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Nehemiah Chapter 7 - New International Version

1. After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed.

2. I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with [1] Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men 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."

4. Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, 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 exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town,

7. in company with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, 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

9. of Shephatiah 372

10. of Arah 652

11. of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab) 2,818

12. of Elam 1,254

13. of Zattu 845

14. of Zaccai 760

15. of Binnui 648

16. of Bebai 628

17. of Azgad 2,322

18. of Adonikam 667

19. of Bigvai 2,067

20. of Adin 655

21. of Ater (through Hezekiah) 98

22. of Hashum 328

23. of Bezai 324

24. of Hariph 112

25. of Gibeon 95

26. the men of Bethlehem and Netophah 188

27. of Anathoth 128

28. of Beth Azmaveth 42

29. of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah and Beeroth 743

30. of Ramah and Geba 621

31. of Micmash 122

32. of Bethel and Ai 123

33. of the other Nebo 52

34. of the other Elam 1,254

35. of Harim 320

36. of Jericho 345

37. of Lod, Hadid and Ono 721

38. of Senaah 3,930

39. The priests: the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua) 973

40. of Immer 1,052

41. of Pashhur 1,247

42. of Harim 1,017

43. The Levites: the descendants of Jeshua (through Kadmiel through the line of Hodaviah) 74

44. The singers: the descendants of Asaph 148

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

46. The temple servants: the descendants of Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,

47. Keros, Sia, Padon,

48. Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai,

49. Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,

50. Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,

51. Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,

52. Besai, Meunim, Nephussim,

53. Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,

54. Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,

55. Barkos, Sisera, Temah,

56. Neziah and Hatipha

57. The descendants of the servants of Solomon: the descendants of Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,

58. Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,

59. Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Amon

60. The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon 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:

62. the descendants of 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.

66. The whole company numbered 42,360,

67. besides their 7,337 menservants and maidservants; and they also had 245 men and women singers.

68. There were 736 horses, 245 mules, [2]

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 drachmas [3] of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests.

71. Some of the heads of the families gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 drachmas [5] of gold and 2,200 minas [4] of silver.

72. The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 drachmas of gold, 2,000 minas [6] of silver and 67 garments for priests.

73. The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers and the temple servants, along with certain of the people and the rest of the Israelites, settled in their own towns. When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns,

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  • 1: Or Hanani, that is,
  • 2: Some Hebrew manuscripts (see also Ezra 2:66); most Hebrew manuscripts do not have this verse.
  • 3: That is, about 19 pounds (about 8.5 kilograms)
  • 4: That is, about 375 pounds (about 170 kilograms); also in verse 72
  • 5: That is, about 1 1/3 tons (about 1.2 metric tons)
  • 6: That is, about 1 1/4 tons (about 1.1 metric tons)

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