The Wall Rebuilt: Names and Numbers 7 1After the wall was rebuilt and I had installed the doors, and the security guards, the singers, and the Levites were appointed, 2I put my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the captain of the citadel, in charge of Jerusalem because he was an honest man and feared God more than most men. 3I gave them this order: “Don’t open the gates of Jerusalem until the sun is up. And shut and bar the gates while the guards are still on duty. Appoint the guards from the citizens of Jerusalem and assign them to posts in front of their own homes.” 4The city was large and spacious with only a few people in it and the houses not yet rebuilt. 5God put it in my heart to gather the nobles, the officials, and the people in general to be registered. I found the genealogical record of those who were in the first return from exile. This is the record I found: 6These are the people of the province who returned from the captivity of the Exile, the ones Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried off captive; they came back to Jerusalem and Judah, each going to his own town. 7They came back in the company of Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah. The numbers of the men of the People of Israel by families of origin: 8Parosh, 2,172 9Shephatiah, 372 10Arah, 652 11Pahath–Moab (sons of Jeshua and Joab), 2,818 12Elam, 1,254 13Zattu, 845 14Zaccai, 760 15Binnui, 648 16Bebai, 628 17Azgad, 2,322 18Adonikam, 667 19Bigvai, 2,067 20Adin, 655 21Ater (sons of Hezekiah), 98 22Hashum, 328 23Bezai, 324 24Hariph, 112 25Gibeon, 95. 26Israelites identified by place of origin: Bethlehem and Netophah, 188 27Anathoth, 128 28Beth Azmaveth, 42 29Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth, 743 30Ramah and Geba, 621 31Micmash, 122 32Bethel and Ai, 123 33Nebo (the other one), 52 34Elam (the other one), 1,254 35Harim, 320 36Jericho, 345 37Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 721 38Senaah, 3,930. 39Priestly families: Jedaiah (sons of Jeshua), 973 40Immer, 1,052 41Pashhur, 1,247 42Harim, 1,017. 43Levitical families: Jeshua (sons of Kadmiel and of Hodaviah), 74. 44Singers: Asaph’s family line, 148. 45Security guard families: Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai, 138. 46Families of support staff: Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth, 47Keros, Sia, Padon, 48Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai, 49Hanan, Giddel, Gahar, 50Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda, 51Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah, 52Besai, Meunim, Nephussim, 53Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur, 54Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha, 55Barkos, Sisera, Temah, 56Neziah, and Hatipha. 57Families of Solomon’s servants: Sotai, Sophereth, Perida, 58Jaala, Darkon, Giddel, 59Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth–Hazzebaim, and Amon. 60The Temple support staff and Solomon’s servants added up to 392. 61These are those who came from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer. They weren’t able to prove their ancestry, whether they were true Israelites or not: 62The sons of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda, 642. 63Likewise with these priestly families: The sons of Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai, who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and took that name. 64They looked high and low for their family records but couldn’t find them. And so they were barred from priestly work as ritually unclean. 65The governor ruled that they could not eat from the holy food until a priest could determine their status by using the Urim and Thummim. 66The total count for the congregation was 42,360. 67That did not include the male and female slaves who numbered 7,337. There were also 245 male and female singers. 68And there were 736 horses, 245 mules, 69435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys. 70Some of the heads of families made voluntary offerings for the work. The governor made a gift to the treasury of 1,000 drachmas of gold (about nineteen pounds), 50 bowls, and 530 garments for the priests. 71Some of the heads of the families made gifts to the treasury for the work; it came to 20,000 drachmas of gold and 2,200 minas of silver (about one and a third tons). 72Gifts from the rest of the people totaled 20,000 drachmas of gold (about 375 pounds), 2,000 minas of silver, and 67 garments for the priests. 73The priests, Levites, security guards, singers, and Temple support staff, along with some others, and the rest of the People of Israel, all found a place to live in their own towns.
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