The Priests and Levites
1Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up with Zerub´babel the son of She-al´ti-el, and Jesh´u-a: Serai´ah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2Amari´ah, Malluch, Hattush, 3Shechani´ah, Rehum, Mer´emoth, 4Iddo, Gin´netho, Abi´jah, 5Mi´amin, Ma-adi´ah, Bilgah, 6Shemai´ah, and Joi´arib, Jedai´ah, 7Sallu, Amok, Hilki´ah, Jedai´ah. These were the chief of the priests and of their brethren in the days of Jesh´u-a.
8Moreover the Levites: Jesh´u-a, Bin´nu-i, Kad´mi-el, Sherebi´ah, Judah, and Mattani´ah, which was over the thanksgiving, he and his brethren. 9Also Bakbuki´ah and Unni, their brethren, were over against them in the watches. 10And Jesh´u-a begat Joi´akim, Joi´akim also begat Eli´ashib, and Eli´ashib begat Joi´ada, 11and Joi´ada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jad´du-a.
12And in the days of Joi´akim were priests, the chief of the fathers: of Serai´ah, Merai´ah; of Jeremiah, Hanani´ah; 13of Ezra, Meshul´lam; of Amari´ah, Jeho´hanan; 14of Mel´icu, Jonathan; of Shebani´ah, Joseph; 15of Harim, Adna; of Merai´oth, Hel´kai; 16of Iddo, Zechari´ah; of Gin´nethon, Meshul´lam; 17of Abi´jah, Zichri; of Mini-a´min, of Moadi´ah, Pil´tai; 18of Bilgah, Shammu´a; of Shemai´ah, Jehon´athan; 19and of Joi´arib, Mat´tenai; of Jedai´ah, Uzzi; 20of Sal´lai, Kal´lai; of Amok, Eber; 21of Hilki´ah, Hashabi´ah; of Jedai´ah, Nethan´e-el.
22The Levites in the days of Eli´ashib, Joi´ada, and Jo´hanan, and Jad´du-a, were recorded chief of the fathers: also the priests, to the reign of Dari´us the Persian. 23The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in the book of the Chronicles, even until the days of Jo´hanan the son of Eli´ashib. 24And the chief of the Levites: Hashabi´ah, Sherebi´ah, and Jesh´u-a the son of Kad´mi-el, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against ward. 25Mattani´ah, and Bakbuki´ah, Obadi´ah, Meshul´lam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keeping the ward at the threshholds of the gates. 26These were in the days of Joi´akim the son of Jesh´u-a, the son of Joz´adak, and in the days of Nehemi´ah the governor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe.
The Dedication of the Wall
27And 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. 28And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netoph´athi; 29also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azma´veth: for the singers had builded them villages round about Jerusalem. 30And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.
31Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate: 32and after them went Hoshai´ah, and half of the princes of Judah, 33and Azari´ah, Ezra, and Meshul´lam, 34Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemai´ah, and Jeremiah, 35and certain of the priests' sons with trumpets; namely, Zechari´ah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemai´ah, the son of Mattani´ah, the son of Michai´ah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph: 36and his brethren, Shemai´ah, and Az´arael, Mil´alai, Gil´alai, Ma´ai, Nethan´e-el, and Judah, Hana´ni, with the musical instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them. 37And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the water gate eastward.
38And the other company of them that gave thanks went over against them, and I after them, and the half of the people upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the broad wall; 39and from above the gate of E´phra-im, and above the old gate, and above the fish gate, and the tower of Han´aneel, and the tower of Me´ah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still in the prison gate. 40So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me: 41and the priests; Eli´akim, Ma-asei´ah, Mini-a´min, Michai´ah, Eli-oe´nai, Zechari´ah, and Hanani´ah, with trumpets; 42and Ma-asei´ah, and Shemai´ah, and Ele-a´zar, and Uzzi, and Jeho´hanan, and Malchi´jah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with Jezrahi´ah their overseer. 43Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.
The Provision for the Priests and Levites
44And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited. 45#1 Chr 25.1-81 Chr 26.12 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son. 46For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God. 47And all Israel in the days of Zerub´babel, and in the days of Nehemi´ah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, every day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites; and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron.