7 After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers,e the musiciansf and the Levitesg were appointed. 2 I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani,h along with Hananiahi the commander of the citadel,j because he was a man of integrity and fearedk God more than most people do. 3 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
4 Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it,l and the houses had not yet been rebuilt. 5 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:
6 These are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exilesm whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town, 7 in company with Zerubbabel,n Joshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum and Baanah):
The list of the men of Israel:
8 the descendants of Parosh 2,172
11 of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab) 2,818
20 of Adino 655
21 of Ater (through Hezekiah) 98
26 the men of Bethlehem and Netophahp 188
27 of Anathothq 128
29 of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirahr and Beeroths 743
32 of Bethel and Ait 123
36 of Jerichou 345
37 of Lod, Hadid and Onov 721
the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua) 973
the descendants of Jeshua (through Kadmiel through the line of Hodaviah) 74
44 The musicians:w
the descendants of Asaph 148
45 The gatekeepers:x
the descendants of
Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita and Shobai 138
46 The temple servants:y
the descendants of
Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
57 The descendants of the servants of Solomon:
the descendants of
Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,
Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Amon
60 The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomonz 392
61 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:
Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda 642
63 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).
64 These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 65 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.a
66 The whole company numbered 42,360, 67 besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 245 male and female singers. 68 There were 736 horses, 245 mules,a 69 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.
70 Some of the heads of the families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 daricsb of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests. 71 Some of the heads of the familiesb gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 daricsc of gold and 2,200 minasd of silver. 72 The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minase of silver and 67 garments for priests.c
73 The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the temple servants,d along with certain of the people and the rest of the Israelites, settled in their own towns.e
Ezra Reads the Law
When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns,f
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