Hatipha

57 The descendants of the servants of Solomon:

the descendants of
Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,
58 Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
59 Shephatiah, Hattil,
Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Amon
60 The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon(W)392

61 The following came up from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon and Immer, but they could not show that their families were descended from Israel:

62 the descendants of
Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda642

63 And from among the priests:

the descendants of
Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai (a man who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by that name).

64 These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 65 The governor, therefore, ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there should be a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.(X)

66 The whole company numbered 42,360, 67 besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 245 male and female singers. 68 There were 736 horses, 245 mules,[a] 69 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.

70 Some of the heads of the families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics[b] of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests. 71 Some of the heads of the families(Y) gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 darics[c] of gold and 2,200 minas[d] of silver. 72 The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minas[e] of silver and 67 garments for priests.(Z)

73 The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the temple servants,(AA) along with certain of the people and the rest of the Israelites, settled in their own towns.(AB)

Ezra Reads the Law

When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns,(AC) all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate.(AD) They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses,(AE) which the Lord had commanded for Israel.

So on the first day of the seventh month(AF) Ezra the priest brought the Law(AG) before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate(AH) in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.

Ezra the teacher of the Law stood on a high wooden platform(AI) built for the occasion. Beside him on his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah and Maaseiah; and on his left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam.

Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing(AJ) above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands(AK) and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

The Levites(AL)—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed(AM) the people in the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear[f] and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.

Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites(AN) who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.”(AO) For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing(AP) prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy(AQ) of the Lord is your strength.”

11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”

12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy,(AR) because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.

13 On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Ezra the teacher to give attention to the words of the Law. 14 They found written in the Law, which the Lord had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in temporary shelters(AS) during the festival of the seventh month 15 and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make temporary shelters”—as it is written.[g]

16 So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves temporary shelters on their own roofs, in their courtyards, in the courts of the house of God and in the square by the Water Gate(AT) and the one by the Gate of Ephraim.(AU) 17 The whole company that had returned from exile built temporary shelters and lived in them.(AV) From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated(AW) it like this. And their joy was very great.

18 Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read(AX) from the Book of the Law(AY) of God. They celebrated the festival for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the regulation,(AZ) there was an assembly.(BA)

The Israelites Confess Their Sins

On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads.(BB) Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners.(BC) They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors.(BD) They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God. Standing on the stairs of the Levites(BE) were Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani and Kenani. They cried out with loud voices to the Lord their God. And the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah—said: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God,(BF) who is from everlasting to everlasting.[h]

“Blessed be your glorious name,(BG) and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord.(BH) You made the heavens,(BI) even the highest heavens, and all their starry host,(BJ) the earth(BK) and all that is on it, the seas(BL) and all that is in them.(BM) You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven(BN) worship you.

“You are the Lord God, who chose Abram(BO) and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans(BP) and named him Abraham.(BQ) You found his heart faithful to you, and you made a covenant with him to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Girgashites.(BR) You have kept your promise(BS) because you are righteous.(BT)

“You saw the suffering of our ancestors in Egypt;(BU) you heard their cry at the Red Sea.[i](BV) 10 You sent signs(BW) and wonders(BX) against Pharaoh, against all his officials and all the people of his land, for you knew how arrogantly the Egyptians treated them. You made a name(BY) for yourself,(BZ) which remains to this day. 11 You divided the sea before them,(CA) so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths,(CB) like a stone into mighty waters.(CC) 12 By day(CD) you led(CE) them with a pillar of cloud,(CF) and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take.

13 “You came down on Mount Sinai;(CG) you spoke(CH) to them from heaven.(CI) You gave them regulations and laws that are just(CJ) and right, and decrees and commands that are good.(CK) 14 You made known to them your holy Sabbath(CL) and gave them commands, decrees and laws through your servant Moses. 15 In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven(CM) and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock;(CN) you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand(CO) to give them.(CP)

16 “But they, our ancestors, became arrogant and stiff-necked,(CQ) and they did not obey your commands.(CR) 17 They refused to listen and failed to remember(CS) the miracles(CT) you performed among them. They became stiff-necked(CU) and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery.(CV) But you are a forgiving God,(CW) gracious and compassionate,(CX) slow to anger(CY) and abounding in love.(CZ) Therefore you did not desert them,(DA) 18 even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf(DB) and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies.(DC)

19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon(DD) them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud(DE) did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. 20 You gave your good Spirit(DF) to instruct(DG) them. You did not withhold your manna(DH) from their mouths, and you gave them water(DI) for their thirst. 21 For forty years(DJ) you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing,(DK) their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.(DL)

