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The Exiles Return

7 When the wall had been rebuilt and I had the doors installed, i the gatekeepers, j singers, and Levites were appointed. Then I put my brother Hanani k in charge of Jerusalem, l along with Hananiah, m commander of the fortress, n because he was a faithful man who * feared God o more than most. I said to them, “Do not open the gates of Jerusalem until the sun is hot, and let the doors be shut and securely fastened while the guards are on duty. Station the citizens of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some at their homes.” p

The city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and no houses had been built yet. q Then my God put it into my mind r to assemble the nobles, the officials, and the people to be registered by genealogy. I found the genealogical record of those who came back first, and I found the following written in it: s

These are the people of the province who went up among the captive exiles deported by King Nebuchadnezzar t of Babylon. Each of them returned to Jerusalem and Judah, to his own town. u They came with Zerubbabel, v Jeshua, w Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah.

The number of the Israelite men included:

Parosh’s descendants x 2,172

Shephatiah’s descendants 372

10 Arah’s descendants 652

11 Pahath-moab’s descendants:

Jeshua’s and Joab’s descendants 2,818

12 Elam’s descendants 1,254

13 Zattu’s descendants 845

14 Zaccai’s descendants 760

15 Binnui’s descendants 648

16 Bebai’s descendants 628

17 Azgad’s descendants 2,322

18 Adonikam’s descendants y 667

19 Bigvai’s descendants 2,067

20 Adin’s descendants z 655

21 Ater’s descendants: of Hezekiah 98

22 Hashum’s descendants 328

23 Bezai’s descendants 324

24 Hariph’s descendants 112

25 Gibeon’s a descendants 95

26 Bethlehem’s b and Netophah’s c men 188

27 Anathoth’s d men 128

28 Beth-azmaveth’s men 42

29 Kiriath-jearim’s, Chephirah’s, and Beeroth’s men 743

30 Ramah’s and Geba’s men 621

31 Michmas’s men 122

32 Bethel’s and Ai’s men e 123

33 the other Nebo’s men 52

34 the other Elam’s people 1,254

35 Harim’s people 320

36 Jericho’s people f 345

37 Lod’s, g Hadid’s, and Ono’s people 721

38 Senaah’s people 3,930.

39 The priests included:

Jedaiah’s h descendants of the house of Jeshua 973

40 Immer’s descendants 1,052

41 Pashhur’s descendants 1,247

42 Harim’s descendants 1,017.

43 The Levites i included:

Jeshua’s descendants: of Kadmiel

Hodevah’s descendants 74.

44 The singers j included:

* Asaph’s descendants 148.

45 The gatekeepers k included:

Shallum’s descendants, Ater’s descendants,

Talmon’s descendants, Akkub’s descendants,

Hatita’s descendants, Shobai’s descendants 138.

46 The temple servants l included:

Ziha’s descendants, Hasupha’s descendants,

Tabbaoth’s descendants, 47 Keros’s descendants,

Sia’s descendants, Padon’s descendants,

48 Lebanah’s descendants, Hagabah’s descendants,

Shalmai’s descendants, 49 Hanan’s descendants,

Giddel’s descendants, Gahar’s descendants,

50 Reaiah’s descendants, Rezin’s descendants,

Nekoda’s descendants, 51 Gazzam’s descendants,

Uzza’s descendants, Paseah’s descendants,

52 Besai’s descendants, Meunim’s descendants,

Nephishesim’s m descendants, 53 Bakbuk’s descendants,

Hakupha’s descendants, Harhur’s descendants,

54 Bazlith’s descendants, Mehida’s descendants,

Harsha’s descendants, 55 Barkos’s descendants,

Sisera’s descendants, Temah’s descendants,

56 Neziah’s descendants, Hatipha’s descendants.

57 The descendants of Solomon’s servants n included:

Sotai’s descendants, Sophereth’s descendants,

Perida’s descendants, 58 Jaala’s descendants,

Darkon’s descendants, Giddel’s descendants,

59 Shephatiah’s descendants, Hattil’s descendants,

Pochereth-hazzebaim’s descendants, Amon’s descendants.

60 All the temple servants

and the descendants of Solomon’s servants o 392.

61 The following p are those who came from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but were unable to prove that their families and ancestors were Israelite:

62 Delaiah’s descendants,

Tobiah’s descendants,

and Nekoda’s descendants 642

63 and from the priests: the descendants of Hobaiah, the descendants of Hakkoz, and the descendants of Barzillai—who had taken a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by their name. 64 These searched for their entries in the genealogical records, but they could not be found, so they were disqualified from the priesthood. 65 The governor q ordered them not to eat the most holy things until there was a priest who could consult the * Urim and Thummim. r

66 The whole combined assembly numbered 42,360

67 not including their 7,337 male and female slaves,

as well as their 245 male and female singers.

68 They had 736 horses, 245 mules, s

69 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys. t

70 Some of the family leaders gave to the project. The governor gave 1,000 gold coins, u 50 bowls, and 530 priestly garments to the treasury. 71 Some of the family leaders gave 20,000 gold coins and 2,200 silver minas v to the treasury for the project. 72 The rest of the people gave 20,000 gold coins, 2,000 silver minas, and 67 priestly garments. 73 So the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, temple singers, some of the people, temple servants, and all Israel settled in their towns. w x


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