Day 283 of 365 – October 10 - Chronological Bible

Nehemiah 7:1,2 (444 B.C.)

Now when the wall had been built and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, I gave my brother Hanani and Hananiah the governor of the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was a more faithful and God-fearing man than many.

Nehemiah 7:3

And I said to them, “Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot. And while they are still standing guard, let them shut and bar the doors. Appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, some at their guard posts and some in front of their own homes.”

Nehemiah 7:4

The city was wide and large, but the people within it were few, and no houses had been rebuilt.

Nehemiah 7:5-73a

Lists of Returned Exiles

Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. And I found the book of the genealogy of those who came up at the first, and I found written in it:

These were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried into exile. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his town. They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah.

The number of the men of the people of Israel:

the sons of Parosh 2,172

The sons of Shephatiah 372

The sons of Arah 652

The sons of Pahath-moab,

namely the sons of Jeshua and Joab 2,818

The sons of Elam 1,254

The sons of Zattu 845

The sons of Zaccai 760

The sons of Binnui 648

The sons of Bebai 628

The sons of Azgad 2,322

The sons of Adonikam 667

The sons of Bigvai 2,067

The sons of Adin 655

The sons of Ater, namely of Hezekiah 98

The sons of Hashum 328

The sons of Bezai 324

The sons of Hariph 112

The sons of Gibeon 95

The men of Bethlehem and Netophah 188

The men of Anathoth 128

The men of Beth-azmaveth 42

The men of Kiriath-jearim, Chephirah

and Beeroth 743

The men of Ramah and Geba 621

The men of Michmas 122

The men of Bethel and Ai 123

The men of the other Nebo 52

The sons of the other Elam 1,254

The sons of Harim 320

The sons of Jericho 345

The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono 721

The sons of Senaah 3,930

The priests:

the sons of Jedaiah

namely the house of Jeshua 973

The sons of Immer 1,052

The sons of Pashhur 1,247

The sons of Harim 1,017

The Levites:

the sons of Jeshua, namely of Kadmiel

of the sons of Hodevah 74

The singers:

the sons of Asaph 148

The gatekeepers:

the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater

the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub

the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai 138

The temple servants:

the sons of Ziha,

the sons of Hasupha,

the sons of Tabbaoth

the sons of Keros

the sons of Sia,

the sons of Padon,

the sons of Lebana,

the sons of Hagaba,

the sons of Shalmai,

the sons of Hanan,

the sons of Giddel,

the sons of Gahar,

the sons of Reaiah,

the sons of Rezin,

the sons of Nekoda,

the sons of Gazzam,

the sons of Uzza,

the sons of Paseah,

the sons of Besai,

the sons of Meunim,

the sons of Nephushesim,

the sons of Bakbuk,

the sons of Hakupha,

the sons of Harhur,

the sons of Bazlith,

the sons of Mehida,

the sons of Harsha,

the sons of Barkos,

the sons of Sisera,

the sons of Temah,

the sons of Neziah,

the sons of Hatipha.

The sons of Solomon’s servants:

the sons of Sotai,

the sons of Sophereth,

the sons of Perida,

the sons of Jaala,

the sons of Darkon,

the sons of Giddel,

the sons of Shephatiah,

the sons of Hattil,

the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim,

the sons of Amon.

All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon’s

servants were 392

The following were those who came up from Tel-melah,

Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they could not

prove their fathers’ houses nor their descent, whether they

belonged to Israel:

the sons of Delaiah,

the sons of Tobiah,

the sons of Nekoda, 642

Also, of the priests: the sons of Hobaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai (who had taken a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by their name).

These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but it was not found there, so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. The governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food until a priest with Urim and Thummim should arise.

Totals of People and Gifts

The whole assembly together was 42,360, besides their male and female servants, of whom there were 7,337. And they had 245 singers, male and female. Their horses were 736, their mules 245, their camels 435, and their donkeys 6,720.

Now some of the heads of fathers’ houses gave to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics of gold, 50 basins, 30 priests’ garments and 500 minas of silver. And some of the heads of fathers’ houses gave into the treasury of the work 20,000 darics of gold and 2,200 minas of silver. And what the rest of the people gave was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minas of silver, and 67 priests’ garments.

So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the temple servants, and all Israel, lived in their towns.

Nehemiah 11:1,2

The Leaders in Jerusalem

Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem. And the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem the holy city, while nine out of ten remained in the other towns. And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem.

Nehemiah 11:3-19

These are the chiefs of the province who lived in Jerusalem; but in the towns of Judah everyone lived on his property in their towns: Israel, the priests, the Levites, the temple servants, and the descendants of Solomon’s servants. And in Jerusalem lived certain of the sons of Judah and of the sons of Benjamin.