22 “You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took over the country of Sihon[j](DM) king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan.(DN) 23 You made their children as numerous as the stars in the sky,(DO) and you brought them into the land that you told their parents to enter and possess. 24 Their children went in and took possession of the land.(DP) You subdued(DQ) before them the Canaanites, who lived in the land; you gave the Canaanites into their hands, along with their kings and the peoples of the land, to deal with them as they pleased. 25 They captured fortified cities and fertile land;(DR) they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things,(DS) wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished;(DT) they reveled in your great goodness.(DU)

26 “But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they turned their backs on your law.(DV) They killed(DW) your prophets,(DX) who had warned them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies.(DY) 27 So you delivered them into the hands of their enemies,(DZ) who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion(EA) you gave them deliverers,(EB) who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.

28 “But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight.(EC) Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion(ED) you delivered them(EE) time after time.

29 “You warned(EF) them in order to turn them back to your law, but they became arrogant(EG) and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them.’(EH) Stubbornly they turned their backs(EI) on you, became stiff-necked(EJ) and refused to listen.(EK) 30 For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets.(EL) Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.(EM) 31 But in your great mercy you did not put an end(EN) to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful(EO) God.

32 “Now therefore, our God, the great God, mighty(EP) and awesome,(EQ) who keeps his covenant of love,(ER) do not let all this hardship seem trifling in your eyes—the hardship(ES) that has come on us, on our kings and leaders, on our priests and prophets, on our ancestors and all your people, from the days of the kings of Assyria until today. 33 In all that has happened to us, you have remained righteous;(ET) you have acted faithfully, while we acted wickedly.(EU) 34 Our kings,(EV) our leaders, our priests and our ancestors(EW) did not follow your law; they did not pay attention to your commands or the statutes you warned them to keep. 35 Even while they were in their kingdom, enjoying your great goodness(EX) to them in the spacious and fertile land you gave them, they did not serve you(EY) or turn from their evil ways.

36 “But see, we are slaves(EZ) today, slaves in the land you gave our ancestors so they could eat its fruit and the other good things it produces. 37 Because of our sins, its abundant harvest goes to the kings you have placed over us. They rule over our bodies and our cattle as they please. We are in great distress.(FA)

The Agreement of the People

38 “In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement,(FB) putting it in writing,(FC) and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it.”[k]

10 [l]Those who sealed it were:

Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hakaliah.

Zedekiah, Seraiah,(FD) Azariah, Jeremiah,

Pashhur,(FE) Amariah, Malkijah,

Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluk,

Harim,(FF) Meremoth, Obadiah,

Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,

Maaziah, Bilgai and Shemaiah.

These were the priests.(FG)

The Levites:(FH)

Jeshua son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel,

10 and their associates: Shebaniah,

Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

11 Mika, Rehob, Hashabiah,

12 Zakkur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

13 Hodiah, Bani and Beninu.

14 The leaders of the people:

Parosh, Pahath-Moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,

15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,(FI)

17 Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,

18 Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai,

19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,(FJ)

21 Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,

22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

23 Hoshea, Hananiah,(FK) Hasshub,

24 Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,

25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,

26 Ahiah, Hanan, Anan,

27 Malluk, Harim and Baanah.

28 “The rest of the people—priests, Levites, gatekeepers, musicians, temple servants(FL) and all who separated themselves from the neighboring peoples(FM) for the sake of the Law of God, together with their wives and all their sons and daughters who are able to understand— 29 all these now join their fellow Israelites the nobles, and bind themselves with a curse and an oath(FN) to follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the Lord our Lord.

30 “We promise not to give our daughters in marriage to the peoples around us or take their daughters for our sons.(FO)

31 “When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath,(FP) we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the land(FQ) and will cancel all debts.(FR)

32 “We assume the responsibility for carrying out the commands to give a third of a shekel[m] each year for the service of the house of our God: 33 for the bread set out on the table;(FS) for the regular grain offerings and burnt offerings; for the offerings on the Sabbaths, at the New Moon(FT) feasts and at the appointed festivals; for the holy offerings; for sin offerings[n] to make atonement for Israel; and for all the duties of the house of our God.(FU)

34 “We—the priests, the Levites and the people—have cast lots(FV) to determine when each of our families is to bring to the house of our God at set times each year a contribution of wood(FW) to burn on the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the Law.

