Now the leaders of the Israelites moved into the city of Jerusalem. The other Israelites had to decide who else would move into the city. So they threw lots, and one out of every ten people had to live in Jerusalem, the holy city. The other nine people could live in their own hometowns.
Some people volunteered to live in Jerusalem. The other people thanked and blessed them for volunteering.
Here are the leaders of the provinces who lived in Jerusalem. (Some of the Israelites, priests, Levites, Temple servants, and descendants of Solomon's servants lived in the towns of Judah. Everyone lived on their own land in the different towns.
And other people from the families of Judah and Benjamin lived in the city of Jerusalem.) These are the descendants of Judah who moved into Jerusalem: Athaiah son of Uzziah (the son of Zechariah, who was the son of Amariah, who was the son of Shephatiah, who was the son of Mahalalel, who was a descendant of Perez)
and Maaseiah son of Baruch (the son of Col-Hozeh, who was the son of Hazaiah, who was the son of Adaiah, who was the son of Joiarib, who was the son of Zechariah, who was a descendant of Shelah).
The number of Perez's descendants living in Jerusalem was 468. All of them were brave men.
These are the descendants of Benjamin who moved into Jerusalem: Sallu son of Meshullam (the son of Joed, who was the son of Pedaiah, who was the son of Kolaiah, who was the son of Maaseiah, who was the son of Ithiel, who was the son of Jeshaiah),
and those who followed Jeshaiah were Gabbai and Sallai. All together there were 928 men.
Joel son of Zicri was in charge of them. And Judah son of Hassenuah was in charge of the Second District of the city of Jerusalem.
These are the priests who moved into Jerusalem: Jedaiah son of Joiarib, Jakin,
and Seraiah son of Hilkiah (the son of Meshullam, who was the son of Zadok, who was the son of Meraioth, who was the son of Ahitub), who was the supervisor in the Temple of God),
and 822 men of their brothers that did the work for the Temple, and Adaiah son of Jeroham (the son of Pelaliah, who was the son of Amzi, who was the son of Zechariah, who was the son of Pashhur, who was the son of Malkijah),
and 242 men who were Adaiah's brothers (leaders of their families), Amashsai son of Azarel (the son of Ahzai, who was the son of Meshillemoth, who was the son of Immer),
and 128 of Amashsai's brothers. (These men were brave soldiers. The officer over them was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim.)
These are the Levites who moved into Jerusalem: Shemaiah son of Hasshub (the son of Azrikam, who was the son of Hashabiah, who was the son of Bunni),
Shabbethai and Jozabad (two of the leaders of the Levites in charge of the outside work of God's Temple),
Mattaniah (the son of Mica, who was the son of Zabdi, who was the son of Asaph), the director who led the people in singing songs of praise and prayer, Bakbukiah (the second in charge over his brothers), and Abda son of Shammua (the son of Galal, who was the son of Jeduthun).
So there were 284 Levites who moved into Jerusalem, the holy city.
These are the gatekeepers who moved into Jerusalem: Akkub, Talmon, and 172 of their brothers. They watched and guarded the gates of the city.
The other Israelites, and the other priests and Levites, lived in all the towns of Judah. Everyone lived on the land that their ancestors had owned.
The Temple servants lived on the hill of Ophel. Ziha and Gishpa were in charge of the Temple servants.
The officer over the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi. Uzzi was the son of Bani (the son of Hashabiah, who was the son of Mattaniah, who was the son of Mica). Uzzi was a descendant of Asaph. Asaph's descendants were the singers who were responsible for the service in God's Temple.
The singers obeyed orders from the king, which told them what to do from day to day.
Pethahiah son of Meshezabel told the people what the king wanted done. (Meshezabel was one of the descendants of Zerah. Zerah was Judah's son.)
The people of Judah lived in these towns: In Kiriath Arba and the small towns around it, in Dibon and the small towns around it, in Jekabzeel and the small towns around it,
and in Jeshua, in Moladah, in Beth Pelet,
in Hazar Shual, in Beersheba and the small towns around it,
and in Ziklag, in Meconah and the small towns around it,
and in En Rimmon, in Zorah, in Jarmuth,
and in Zanoah and Adullam and the small towns around them, in Lachish and the fields around it, and in Azekah and the small towns around it. So the people of Judah were living all the way from Beersheba to the Valley of Hinnom.
