Ezra 2:59

59 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:

Read Ezra 2:59 Using Other Translations

And these were they which went up from Telmelah, Telharsa, Cherub, Addan, and Immer: but they could not shew their father's house, and their seed, whether they were of Israel:
The following were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, though they could not prove their fathers' houses or their descent, whether they belonged to Israel:
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.

What does Ezra 2:59 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezra 2:59

And these were they that went up from Telmelah, Telharsa,
&c.] Places in the land of Babylon, see ( Isaiah 37:12 ) ( Ezekiel 3:15 ) .

Cherub, Addan, and Immer; but they could not show their father's house,
and their seed, whether they were of Israel;
these were such that professed the Jewish religion, and went for Jews in Babylon, but could not trace their pedigree, and tell what family they were of, who their ancestors, and where they had lived in Judea; they had lost their genealogical tables, if they ever had any, and could not make it out, whether their parents were Israelites or proselyted Gentiles; or they were such who had been exposed, and taken out of the streets, and their parents unknown.

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