1 After the wall was finished and I had set up the doors in the gates, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed.
2 I gave the responsibility of governing Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah, the commander of the fortress, for he was a faithful man who feared God more than most.
3 I said to them, “Do not leave the gates open during the hottest part of the day. And even while the gatekeepers are on duty, have them shut and bar the doors. Appoint the residents of Jerusalem to act as guards, everyone on a regular watch. Some will serve at sentry posts and some in front of their own homes.”
References for Nehemiah 7:3
    • a 7:3 - Or Keep the gates of Jerusalem closed until the sun is hot.
      4 At that time the city was large and spacious, but the population was small, and none of the houses had been rebuilt.
      5 So my God gave me the idea to call together all the nobles and 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:
      6 Here is the list of the Jewish exiles of the provinces who returned from their captivity. King Nebuchadnezzar had deported them to Babylon, but now they returned to Jerusalem and the other towns in Judah where they originally lived.
      7 Their leaders were Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah. This is the number of the men of Israel who returned from exile:
      References for Nehemiah 7:7
        • b 7:7 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:2 ; Hebrew reads Azariah.
        • c 7:7 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:2 ; Hebrew reads Raamiah.
        • d 7:7 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:2 ; Hebrew reads Mispereth.
        • e 7:7 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:2 ; Hebrew reads Nehum.
          8 The family of Parosh 2,172
          9 The family of Shephatiah 372
          10 The family of Arah 652
          11 The family of Pahath-moab (descendants of Jeshua and Joab) 2,818
          12 The family of Elam 1,254
          13 The family of Zattu 845
          14 The family of Zaccai 760
          15 The family of Bani 648
          References for Nehemiah 7:15
            • f 7:15 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:10 ; Hebrew reads Binnui.
              16 The family of Bebai 628
              17 The family of Azgad 2,322
              18 The family of Adonikam 667
              19 The family of Bigvai 2,067
              20 The family of Adin 655
              21 The family of Ater (descendants of Hezekiah) 98
              22 The family of Hashum 328
              23 The family of Bezai 324
              24 The family of Jorah 112
              References for Nehemiah 7:24
                • g 7:24 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:18 ; Hebrew reads Hariph.
                  25 The family of Gibbar 95
                  References for Nehemiah 7:25
                    • h 7:25 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:20 ; Hebrew reads Gibeon.
                      26 The people of Bethlehem and Netophah 188
                      27 The people of Anathoth 128
                      28 The people of Beth-azmaveth 42
                      29 The people of Kiriath-jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth 743
                      30 The people of Ramah and Geba 621
                      31 The people of Micmash 122
                      32 The people of Bethel and Ai 123
                      33 The people of West Nebo 52
                      References for Nehemiah 7:33
                        • i 7:33 - Or of the other Nebo.
                          34 The citizens of West Elam 1,254
                          References for Nehemiah 7:34
                            • j 7:34 - Or of the other Elam.
                              35 The citizens of Harim 320
                              36 The citizens of Jericho 345
                              37 The citizens of Lod, Hadid, and Ono 721
                              38 The citizens of Senaah 3,930
                              39 These are the priests who returned from exile: The family of Jedaiah (through the line of Jeshua) 973
                              40 The family of Immer 1,052
                              41 The family of Pashhur 1,247
                              42 The family of Harim 1,017
                              43 These are the Levites who returned from exile: The families of Jeshua and Kadmiel (descendants of Hodaviah ) 74
                              References for Nehemiah 7:43
                                • k 7:43 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:40 ; Hebrew reads Hodevah.
                                  44 The singers of the family of Asaph 148
                                  45 The gatekeepers of the families of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai 138
                                  46 The descendants of the following Temple servants returned from exile: Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
                                  47 Keros, Siaha, Padon,
                                  References for Nehemiah 7:47
                                    • l 7:47 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:44 ; Hebrew reads Sia.
                                      48 Lebanah, Hagabah, Shalmai,
                                      49 Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,
                                      50 Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,
                                      51 Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,
                                      52 Besai, Meunim, Nephusim,
                                      References for Nehemiah 7:52
                                        • m 7:52 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:50 ; Hebrew reads Nephushesim.
                                          53 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
                                          54 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
                                          References for Nehemiah 7:54
                                            • n 7:54 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:52 ; Hebrew reads Bazlith.
                                              55 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
                                              56 Neziah, and Hatipha.
                                              57 The descendants of these servants of King Solomon returned from exile: Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
                                              References for Nehemiah 7:57
                                                • o 7:57 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:55 ; Hebrew reads Sotai, Sophereth, Perida.
                                                  58 Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,
                                                  References for Nehemiah 7:58
                                                    • p 7:58 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:56 ; Hebrew reads Jaala.
                                                      59 Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-hazzebaim, and Ami.
                                                      References for Nehemiah 7:59
                                                        • q 7:59 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:57 ; Hebrew reads Amon.
                                                          60 In all, the Temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants numbered 392.
                                                          61 Another group returned at this time from the towns of Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Kerub, Addan, and Immer. However, they could not prove that they or their families were descendants of Israel.
                                                          References for Nehemiah 7:61
                                                            • r 7:61 - As in parallel text at Ezra 2:59 ; Hebrew reads Addon.
                                                              62 This group included the families of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda—a total of 642 people.
                                                              63 Three families of priests—Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai—also returned. (This Barzillai had married a woman who was a descendant of Barzillai of Gilead, and he had taken her family name.)
                                                              64 They searched for their names in the genealogical records, but they were not found, so they were disqualified from serving as priests.
                                                              65 The governor told them not to eat the priests’ share of food from the sacrifices until a priest could consult the LORD about the matter by using the Urim and Thummim—the sacred lots.
                                                              66 So a total of 42,360 people returned to Judah,
                                                              67 in addition to 7,337 servants and 245 singers, both men and women.
                                                              68 They took with them 736 horses, 245 mules,
                                                              References for Nehemiah 7:68
                                                                • s 7:68 - As in some Hebrew manuscripts (see also Ezra 2:66 ); most Hebrew manuscripts lack this verse. Verses 7:69-73 are numbered 7:68-72 in Hebrew text.
                                                                  69 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.
                                                                  70 Some of the family leaders gave gifts for the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 gold coins, 50 gold basins, and 530 robes for the priests.
                                                                  References for Nehemiah 7:70
                                                                    • t 7:70 - Hebrew 1,000 darics of gold, about 19 pounds or 8.6 kilograms in weight.
                                                                      71 The other leaders gave to the treasury a total of 20,000 gold coins and some 2,750 pounds of silver for the work.
                                                                      References for Nehemiah 7:71
                                                                        • u 7:71 - Hebrew 20,000 darics of gold, about 375 pounds or 170 kilograms in weight; also in 7:72 .
                                                                        • v 7:71 - Hebrew 2,200 minas [1,300 kilograms].
                                                                          72 The rest of the people gave 20,000 gold coins, about 2,500 pounds of silver, and 67 robes for the priests.
                                                                          References for Nehemiah 7:72
                                                                            • w 7:72 - Hebrew 2,000 minas [1,200 kilograms].
                                                                              73 So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the Temple servants, and some of the common people settled near Jerusalem. The rest of the people returned to their own towns throughout Israel. In October, when the Israelites had settled in their towns,
                                                                              References for Nehemiah 7:73
                                                                                • x 7:73 - Hebrew In the seventh month. This month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred within the months of October and November 445