Nethinims

Nehemiah 11:21

11:21 Nethinims. The Nethinim (meaning “those appointed”) are frequently mentioned in Ezra and Nehemiah, and seem to have been servants assigned to the more menial tasks around the temple and city. There were possibly descendants of the Gibeonites, slaves assigned by Joshua to be perpetual “hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD” (Joshua 9:27). Nevertheless, they dwelt in the Ophel section of Jerusalem and were, by this time, at least, considered full participants in the faith of the nation.

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