Ezra 2
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1These were the people in the province. They were the ones who left the place where the exiles had been taken captive. (King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had taken them to Babylon.) These exiles returned to Jerusalem and Judah. All of them went to their own cities. 2They went with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah. This is the number of Israelite men from the people in exile: 3the descendants of Parosh 2,172 4of Shephatiah 372 5of Arah 775 6of Pahath Moab, that is, of Jeshua and Joab 2,812 7of Elam 1,254 8of Zattu 945 9of Zaccai 760 10of Bani 642 11of Bebai 623 12of Azgad 1,222 13of Adonikam 666 14of Bigvai 2,056 15of Adin 454 16of Ater, that is, Hezekiah 98 17of Bezai 323 18of Jorah 112 19of Hashum 223 20of Gibbar 95 21The people of Bethlehem 123 22of Netophah 56 23of Anathoth 128 24of Azmaveth 42 25of Kiriath Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth 743 26of Ramah and Geba 621 27of Michmas 122 28of Bethel and Ai 223 29of Nebo 52 30of Magbish 156 31of the other Elam 1,254 32of Harim 320 33of Lod, Hadid, and Ono 725 34of Jericho 345 35of Senaah 3,630

36These priests returned from exile: the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua) 973 37of Immer 1,052 38of Pashhur 1,247 39of Harim 1,017

40These Levites returned from exile: the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel, that is, of Hodaviah 74 41These singers returned from exile: the descendants of Asaph 128 42These gatekeepers returned from exile: the descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai 139

43These temple servants returned from exile: the descendants of Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth, 44Keros, Siaha, Padon, 45Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub, 46Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan, 47Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah, 48Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam, 49Uzza, Paseah, Besai, 50Asnah, Meunim, Nephusim, 51Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur, 52Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha, 53Barkos, Sisera, Temah, 54Neziah, and Hatipha.

55These descendants of Solomon's servants returned from exile: the descendants of Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda, 56Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel, 57Shephatiah, Hattil, Pochereth Hazzebaim, and Ami.

58The temple servants and the descendants of Solomon's servants totaled 392.

59The following people came from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, but they couldn't prove they were Israelites on the basis of their father's family or their genealogy: 60the descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda. These people totaled 652.

61These descendants of the priests [couldn't prove their families were Israelites]: the descendants of Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai (who had married one of the daughters of Barzillai from Gilead and took that [family] name). 62These people searched for their [family] names in the genealogical records, but their names couldn't be found there. For this reason they were considered contaminated and couldn't be priests. 63The governor told them not to eat any of the most holy food until a priest could use the Urim and Thummim [to settle the problem].

64The whole assembly totaled 42,360. 65In addition to the male and female servants who numbered 7,337, they also had 200 male and female singers. 66They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 67435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.

68When some of the heads of the families came to the LORD's temple in Jerusalem, they contributed freewill offerings to help rebuild God's temple on its [former] site. 69They contributed as much as they could to the treasury for this work: 1,030 pounds of gold, 5,740 pounds of silver, and 100 robes for the priests.

70The priests, the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants settled in their own cities. All the other Israelites settled in their own cities.

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