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Nehemiah 11:1-36

11  And the chiefs of the people lived in Jerusalem, and the remainder of the people cast lots to bring in one out of ten to live in Jerusalem, the sacred city, and ten parts in the cities. 2  And the people blessed all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem. 3  And these are the heads of the province who lived in Jerusalem; and in the cities of Judah Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the temple servants, and the sons of Solomon’s servants, lived each on his own holding in their cities. 4  And there lived in Jerusalem, of the sons of Judah and of the sons of Benjamin, Of the sons of Judah: Ghathajah the son of ʽUzzijah the son of Zecariah the son of Amariah the son of Shephatiah the son of Mahalalel a son of Peres, 5*  and Maʽasejah the son of Baruc the son of Col-Hozeh the son of Hazajah the son of ʽAdajah the son of Jojarib the son of Zecariah the son of the Shelanite. 6*  Of all the sons of Peres who lived in Jerusalem there were four hundred and sixty-eight able-bodied men. 7  And these were the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam the son of Joʽed the son of Pedajah the son of Kolajah the son of Maʽasejah the son of Ithiel the son of Jeshaʽiah, 8*  and after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred and twenty-eight; 9  and Joel the son of Zicri had the oversight over them, and Jehudah the son of Hassenuah over the city as second. 10*  Of the priests: Jedaʽiah, Jojarib, Jakin, 11  Serajah the son of Hilkijah the son of Meshullam the son of Sadok the son of Merajoth the son of Ahitub the warden of God’s house, 12  and their brothers who did the, work of God’s house, eight hundred and twenty-two, and ʽAdajah the son of Jeroham the son of Pelaliah the son of Amsi the son of Zecariah the son of Pashhur the son of Malkijah, 13*  and his brothers, two hundred and forty-two heads of families; and ʽAmasai the son of ʽAzarel the son of Ahzai the son of Meshillemoth the son of Immer, 14*  and his brothers, a hundred and twenty-eight stalwart men; and Zabdiel the son of Haggedolim had the oversight over them. 15  And of the Levites: Shemaʽiah the son of Hasshub the son of ʽAzrikam the son of Hashabiah the son of Bunni; 16  and Shabbethai and Jozabad, over the work outside the house of God, of heads of Levites. 17*  And Mattaniah the son of Micah the son of Zabdi the son of Asaph, head of the beginning, spoke the thanks in the prayer; and Bakbukiah was second of his brothers; and ʽAbda the son of Shammuaʽ the son of Galal the son of Jeduthun. 18  Of all the Levites in the sacred city there were two hundred and eighty-four. 19  And the gatemen: ʽAkkub, Talmon, and their brothers who guarded the gates, a hundred and seventy-two. 20  And the remainder of Israel, the priests, the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, each on his estate. 21  And the temple servants lived on the castle ridge, and Siha and Gishpa were over the temple servants. 22  And ʽUzzi the son of Bani the son of Hashabiah the son of Mattaniah the son of Mica, of the sons of Asaph, the singers, had they oversight over the Levites in Jerusalem with reference to the business of God’s house. 23**  For the king’s command governed them, and there was a schedule for the singers, and appointment for each day. 24*  And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabel, of the sons of Zerah the son of Judah, was court agent for every affair for the people. 25  And toward the villages in their country districts, sons of Judah lived in Kirjath-ha-Arbogh and its dependencies, and in Dibon and its dependencies, and in Jekabseel and its villages, 26  and in Jeshuaʽ, and in Moladah, and in Beth-Pelet, 27  and in Hasar-Shuʽal, and in Beer-Shebaʽ and its dependencies, 28  and in Siklag, and in Meconah and in its dependencies, 29  and in ʽEn-Rimmon, and in Soreah, and in Jarmuth, 30  Zanoah, ʽAdullam, and their villages, Lakish and its country districts, ʽAzekah and its dependencies, and were camped from Beer-Shebaʽ to Hinnom’s Valley. 31  And the sons of Benjamin, from Gebaʽ, Micmas and Ghaijah and Bethel and its dependencies, 32  ʽAnathoth, Nob, ʽAnaniah, 33  Hasor, Ramah, Gittaim, 34  Hadid, Seboʽim, Neballat, 35  Lod and Ono, the Carpenters’ Valley. 36  And of the Levites some Judah divisions were placed with Benjamin.


11:5 Codd*. Shilonite
11:6 Or propertied men
11:8 Var. and his brothers Gabbai
11:10 Codd. Jedaʽiah the son of Jojarib
11:13 Codd. ʽAmashsai
11:14 Var. their brothers
11:17 Var. head of the praise
11:23 Lit. the king’s command was on them
11:23 Lit. a day’s affair on its day
11:24 Lit. was at (or for) the king’s hand for every