The descendants of the family of Benjamin from Geba lived in Micmash, Aija, Bethel, and the small towns around it,
in Anathoth, Nob, and Ananiah,
in Hazor, Ramah, and Gittaim,
in Hadid, Zeboim, and Neballat,
in Lod and Ono, and in the Valley of the Craftsmen.
Some of the groups from the family of Levi moved to the land of Benjamin.
These are the priests and Levites who came back to the land of Judah. They came back with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua. This is a list of their names: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,
Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,
Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,
Iddo, Ginnethon, Abijah,
Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,
Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,
Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, and Jedaiah. These men were the leaders of the priests and their relatives in the days of Jeshua.
The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah. These men, with Mattaniah's relatives, were in charge of the songs of praise to God.
Bakbukiah and Unni were the relatives of those Levites. These two men stood across from them in the services.
Jeshua was the father of Joiakim. Joiakim was the father of Eliashib. Eliashib was the father of Joiada.
Joiada was the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan was the father of Jaddua.
In the days of Joiakim, these men were the leaders of the families of priests: The leader of Seraiah's family was Meraiah. The leader of Jeremiah's family was Hananiah.
The leader of Ezra's family was Meshullam. The leader of Amariah's family was Jehohanan.
The leader of Malluch's family was Jonathan. The leader of Shecaniah's family was Joseph.
The leader of Harim's family was Adna. The leader of Meremoth's family was Helkai.
The leader of Iddo's family was Zechariah. The leader of Ginnethon's family was Meshullam.
The leader of Abijah's family was Zicri. The leader of Miniamin and Maadiah's families was Piltai.
The leader of Bilgah's family was Shammua. The leader of Shemaiah's family was Jehonathan.
The leader of Joiarib's family was Mattenai. The leader of Jedaiah's family was Uzzi.
The leader of Sallu's family was Kallai. The leader of Amok's family was Eber.
The leader of Hilkiah's family was Hashabiah. The leader of Jedaiah's family was Nethanel.
The names of the leaders of the families of the Levites and the priests in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan, and Jaddua were written down during the rule of Darius the Persian king.
The family leaders among the descendants of the Levites and up to the time of Johanan son of Eliashib were written in the history book.
And these were the leaders of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, and their brothers. Their brothers stood across from them to sing praise and honor to God. One group answered the other group. That is what was commanded by David the man of God.
The gatekeepers who guarded the storerooms next to the gates were Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub.
They served in the days of Joiakim. Joiakim was the son of Jeshua, who was the son of Jozadak. And the gatekeepers also served in the days of Nehemiah the governor and in the days of Ezra the priest and teacher.
The people dedicated the wall of Jerusalem. They brought all the Levites to Jerusalem. The Levites came from the towns they lived in. They came to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem. They came to sing songs of praise and thanks to God. They played their cymbals, harps, and lyres.
And all the singers also came to Jerusalem. They came from the towns all around Jerusalem. They came from the town of Netophah, from Beth Gilgal, Geba, and Azmaveth. The singers had built small towns for themselves in the area around Jerusalem.
So the priests and Levites made themselves pure in a ceremony. Then they also made the people, the gates, and the wall of Jerusalem pure in a ceremony.
I told the leaders of Judah to go up and stand on top of the wall. I also chose two large singing groups to give thanks to God. One group was to start going up on top of the wall on the right side, toward the Ash Pile Gate.
Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah followed the singers.
Also following them were Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam,
Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, and Jeremiah.
And some of the priests with trumpets also followed them up to the wall. Zechariah also followed them. (Zechariah was the son of Jonathan, who was the son of Shemaiah, who was the son of Mattaniah, who was the son of Micaiah, who was the son of Zaccur, who was the son of Asaph.)
There were also Asaph's brothers, who were Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah, and Hanani. They had the musical instruments that David, the man of God, had made. Ezra the teacher led the group of people who were there to dedicate the wall.
They went to the Fountain Gate and walked up the stairs all the way to the City of David. They were on top of the city wall. They walked over the house of David and went toward the Water Gate.
The second group of singers started out in the other direction, to the left. I followed them as they went up to the top of the wall. Half of the people also followed them. They went past the Tower of Ovens to the Broad Wall.
