Nehemiah 7

1 After the wall was rebuilt and I had installed the doors, and the security guards, the singers, and the Levites were appointed,
2 I put my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the captain of the citadel, in charge of Jerusalem because he was an honest man and feared God more than most men.
3 I gave them this order: "Don't open the gates of Jerusalem until the sun is up. And shut and bar the gates while the guards are still on duty. Appoint the guards from the citizens of Jerusalem and assign them to posts in front of their own homes."
4 The city was large and spacious with only a few people in it and the houses not yet rebuilt.
5 God put it in my heart to gather the nobles, the officials, and the people in general to be registered. I found the genealogical record of those who were in the first return from exile. This is the record I found:
6 These are the people of the province who returned from the captivity of the Exile, the ones Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried off captive; they came back to Jerusalem and Judah, each going to his own town.
7 They came back in the company of Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah. The numbers of the men of the People of Israel by families of origin:
8 Parosh, 2,172
9 Shephatiah, 372
10 Arah, 652
11 Pahath-Moab (sons of Jeshua and Joab), 2,818
12 Elam, 1,254
13 Zattu, 845
14 Zaccai, 760
15 Binnui, 648
16 Bebai, 628
17 Azgad, 2,322
18 Adonikam, 667
19 Bigvai, 2,067
20 Adin, 655
21 Ater (sons of Hezekiah), 98
22 Hashum, 328
23 Bezai, 324
24 Hariph, 112
25 Gibeon, 95.
26 Israelites identified by place of origin: Bethlehem and Netophah, 188
27 Anathoth, 128
28 Beth Azmaveth, 42
29 Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth, 743
30 Ramah and Geba, 621
31 Micmash, 122
32 Bethel and Ai, 123
33 Nebo (the other one), 52
34 Elam (the other one), 1,254
35 Harim, 320
36 Jericho, 345
37 Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 721
38 Senaah, 3,930.
39 Priestly families: Jedaiah (sons of Jeshua), 973
40 Immer, 1,052
41 Pashhur, 1,247
42 Harim, 1,017.
43 Levitical families: Jeshua (sons of Kadmiel and of Hodaviah), 74.
44 Singers: Asaph's family line, 148.
45 Security guard families: Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai, 138.
46 Families of support staff: Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
47 Keros, Sia, Padon,
48 Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai,
49 Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,
50 Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,
51 Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,
52 Besai, Meunim, Nephussim,
53 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
54 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
55 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
56 Neziah, and Hatipha.
57 Families of Solomon's servants: Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,
58 Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
59 Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-Hazzebaim, and Amon.
60 The Temple support staff and Solomon's servants added up to 392.
61 These are those who came from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer. They weren't able to prove their ancestry, whether they were true Israelites or not:
62 The sons of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda, 642.
63 Likewise with these priestly families: -The sons of Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai, who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and took that name.
64 They looked high and low for their family records but couldn't find them. And so they were barred from priestly work as ritually unclean.
65 The governor ruled that they could not eat from the holy food until a priest could determine their status by using the Urim and Thummim.
66 The total count for the congregation was 42,360.
67 That did not include the male and female slaves who numbered 7,337. There were also 245 male and female singers.
68 And there were 736 horses, 245 mules,
69 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.
70 Some of the heads of families made voluntary offerings for the work. The governor made a gift to the treasury of 1,000 drachmas of gold (about nineteen pounds), 50 bowls, and 530 garments for the priests.
71 Some of the heads of the families made gifts to the treasury for the work; it came to 20,000 drachmas of gold and 2,200 minas of silver (about one and a third tons).
72 Gifts from the rest of the people totaled 20,000 drachmas of gold (about 375 pounds), 2,000 minas of silver, and 67 garments for the priests.
73 The priests, Levites, security guards, singers, and Temple support staff, along with some others, and the rest of the People of Israel, all found a place to live in their own towns.

Nehemiah 7 Commentaries

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