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Go to Commentary on Neh 7
The Exiles Return

1Now it came to pass when the wall was built and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed,
  2that I put my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the governor of the castle, in charge of Jerusalem; for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many.
  3I said to them, “Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they stand guard, let them shut the doors, and you bar them, and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, everyone in his watch, with everyone near his house.”

4Now the city was wide and large, but the people were few in it and the houses were not built.
  5My God put into my heart to gather together the nobles and the rulers and the people that they might be reckoned by genealogy. I found the book of the genealogy of those who came up at the first, and I found written in it:

6These are the sons of the province who went up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried into exile and who returned to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one to his city;
  7who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua,a Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:

8The sons of Parosh, 2,172.
  9The sons of Shephatiah, 372.
  10The sons of Arah, 652.
  11The sons of Pahathmoab, of the sons of Jeshua and Joab, 2,818.
  12The sons of Elam, 1,254.
  13The sons of Zattu, 845.
  14The sons of Zaccai, 760.
  15The sons of Binnui, 648.
  16The sons of Bebai, 628.
  17The sons of Azgad, 2,322.
  18The sons of Adonikam, 667.
  19The sons of Bigvai, 2,067.
  20The sons of Adin, 655.
  21The sons of Ater, of Hezekiah, 98.
  22The sons of Hashum, 328.
  23The sons of Bezai, 324.
  24The sons of Hariph, 112.
  25The sons of Gibeon, 95.
  26The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, 188.
  27The men of Anathoth, 128.
  28The men of Beth-azmaveth, 42.
  29The men of Kiriath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, 743.
  30The men of Ramah and Geba, 621.
  31The men of Michmas, 122.
  32The men of Bethel and Ai, 123.
  33The men of the other Nebo, 52.
  34The sons of the other Elam, 1,254.
  35The sons of Harim, 320.
  36The sons of Jericho, 345.
  37The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 721.
  38The sons of Senaah, 3,930.

39The priests: The sons of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, 973.
  40The sons of Immer, 1,052.
  41The sons of Pashhur, 1,247.
  42The sons of Harim, 1,017.

43The Levites: the sons of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, of the sons of Hodevah, 74.

44The singers: the sons of Asaph, 148.

45The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, 138.

46The Temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth,
  47the sons of Keros, the sons of Sia, the sons of Padon,
  48the sons of Lebana, the sons of Hagaba, the sons of Salmai,
  49the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar,
  50the sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda,
  51the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah.
  52The sons of Besai, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephushesim,
  53the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,
  54the sons of Bazlith, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha,
  55the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah,
  56the sons of Neziah, the sons of Hatipha.

57The sons of Solomon’s servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Sophereth, the sons of Perida,
  58the sons of Jaala, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,
  59the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the sons of Amon.

60All the Temple servants and the sons of Solomon’s servants were 392.

61These were those who went up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer; but they could not show their fathers’ houses nor their seed, whether they were of Israel:
  62The sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, 642.

63Of the priests: the sons of Hobaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called according to their name.
  64These searched for their genealogical records, but could not find them. Therefore were they deemed defiled and excluded from the priesthood.
  65The governor said to them that they could not eat of the most holy things until a priest arose who could consult with the Urim and Thummim.

66The whole assembly together was 42,360,
  67besides their male servants and their female servants of whom there were 7,337; and they had 245 singing men and singing women.
  68Their horses were 736, their mules, 245,
  69their camels, 435, their donkeys, 6,720.

70Some from among the heads of fathers’ households gave to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics of gold, 50 basins and 530 priests’ garments.
  71Some of the heads of fathers’ households gave into the treasury of the work 20,000 darics of gold and 2,200 minas of silver.
  72That which the rest of the people gave was 20,000 darics of gold, and 2,000 minas of silver and 67 priests’ garments.
  73So the priests, and the Levites, and the gatekeepers, and the singers, and some of the people, and the Temple servants, and all Israel, lived in their cities.

Public Reading of the Law

When the seventh month had come, the children of Israel were in their cities.

The High Priest; spelled “Joshua” in Zech. 3:1

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