Then they went over these gates: the Gate of Ephraim, the Old Gate, and the Fish Gate. And they went over the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred. They went as far as the Sheep Gate and stopped at the Guard Gate.
Then the two singing groups went to their places in God's Temple. And I stood in my place. And half the officials stood in their places in the Temple.
Then these priests stood in their places: Eliakim, Maaseiah, Mijamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah. These priests had their trumpets with them.
Then these priests stood in their places in the Temple: Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malkijah, Elam, and Ezer. Then two singing groups began singing with Jezrahiah leading them.
So on that special day, the priests offered many sacrifices. Everyone was very happy because God had made them happy. Even the women and children were excited and happy. People far away could hear the happy sounds coming from Jerusalem.
Men were chosen to be in charge of the storerooms on that day. People brought the first part of the harvest and a tenth of their crops. So the men in charge put these things in the storerooms. The Jewish people were very happy about the priests and Levites on duty. So they brought many things to be put in the storerooms.
The priests and Levites did their work for their God. They did the ceremonies that made people pure, and the singers and gatekeepers did their part. They did everything that David and Solomon had commanded.
(Long ago, in the days of David, Asaph had been the director. And he had many songs of praise and thanks to God.)
So in the days of Zerubbabel and of Nehemiah, all the Israelites gave every day to support the singers and gatekeepers. The people also set aside the money for the other Levites. And the Levites set aside the money for the descendants of Aaron.
One day Peter and John went to the Temple area. It was three o'clock in the afternoon, which was the time for the daily Temple prayer service.
As they were entering the Temple area, a man was there who had been crippled all his life. He was being carried by some friends who brought him to the Temple every day. They put him by one of the gates outside the Temple. It was called Beautiful Gate. There he begged for money from the people going to the Temple.
That day he saw Peter and John going into the Temple area. He asked them for money.
Peter and John looked at the crippled man and said, "Look at us!"
He looked at them; he thought they would give him some money.
But Peter said, "I don't have any silver or gold, but I do have something else I can give you. By the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth�stand up and walk!"
Then Peter took the man's right hand and lifted him up. Immediately his feet and legs became strong.
He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk. He went into the Temple area with them. He was walking and jumping and praising God.
All the people recognized him. They knew he was the crippled man who always sat by the Beautiful Gate to beg for money. Now they saw this same man walking and praising God. They were amazed. They did not understand how this could happen.
The man was holding on to Peter and John. All the people were amazed. They ran to Peter and John at Solomon's Porch.
When Peter saw this, he said to the people, "My Jewish brothers, why are you surprised at this? You are looking at us as if it was our power that made this man walk. Do you think this was done because we are good?
No, God did it! He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He is the God of all our fathers. He gave glory to Jesus, his special servant. But you handed him over to be killed. Pilate decided to let him go free. But you told Pilate you did not want him.
Jesus was holy and good, but you said you did not want him. You told Pilate to give you a murderer instead of Jesus.
And so you killed the one who gives life! But God raised him from death. We are witnesses of this�we saw it with our own eyes.
"This crippled man was healed because we trusted in Jesus. It was Jesus' power that made him well. You can see this man, and you know him. He was made completely well because of faith in Jesus. You all saw it happen!
"My brothers, I know that what you did to Jesus was done because you did not understand what you were doing. And your leaders did not understand any more than you did.
But God said these things would happen. Through the prophets he said that his Christ would suffer and die. I have told you how God made this happen.
So you must change your hearts and lives. Come back to God, and he will forgive your sins.
Then the Lord will give you times of spiritual rest. He will send you Jesus, the one he chose to be the Christ.
"But Jesus must stay in heaven until the time when all things will be made right again. God told about this time when he spoke long ago through his holy prophets.
Moses said, 'The Lord your God will give you a prophet. That prophet will come from among your own people. He will be like me. You must obey everything he tells you.
And anyone who refuses to obey that prophet will die, separated from God's people.'
"Samuel, and all the other prophets who spoke for God after Samuel, said that this time would come.
And what those prophets talked about is for you, their descendants. You have received the agreement that God made with your fathers. God said to your father Abraham, 'Every nation on earth will be blessed through your descendants.'
God has sent his special servant Jesus. He sent him to you first. He sent him to bless you by causing each of you to turn away from your evil ways."