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The wall is complete
1When the wall had been built and I had hung the doors, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed. 2Then I put my brother Hanani and Hananiah the commander of the fortress in charge of Jerusalem. Hananiah was a faithful man who revered God more than many.
3I#Or He said to them, "The gates of Jerusalem aren’t to be opened during the hottest time of the day. While the gatekeepers#Or while they are still on duty, have them shut and bar the doors. Also, appoint guards from among those who live in Jerusalem. Station some at their watch posts and some in front of their own houses."
Nehemiah registers the families
4Now although the city was wide and large, only a few people were living within it, and no#Or not enough houses had been rebuilt. 5My God then prompted me to assemble the officials, the officers, and the people so that they could be registered by families. I found the record of the families who were the first to return, and I found the following written in it:
6These are the people of the province who returned from the captivity of those exiles whom Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile. They all returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to their own town.
7They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah.
The number of the people of Israel:
8The family of Parosh 2,172
9of Shephatiah 372
10of Arah 652
11of Pahath-moab, that is, of the descendants of Jeshua and Joab 2,818
12of Elam 1,254
13of Zattu 845
14of Zaccai 760
15of Binnui 648
16of Bebai 628
17of Azgad 2,322
18of Adonikam 667
19of Bigvai 2,067
20of Adin 655
21of Ater, that is, of the descendants of Hezekiah 98
22of Hashum 328
23of Bezai 324
24of Hariph 112
25of Gibeon 95
26The people of Bethlehem and Netophah 188
27of Anathoth 128
28of Beth-azmaveth 42
29of Kiriath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth 743
30of Ramah and Geba 621
31of Michmas 122
32of Bethel and Ai 123
33of the other Nebo 52
34the inhabitants of the other Elam 1,254
35of Harim 320
36of Jericho 345
37of Lod, Hadid, and Ono 721
38of Senaah 3,930
39The priests: the descendants of Jedaiah, that is, of the house of Jeshua 973
40of Immer 1,052
41of Pashhur 1,247
42of Harim 1,017
43The Levites: the descendants of Jeshua, that is, of Kadmiel, of the descendants of Hodaviah 74
44The singers: the descendants of Asaph 148
45The descendants of gatekeepers: of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai 138
46The temple servants: the descendants of Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
47Keros, Sia, Padon,
48Lebanah, Hagabah, Shalmai,
49Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,
50Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,
51Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,
52Besai, Meunim, Nephushesim,
53Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
54Bazlith, Mehida, Harsha,
55Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
56Neziah, and Hatipha.
57The descendants of Solomon’s servants: Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,
58Jaala, Darkon, Giddel, 59Shephatiah, Hattil, Pochereth-hazzebaim, and Amon.
60All of the temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants totaled 392.
61The following came up from Tel-Melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but were unable to prove that their family or their descent was from Israel:
62the descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda, 642.
63And of the priests: the descendants of Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai (who had married one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by his#Or their name) 64looked for their entries in the genealogical records, but they weren’t found there, so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean.
65The governor ordered that they shouldn’t eat of the most holy food until a priest arose who could consult Urim and Thummim.
66The whole assembly together totaled 42,360. 67This number doesn’t include their 7,337 male and female servants; they also had 245 male and female singers, 68736 horses, 245 mules,#Ezra 2:66; MT lacks they also…mules. 69#7:68 in Heb 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.
70#7:69 in Heb Some of the heads of families made a donation for the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics of gold, 50 bowls, and 530 priestly robes. 71Some of the heads of families gave 20,000 darics of gold and 2,200 manehs of silver to the treasury for the work. 72The rest of the people gave 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 manehs of silver, and 67 priestly robes.
73So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the temple servants, and all Israel settled in their towns.
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