Nehemiah 12:1-26

Priests and Levites

1 This is a list of the priests and the Levites who returned with Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, and with Jeshua:

  • Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,
  • 3 Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4 Iddo, Ginnethon, Abijah,
  • 5 Mijamin, Moadiah, Bilgah, 6 Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,
  • 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah.
  • These men were the leaders of the priests and the people who helped them in the time of Jeshua.

    8 The Levites were:

  • Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah and Mattaniah.
  • Mattaniah and his relatives had authority for the songs which they sang to thank God in the temple. 9 Bakbukiah and Unni and their relatives joined them when they sang.

    10 Jeshua was the father of Joiakim. Joiakim was the father of Eliashib. Eliashib was the father of Joiada, 11 Joiada was the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan was the father of Jaddua.

    12 In the time of Joiakim, these were the priests who were leaders of their clans:

  • Meraiah was the leader of Seraiah's clan.
  • Hananiah was the leader of Jeremiah's clan.
  • 13 Meshullam was the leader of Ezra's clan.
  • Jehohanan was the leader of Amariah's clan.
  • 14 Jonathan was the leader of Malluch's clan.
  • Joseph was the leader of Shecaniah's clan.
  • 15 Adna was the leader of Harim's clan.
  • Helkai was the leader of Meremoth's clan.
  • 16 Zechariah was the leader of Iddo's clan.
  • Meshullam was the leader of Ginnethon's clan.
  • 17 Zicri was the leader of Abijah's clan.
  • Piltai was the leader of the clans of Miniamin and Moadiah.
  • 18 Shammua was the leader of Bilgah's clan.
  • Jehonathan was the leader of Shemaiah's clan.
  • 19 Mattenai was the leader of Joiarib's clan.
  • Uzzi was the leader of Jedaiah's clan.
  • 20 Kallai was the leader of Sallu's clan.
  • Eber was the leader of Amok's clan.
  • 21 Hashabiah was the leader of Hilkiah's clan.
  • Nethanel was the leader of Jedaiah's clan.
  • 22 During the time when Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan and Jaddua were the leaders of the priests, they recorded the names of the Levites and the priests who were leaders of their clans. At the time when King Darius ruled Persia, they stopped doing this. 23 They wrote the names of Levi's descendants who were leaders of their clans in the history book of Israel. They did that until the time of Eliashib's son, Johanan.

    24 The leaders of the Levites were:

  • Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Kadmiel's son, Jeshua, and their relatives.
  • The two groups stood opposite each other to sing and praise and thank God. They did this in the way that God's servant, King David, had commanded.

    25 The guards for the temple gates were:

  • Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon and Akkub.
  • They watched the temple rooms near the gates, where they stored special things. 26 They served as guards in the time of Joiakim, son of Jeshua and grandson of Jozadak. This was in the time when Nehemiah had authority over Judah, and Ezra the priest was teaching people God's Law.