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1Now when the wall had been built and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, 2I gave my brother Hanaʹni and Hananiʹah the governor of the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was a more faithful and God-fearing man than many. 3And I said to them, “Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they are still standing guard let them shut and bar the doors. Appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, each to his station and each opposite his own house.” 4The city was wide and large, but the people within it were few and no houses had been built.

5Then God put it into my mind to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. And I found the book of the genealogy of those who came up at the first, and I found written in it:

6These were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezʹzar the king of Babylon had carried into exile; they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his town. 7They came with Zerubʹbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiʹah, Azariʹah, Raamiʹah, Nahamʹani, Morʹdecai, Bilshan, Misʹpereth, Bigʹvai, Nehum, Baʹanah.

The number of the men of the people of Israel: 8the sons of Parosh, two thousand a hundred and seventy-two. 9The sons of Shephatiʹah, three hundred and seventy-two. 10The sons of Arah, six hundred and fifty-two. 11The sons of Paʹhath-moʹab, namely the sons of Jeshua and Joʹab, two thousand eight hundred and eighteen. 12The sons of Elam, a thousand two hundred and fifty-four. 13The sons of Zattu, eight hundred and forty-five. 14The sons of Zacʹcai, seven hundred and sixty. 15The sons of Binʹnui, six hundred and forty-eight. 16The sons of Beʹbai, six hundred and twenty-eight. 17The sons of Azgad, two thousand three hundred and twenty-two. 18The sons of Adoniʹkam, six hundred and sixty-seven. 19The sons of Bigʹvai, two thousand and sixty-seven. 20The sons of Adin, six hundred and fifty-five. 21The sons of Ater, namely of Hezekiʹah, ninety-eight. 22The sons of Hashum, three hundred and twenty-eight. 23The sons of Beʹzai, three hundred and twenty-four. 24The sons of Hariph, a hundred and twelve. 25The sons of Gibeon, ninety-five. 26The men of Bethlehem and Netoʹphah, a hundred and eighty-eight. 27The men of Anʹathoth, a hundred and twenty-eight. 28The men of Beth-azʹmaveth, forty-two. 29The men of Kirʹiath-jeʹarim, Chephiʹrah, and Be-erʹoth, seven hundred and forty-three. 30The men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one. 31The men of Michmas, a hundred and twenty-two. 32The men of Bethel and Ai, a hundred and twenty-three. 33The men of the other Nebo, fifty-two. 34The sons of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred and fifty-four. 35The sons of Harim, three hundred and twenty. 36The sons of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five. 37The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-one. 38The sons of Senaʹah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.

39The priests: the sons of Jedaiʹah, namely the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three. 40The sons of Immer, a thousand and fifty-two. 41The sons of Pashhur, a thousand two hundred and forty-seven. 42The sons of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

43The Levites: the sons of Jeshua, namely of Kadʹmi-el of the sons of Hoʹdevah, seventy-four. 44The singers: the sons of Asaph, a hundred and forty-eight. 45The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatiʹta, the sons of Shoʹbai, a hundred and thirty-eight.

46The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasuʹpha, the sons of Tabbaʹoth, 47the sons of Keros, the sons of Siʹa, the sons of Padon, 48the sons of Lebaʹna, the sons of Hagʹaba, the sons of Shalmai, 49the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, 50the sons of Re-aiʹah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoʹda, 51the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseʹah, 52the sons of Besai, the sons of Me-uʹnim, the sons of Nephushʹesim, 53the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakuʹpha, the sons of Harhur, 54the sons of Bazlith, the sons of Mehiʹda, the sons of Harsha, 55the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisʹera, the sons of Temah, 56the sons of Neziʹah, the sons of Hatiʹpha.

57The sons of Solomon’s servants: the sons of Soʹtai, the sons of Soʹphereth, the sons of Periʹda, 58the sons of Jaʹala, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel, 59the sons of Shephatiʹah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Poʹchereth-hazzebaʹim, the sons of Amon.

60All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon’s servants were three hundred and ninety-two.

61The following were those who came up from Tel-meʹlah, Tel-harʹsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they could not prove their fathers’ houses nor their descent, whether they belonged to Israel: 62the sons of Delaiʹah, the sons of Tobiʹah, the sons of Nekoʹda, six hundred and forty-two. 63Also, of the priests: the sons of Hobaiʹah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzilʹlai (who had taken a wife of the daughters of Barzilʹlai the Gileadite and was called by their name). 64These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but it was not found there, so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean; 65the governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food, until a priest with Urim and Thummim should arise.

66The whole assembly together was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty, 67besides their menservants and maidservants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred and forty-five singers, male and female. 68Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules two hundred and forty-five, 69their camels four hundred and thirty-five, and their asses six thousand seven hundred and twenty.

70Now some of the heads of fathers’ houses gave to the work. The governor gave to the treasury a thousand darics of gold, fifty basins, five hundred and thirty priests’ garments. 71And some of the heads of fathers’ houses gave into the treasury of the work twenty thousand darics of gold and two thousand two hundred minas of silver. 72And what the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand darics of gold, two thousand minas of silver, and sixty-seven priests’ garments.

73So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the temple servants, and all Israel, lived in their towns.

And when the seventh month had come, the children of Israel were in their towns.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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