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Netophah


Neto’phah (distillation), a town the name of which occurs only in the catalogue of those who returned with Zerubbabel from the captivity. Ezra 2:22; Neh. 7:26; 1 Esdr. 5:18. But, though not directly mentioned till so late a period, Netophah was really a much older place. Two of David’s guard, 1 Chron. 27:13, 15, were Netophathites. The “villages of the Netophathites” were the residence of the Levites. 1 Chron. 9:16. From another notice we learn that the particular Levites who inhabited these villages were singers. Neh. 12:28. To judge from Neh. 7:26 the town was in the neighborhood of, or closely connected with, Bethlehem.