35 “We also assume responsibility for bringing to the house of the Lord each year the firstfruits(FX) of our crops and of every fruit tree.(FY)

36 “As it is also written in the Law, we will bring the firstborn(FZ) of our sons and of our cattle, of our herds and of our flocks to the house of our God, to the priests ministering there.(GA)

37 “Moreover, we will bring to the storerooms of the house of our God, to the priests, the first of our ground meal, of our grain offerings, of the fruit of all our trees and of our new wine and olive oil.(GB) And we will bring a tithe(GC) of our crops to the Levites,(GD) for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all the towns where we work.(GE) 38 A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithes(GF) up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury. 39 The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the musicians are also kept.

“We will not neglect the house of our God.”(GG)

The New Residents of Jerusalem(GH)

11 Now the leaders of the people settled in Jerusalem. The rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of every ten of them to live in Jerusalem,(GI) the holy city,(GJ) while the remaining nine were to stay in their own towns.(GK) The people commended all who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.

These are the provincial leaders who settled in Jerusalem (now some Israelites, priests, Levites, temple servants and descendants of Solomon’s servants lived in the towns of Judah, each on their own property in the various towns,(GL) while other people from both Judah and Benjamin(GM) lived in Jerusalem):(GN)

From the descendants of Judah:

Athaiah son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalalel, a descendant of Perez; and Maaseiah son of Baruch, the son of Kol-Hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, a descendant of Shelah. The descendants of Perez who lived in Jerusalem totaled 468 men of standing.

From the descendants of Benjamin:

Sallu son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah, and his followers, Gabbai and Sallai—928 men. Joel son of Zikri was their chief officer, and Judah son of Hassenuah was over the New Quarter of the city.

10 From the priests:

Jedaiah; the son of Joiarib; Jakin; 11 Seraiah(GO) son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub,(GP) the official in charge of the house of God, 12 and their associates, who carried on work for the temple—822 men; Adaiah son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malkijah, 13 and his associates, who were heads of families—242 men; Amashsai son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer, 14 and his[o] associates, who were men of standing—128. Their chief officer was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim.

15 From the Levites:

Shemaiah son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni; 16 Shabbethai(GQ) and Jozabad,(GR) two of the heads of the Levites, who had charge of the outside work of the house of God; 17 Mattaniah(GS) son of Mika, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph,(GT) the director who led in thanksgiving and prayer; Bakbukiah, second among his associates; and Abda son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.(GU) 18 The Levites in the holy city(GV) totaled 284.

19 The gatekeepers:

Akkub, Talmon and their associates, who kept watch at the gates—172 men.

20 The rest of the Israelites, with the priests and Levites, were in all the towns of Judah, each on their ancestral property.

21 The temple servants(GW) lived on the hill of Ophel, and Ziha and Gishpa were in charge of them.

22 The chief officer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah,(GX) the son of Mika. Uzzi was one of Asaph’s descendants, who were the musicians responsible for the service of the house of God. 23 The musicians(GY) were under the king’s orders, which regulated their daily activity.

24 Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, one of the descendants of Zerah(GZ) son of Judah, was the king’s agent in all affairs relating to the people.

25 As for the villages with their fields, some of the people of Judah lived in Kiriath Arba(HA) and its surrounding settlements, in Dibon(HB) and its settlements, in Jekabzeel and its villages, 26 in Jeshua, in Moladah,(HC) in Beth Pelet,(HD) 27 in Hazar Shual,(HE) in Beersheba(HF) and its settlements, 28 in Ziklag,(HG) in Mekonah and its settlements, 29 in En Rimmon, in Zorah,(HH) in Jarmuth,(HI) 30 Zanoah,(HJ) Adullam(HK) and their villages, in Lachish(HL) and its fields, and in Azekah(HM) and its settlements. So they were living all the way from Beersheba(HN) to the Valley of Hinnom.

31 The descendants of the Benjamites from Geba(HO) lived in Mikmash,(HP) Aija, Bethel(HQ) and its settlements, 32 in Anathoth,(HR) Nob(HS) and Ananiah, 33 in Hazor,(HT) Ramah(HU) and Gittaim,(HV) 34 in Hadid, Zeboim(HW) and Neballat, 35 in Lod and Ono,(HX) and in Ge Harashim.

36 Some of the divisions of the Levites of Judah settled in Benjamin.

Priests and Levites

12 These were the priests(HY) and Levites(HZ) who returned with Zerubbabel(IA) son of Shealtiel(IB) and with Joshua:(IC)

Seraiah,(ID) Jeremiah, Ezra,

Amariah, Malluk, Hattush,

Shekaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,

Iddo,(IE) Ginnethon,[p] Abijah,(IF)

Mijamin,[q] Moadiah, Bilgah,

Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,(IG)

Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah.

