6 Now it happened awhen Sanballat, Tobiah, 1Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it b(though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates), 2 that Sanballat and 2Geshem csent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together 3among the villages in the plain of dOno.” But they ethought to do me harm.
It is reported among the nations, and 4Geshem says, that you and the Jews plan to rebel; therefore, according to these rumors, you are rebuilding the wall, fthat you may be their king. 7 And you have also appointed prophets to proclaim concerning you at Jerusalem, saying, “There is a king in Judah!” Now these matters will be reported to the king. So come, therefore, and let us consult together.
Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.
10 Afterward I came to the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was a secret informer; and he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the 5temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you; indeed, at night they will come to kill you.”
11 And I said, “Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!” 12 Then I perceived that God had not sent him at all, but that ghe pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 For this reason he was hired, that I should be afraid and act that way and sin, so that they might have cause for an evil report, that they might reproach me.
15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 And it happened, jwhen all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for kthey perceived that this work was done by our God.
17 Also in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came to them. 18 For many in Judah were pledged to him, because he was the lson-in-law of Shechaniah the son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of mMeshullam the son of Berechiah. 19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and reported my 6words to him. Tobiah sent letters to frighten me.
7 Then it was, when the wall was built and I had ahung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, 2 that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother bHanani, and Hananiah the leader cof the 1citadel, for he was a faithful man and dfeared God more than many.
3 And I said to them, “Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they stand guard, let them shut and bar the doors; and appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, one at his watch station and another in front of his own house.”
4 Now the city was large and spacious, but the people in it were efew, and the houses were not rebuilt. 5 Then my God put it into my heart to gather the nobles, the rulers, and the people, that they might be registered by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of those who had come up in the first return, and found written in it:
6 fThese are the people of the province who came back from the captivity, of those who had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his city.
15 the sons of 4Binnui, six hundred and forty-eight;
24 the sons of 5Hariph, one hundred and twelve;
25 the sons of 6Gibeon, ninety-five;
28 the men of 7Beth Azmaveth, forty-two;
29 the men of 8Kirjath Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three;
34 the sons of the other hElam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four;
39 The priests: the sons of iJedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three;
40 the sons of jImmer, one thousand and fifty-two;
41 the sons of kPashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven;
42 the sons of lHarim, one thousand and seventeen.
and of the sons of 9Hodevah, seventy-four.
the sons of Ater,
the sons of Talmon,
the sons of Akkub,
the sons of Hatita,
the sons of Shobai, one hundred and thirty-eight.
the sons of Hasupha,
the sons of Tabbaoth,
the sons of 1Sia,
the sons of Padon,
48 the sons of 2Lebana,
the sons of 3Hagaba,
the sons of 4Salmai,
the sons of Giddel,
the sons of Gahar,
the sons of Rezin,
the sons of Nekoda,
the sons of Uzza,
the sons of Paseah,
the sons of Meunim,
the sons of 5Nephishesim,
the sons of Hakupha,
the sons of Harhur,
54 the sons of 6Bazlith,
the sons of Mehida,
the sons of Harsha,
the sons of Sisera,
the sons of Tamah,
and the sons of Hatipha.
the sons of Sophereth,
the sons of 7Perida,
the sons of Darkon,
the sons of Giddel,
the sons of Hattil,
the sons of Pochereth of Zebaim,
and the children of 8Amon.
61 And these were the ones who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, 9Addon, and Immer, but they could not identify their father’s house nor their lineage, whether they were of Israel: 62 the sons of Delaiah,
the sons of Tobiah,
the sons of Nekoda, six hundred and forty-two;
the sons of 1Koz,
the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name.
64 These sought their listing among those who were registered by genealogy, but it was not found; therefore they were excluded from the priesthood as defiled. 65 And the 2governor said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things till a priest could consult with the Urim and Thummim.
66 Altogether the whole assembly was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty, 67 besides their male and female servants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred and forty-five men and women singers. 68 Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules two hundred and forty-five, 69 their camels four hundred and thirty-five, and donkeys six thousand seven hundred and twenty.
70 And some of the heads of the fathers’ houses gave to the work. mThe 3governor gave to the treasury one thousand gold drachmas, fifty basins, and five hundred and thirty priestly garments. 71 Some of the heads of the fathers’ houses gave to the treasury of the work ntwenty thousand gold drachmas, and two thousand two hundred silver minas. 72 And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand gold drachmas, two thousand silver minas, and sixty-seven priestly garments.
Ezra Reads the Law
oWhen the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.
Or in Kephirim, exact location unknown
Seraiah, Ezra 2:2
Mispar, Ezra 2:2
Bani, Ezra 2:10
Jorah, Ezra 2:18
Gibbar, Ezra 2:20
Azmaveth, Ezra 2:24
Kirjath Arim, Ezra 2:25
Siaha, Ezra 2:44
Shalmai, Ezra 2:46; or Shamlai
Nephusim, Ezra 2:50
Bazluth, Ezra 2:52
Peruda, Ezra 2:55
Ami, Ezra 2:57
Addan, Ezra 2:59