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The Nethinim (those appointed) are frequently mentioned in Ezra and Nehemiah, and they apparently were servants assigned to the more menial tasks around the temple and city. They 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.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8