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Chapter 2

Exiles Who Returned with Zerubbabel

Here is the list of the Jewish exiles of the provinces who returned from their captivity. King Nebuchadnezzar had deported them to Babylon, but now they returned to Jerusalem and the other towns in Judah where they originally lived. Their leaders were Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.

This is the number of the men of Israel who returned from exile:

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The family of Parosh

2,172

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The family of Shephatiah

372

5

The family of Arah

775

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The family of Pahath-moab (descendants of Jeshua and Joab)

2,812

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The family of Elam

1,254

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The family of Zattu

945

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The family of Zaccai

760

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The family of Bani

642

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The family of Bebai

623

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The family of Azgad

1,222

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The family of Adonikam

666

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The family of Bigvai

2,056

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The family of Adin

454

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The family of Ater (descendants of Hezekiah)

98

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The family of Bezai

323

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The family of Jorah

112

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The family of Hashum

223

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The family of Gibbar

95

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The people of Bethlehem

123

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The people of Netophah

56

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The people of Anathoth

128

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The people of Beth-azmaveth*

42

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The people of Kiriath-jearim,* Kephirah, and Beeroth

743

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The people of Ramah and Geba

621

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The people of Micmash

122

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The people of Bethel and Ai

223

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The citizens of Nebo

52

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The citizens of Magbish

156

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The citizens of West Elam*

1,254

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The citizens of Harim

320

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The citizens of Lod, Hadid, and Ono

725

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The citizens of Jericho

345

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The citizens of Senaah

3,630

36 These are the priests who returned from exile:

The family of Jedaiah (through the line of Jeshua)

973

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The family of Immer

1,052

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The family of Pashhur

1,247

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The family of Harim

1,017

40 These are the Levites who returned from exile:

The families of Jeshua and Kadmiel (descendants of Hodaviah)

74

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The singers of the family of Asaph

128

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The gatekeepers of the families of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai

139

43 The descendants of the following Temple servants returned from exile:

Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,

44 Keros, Siaha, Padon,

45 Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,

46 Hagab, Shalmai,* Hanan,

47 Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,

48 Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,

49 Uzza, Paseah, Besai,

50 Asnah, Meunim, Nephusim,

51 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,

52 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,

53 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,

54 Neziah, and Hatipha.

55 The descendants of these servants of King Solomon returned from exile:

Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,

56 Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,

57 Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-hazzebaim, and Ami.

58 In all, the Temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants numbered 392.

5Another group returned at this time from the towns of Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Kerub, Addan, and Immer. However, they could not prove that they or their families were descendants of Israel. 60 This group included the families of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda—a total of 652 people.

61 Three families of priests—Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai—also returned. (This Barzillai had married a woman who was a descendant of Barzillai of Gilead, and he had taken her family name.) 62 They searched for their names in the genealogical records, but they were not found, so they were disqualified from serving as priests. 63 The governor told them not to eat the priests’ share of food from the sacrifices until a priest could consult the Lord about the matter by using the Urim and Thummim—the sacred lots.

64 So a total of 42,360 people returned to Judah, 65 in addition to 7,337 servants and 200 singers, both men and women. 66 They took with them 736 horses, 245 mules, 67 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.

68 When they arrived at the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders made voluntary offerings toward the rebuilding of God’s Temple on its original site, 69 and each leader gave as much as he could. The total of their gifts came to 61,000 gold coins,* 6,250 pounds* of silver, and 100 robes for the priests.

70 So the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, the Temple servants, and some of the common people settled in villages near Jerusalem. The rest of the people returned to their own towns throughout Israel.

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