Ezra 2

1These are the people of the province that came back from captivity. In the past, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took these people as prisoners to Babylon. These people came back to Jerusalem and Judah. Each person went back to his own town. 2These are the people who returned with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah. This is the list of names and numbers of men from Israel that came back: 3The descendants of Parosh 2,172 4the descendants of Shephatiah 372 5the descendants of Arah 775 6the descendants of Pahath Moab of the family of Jeshua and Joab 2,812 7the descendants of Elam 1,254 8the descendants of Zattu 945 9the descendants of Zaccai 760 10the descendants of Bani 642 11the descendants of Bebai 623 12the descendants of Azgad 1,222 13the descendants of Adonikam 666 14the descendants of Bigvai 2,056 15the descendants of Adin 454 16the descendants of Ater through the family of Hezekiah 98 17the descendants of Bezai 323 18the descendants of Jorah 112 19the descendants of Hashum 223 20the descendants of Gibbar 95 21from the town of Bethlehem 123 22from the town of Netophah 56 23from the town of Anathoth 128 24from the town of Azmaveth 42 25from the towns of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth 743 26from the towns of Ramah and Geba 621 27from the town of Micmash 122 28from the towns of Bethel and Ai 223 29from the town of Nebo 52 30from the town of Magbish 156 31from the other town named Elam 1,254 32from the town of Harim 320 33from the towns of Lod, Hadid, and Ono 725 34from the town of Jericho 345 35from the town of Senaah 3,630 36These are the priests: the descendants of Jedaiah through the family of Jeshua 973 37the descendants of Immer 1,052 38the descendants of Pashhur 1,247 39the descendants of Harim 1,017 40These are the people from the family group of Levi: The descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel through the family of Hodaviah 74 41These are the singers: The descendants of Asaph 128 42These are the descendants of the temple gatekeepers: The descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai 139 43These are the descendants of the special temple servants: Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth, 44Keros, Siaha, Padon, 45Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub, 46Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan, 47Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah, 48Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam, 49Uzza, Paseah, Besai, 50Asnah, Meunim, Nephussim, 51Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur, 52Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha, 53Barkos, Sisera, Temah, 54Neziah, and Hatipha. 55These are the descendants of Solomon’s servants: Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda, 56Jaala, Darkon, Giddel, 57Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth Hazzebaim, and Ami 58The temple servants and descendants of Solomon’s servants 392 59Some people came to Jerusalem from these towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer. But these people could not prove that their families were from the family of Israel: 60The descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda 652 61From the family of priests there were the descendants of: Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai (If a man married a daughter of Barzillai from Gilead, that man was counted as a descendant of Barzillai.) 62These people searched for their family histories, but they could not find them. Their names were not included in the list of priests. They could not prove that their ancestors were priests, so they could not serve as priests. 63The governor ordered these people not to eat any of the holy food. They could not eat any of this food until there was a priest who could use the Urim and Thummim to ask God what to do. 64- 65All together, there were 42,360 people in the group that came back. This is not counting their 7,337 men and women servants. They also had 200 men and women singers with them. 66- 67They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys. 68That group arrived at the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem. Then the family leaders gave their gifts for building the Lord’s temple. They would build the new temple in the same place as the temple that was destroyed. 69Those people gave as much as they were able. These are the things those people gave for building the temple: 1,100 pounds of gold, 3 tons of silver, and 100 coats that priests wear. 70So the priests, Levites, and some of the other people moved to Jerusalem and the area around it. This group included the ˻temple˼ singers, gatekeepers, and the temple servants. The other people of Israel settled in their own home towns.

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