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1 Now when the wall had been built and I had erected the doors and appointed the gatekeepers, singers, and the Levites, 2I gave command over Jerusalem to my brother Hanani and Hananiah the commander of the citadel. For he was a faithful man and feared God more than many. 3I said to them, “Do not open the gates of Jerusalem until the sun is hot. While they are standing guard let them shut and fasten the doors. And appoint guards from the inhabitants of Jerusalem, one at his post and another opposite his house.” 4The city was widespread and large, but the people in it were few and no houses were rebuilt.
Lists of the Exiles Who Returned
5Then my God put into my heart to assemble the nobles, the prefects, and the people to be enrolled. I found the book of the genealogy of those who first came back, and I found this written upon it:
6These are the people of the province who came up from captivity of the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried into exile. They returned to Jerusalem and to Judah, each one to his city. 7These came with Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah.
The number of the men of the people of Israel: 8the descendants#Or “sons” of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two. 9The descendants#Or “sons” of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two. 10The descendants#Or “sons” of Arah, six hundred and fifty-two. 11The descendants#Or “sons” of Pahath-Moab, of the descendants#Or “sons” of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and eighteen. 12The descendants#Or “sons” of Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four. 13The descendants#Or “sons” of Zattu, eight hundred and forty-five. 14The descendants#Or “sons” of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty. 15The descendants#Or “sons” of Binnui, six hundred and forty-eight. 16The descendants#Or “sons” of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-eight. 17The descendants#Or “sons” of Azgad, two thousand three hundred and twenty-two. 18The descendants#Or “sons” of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-seven. 19The descendants#Or “sons” of Bigvai, two thousand and sixty-seven. 20The descendants#Or “sons” of Adin, six hundred and fifty-five. 21The descendants#Or “sons” of Ater, namely of Hezekiah, ninety-eight. 22The descendants#Or “sons” of Hashum, three hundred and twenty-eight. 23The descendants#Or “sons” of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-four. 24The descendants#Or “sons” of Hariph, one hundred and twelve. 25The descendants#Or “sons” of Gibeon, ninety-five. 26The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, one hundred and eighty-eight. 27The men of Anathoth, one hundred and twenty-eight. 28The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty-two. 29The men of Kiriath-Jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three. 30The men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one. 31The men of Micmash, one hundred and twenty-two. 32The men of Bethel and Ai, one hundred and twenty-three. 33The men of the other Nebo, fifty-two. 34The people#Or “sons” of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four. 35The people#Or “sons” of Harim, three hundred and twenty. 36The people#Or “sons” of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five. 37The people#Or “sons” of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-one. 38The people#Or “sons” of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.
39The priests: The descendants#Or “sons” of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three. 40The descendants#Or “sons” of Immer, one thousand and fifty-two. 41The descendants#Or “sons” of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven. 42The descendants#Or “sons” of Harim, one thousand and seventeen.
43The Levites: the descendants#Or “sons” of Jeshua, namely of Kadmiel of the descendants#Or “sons” of Hodaviah, seventy-four. 44The singers: the descendants#Or “sons” of Asaph, one hundred and forty-eight. 45The gatekeepers: the descendants#Or “sons” of Shallum, the descendants#Or “sons” of Ater, the descendants#Or “sons” of Talmon, the descendants#Or “sons” of Akkub, the descendants#Or “sons” of Hatita, the descendants#Or “sons” of Shobai, one hundred and thirty-eight.
46The temple servants: the descendants#Or “sons” of Ziha, the descendants#Or “sons” of Hasupha, the descendants#Or “sons” of Tabbaoth, 47the descendants#Or “sons” of Keros, the descendants#Or “sons” of Siaha, the descendants#Or “sons” of Padon, 48the descendants#Or “sons” of Lebanah, the descendants#Or “sons” of Hagaba, the descendants#Or “sons” of Shalmai, 49the descendants#Or “sons” of Hanan, the descendants#Or “sons” of Giddel, the descendants#Or “sons” of Gahar, 50the descendants#Or “sons” of Reaiah, the descendants#Or “sons” of Rezin, the descendants#Or “sons” of Nekoda, 51the descendants#Or “sons” of Gazzam, the descendants#Or “sons” of Uzza, the descendants#Or “sons” of Paseah, 52the descendants#Or “sons” of Besai, the descendants#Or “sons” of Meunim, the descendants#Or “sons” of Nephushesim, 53the descendants#Or “sons” of Bakbuk, the descendants#Or “sons” of Hakupha, the descendants#Or “sons” of Harhur, 54the descendants#Or “sons” of Bazlith, the descendants#Or “sons” of Mehida, the descendants#Or “sons” of Harsha, 55the descendants#Or “sons” of Barkos, the descendants#Or “sons” of Sisera, the descendants#Or “sons” of Temah, 56the descendants#Or “sons” of Neziah, the descendants#Or “sons” of Hatipha.
57The descendants#Or “sons” of Solomon’s servants: the descendants#Or “sons” of Sotai, the descendants#Or “sons” of Sophereth, the descendants#Or “sons” of Perida, 58the descendants#Or “sons” of Jaala, the descendants#Or “sons” of Darkon, the descendants#Or “sons” of Giddel, 59the descendants#Or “sons” of Shephatiah, the descendants#Or “sons” of Hattil, the descendants#Or “sons” of Pochereth-Hazzebaim, the descendants#Or “sons” of Amon.
60All the temple servants and the descendants#Or “sons” of Solomon’s servants were three hundred and ninety-two.
61These were the ones who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they were not able to prove their ancestral houses or their descent, whether they were from Israel: 62the descendants#Or “sons” of Delaiah, the descendants#Or “sons” of Tobiah, the descendants#Or “sons” of Nekoda, six hundred and forty-two. 63And from the priests: the descendants#Or “sons” of Hobaiah, the descendants#Or “sons” of Hakkoz, the descendants#Or “sons” of Barzillai (who had taken as a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by their name). 64These sought their record among those enrolled in the genealogy, but it was not found there, so they were excluded as unclean from the priesthood. 65So the governor said to them that they could not eat the most holy food until a priest could come with Urim and Thummim.
66All of the assembly together was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty, 67besides their servants and female slaves—these were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven. And the male and female singers were two hundred and forty-five,#After this verse, some versions add verse 68: “Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six; their mules two hundred and forty-five”; compare Ezra 2:66 69#Nehemiah 7:69–73 in the English Bible is 7:68–72 in the Hebrew Bible there were four hundred and thirty-five camels and six thousand seven hundred and twenty male donkeys.
70Now some from the heads of the families#Literally “fathers” gave to the work. The governor gave to the storehouse one thousand darics of gold, fifty basins, and five hundred and thirty priestly tunics. 71Now some of the heads of the families#Literally “fathers” gave to the storehouse of the work twenty thousand gold darics and two thousand two hundred silver minas. 72And what the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand darics of gold, and two thousand silver minas, and sixty-seven priestly tunics.
73So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the temple servants, and all Israel settled in their cities. When the seventh month came, the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” were in their cities.
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