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Nehemiah 7:1-73

Nehemiah 7:1-73 HCSB

When the wall had been rebuilt and I had the doors installed, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed. Then I put my brother Hanani in charge of Jerusalem, along with Hananiah, commander of the fortress, because he was a faithful man who feared God 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.” The city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and no houses had been built yet. Then my God put it into my mind 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: These are the people of the province who went up among the captive exiles deported by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Each of them returned to Jerusalem and Judah, to his own town. They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah. The number of the Israelite men included: Parosh’s descendants 2,172 Shephatiah’s descendants 372 Arah’s descendants 652 Pahath-moab’s descendants: Jeshua’s and Joab’s descendants 2,818 Elam’s descendants 1,254 Zattu’s descendants 845 Zaccai’s descendants 760 Binnui’s descendants 648 Bebai’s descendants 628 Azgad’s descendants 2,322 Adonikam’s descendants 667 Bigvai’s descendants 2,067 Adin’s descendants 655 Ater’s descendants: of Hezekiah 98 Hashum’s descendants 328 Bezai’s descendants 324 Hariph’s descendants 112 Gibeon’s descendants 95 Bethlehem’s and Netophah’s men 188 Anathoth’s men 128 Beth-azmaveth’s men 42 Kiriath-jearim’s, Chephirah’s, and Beeroth’s men 743 Ramah’s and Geba’s men 621 Michmas’s men 122 Bethel’s and Ai’s men 123 the other Nebo’s men 52 the other Elam’s people 1,254 Harim’s people 320 Jericho’s people 345 Lod’s, Hadid’s, and Ono’s people 721 Senaah’s people 3,930. The priests included: Jedaiah’s descendants of the house of Jeshua 973 Immer’s descendants 1,052 Pashhur’s descendants 1,247 Harim’s descendants 1,017. The Levites included: Jeshua’s descendants: of Kadmiel Hodevah’s descendants 74. The singers included: Asaph’s descendants 148. The gatekeepers included: Shallum’s descendants, Ater’s descendants, Talmon’s descendants, Akkub’s descendants, Hatita’s descendants, Shobai’s descendants 138. The temple servants included: Ziha’s descendants, Hasupha’s descendants, Tabbaoth’s descendants, Keros’s descendants, Sia’s descendants, Padon’s descendants, Lebanah’s descendants, Hagabah’s descendants, Shalmai’s descendants, Hanan’s descendants, Giddel’s descendants, Gahar’s descendants, Reaiah’s descendants, Rezin’s descendants, Nekoda’s descendants, Gazzam’s descendants, Uzza’s descendants, Paseah’s descendants, Besai’s descendants, Meunim’s descendants, Nephishesim’s descendants, Bakbuk’s descendants, Hakupha’s descendants, Harhur’s descendants, Bazlith’s descendants, Mehida’s descendants, Harsha’s descendants, Barkos’s descendants, Sisera’s descendants, Temah’s descendants, Neziah’s descendants, Hatipha’s descendants. The descendants of Solomon’s servants included: Sotai’s descendants, Sophereth’s descendants, Perida’s descendants, Jaala’s descendants, Darkon’s descendants, Giddel’s descendants, Shephatiah’s descendants, Hattil’s descendants, Pochereth-hazzebaim’s descendants, Amon’s descendants. All the temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants 392. The following 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: Delaiah’s descendants, Tobiah’s descendants, and Nekoda’s descendants 642 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. These searched for their entries in the genealogical records, but they could not be found, so they were disqualified from the priesthood. The governor ordered them not to eat the most holy things until there was a priest who could consult the Urim and Thummim. The whole combined assembly numbered 42,360 not including their 7,337 male and female slaves, as well as their 245 male and female singers. They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys. Some of the family leaders gave to the project. The governor gave 1,000 gold coins, 50 bowls, and 530 priestly garments to the treasury. Some of the family leaders gave 20,000 gold coins and 2,200 silver minas to the treasury for the project. The rest of the people gave 20,000 gold coins, 2,000 silver minas, and 67 priestly garments. So the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, temple singers, some of the people, temple servants, and all Israel settled in their towns.

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