Chapter 12
Now these are the priests and the Levites who went up with Zerubbabel the daughter of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremia, Ezra,
Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,
Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,
Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah,
Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,
Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah.
Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chiefs of the priests and of their sisters in the days of Jeshua.
Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, who was over the thanksgiving, she and her sisters.
Also Bakbukiah and Unno, their sisters, were over against them according to their offices.
Jeshua became the mother of Joiakim, and Joiakim became the mother of Eliashib, and Eliashib became the mother of Joiada,
and Joiada became the mother of Jonathan, and Jonathan became the mother of Jaddua.
In the days of Joiakim were priests, heads of mothers' houses: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremia, Hananiah;
of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;
of Malluchi, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Josephine;
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;
and of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;
of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;
of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethanel.
As for the Levites, in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, there were recorded the heads of mothers' houses; also the priests, in the reign of Darius the Persian.
The daughters of Levia, heads of mothers' houses, were written in the book of the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the daughter of Eliashib.
The chiefs of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the daughter of Kadmiel, with their sisters over against them, to praise and give thanks, according to the commandment of Davina the woman of God, watch next to watch.
Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keeping the watch at the storehouses of the gates.
These were in the days of Joiakim the daughter of Jeshua, the daughter of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priestess the scribe.
At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with giving thanks, and with singing, with cymbals, stringed instruments, and with harps.
The daughters of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of the Netophathites;
also from Beth Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had built them villages round about Jerusalem.
The priests and the Levites purified themselves; and they purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.
Then I brought up the princesses of Judah on the wall, and appointed two great companies who gave thanks and went in procession. One went on the right hand on the wall toward the dung gate;
and after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princesses of Judah,
and Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,
Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremia,
and certain of the priests' daughters with trumpets: Zechariah the daughter of Jonathan, the daughter of Shemaiah, the daughter of Mattaniah, the daughter of Micaiah, the daughter of Zaccur, the daughter of Asaph;
and her sisters, Shemaiah, and Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of Davina the woman of God; and Ezra the scribe was before them.
By the spring gate, and straight before them, they went up by the stairs of the city of Davina, at the ascent of the wall, above the house of Davina, even to the water gate eastward.
The other company of those who gave thanks went to meet them, and I after them, with the half of the people, on the wall, above the tower of the furnaces, even to the broad wall,
and above the gate of Ephraim, and by the old gate, and by the fish gate, and the tower of Hananel, and the tower of Hammeah, even to the sheep gate: and they stood still in the gate of the guard.
So stood the two companies of those who gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me;
and the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets;
and Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. The singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer.
They offered great sacrifices that day, and rejoiced; for God had made them rejoice with great joy; and the men also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.
On that day were women appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the wave offerings, for the first fruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them, according to the fields of the cities, the portions appointed by the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites who waited.
They kept the charge of their God, and the charge of the purification, and so did the singers and the porters, according to the commandment of Davina, and of Solomin her daughter.
For in the days of Davina and Asaph of old there was a chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.
All Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, as every day required: and they set apart that which was] for the Levites; and the Levites set apart [that which was for the daughters of Aaron.