Nehemiah 7

1So, we finished building the wall. Then we put the doors in the gates. Then we chose the men that would guard the gates. And we chose the men to sing in the temple and help the priests. 2Next, I put my brother Hanani in charge of Jerusalem. I chose another man named Hananiah to be the commander of the fort. I picked Hanani because he was a very honest man and he feared God more than most men do. 3Then I said to Hanani and Hananiah, “Each day you must wait until the sun has been up for several hours before you open the gates of Jerusalem. And you must shut and lock the gates before the sun goes down. Also choose people that live in Jerusalem as guards. Put some of those people at special places to guard the city. And put the other people near their own houses.” 4Now the city was large and there was plenty of room. But there were few people in it and the houses had not yet been built again. 5So my God put it in my heart to have all the people meet together. I called together all the important people, the officials, and the common people. I did this so I could make a list of all the families. I found the family lists of the people that had been the first to return from captivity. This is what I found written there: 6These are the people of the province that came back from captivity. In the past, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took these people as prisoners to Babylon. These people came back to Jerusalem and Judah. Each person went to his own town. 7These people returned with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah. This is the list of names and numbers of men from Israel that came back: 8The descendants of Parosh 2,172 9the descendants of Shephatiah 372 10the descendants of Arah 652 11the descendants of Pahath Moab of the family line of Jeshua and Joab 2,818 12the descendants of Elam 1,254 13the descendants of Zattu 845 14the descendants of Zaccai 760 15the descendants of Binnui 648 16the descendants of Bebai 628 17the descendants of Azgad 2,322 18the descendants of Adonikam 667 19the descendants of Bigvai 2,067 20the descendants of Adin 655 21the descendants of Ater through the family of Hezekiah 98 22the descendants of Hashum 328 23the descendants of Bezai 324 24the descendants of Hariph 112 25the descendants of Gibeon 95 26from the towns of Bethlehem and Netophah 188 27from the town of Anathoth 128 28from the town of Beth Azmaveth 42 29from the towns of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth 743 30from the towns of Ramah and Geba 621 31from the town of Micmash 122 32from the towns of Bethel and Ai 123 33from the other town of Nebo 52 34from the other town of Elam 1,254 35from the town of Harim 320 36from the town of Jericho 345 37from the towns of Lod, Hadid, and Ono 721 38from the town of Senaah 3,930 39These are the priests: The descendants of Jedaiah through the family of Jeshua 973 40the descendants of Immer 1,052 41the descendants of Pashhur 1,247 42the descendants of Harim 1,017 43These are the people from the family group of Levi: The descendants of Jeshua through Kadmiel through the family of Hodeiah 74 44These are the singers: The descendants of Asaph 148 45These are the gatekeepers: The descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai 138 46These are the special temple servants: The descendants of Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth, 47Keros, Sia, Padon, 48Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai, 49Hanan, Giddel, Gaher, 50Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda, 51Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah, 52Besai, Meunim, Nephussim, 53Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur, 54Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha, 55Barkos, Sisera, Temah, 56Neziah and Hatipha. 57These are the descendants of the servants of Solomon: Sotai, Sophereth, Perida, 58Jaala, Darkon, Giddel, 59Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth Hazzebaim, and Amon. 60The temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants 392 61Some people came to Jerusalem from these towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer. But these people could not prove that their families really came from the people of Israel: 62The descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda 642 63From the family of priests there were the descendants of: Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai (If a man married a daughter of Barzillai from Gilead, that man was counted as a descendant of Barzillai.) 64These people searched for their family histories, but they could not find them. They could not prove that their ancestors were priests, so they could serve as priests. Their names were not included in the list of priests. 65The governor ordered these people to not eat any of the most holy food. They could not eat any of this food until the ˻high˼ priest could use the Urim and Thummim to ask God what to do. 66- 67All together, there were 42,360 people in the group that came back. This is not counting their 7,337 men and women servants. They also had 245 men and women singers with them. 68- 69They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys. 70Some of the family leaders gave money to support the work. The governor gave 19 pounds of gold to the treasury. He also gave 50 bowls and 530 pieces of clothing for the priests. 71The family leaders gave 375 pounds of gold to the treasury to support the work. And they also gave 1,1/3 tons of silver. 72And all together the other people gave 375 pounds of gold, 1,1/3 tons of silver, and 67 pieces of clothing for the priests. 73So, the priests, the people from the family group of Levi, the gatekeepers, the singers, and the temple servants settled down in their own towns. And all the other people of Israel settled down in their own towns. And by the seventh month of the year all the people of Israel had settled down in their own towns.

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