After the Exile
1All Israel was registered in the genealogies that are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. But Judah was exiled to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness. 2The first to live in their towns on their own property again were Israelites, priests, Levites, and temple servants.
3These people from the descendants of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh settled in Jerusalem:
4Uthai son of Ammihud, son of Omri, son of Imri, son of Bani, a descendant of Perez son of Judah;
5from the Shilonites:
Asaiah the firstborn and his sons;
6and from the descendants of Zerah:
Jeuel and their relatives — 690 in all.
7The Benjaminites: Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah;
8Ibneiah son of Jeroham;
Elah son of Uzzi, son of Michri;
Meshullam son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibnijah;
9and their relatives according to their family records — 956 in all. All these men were heads of their ancestral families.
10The priests: Jedaiah; Jehoiarib; Jachin;
11Azariah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the chief official of God’s temple;
12Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pashhur, son of Malchijah;
Maasai son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah, son of Meshullam, son of Meshillemith, son of Immer;
13and their relatives, the heads of their ancestral families — 1,760 in all. They were capable men employed in the ministry of God’s temple.
14The Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah of the Merarites;
15Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal, and Mattaniah, son of Mica, son of Zichri, son of Asaph;
16Obadiah son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun;
and Berechiah son of Asa, son of Elkanah who lived in the settlements of the Netophathites.
17The gatekeepers: Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their relatives.
Shallum was their chief; 18he was previously stationed at the King’s Gate on the east side. These were the gatekeepers from the camp of the Levites.
19Shallum son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah and his relatives from his ancestral family, the Korahites, were assigned to guard the thresholds of the tent. Their ancestors had been assigned to the Lord’s camp as guardians of the entrance. 20In earlier times Phinehas son of Eleazar had been their leader, and the Lord was with him. 21Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the tent of meeting.
22The total number of those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds was 212. They were registered by genealogy in their settlements. David and the seer Samuel had appointed them to their trusted positions. 23So they and their sons were assigned as guards to the gates of the Lord’s temple, which had been the tent-temple. 24The gatekeepers were on the four sides: east, west, north, and south. 25Their relatives came from their settlements at fixed times to be with them seven days, 26but the four chief gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted with the rooms and the treasuries of God’s temple. 27They spent the night in the vicinity of God’s temple, because they had guard duty and were in charge of opening it every morning.
28Some of them were in charge of the utensils used in worship. They would count them when they brought them in and when they took them out. 29Others were put in charge of the furnishings and all the utensils of the sanctuary, as well as the fine flour, wine, oil, incense, and spices. 30Some of the priests’ sons mixed the spices. 31A Levite called Mattithiah, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with baking the bread. 32Some of the Kohathites’ relatives were responsible for preparing the rows of the Bread of the Presence every Sabbath.
33The singers, the heads of the Levite families, stayed in the temple chambers and were exempt from other tasks because they were on duty day and night. 34These were the heads of the Levite families, chiefs according to their family records; they lived in Jerusalem.
35Jeiel fathered Gibeon and lived in Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maacah. 36Abdon was his firstborn son, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 37Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth. 38Mikloth fathered Shimeam. These also lived opposite their relatives in Jerusalem with their other relatives.
39Ner fathered Kish, Kish fathered Saul, and Saul fathered Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.
40Jonathan’s son was Merib-baal, and Merib-baal fathered Micah.
41Micah’s sons: Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.
42Ahaz fathered Jarah;
Jarah fathered Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri;
Zimri fathered Moza.
43Moza fathered Binea.
His son was Rephaiah, his son Elasah, and his son Azel.
44Azel had six sons, and these were their names: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. These were Azel’s sons.