“In Jerusalem lived certain of the Judahites and Benjaminites. Of the sons of Judahites was Athaiah son of Uzziah, son of Zechariah, son of Amariah, son of Shephatiah, son of Mahalalel. Of the descendents of Perez was Maaseiah son of Baruch, son of Col-hozeh, son of Hazaiah, son of Adaiah, son of Joiarib, son of Zechariah, son of the Shilonite. All the sons of Perez who lived in Jerusalem were four hundred and sixty-eight valiant warriors.”
Who were these people who got to live in Jerusalem? They were of course from Judah or Benjamin. Athaiah was the leader of the Judahites. The leader of the descendents of Perez, the son of Judah, was Maaseiah. The total number of descendents from Perez was 468. In 1 Chronicles, chapter 9, the men of Perez wee one of the first to return to Jerusalem after the captivity. This was considered the most important descendent line of Judah, out of which David had come.