Priests and Levites
12:1 Now these are the priests and the Levites that
went up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua:
Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,
12:2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,
12:3 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,
12:4 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,
12:5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,
12:6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,
12:7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chief of
the priests and of their brethren in the days of Jeshua.
12:8 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel,
Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, which was over the
thanksgiving, he and his brethren.
12:9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, were over
against them in the watches.
12:10 And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also begat Eliashib,
and Eliashib begat Joiada,
12:11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jaddua.
12:12 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the chief of
the fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;
12:13 Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;
12:14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;
12:15 Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;
12:16 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;
12:17 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai:
12:18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;
12:19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;
12:20 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;
12:21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethaneel.
12:22 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and
Johanan, and Jaddua, were recorded chief of the fathers:
also the priests, to the reign of Darius the Persian.
12:23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were
written in the book of the chronicles, even until the days
of Johanan the son of Eliashib.
12:24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah,
and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, 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.
12:25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon,
Akkub, were porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of
12:26 These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua,
the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the
governor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe.
Dedication of the Wall
12:27 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.
12:28 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves
together, both out of the plain country round about
Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netophathi;
12:29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields
of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had builded them
villages round about Jerusalem.
12:30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves,
and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.
12:31 Then 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
12:32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princes
12:33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,
12:34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,
12:35 And certain of the priests' sons with trumpets;
namely, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah,
the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur,
the son of Asaph:
12:36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai,
Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the
musical instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the
scribe before them.
12:37 And 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.
12:38 And 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;
12:39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old
gate, and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel,
and the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they
stood still in the prison gate.
12:40 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks
in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with
12:41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin,
Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets;
12:42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi,
and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the
singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer.
12:43 Also 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.
12:44 And 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.
12:45 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.
12:46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were
chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving
12:47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the
days of Nehemiah, 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.