2 1These are the people from the province who now returned from the captivity, exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried off captive. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his hometown. 2They came in company with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah. The numbers of the returning Israelites by families of origin were as follows: 3Parosh, 2,172 4Shephatiah, 372 5Arah, 775 6Pahath–Moab (sons of Jeshua and Joab), 2,812 7Elam, 1,254 8Zattu, 945 9Zaccai, 760 10Bani, 642 11Bebai, 623 12Azgad, 1,222 13Adonikam, 666 14Bigvai, 2,056 15Adin, 454 16Ater (sons of Hezekiah), 98 17Bezai, 323 18Jorah, 112 19Hashum, 223 20Gibbar, 95. 21Israelites identified by place of origin were as follows: Bethlehem, 123 22Netophah, 56 23Anathoth, 128 24Azmaveth, 42 25Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth, 743 26Ramah and Geba, 621 27Micmash, 122 28Bethel and Ai, 223 29Nebo, 52 30Magbish, 156 31Elam (the other one), 1,254 32Harim, 320 33Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 725 34Jericho, 345 35Senaah, 3,630. 36Priestly families: Jedaiah (sons of Jeshua), 973 37Immer, 1,052 38Pashhur, 1,247 39Harim, 1,017. 40Levitical families: Jeshua and Kadmiel (sons of Hodaviah), 74. 41Singers: Asaph’s family line, 128. 42Security guard families: Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai, 139. 43Families of temple support staff: Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth, 44Keros, Siaha, Padon, 45Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub, 46Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan, 47Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah, 48Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam, 49Uzza, Paseah, Besai, 50Asnah, Meunim, Nephussim, 51Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur, 52Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha, 53Barkos, Sisera, Temah, 54Neziah, and Hatipha. 55Families of Solomon’s servants: Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda, 56Jaala, Darkon, Giddel, 57Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth–Hazzebaim, and Ami. 58Temple support staff and Solomon’s servants added up to 392. 59These are those who came from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer. 60They weren’t able to prove their ancestry, whether they were true Israelites or not: 61Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda, 652 in all. Likewise with these priestly families: Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai, who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and took that name. 62They had thoroughly searched for their family records but couldn’t find them. And so they were barred from priestly work as ritually unclean. 63The governor ruled that they could not eat from the holy food until a priest could determine their status with the Urim and Thummim. 64The total count for the congregation was 42,360. 65That did not include the male and female slaves, which numbered 7,337. There were also 200 male and female singers, 66and they had 736 horses, 245 mules, 67435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys. 68Some of the heads of families, on arriving at The Temple of God in Jerusalem, made Freewill–Offerings toward the rebuilding of The Temple of God on its site. 69They gave to the building fund as they were able, about 1,100 pounds of gold, about three tons of silver, and 100 priestly robes. 70The priests, Levites, and some of the people lived in Jerusalem. The singers, security guards, and temple support staff found places in their hometowns. All the Israelites found a place to live.
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