Nehemiah 7
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1After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the Levites were appointed. 2I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most people do. 3I said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened until the sun is hot. While the gatekeepers are still on duty, have them shut the doors and bar them. Also appoint residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some near their own houses.”

The List of the Exiles Who Returned

4Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt. 5So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. This is what I found written there:

6These are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town, 7in company with Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum and Baanah):

The list of the men of Israel:

8the descendants of Parosh2,172
9of Shephatiah372
10of Arah652
11of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab)2,818
12of Elam1,254
13of Zattu845
14of Zakkai760
15of Binnui648
16of Bebai628
17of Azgad2,322
18of Adonikam667
19of Bigvai2,067
20of Adin655
21of Ater (through Hezekiah)98
22of Hashum328
23of Bezai324
24of Hariph112
25of Gibeon95
26the men of Bethlehem and Netophah188
27of Anathoth128
28of Beth Azmaveth42
29of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah and Beeroth743
30of Ramah and Geba621
31of Mikmash122
32of Bethel and Ai123
33of the other Nebo52
34of the other Elam1,254
35of Harim320
36of Jericho345
37of Lod, Hadid and Ono721
38of Senaah3,930

39The priests:

the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua)973
40of Immer1,052
41of Pashhur1,247
42of Harim1,017

43The Levites:

the descendants of Jeshua (through Kadmiel through the line of Hodaviah)74

44The musicians:

the descendants of Asaph148

45The gatekeepers:

the descendants of
Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita and Shobai138

46The temple servants:

the descendants of
Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
47Keros, Sia, Padon,
48Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai,
49Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,
50Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,
51Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,
52Besai, Meunim, Nephusim,
53Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
54Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
55Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
56Neziah and Hatipha

57The descendants of the servants of Solomon:

the descendants of
Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,
58Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
59Shephatiah, Hattil,
Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Amon
60The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon392

61The following came up from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon and Immer, but they could not show that their families were descended from Israel:

62the descendants of
Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda642

63And from among the priests:

the descendants of
Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai (a man who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by that name).

64These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 65The governor, therefore, ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there should be a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.

66The whole company numbered 42,360, 67besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 245 male and female singers. 68There were 736 horses, 245 mules, a 69435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.

70Some of the heads of the families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics b of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests. 71Some of the heads of the families gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 darics c of gold and 2,200 minas d of silver. 72The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minas e of silver and 67 garments for priests.

73The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the temple servants, along with certain of the people and the rest of the Israelites, settled in their own towns.

Ezra Reads the Law

When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns,

a 68 Some Hebrew manuscripts (see also Ezra 2:66); most Hebrew manuscripts do not have this verse.
b 70 That is, about 19 pounds or about 8.4 kilograms
c 71 That is, about 375 pounds or about 170 kilograms; also in verse 72
d 71 That is, about 1 1/3 tons or about 1.2 metric tons
e 72 That is, about 1 1/4 tons or about 1.1 metric tons

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