Nehemiah 7

1 Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,
2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he [was] a faithful man, and feared God above many.
3 And I said to them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun shall be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the doors, and bar [them]: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one [to be] over against his house.
4 Now the city [was] large and great: but the people in it [were] few, and the houses [were] not built.
5 And my God put into my heart to assemble the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them who came up at the first, and found written in it,
6 These [are] the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one to his city;
7 Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number, [I say], of the men of the people of Israel [was this];
8 The children of Parosh, two thousand a hundred and seventy two.
9 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy two.
10 The children of Arah, six hundred and fifty two.
11 The children of Pahath-moab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand and eight hundred [and] eighteen.
12 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred and fifty four.
13 The children of Zattu, eight hundred and forty five.
14 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty.
15 The children of Binnui, six hundred and forty eight.
16 The children of Bebai, six hundred and twenty eight.
17 The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred and twenty two.
18 The children of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty seven.
19 The children of Bigvai, two thousand and sixty seven.
20 The children of Adin, six hundred and fifty five.
21 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety eight.
22 The children of Hashum, three hundred and twenty eight.
23 The children of Bezai, three hundred and twenty four.
24 The children of Hariph, a hundred and twelve.
25 The children of Gibeon, ninety five.
26 The men of Beth-lehem and Netophah, a hundred and eighty eight.
27 The men of Anathoth, a hundred and twenty eight.
28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, forty two.
29 The men of Kirjath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty three.
30 The men of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred and twenty one.
31 The men of Michmas, a hundred and twenty two.
32 The men of Beth-el and Ai, a hundred and twenty three.
33 The men of the other Nebo, fifty two.
34 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred and fifty four.
35 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.
36 The children of Jericho, three hundred and forty five.
37 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty one.
38 The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.
39 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy three.
40 The children of Immer, a thousand and fifty two.
41 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred and forty seven.
42 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.
43 The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, [and] of the children of Hodevah, seventy four.
44 The singers: the children of Asaph, a hundred and forty eight.
45 The porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, a hundred and thirty eight.
46 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the children of Tabbaoth,
47 The children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of Padon,
48 The children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children of Shalmai,
49 The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,
50 The children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda,
51 The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of Phaseah,
52 The children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of Nephishesim,
53 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,
54 The children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,
55 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Tamah,
56 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.
57 The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Perida,
58 The children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,
59 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Amon.
60 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, [were] three hundred and ninety two.
61 And these [were] they who went up [also] from Tel-mela, Tel-haresha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer: but they could not show their fathers house, nor their seed, whether they [were] of Israel.
62 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred and forty two.
63 And of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai, who took [one] of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite for a wife, and was called after their name.
64 These sought their register [among] those that were reckoned by genealogy, but it was not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.
65 And the Tirshatha said to them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there should stand [up] a priest with Urim and Thummim.
66 The whole congregation together [was] forty two thousand three hundred and sixty.
67 Besides their man-servants and their maid-servants, of whom [there were] seven thousand three hundred and thirty seven: and they had two hundred and forty five singing-men and singing-women.
68 Their horses, seven hundred and thirty six: their mules, two hundred and forty five:
69 [Their] camels, four hundred and thirty five: six thousand seven hundred and twenty asses.
70 And some of the chief of the fathers gave to the work. The Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basins, five hundred and thirty priests' garments.
71 And [some] of the chief of the fathers gave to the treasure of the work, twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand and two hundred pounds of silver.
72 And [that] which the rest of the people gave [was] twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pounds of silver, and sixty seven priests' garments.
73 So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and [some] of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh month came, the children of Israel [were] in their cities.

Nehemiah 7 Commentary

Chapter 7

The city committed to Hananiah. (1-4) Register of those that first returned. (5-73)

Verses 1-4 Nehemiah, having finished the wall, returned to the Persian court, and came to Jerusalem again with a new commission. The public safety depends on every one's care to guard himself and his family against sin.

Verses 5-73 Nehemiah knew that the safety of a city, under God, depends more upon the inhabitants than upon its walls. Every good gift and every good work are from above. God gives knowledge, he gives grace; all is of him, and therefore all must be to him. What is done by human prudence, must be ascribed to the direction of Divine Providence. But woe to those who turn back from the Lord, loving this present world! and happy those who dedicate themselves, and their substance, to his service and glory!

Chapter Summary


Nehemiah having built the wall, and set up the doors, appointed two persons to take the charge of the city, and set watches for the safety of it, and to take special care about opening and shutting the gates of it, Ne 7:1-3, and concerned he was for the peopling of it, and having found a register of the first comers to it, gives their names, Ne 7:4-69 and some account of the freewill offerings made for the work they came about, Ne 7:70-73.

Nehemiah 7 Commentaries

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