At that time the city was large and spacious, but the population was small. And only a few houses were scattered throughout the city.
So my God gave me the idea to call together all the leaders of the city, along with the ordinary citizens, for registration. I had found the genealogical record of those who had first returned to Judah. This is what was written there:
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