Ezra 2

Ezra 2

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1 Here is the list of the Jewish exiles of the provinces who returned from their captivity to Jerusalem and to the other towns of Judah. They had been deported to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.

2 Their leaders were Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah. This is the number of the men of Israel who returned from exile:

3 The family of Parosh 2,172

4 The family of Shephatiah 372

5 The family of Arah 775

6 The family of Pahath-moab (descendants of Jeshua and Joab) 2,812

7 The family of Elam 1,254

8 The family of Zattu 945

9 The family of Zaccai 760

10 The family of Bani 642

11 The family of Bebai 623

12 The family of Azgad 1,222

13 The family of Adonikam 666

14 The family of Bigvai 2,056

15 The family of Adin 454

16 The family of Ater (descendants of Hezekiah) 98

17 The family of Bezai 323

18 The family of Jorah 112

19 The family of Hashum 223

20 The family of Gibbar 95

21 The people of Bethlehem 123

22 The people of Netophah 56

23 The people of Anathoth 128

24 The people of Beth-azmaveth* 421

25 The peoples of Kiriath-jearim,* Kephirah, and Beeroth 7432

26 The peoples of Ramah and Geba 621

27 The people of Micmash 122

28 The peoples of Bethel and Ai 223

29 The citizens of Nebo 52

30 The citizens of Magbish 156

31 The citizens of Elam 1,254

32 The citizens of Harim 320

33 The citizens of Lod, Hadid, and Ono 725

34 The citizens of Jericho 345

35 The citizens of Senaah 3,630

36 These are the priests who returned from exile: The family of Jedaiah (through the line of Jeshua) 973

37 The family of Immer 1,052

38 The family of Pashhur 1,247

39 The family of Harim 1,017

40 These are the Levites who returned from exile: The families of Jeshua and Kadmiel (descendants of Hodaviah) 74

41 The singers of the family of Asaph 128

42 The gatekeepers of the families of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai 139

43 The descendants of the following Temple servants returned from exile: Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,

44 Keros, Siaha, Padon,

45 Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,

46 Hagab, Shalmai,* Hanan,3

47 Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,

48 Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,

49 Uzza, Paseah, Besai,

50 Asnah, Meunim, Nephusim,

51 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,

52 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,

53 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,

54 Neziah, and Hatipha.

55 The descendants of these servants of King Solomon returned from exile: Sotai, Sophereth,* Peruda,4

56 Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,

57 Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-hazzebaim, and Ami.

58 In all, the Temple servants and the descendants of Solomon's servants numbered 392.

59 Another group returned to Jerusalem 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.

60 This group consisted of the families of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda--a total of 652 people.

61 Three families of priests--Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai--also returned to Jerusalem. (This Barzillai had married a woman who was a descendant of Barzillai of Gilead, and he had taken her family name.)

62 But they had lost their genealogical records, so they were not allowed to serve as priests.

63 The governor would not even let them eat the priests' share of food from the sacrifices until there was a priest who could consult the LORD about the matter by means of sacred lots.*5

64 So a total of 42,360 people returned to Judah,

65 in addition to 7,337 servants and 200 singers, both men and women.

66 They took with them 736 horses, 245 mules,

67 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.

68 When they arrived at the Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders gave generously toward the rebuilding of God's Temple on its original site,

69 and each leader gave as much as he could. The total of their gifts came to 61,000 gold coins,* 6,250 pounds* of silver, and 100 robes for the priests.6

70 So the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, the Temple servants, and some of the common people settled in villages near Jerusalem. The rest of the people returned to the other towns of Judah from which they had come.

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1: As in parallel text at Neh 7:28; Hebrew reads Azmaveth.

2: As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version (see also Neh 7:29); Hebrew reads Kiriath-arim.

3: As in the marginal Qere reading of the Masoretic Text (see also Neh 7:48); Hebrew text reads Shamlai.

4: As in parallel text at Neh 7:57; Hebrew reads Hassophereth.

5: Hebrew consult the Urim and Thummim about the matter.

6: Hebrew 61,000 darics of gold, about 1,100 pounds or 500 kilograms in weight.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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