Nehemiah 7
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Census of First Returned Exiles

1Now it happened when the wall was rebuilt and I had made the doors to stand, and the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed, 2that I commanded Hanani my brother and Hananiah the commander of the fortress, to be over Jerusalem, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many. 3Then I said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem must not be opened until the sun is hot; and until they are there standing guard, they must shut and bolt the doors. Also have guards from the inhabitants of Jerusalem stand, each at his post, and each in front of his own house.” 4Now the city was large and spacious, but the people in it were few and the houses were not rebuilt.

5Then my God put it into my heart, and I gathered the nobles, the officials, and the people to be recorded by genealogies. Then I found the book of the genealogy of those who came up first, and in it I found written:

6These are the [†]people of the province who came up out of the captivity of the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had taken away into exile, and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his city, 7who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, [†]Azariah, [†]Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, [†]Mispereth, Bigvai, [†]Nehum, Baanah.

The number of men of the people of Israel:

8the sons of Parosh, 2,172;

9the sons of Shephatiah, 372;

10the sons of Arah, 652;

11the sons of Pahath-moab of 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, 2,322;

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, Chephirah, 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 [†]men of Jericho, 345;

37the sons of Lod, Hadid and Ono, 721;

38the sons of Senaah, 3,930.

39The priests:

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, of the sons of [†]Hodevah, 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, the sons of Shobai, 138.

46The temple servants:

the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth,

47the sons of Keros, the sons of [†]Sia, the sons of Padon,

48the sons of Lebana, the sons of Hagaba, the sons of Shalmai,

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 [†]Nephushesim,

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, 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 Jaala, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,

59the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the sons of [†]Amon.

60All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon’s servants were 392.

61Now these were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, [†]Addon, and Immer; but they were not able to declare their fathers’ houses or their fathers’ seed, whether they were of Israel:

62the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, 642.

63Of the priests:

the sons of [†]Hobaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai, the Gileadite, and he was called by their name.

64These searched in their genealogical records, but it could not be found; therefore they were considered unclean and excluded from the priesthood. 65And the [†]governor said to them that they should not eat from the most holy things until a priest stood with [†]Urim and Thummim.

The Assembly and Their Gifts

66The whole assembly together was 42,360,

67besides their male and their female slaves, [†]of whom there were 7,337;

and they had 245 male and female singers.

68[†]Their horses were 736; their mules, 245;

69their camels, 435; their donkeys, 6,720.

70Some from among the heads of fathers’ households gave to the work. The [†]governor gave to the treasury 1,000 gold [†]drachmas, 50 bowls, 530 priests’ tunics. 71Some of the heads of fathers’ households gave into the treasury of the work 20,000 gold drachmas and 2,200 silver [†]minas. 72That which the rest of the people gave was 20,000 gold drachmas and 2,000 silver minas and 67 priests’ tunics.

73So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the temple servants, and all Israel lived in their cities.

Then the seventh month came, and the sons of Israel were in their cities.

6 Lit sons
7 In Ezra 2:2, Seraiah
7 In Ezra 2:2, Reelaiah
7 In Ezra 2:2, Mispar
7 In Ezra 2:2, Rehum
15 In Ezra 2:10, Bani
24 In Ezra 2:18, Jorah
25 In Ezra 2:20, Gibbar
28 In Ezra 2:24, Azmaveth
29 In Ezra 2:25, Kiriath-arim
36 Lit sons
43 In Ezra 2:40, Hodaviah
47 In Ezra 2:44, Siaha
52 In Ezra 2:50, Nephisim
54 In Ezra 2:52, Bazluth
57 In Ezra 2:55, Hassophereth
57 In Ezra 2:55, Peruda
59 In Ezra 2:57, Ami
61 In Ezra 2:59, Addan
63 In Ezra 2:61, Habaiah
65 Heb Tirshatha, a Persian title
65 Lit the lights and perfections
67 Lit these
68 As in some ancient mss and Gr
70 Heb Tirshatha, a Persian title
70 A Greek silver coin, approx. a laborer’s daily wage
71 A mina was approx. 1.25 lb. or 0.6 kg

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