Then in the midst of the assembly, the Lord’s Spirit came upon Jachaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph.
They traveled throughout Judah and assembled the Levites from all the cities of Judah, as well as the Israelite family leaders. They came to Jerusalem, 1
This is what you must do. One third of you priests and Levites who are on duty during the Sabbath will guard the doors.
He said to them: “Listen to me, you Levites! Now consecrate yourselves, so you can consecrate the temple of the Lord God of your ancestors! 1 Remove from the sanctuary what is ceremonially unclean!
They slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and Levites were ashamed, so they consecrated themselves and brought burnt sacrifices to the Lord’s temple.
They stood at their posts according to the regulations outlined in the law of Moses, the man of God. The priests were splashing the blood as the Levites handed it to them. 1
The celebration included 1 the entire assembly of Judah, the priests, the Levites, the entire assembly of those who came from Israel, the resident foreigners who came from the land of Israel, and the residents of Judah.
The priests and Levites got up and pronounced blessings on the people. The Lord responded favorably to them 1 as their prayers reached his holy dwelling place in heaven.
Kore son of Imnah, a Levite and the guard on the east side, was in charge of the voluntary offerings made to God and disbursed the contributions made to the Lord and the consecrated items.
They made disbursements to the priests listed in the genealogical records by their families, and to the Levites twenty years old and up, according to their duties as assigned to their divisions,
The priests, the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants lived in their towns, and all the rest of Israel lived in their towns.
and some of the temple servants that David and his officials had established for the work of the Levites – 220 of them. They were all designated by name.
Then the priests and the Levites took charge of 1 the silver, the gold, and the vessels that had been weighed out, to transport them to Jerusalem to the temple of our God.
So Ezra got up and made the leading priests and Levites and all Israel take an oath to carry out this plan. 1 And they all took a solemn oath.
Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahzeiah son of Tikvah were 1 against this, assisted by Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite.