Nehemiah 7:4-5 NLT

4 At that time the city was large and spacious, but the population was small. And only a few houses were scattered throughout the city.
5 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: