People Who Settled
1The nation's leaders and their families settled in Jerusalem. But there was room for only one out of every ten of the remaining families, and so they asked God to show them who would live there. 2Then everyone else asked God to bless those who were willing to live in Jerusalem.
3 Some of the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, the temple workers, and the descendants of Solomon's servants lived on their own property in the towns of Judah. But the leaders of the province lived in Jerusalem with their families.
The Judah Tribe
4-6From the Judah tribe, two leaders settled in Jerusalem with their relatives. One of them was Athaiah son of Uzziah. His ancestors were Zechariah, Amariah, Shephatiah, Mahalalel, and Perez, the son of Judah. From the descendants of Perez, 468 of the best men lived in Jerusalem.
The other leader from Judah was Maaseiah the son of Baruch. His ancestors were Colhozeh, Hazaiah, Adaiah, Joiarib, Zechariah, and Shelah, the son of Judah.
The Benjamin Tribe
7-8From the Benjamin tribe, three leaders settled in Jerusalem. The first was Sallu son of Meshullam, and the others were Gabbai and Sallai. Sallu's ancestors were Joed, Pedaiah, Kolaiah, Maaseiah, Ithiel, and Jeshaiah. Altogether, there were 928 men of the Benjamin tribe living in Jerusalem. 9Joel son of Zichri was their leader, and Judah son of Hassenuah was second in command.
10Four priests settled in Jerusalem. The first was Jedaiah; he was the son of Joiarib and the uncle of Jachin.
11The second priest to settle there was Seraiah son of Hilkiah. His ancestors were Meshullam, Zadok, Meraioth, and Ahitub, who had been a high priest. 12Altogether, there were 822 from his clan who served in the temple.
The third priest to settle there was Adaiah son of Jeroham. His ancestors were Pelaliah, Amzi, Zechariah, Pashhur, and Malchijah. 13Altogether, there were 242 clan leaders among his relatives.
The fourth priest to settle there was Amashsai son of Azarel. His ancestors were Ahzai, Meshillemoth, and Immer. 14Altogether, there were 128 brave warriors from their clans, and their leader was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim.
15Several Levites settled in Jerusalem. First, there was Shemaiah son of Hasshub. His ancestors were Azrikam, Hashabiah, and Bunni.
16Next, there were Shabbethai and Jozabad, the Levite leaders in charge of the work outside the temple.
17Then there was Mattaniah son of Mica. His ancestors were Zabdi and Asaph. Mattaniah led the temple choir in the prayer of praise. Bakbukiah, who also settled in Jerusalem, was his assistant.
Finally, there was Abda son of Shammua; his grandfather was Galal, and his great-grandfather was Jeduthun.
18Altogether, 284 Levites settled in the holy city.
19One hundred seventy-two temple guards settled in Jerusalem; their leaders were Akkub and Talmon.
20The rest of the Israelites, including priests and Levites, lived on their own property in the other towns of Judah. 21But the temple workers lived in the section of Jerusalem known as Ophel, and the two men in charge of them were Ziha and Gishpa.
22Uzzi son of Bani was the leader of the Levites in Jerusalem. His grandfather was Hashabiah, his great-grandfather was Mattaniah, and his great-great-grandfather was Mica. He belonged to the Asaph clan that was in charge of the music for the temple services, 23though the daily choice of music and musicians was decided by royal decree of the Persian king.
24The people of Israel were represented at the Persian court by Pethahiah son of Meshezabel from the Zerah clan of the Judah tribe.
The People in the Other Towns
25Some of the people of Judah lived in the following towns near their farms: Kiriath-Arba, Dibon, Jekabzeel, 26Jeshua, Moladah, Beth-Pelet, 27Hazar-Shual, Beersheba, 28Ziklag, Meconah, 29Enrimmon, Zorah, Jarmuth, 30Zanoah, Adullam, Lachish, and Azekah. In fact, they settled the towns from Beersheba in the south to Hinnom Valley in the north.
31The people of Benjamin lived in the towns of Geba, Michmash, Aija, Bethel with its nearby villages, 32Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, 33Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, 34Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, 35Lod, and Ono, as well as in Craft Valley. 36Several groups of Levites from the territory of Judah were sent to live among the people of Benjamin.
A List of Priests
1Many priests and Levites had returned from Babylonia with Zerubbabel and Joshua as their leaders. Those priests were Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, 3Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah, 5Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, 6Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah, 7Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, and another Jedaiah. These were the leading priests and their assistants during the time of Joshua.
8The Levites who returned were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah. They and their assistants were responsible for the songs of praise, 9while Bakbukiah and Unno, together with their assistants, were responsible for the choral responses.
Descendants of Joshua
10Joshua was the father of Joiakim, the grandfather of Eliashib, and the great-grandfather of Joiada. 11Joiada was the father of Jonathan and the grandfather of Jaddua.
12When Joiakim was high priest, the following priests were leaders of their clans: Meraiah of the Seraiah clan, Hananiah of Jeremiah, 13Meshullam of Ezra, Jehohanan of Amariah, 14Jonathan of Malluchi, Joseph of Shebaniah, 15Adna of Harim, Helkai of Meraioth, 16Zechariah of Iddo, Meshullam of Ginnethon, 17Zichri of Abijah, Piltai of Moadiah, 18Shammua of Bilgah, Jehonathan of Shemaiah, 19Mattenai of Joiarib, Uzzi of Jedaiah, 20Kallai of Sallai, Eber of Amok, 21Hashabiah of Hilkiah, and Nethanel of Jedaiah.
The Priestly and Levite
22During the time of the high priests Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan, and Jaddua, and including the time that Darius was king of Persia, a record was kept of the heads of the Levite and priestly families. 23However, no official record was kept of the heads of the Levite clans after the death of Johanan, the grandson of Eliashib.
24Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Jeshua son of Kadmiel, and their assistants organized two choirs of Levites to offer praises to God, just as King David, the man of God, had commanded.
25Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub were responsible for guarding the storerooms near the temple gates.
26All of these men lived during the time of Joiakim and during the time that I was governor and Ezra, a teacher of the Law of Moses, was priest.
Now that the walls of Jerusalem had been rebuilt, there was also the need to re-populate the city, so that it was more than an empty walled fortress with the Temple in its midst. The leaders led the way by setting the example of relocating. Of the rest of the people, it seems that some volunteered (v 2), while others were “assigned” to do so (v 1b). Of special emphasis in the lists are the priests and Levites. The people had just committed to maintaining the Temple by giving of the necessary sacrifices and provisions (10:32-39), and now the personnel for the Temple were put in place to keep the worship functioning properly.
In doing God’s work today, it is one thing to give financially to church and mission projects, but it is another thing to give of ourselves. Just as the people “asked God to bless those who were willing to live in Jerusalem“ (v 2), so too, we need to commend and ask a blessing upon those who give themselves as full-time vocational ministers – people who are called to serve. For the priests and Levites, it may have involved a sacrifice on their part of leaving their homes and property so as to relocate in Jerusalem.
Just as priests and Levites were needed in Nehemiah’s time to carry out the responsibility of God’s work in the Temple, so too today, people are needed in full-time vocational ministry to do the work of the kingdom. For those who are called and choose to become pastors, missionaries, evangelists, parachurch leaders and workers, it may involve relocating, leaving family and friends, home and property. When that commitment is done in service to the kingdom of God, it is to be commended. Maybe God is calling you into full-time vocational ministry and even to relocate to serve God.
Our heavenly Father, we ask your blessing on those who have given up other vocations to serve you in full-time ministry. Sometimes that involves sacrifice on their part. So we ask that you abundantly supply all of their needs. And Father, may my heart be open to serving you in that kind of capacity, if such is your will. Amen.