These were the leaders of the priests and their associates in the days of Joshua.

The Levites were Jeshua,(IH) Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah,(II) who, together with his associates, was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving. Bakbukiah and Unni, their associates, stood opposite them in the services.

10 Joshua was the father of Joiakim, Joiakim the father of Eliashib,(IJ) 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,[r] Joseph;

15 of Harim’s, Adna;

of Meremoth’s,[s] Helkai;

16 of Iddo’s,(IK) Zechariah;

of Ginnethon’s, Meshullam;

17 of Abijah’s,(IL) 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 Levites(IM) 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.(IN)

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.

Dedication of the Wall of Jerusalem

27 At the dedication(IO) 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,(IP) harps and lyres.(IQ) 28 The musicians also were brought together from the region around Jerusalem—from the villages of the Netophathites,(IR) 29 from Beth Gilgal, and from the area of Geba and Azmaveth, for the musicians had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem. 30 When the priests and Levites had purified themselves ceremonially, they purified the people,(IS) the gates and the wall.

31 I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of[t] the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of[u] the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate.(IT) 32 Hoshaiah and half the leaders of Judah followed them, 33 along with Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, 34 Judah, Benjamin,(IU) Shemaiah, Jeremiah, 35 as well as some priests with trumpets,(IV) and also Zechariah son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zakkur, the son of Asaph, 36 and his associates—Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani—with musical instruments(IW) prescribed by David the man of God.(IX) Ezra(IY) the teacher of the Law led the procession. 37 At the Fountain Gate(IZ) they continued directly up the steps of the City of David on the ascent to the wall and passed above the site of David’s palace to the Water Gate(JA) on the east.

38 The second choir proceeded in the opposite direction. I followed them on top of[v] the wall, together with half the people—past the Tower of the Ovens(JB) to the Broad Wall,(JC) 39 over the Gate of Ephraim,(JD) the Jeshanah[w] Gate,(JE) the Fish Gate,(JF) the Tower of Hananel(JG) and the Tower of the Hundred,(JH) as far as the Sheep Gate.(JI) At the Gate of the Guard they stopped.

40 The two choirs that gave thanks then took their places in the house of God; so did I, together with half the officials, 41 as well as the priests—Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah with their trumpets— 42 and also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malkijah, Elam and Ezer. The choirs sang under the direction of Jezrahiah. 43 And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.

44 At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms(JJ) for the contributions, firstfruits and tithes.(JK) From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.(JL) 45 They performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as did also the musicians and gatekeepers, according to the commands of David(JM) and his son Solomon.(JN) 46 For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph,(JO) there had been directors for the musicians and for the songs of praise(JP) and thanksgiving to God.

Footnotes

  1. Nehemiah 7:68 Some Hebrew manuscripts (see also Ezra 2:66); most Hebrew manuscripts do not have this verse.
  2. Nehemiah 7:70 That is, about 19 pounds or about 8.4 kilograms
  3. Nehemiah 7:71 That is, about 375 pounds or about 170 kilograms; also in verse 72
  4. Nehemiah 7:71 That is, about 1 1/3 tons or about 1.2 metric tons
  5. Nehemiah 7:72 That is, about 1 1/4 tons or about 1.1 metric tons
  6. Nehemiah 8:8 Or God, translating it
  7. Nehemiah 8:15 See Lev. 23:37-40.
  8. Nehemiah 9:5 Or God for ever and ever
  9. Nehemiah 9:9 Or the Sea of Reeds
  10. Nehemiah 9:22 One Hebrew manuscript and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts Sihon, that is, the country of the
  11. Nehemiah 9:38 In Hebrew texts this verse (9:38) is numbered 10:1.
  12. Nehemiah 10:1 In Hebrew texts 10:1-39 is numbered 10:2-40.
  13. Nehemiah 10:32 That is, about 1/8 ounce or about 4 grams
  14. Nehemiah 10:33 Or purification offerings
  15. Nehemiah 11:14 Most Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew their
  16. Nehemiah 12:4 Many Hebrew manuscripts and Vulgate (see also verse 16); most Hebrew manuscripts Ginnethoi
  17. Nehemiah 12:5 A variant of Miniamin
  18. Nehemiah 12:14 Very many Hebrew manuscripts, some Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac (see also verse 3); most Hebrew manuscripts Shebaniah’s
  19. Nehemiah 12:15 Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also verse 3); Hebrew Meraioth’s
  20. Nehemiah 12:31 Or go alongside
  21. Nehemiah 12:31 Or proceed alongside
  22. Nehemiah 12:38 Or them alongside
  23. Nehemiah 12:39 Or Old

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