1Now it came to pass, when the chomah was rebuilt, and I had set up the dalatot, and the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levi'im were appointed, 2That I gave my brother Chanani, along with Chananyah (the commander of the citadel), charge over Yerushalayim, for he was an ish emes, and feared HaElohim more than many. 3And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Yerushalayim be opened until the shemesh be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the dalatot, and bar them, and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, every one in his watch, and every one to be near his bais. 4Now the Ir was large and gedolah, but HaAm were few therein, and the batim (houses) were not rebuilt. 5And Elohai put into mine lev to gather together the nobles, and the officials, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a Sefer HaYachash (record of the genealogy) of them which came up at the first, and found written therein: 6These are the people of the province, that went up out of the Golus captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nevuchadnetzar Melech Bavel had carried away, and came again to Yerushalayim and to Yehudah, everyone unto his town; 7Who came with Zerubavel, Yeshua, Nechemyah, Azaryah, Ra'amyah, Nachmani, Mordechai, Bilshan, Misperet, Bigvai, Nechum, and Ba'anah. The number of the men of the people of Yisroel was this: 8The Bnei Parosh, 2,172. 9The Bnei Shephatyah, 372. 10The Bnei Arach, 652. 11The Bnei Pachat-Moav, of the Bnei Yeshua and Yoav, 2,818. 12The Bnei Elam, 1,254. 13The Bnei Zattu, 845. 14The Bnei Zaccai, 760. 15The Bnei Binnui, 648. 16The Bnei Bevai, 628. 17The Bnei Azgad, 2,322. 18The Bnei Adonikam, 667. 19The Bnei Bigvai, 2,067. 20The Bnei Adin, 655. 21The Bnei Ater of Yechizkiyah, 98. 22The Bnei Chashum, 328. 23The Bnei Betzai, 324. 24The Bnei Chariph, 112. 25The Bnei Giveon, 95. 26The men of Beit-Lechem and Netophah, 188. 27The men of Anatot, 128. 28The men of Beit-Azmavet, 42. 29The men of Kiryat-Yearim, Kephirah, and Be'erot, 743. 30The men of Ramah and Geva, 621. 31The men of Michmas, 122. 32The men of Beit-El and Ai, 123. 33The men of the other Nevo, 52. 34The people of the other Elam, 1,254. 35The Bnei Charim, 320. 36The Bnei Yericho, 345. 37The Bnei Lod, Chadid, and Ono, 721. 38The Bnei Senaah, 3,930. 39The kohanim; the Bnei Yedayah, of the Bais Yeshua, 973. 40The Bnei Immer, 1,052. 41The Bnei Pashchur, 1,247. 42The Bnei Charim, 1,017. 43The Levi'im; the Bnei Yeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the Bnei Hodvah, 74. 44The singers; the Bnei Asaph, 148. 45The gatekeepers; the Bnei Shallum, the Bnei Ater, the Bnei Talmon, the Bnei Akuv, the Bnei Chatita, the Bnei Shovai, 138. 46The Netinim [servants of the Beis Hamikdash]; the Bnei Tzicha, the Bnei Chasupha, the Bnei Tabbaot, 47The Bnei Keros, the Bnei Sia, the Bnei Padon, 48The Bnei Levanah, the Bnei Chagava, the Bnei Salmai, 49The Bnei Chanan, the Bnei Giddel, the Bnei Gachar, 50The Bnei Reayah, the Bnei Retzin, the Bnei Nekoda, 51The Bnei Gazzam, the Bnei Uzza, the Bnei Paseach, 52The Bnei Besai, the Bnei Meunim, the Bnei Nephishesim, 53The Bnei Bakbuk, the Bnei Chakupha, the Bnei Charchur, 54The Bnei Batzlit, the Bnei Mechida, the Bnei Charsha, 55The Bnei Barkos, the Bnei Sisra, the Bnei Tamach, 56The Bnei Netziach, the Bnei Chatipha. 57The Bnei Avdei Sh'lomo; the Bnei Sotai, the Bnei Sopheret, the Bnei Perida, [T.N. This book teaches that the work of G-d is so difficult, that no one person can do it alone. People working together is a picture of what is involved in being in a Messianic kehillah or any ministry for G-d. We are inspired as we see how the wall came together in only 52 days (see Neh 6:15) when Nehemiah arrived in 445. However, everything was not accomplished quite so fast. The Mizbe'ach and the Beis Hamikdash were restored and the work took place from 538-515 B.C.E. and was finally completed after Darius I (522-486 B.C.E.) gave his official permission, though the foundation of the Beis Hamikdash was laid as early as 536 B.C.E. Then came the reforming work of Ezra in 458 B.C.E. during the reign of Artaxerxes I (465-424). 58The Bnei Yaala, the Bnei Darkon, the Bnei Giddel, 59The Bnei Shephatyah, the Bnei Chattil, the Bnei Pocheret-Hatzvayim, the Bnei Amon. 60All the Netinim, and the Bnei Avdei Sh'lomo, were three hundred ninety and two. 61And these were they which went up also from Tel-Melach, Tel-Charsha, Keruv, Addon, and Immer, but they could not show their bais avot, nor their zera, whether they were of Yisroel. 62The Bnei Delayah, the Bnei Toviyah, the Bnei Nekoda, 642. 63And of the kohanim; the Bnei Chavayah, the Bnei Hakotz, the Bnei Barzillai, which took one of the banot of Barzillai the Gileadi to wife, and was named after their shem. 64These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but it was not found; therefore were they, as polluted, put from the Kehunah (Priesthood). 65And the Tirshata said unto them that they should not eat of the kodesh hakodashim until there stood up a kohen with Urim and Tummim. 66The kol hakahal together was 42,360, 67not counting their manservants and their maidservants, of whom there were 7,337; and they had 245 meshorarim (singing men) and meshorarot (singing women). 68Their susim, seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two hundred forty and five; 69Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; six thousand seven hundred and twenty donkeys. 70And some of the chief of the avot gave unto the work. The Tirshata (governor) gave to the treasury a thousand drachmas of zahav, fifty basins, five hundred and thirty kasenos (garments) for the Kohanim. 71And some of the chief of the avot gave to the treasury of the work twenty thousand drachmas of zahav, and two thousand and two hundred manim of kesef. 72And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand drachmas of zahav, and two thousand manim of kesef, and threescore and seven kasenos for the Kohanim. 73So the Kohanim, and the Levi'im, and the gatekeepers, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Netinim, and kol Yisroel, dwelt in their towns; |8:1| and when the seventh month [Tishri] came, the Bnei Yisroel were in their towns.