Ezra 2

1 Now these are the children of the province, who went up out of the captivity of those who had been carried away, whom Nevukhadnetztzar the king of Bavel had carried away to Bavel, and who returned to Yerushalayim and Yehudah, everyone to his city;
2 who came with Zerubbavel, Yeshua, Nechemyah, Serayah, Re`elayah, Mordekhai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rechum, Ba`anah. The number of the men of the people of Yisra'el:
3 The children of Par`osh, two thousand one hundred seventy-two.
4 The children of Shefatyah, three hundred seventy-two.
5 The children of Arach, seven hundred seventy-five.
6 The children of Pachat-Mo'av, of the children of Yeshua [and] Yo'av, two thousand eight hundred twelve.
7 The children of `Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty-four.
8 The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty-five.
9 The children of Zakkai, seven hundred sixty.
10 The children of Bani, six hundred forty-two.
11 The children of Bevai, six hundred twenty-three.
12 The children of Azgad, one thousand two hundred twenty-two.
13 The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty-six.
14 The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty-six.
15 The children of `Adin, four hundred fifty-four.
16 The children of Ater, of Hizkiyahu, ninety-eight.
17 The children of Betzai, three hundred twenty-three.
18 The children of Yorah, one hundred twelve.
19 The children of Hashum, two hundred Twenty-three.
20 The children of Gibbar, ninety-five.
21 The children of Beit-Lechem, one hundred twenty-three.
22 The men of Netofah, fifty-six.
23 The men of `Anatot, one hundred twenty-eight.
24 The children of `Azmavet, forty-two.
25 The children of Kiryat-Arim, Kefirah, and Be'erot, seven hundred forty-three.
26 The children of Ramah and Geva, six hundred twenty-one.
27 The men of Mikhmas, one hundred twenty-two.
28 The men of Beit-El and `Ai, two hundred twenty-three.
29 The children of Nevo, fifty-two.
30 The children of Magbish, one hundred fifty-six.
31 The children of the other `Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty-four.
32 The children of Harim, three hundred twenty.
33 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty-five.
34 The children of Yericho, three hundred forty-five.
35 The children of Sena'ah, three thousand six hundred thirty.
36 The Kohanim: the children of Yedayah, of the house of Yeshua, nine hundred seventy-three.
37 The children of Immer, one thousand fifty-two.
38 The children of Pashchur, one thousand two hundred forty-seven.
39 The children of Harim, one thousand seventeen.
40 The Levites: the children of Yeshua and Kadmi'el, of the children of Hodavyah, seventy-four.
41 The singers: the children of Asaf, one hundred twenty-eight.
42 The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of `Akkuv, the children of Hatita, the children of Shovai, in all one hundred thirty-nine.
43 The temple servants: the children of Tzicha, the children of Hasufa, the children of Tabba`ot,
44 the children of Keros, the children of Si`aha, the children of Padon,
45 the children of Levanah, the children of Hagava, the children of `Akkuv,
46 the children of Hagav, the children of Salmai, the children of Hanan,
47 the children of Giddel, the children of Gachar, the children of Re'ayah,
48 the children of Retzin, the children of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam,
49 the children of Uzza, the children of Pase'ach, the children of Besai,
50 the children of Asnah, the children of Me`unim, the children of Nefusim,
51 the children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakufa, the children of Harchur,
52 the children of Batzlut, the children of Mechida, the children of Harsha,
53 the children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Temach,
54 the children of Netzi'ach, the children of Hatifa.
55 The children of Shlomo's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Soferet, the children of Peruda,
56 the children of Ya`alah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,
57 the children of Shefatyah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pokheret-Hatzevayim, the children of Ami.
58 All the temple servants, and the children of Shlomo's servants, were three hundred ninety-two.
59 These were those who went up from Tel-Melakh, Tel-Harsha, Keruv, Addan, [and] Immer; but they could not show their fathers' houses, and their seed, whether they were of Yisra'el:
60 the children of Delayah, the children of Toviyah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred fifty-two.
61 Of the children of the Kohanim: the children of Havayah, the children of Hakkotz, the children of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gil`adite, and was called after their name.
62 These sought their register [among] those who were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they deemed polluted and put from the priesthood.
63 The governor said to them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, until there stood up a Kohen with Urim and with Tummim.
64 The whole assembly together was forty-two thousand three hundred sixty,
65 besides their men-servants and their maid-servants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty-seven: and they had two hundred singing men and singing women.
66 Their horses were seven hundred thirty-six; their mules, two hundred forty-five;
67 their camels, four hundred thirty-five; [their] donkeys, six thousand seven hundred and twenty.
68 Some of the heads of fathers' [houses], when they came to the house of the LORD which is in Yerushalayim, offered willingly for the house of God to set it up in its place:
69 they gave after their ability into the treasury of the work sixty-one thousand darics of gold, and five thousand minas of silver, and one hundred Kohanim' garments.
70 So the Kohanim, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the temple servants, lived in their cities, and all Yisra'el in their cities.

Ezra 2 Commentary

Chapter 2

The numbers that returned. (1-35) The numbers of the priests and Levites. (36-63) The offerings for the temple. (64-70)

Verses 1-35 An account was kept of the families that came up out of captivity. See how sin lowers a nation, which righteousness would exalt!

Verses 36-63 Those who undervalue their relation to the Lord in times of reproach, persecution, or distress, will have no benefit from it when it becomes honourable or profitable. Those who have no evidence that they are, by the new birth, spiritual priests unto God, through Jesus Christ, have no right to the comforts and privileges of Christians.

Verses 64-70 Let none complain of the needful expenses of their religion. Seek first the kingdom of God, his favour and his glory, then will all other things be added unto them. Their offerings were nothing, compared with the offerings of the princes in David's time; yet, being according to their ability, were as acceptable to God. The Lord will carry us through all undertakings entered on according to his will, with an aim to his glory, and dependence on his assistance. Those who, at the call of the gospel, renounce sin and return to the Lord, shall be guarded and guided through all perils of the way, and arrive safely at the mansions provided in the holy city of God.

Chapter Summary


This chapter contains a list of those that went up from Babylon to Jerusalem, of their leaders, their chief men, princes and priests, Ezr 2:1,2 of the people, described by their families, towns, and cities, and number of persons, Ezr 2:3-35, of the priests, Levites, and Nethinims, Ezr 2:36-58, and of those that could not make out their genealogy, people and priests, Ezr 2:59-63, and then the sum total of the whole congregation is given, Ezr 2:64, besides men and maidservants, singing men and women, and cattle of divers sorts, Ezr 2:65-67, and the chapter is closed with an account of the freewill offerings of the principal men towards the building of the temple, and of the settlement of the people in their respective cities, Ezr 2:68-70.

Ezra 2 Commentaries

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