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KENANI (kē-nā'nī, kĕn'a-nī). A Levite who helped bring the returned exiles into agreement about the covenant worship of God (Neh.9.4).

CHENANI kĭ nā’ nī (כְּנָ֑נִי). A Levite who was among those who cried aloud to the Lord following Ezra’s public reading of the law (Neh 9:4).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

One of the names mentioned in Ne 9:4, in connection with the constitution of "congregation." If the names represent houses or families, eight Levitical houses probably sang some well-known psalm on this occasion. If they are names of individual representatives, they were probably deputed to recite or chant some special prayer in order to lead the worship of the people.