Of the sons of Judah:

Athaiah the son of Uzziah, son of Zechariah, son of Amariah, son of Shephatiah, son of Mahalalel, of the sons of Perez; and Maaseiah the son of Baruch, son of Col-hozeh, son of Hazaiah, son of Adaiah, son of Joiarib, son of Zechariah, son of the Shilonite. All the sons of Perez who lived in Jerusalem were 468 valiant men.

And these are the sons of Benjamin:

Sallu the son of Meshullam, son of Joed, son of Pedaiah, son of Kolaiah, son of Maaseiah, son of Ithiel, son of Jeshaiah, and his brothers, men of valor, 928. Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer; and Judah the son of Hassenuah was second over the city.

Of the priests:

Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin, Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, ruler of the house of God, and their brothers who did the work of the house, 822; and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, son of Pelaliah, son of Amzi, son of Zechariah, son of Pashhur, son of Malchijah, and his brothers, heads of fathers’ houses, 242; and Amashsai, the son of Azarel, son of Ahzai, son of Meshillemoth, son of Immer, and their brothers, mighty men of valor, 128; their overseer was Zabdiel the son of Haggedolim.

And of the Levites:

Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, son of Bunni; and Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chiefs of the Levites, who were over the outside work of the house of God; and Mattaniah the son of Mica, son of Zabdi, son of Asaph, who was the leader of the praise, who gave thanks, and Bakbukiah, the second among his brothers; and Abda the son of Shammua, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun. 18All the Levites in the holy city were 284.

The gatekeepers,

Akkub, Talmon and their brothers, who kept watch at the gates, were 172.

Nehemiah 11:20-36

And the rest of Israel, and of the priests and the Levites, were in all the towns of Judah, every one in his inheritance.

But the temple servants lived on Ophel; and Ziha and Gishpa were over the temple servants.

The overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, son of Hashabiah, son of Mattaniah, son of Mica, of the sons of Asaph, the singers, over the work of the house of God. For there was a command from the king concerning them, and a fixed provision for the singers, as every day required.

And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabel, of the sons of Zerah the son of Judah, was at the king’s side in all matters concerning the people.

Villages Outside Jerusalem

And as for the villages, with their fields, some of the people of Judah lived in Kiriath-arba and its villages, and in Dibon and its villages, and in Jekabzeel and its villages, and in Jeshua and in Moladah and Beth-pelet, in Hazar-shual, in Beersheba and its villages, in Ziklag, in Meconah and its villages, in En-rimmon, in Zorah, in Jarmuth, Zanoah, Adullam, and their villages, Lachish and its fields, and Azekah and its villages. So they encamped from Beersheba to the valley of Hinnom.

The people of Benjamin also lived from Geba onward, at Michmash, Aija, Bethel and its villages, Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.

And certain divisions of the Levites in Judah were assigned to Benjamin.

Nehemiah 12:1-9

Priests and Levites

These are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua:

Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,

Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,

Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah,

Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,

Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah.

These were the chiefs of the priests and of their brothers in the days of Jeshua.

And the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, who with his brothers was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving. And Bakbukiah and Unni and their brothers stood opposite them in the service.

Nehemiah 12:10,11

And Jeshua was the father of Joiakim, Joiakim the father of Eliashib, Eliashib the father of Joiada, Joiada the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan the father of Jaddua.

Nehemiah 12:12-21

And in the days of Joiakim were priests, heads of fathers’ houses:

of Seraiah, Meraiah;

of Jeremiah, Hananiah;

of Ezra, Meshullam;

of Amariah, Jehohanan;

of Malluchi, Jonathan;

of Shebaniah, Joseph;

of Harim, Adna;

of Meraioth, Helkai;

of Iddo, Zechariah;

of Ginnethon, Meshullam;

of Abijah, Zichri;

of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai;

of Bilgah, Shammua;

of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;

of Joiarib, Mattenai;

of Jedaiah, Uzzi;

of Sallai, Kallai;

of Amok, Eber;

of Hilkiah, Hashabiah;

of Jedaiah, Nethanel.

Nehemiah 12:22-26

In the days of Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan, and Jaddua, the Levites were recorded as heads of fathers’ houses; so too were the priests in the reign of Darius the Persian. As for the sons of Levi, their heads of fathers’ houses were written in the Book of the Chronicles until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib. And the chiefs of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers who stood opposite them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, watch by watch.

Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub were gatekeepers standing guard at the storehouses of the gates. These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra, the priest and scribe.

Holy Bible, English Standard Version,

as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith

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