7
Hanani, Hananiah and the Returning Exiles
1After the wall had been rebuilt, the doors set up, and the gatekeepers, singers and Levites appointed,
2I put in charge over Jerusalem, my brother Hanani along with Hananiah the commander of the fortress, for he was a man of integrity and feared God more than many.
3I said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem must not be opened until the sun is hot. While those are still on duty, have them shut and bar the doors. Also appoint residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their post and some near their homes.”
4Now the city was spacious and large, but there were few people within it and no houses were being built.
5So my God put into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the people to be registered by genealogy. I found the scroll of the genealogical record of those who formerly returned. I found the following written there:
6These are the people of the province who returned from the captivity of the exile, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had taken away, and who returned to Jerusalem and to Judah, each man to his own town.
7Those who came with Zerubbabel were Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number of the men of Bnei-Yisrael was:
8The sons of Parosh—2,172
9The sons of Shephatiah—372
10The sons of Arah—652
11The sons of Pahat-moab, from the sons of Jeshua and Joab—2,818
12The sons of Elam—1,254
13The sons of Zattu—845
14The sons of Zaccai—760
15The sons of Binnui—648
16The sons of Bebai—628
17The sons of Azgad—2,328
18The sons of Adonikam—667
19The sons of Bigvai—2,067
20The sons of Adin—655
21The sons of Ater of Hezekiah—98
22The sons of Hashum—328
23The sons of Bezai—324
24The sons of Hariph—112
25The sons of Gibeon—95
26The men of Bethlehem and Neto­phah—188
27The men of Anathoth—128
28The men of Beth-azmaveth—42
29The men of Kiriath-jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth—743
30The men of Ramah and Geba—621
31The men of Michmas—122
32The men of Bethel and Ai—123
33The men of the other Nebo—52
34The sons of the other Elam—1,254
35The sons of Harim—320
36The sons of Jericho—345
37The sons of Lod, Hadid and Ono—721
38The sons of Senaah—3,930
39The kohanim: The sons of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua—973
40The sons of Immer—1,052
41The sons of Pashhur—1,247
42The sons of Harim—1,017
43The Levites: the sons of Jeshua of Kadmiel from the sons of Hodeiah—74
44The singers: the sons of Asaph—148
45The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita and the sons of Shobai—138.
46The sanctuary servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaot,
47the sons of Keros, the sons of Sia, the sons of Padon,
48the sons of Lebanah, the sons of Hagaba, the sons of Salmai,
49the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar,
50the sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda,
51the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah,
52the sons of Besai, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephishesim,
53the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,
54the sons of Bazlith, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha,
55the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah,
56the sons of Neziah and the sons of Hatipha.
57The sons of Solomon’s servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Sophereth, the sons of Perida,
58the sons of Jala, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,
59the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim and the sons of Amon.
60All the Temple servants and the sons of Solomon’s servants—392.
61Now the following were the ones who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon and Immer—but they were not able to identify their ancestral houses or whether their descendants were from Israel:
62the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah and the sons of Nekoda—642.
63Also of the kohanim: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai. (Their ancestor took a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and subsequently was called by their name.)
64These sought their names in the genealogies, but were not found; so they were disqualified from the priesthood.
65The governor said to them that they should not eat any of the most holy things until a kohen arose with Urim and Thummim .
66The whole congregation together was 42,360,
67not including their male and female servants—these were 7,337—as well as 245 male and female singers.
68There were 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.
69Some from among the family leaders contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury: gold drachmas—1,000; bowls—50; and priestly tunics—500.
70Those from the heads of ancestral lines gave to the treasury for the work: gold drachmas—20,000; silver minas—2,000.
71The rest of the people gave: gold drachmas—20,000; silver minas—2,000; and priestly tunics—67.
Ezra Reads the Torah
72So the kohanim, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, and the Temple servants, even all Israel, dwelt in their towns. Then the seventh month came and Bnei-Yisrael were in their towns.
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