Nehemiah 11

1Now the leaders of the people of Israel moved into the city of Jerusalem. The other people of Israel had to decide who else would move into the city. So they threw lots, and one out of every ten people had to live in Jerusalem, the holy city. The other nine people could live in their own home towns. 2Some people volunteered to live in Jerusalem. The other people thanked and blessed them for volunteering. 3Here are the leaders of the provinces that lived in Jerusalem. (Some of the people of Israel, priests, Levites, temple servants, and descendants of Solomon’s servants lived in the towns of Judah. Each person lived on his own land in the different towns. 4And other people from the families of Judah and Benjamin lived in the city of Jerusalem.) These are the descendants of Judah that moved into Jerusalem: Athaiah son of Uzziah (Uzziah was the son of Zechariah, who was the son of Amariah, who was the son of Shephatiah, who was the son of Mahalalel, who was a descendant of Perez) 5and Maaseiah son of Baruch, (Baruch was the son of Col-Hozeh, who was the son of Hazaiah, who was the son of Adaiah, who was the son of Joiarib, who was the son of Zechariah, who was a descendant of Shelah). 6The number of Perez’s descendants living in Jerusalem was 468. All of them were brave men. 7These are the descendants of Benjamin that moved into Jerusalem: Sallu son of Meshullam (Meshullam was the son of Joed, who was the son of Pedaiah, who was the son of Kolaiah, who was the son of Maaseiah, who was the son of Ithiel, who was the son of Jeshaiah), 8and those that followed Jeshaiah were Gabbai and Sallai. All together there were 928 men. 9Joel son of Zicri was in charge of them. And Judah son of Hassenuah was in charge of the Second District of the city of Jerusalem. 10These are the priests that moved into Jerusalem: Jedaiah son of Joiarib, Jakin, 11and Seraiah son of Hilkiah (Hilkiah was the son of Meshullam, who was the son of Zadok, who was the son of Meraioth, who was the son of Ahitub, who was the supervisor in the temple of God), 12and 822 men of their brothers that did the work for the temple, and Adaiah son of Jeroham (Jeroham was the son of Pelaliah, who was the son of Amzi, who was the son of Zechariah, who was the son of Pashhur, who was the son of Malkijah), 13and 242 men that were Malkijah’s brothers (These men were leaders of their families), Amashsai son of Azarel (Azarel was the son of Ahzai, who was the son of Meshillemoth, who was the son of Immer), 14and 128 of Immer’s brothers. (These men were brave soldiers. The officer over them was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim.) 15These are the Levites that moved into Jerusalem: Shemaiah son of Hasshub (Hasshub was the son of Azrikam, who was the son of Hashabiah, who was the son of Bunni), 16Shabbethai and Jozabad (These two men were leaders of the Levites. They were in charge of the outside work of God’s temple), 17Mattaniah (Mattaniah was the son of Mica, who was the son of Zabdi, who was the son of Asaph, who was the choir director. Asaph led the people in singing songs of praise and prayer), Bakbukiah (Bakbukiah was the second in charge over his brothers), and Abda son of Shammua, (Shammua was the son of Galal, who was the son of Jeduthun). 18So, there were 284 Levites that moved into Jerusalem, the holy city. 19These are the gatekeepers that moved into Jerusalem: Akkub, Talmon, and 172 of their brothers. They watched and guarded the gates of the city. 20The other people of Israel, and the other priests and Levites, lived in all the towns of Judah. Each person lived on the land that his ancestors had owned. 21The temple servants lived on the hill of Ophel. Ziha and Gishpa were in charge of those temple servants. 22The officer over the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi. Uzzi was the son of Bani (Bani was the son of Hashabiah, who was the son of Mattaniah, who was the son of Mica). Uzzi was a descendant of Asaph. Asaph’s descendants were the singers that were responsible for the service in God’s temple. 23The singers obeyed orders from the king. Those orders from the king told the singers what to do from day to day. 24The man that told the people what the king wanted done was named Pethahiah. (Pethahiah was the son of Meshezabel, who was one of the descendants of Zerah. Zerah was Judah’s son.) 25The people of Judah lived in these towns: In Kiriath Arba and the small towns around it, in Dibon and the small towns around it, in Jekabzeel and the small towns around it, 26and in Jeshua, in Moladah, in Beth Pelet, 27in Hazar Shual, in Beersheba and the small towns around it, 28and in Ziklag, in Meconah and the small towns around it, 29and in En Rimmon, in Zorah, in Jarmuth, 30and in Zanoah and Adullam and the small towns around them, in Lachish and the fields around it, and in Azekah and the small towns around it. So the people of Judah were living all the way from Beersheba to the Valley of Hinnom. 31The descendants of the family of Benjamin from Geba lived in Micmash, Aija, Bethel and the small towns around it, 32in Anathoth, Nob and Ananiah, 33in Hazor, Ramah and Gittaim, 34in Hadid, Zeboim, and Neballat, 35in Lod and Ono, and in the Valley of the Craftsmen. 36Some of the groups of the people from the family of Levi moved to the land of Benjamin.

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