Nehemiah - Chapter 7

After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed.   1

I 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 men do.   2

I 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   3

Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt.   4

So 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:   5

These 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,   6

in company with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum and Baanah): The list of the men of Israel:   7

the descendants of Parosh 2,172   8

of Shephatiah 372   9

of Arah 652   10

of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab) 2,818   11

of Elam 1,254   12

of Zattu 845   13

of Zaccai 760   14

of Binnui 648   15

of Bebai 628   16

of Azgad 2,322   17

of Adonikam 667   18

of Bigvai 2,067   19

of Adin 655   20

of Ater (through Hezekiah) 98   21

of Hashum 328   22

of Bezai 324   23

of Hariph 112   24

of Gibeon 95   25

the men of Bethlehem and Netophah 188   26

of Anathoth 128   27

of Beth Azmaveth 42   28

of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah and Beeroth 743   29

of Ramah and Geba 621   30

of Micmash 122   31

of Bethel and Ai 123   32

of the other Nebo 52   33

of the other Elam 1,254   34

of Harim 320   35

of Jericho 345   36

of Lod, Hadid and Ono 721   37

of Senaah 3,930   38

The priests: the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua) 973   39

of Immer 1,052   40

of Pashhur 1,247   41

of Harim 1,017   42

The Levites: the descendants of Jeshua (through Kadmiel through the line of Hodaviah) 74   43

The singers: the descendants of Asaph 148   44

The gatekeepers: the descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita and Shobai 138   45

The temple servants: the descendants of Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,   46

Keros, Sia, Padon,   47

Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai,   48

Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,   49

Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,   50

Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,   51

Besai, Meunim, Nephussim,   52

Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,   53

Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,   54

Barkos, Sisera, Temah,   55

Neziah and Hatipha   56

The descendants of the servants of Solomon: the descendants of Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,   57

Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,   58

Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Amon   59

The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon 392   60

The 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:   61

the descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda 642   62

And 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).   63

These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean.   64

The 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.   65

The whole company numbered 42,360,   66

besides their 7,337 menservants and maidservants; and they also had 245 men and women singers.   67

There were 736 horses, 245 mules,   68

435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.   69

Some of the heads of the families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 drachmas of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests.   70

Some of the heads of the families gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 drachmas of gold and 2,200 minas of silver.   71

The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 drachmas of gold, 2,000 minas of silver and 67 garments for priests.   72

The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers 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,   73





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