Nehemiah 7:1
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New International Version
After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the Levites were appointed.

New Living Translation
After the wall was finished and I had set up the doors in the gates, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed.

English Standard Version
Now when the wall had been built and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,

Berean Study Bible
When the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed.

New American Standard Bible
Now when the wall was rebuilt and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

King James Bible
Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

Christian Standard Bible
When the wall had been rebuilt and I had the doors installed, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed.

Contemporary English Version
After the wall had been rebuilt and the gates hung, then the temple guards, the singers, and the other Levites were assigned their work.

Good News Translation
And now the wall had been rebuilt, the gates had all been put in place, and the Temple guards, the members of the sacred choir, and the other Levites had been assigned their work.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the wall had been rebuilt and I had the doors installed, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed.

International Standard Version
After the wall had been completed and its doors installed, then the gatekeepers, singers, and descendants of Levi were appointed.

NET Bible
When the wall had been rebuilt and I had positioned the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,

New Heart English Bible
Now it happened, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites were assigned their duties after the wall had been rebuilt and I had hung the doors.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

New American Standard 1977
Now it came about when the wall was rebuilt and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now it came to pass, when the wall was built and I had set up the doors and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

King James 2000 Bible
Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the doorkeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

American King James Version
Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

American Standard Version
Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now after the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and numbered the porters and singing men, and Levites:

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, that the doorkeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed.

English Revised Version
Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

Webster's Bible Translation
Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

World English Bible
Now it happened, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, when the wall hath been built, that I set up the doors, and the gatekeepers are appointed, and the singers, and the Levites,
Study Bible
Securing the City
1When the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed. 2Then I put my brother Hanani in charge of Jerusalem, along with Hananiah the commander of the fortress, because he was a faithful man who feared God more than most.…
Cross References
2 Kings 7:10
So they went and called out to the gatekeepers of the city, saying, "We went to the Aramean camp and no one was there--not a trace--only tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents were intact."

Nehemiah 3:1
At the Sheep Gate, Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests began rebuilding. They dedicated it and installed its doors. After building as far as the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel, they dedicated the wall.

Nehemiah 6:1
When Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left--though to that time I had not yet installed the doors in the gates--

Nehemiah 6:15
So the wall was completed in fifty-two days, on the twenty-fifth of Elul.

Nehemiah 6:19
Moreover, these nobles kept reporting to me Tobiah's good deeds, and they relayed my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to intimidate me.

Treasury of Scripture

Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

the wall

Nehemiah 3:1 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, …

Nehemiah 6:15 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month …

I had set up

Nehemiah 3:3 But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid …

Nehemiah 6:1 Now it came to pass when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, …

the porters

Nehemiah 10:39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the …

Nehemiah 11:3 Now these are the chief of the province that dwelled in Jerusalem…

Nehemiah 12:24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the …

1 Chronicles 23:1-32 So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king …

1 Chronicles 25:1-26:32 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service …

2 Chronicles 31:2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites …

Ezra 3:8 Now in the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem, …







VII.

(1-4) Measures were taken for the security of the city, now made a complete fortress. The comparative thinness of the population taxed the governor's resources, and the result appears at a later stage.

(1) Were appointed.--Placed in charge, probably over all the walls. This was an extraordinary provision, to be explained by the fact that these organised bodies formed a large proportion of the inhabitants. The Levites had usually guarded only the Temple.

(2) Hanani.--Who probably had returned from Susa with his brother.

Hananiah the ruler of the palace.--Commander of the fortress, as in Nehemiah 2:8. He was in the immediate service of the Persian king, but his chief recommendation was his piety, which distinguished him from too many of the other rulers.

(3) Until the sun be hot.--General directions were given that the gates should not be thrown open so early as sunrise; they were to be opened and barred again while the guard was present; and the inhabitants were to be divided for night-watches, part on the walls and part before their own houses.

(4) Large and great.--Literally, broad on both sides, with large unoccupied spaces.

The houses were not builded.--In sufficient numbers to provide the requisite population for the city of God. The emphasis is on the fact that the people were few.

Verse 1. - The porters and the singers and the Levites. The porters and the singers were themselves Levites, but are often distinguished from their brethren, who had no such special office (see Ezra 2:40-42, 70; Ezra 7:24; Ezra 10:23, 24; Nehemiah 7:43-45, 73; Nehemiah 10:28, etc.). Nehemiah's choice of Levites to guard the gates of Jerusalem may seem strange; but we must remember -

1. That the priests and Levites formed nearly one half the population of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 11:6-19 compared with 1 Chronicles 9:9-22).

2. That the office of guarding the temple gates had always been discharged by Levites (1 Chronicles 9:17-22; 1 Chronicles 26:12-19). Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors,.... Which was not done when Sanballat sent his first letter, but now was, Nehemiah 6:1,

and the porters and the singers, and the Levites were appointed; not to attend the doors of the gates of the wall, but to return to their service in the temple, who had been employed in one thing or another, while the wall and gates were building and repairing; see Nehemiah 3:17. CHAPTER 7

Ne 7:1-4. Nehemiah Commits the Charge of Jerusalem to Hanani and Hananiah.7:1-4 Nehemiah, having finished the wall, returned to the Persian court, and came to Jerusalem again with a new commission. The public safety depends on every one's care to guard himself and his family against sin.
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