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Exiles Who Returned with Zerubbabel

1Here is the list of the Jewish exiles of the provinces who returned from their captivity. King Nebuchadnezzar had deported them to Babylon, but now they returned to Jerusalem and the other towns in Judah where they originally lived. 2Their 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:

3The family of Parosh2,172
4The family of Shephatiah372
5The family of Arah775
6The family of Pahath-moab (descendants of Jeshua and Joab)2,812
7The family of Elam1,254
8The family of Zattu945
9The family of Zaccai760
10The family of Bani642
11The family of Bebai623
12The family of Azgad1,222
13The family of Adonikam666
14The family of Bigvai2,056
15The family of Adin454
16The family of Ater (descendants of Hezekiah)98
17The family of Bezai323
18The family of Jorah112
19The family of Hashum223
20The family of Gibbar95
21The people of Bethlehem123
22The people of Netophah56
23The people of Anathoth128
24The people of Beth-azmaveth*2:24 As in parallel text at Neh 7:28; Hebrew reads Azmaveth. 42
25The people of Kiriath-jearim,*2:25 As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version (see also Neh 7:29); Hebrew reads Kiriath-arim.  Kephirah, and Beeroth743
26The people of Ramah and Geba621
27The people of Micmash122
28The people of Bethel and Ai223
29The citizens of Nebo52
30The citizens of Magbish156
31The citizens of West Elam*2:31 Or of the other Elam. 1,254
32The citizens of Harim320
33The citizens of Lod, Hadid, and Ono725
34The citizens of Jericho345
35The citizens of Senaah3,630

36These are the priests who returned from exile:

The family of Jedaiah (through the line of Jeshua)973
37The family of Immer1,052
38The family of Pashhur1,247
39The family of Harim1,017

40These are the Levites who returned from exile:

The families of Jeshua and Kadmiel (descendants of Hodaviah)74
41The singers of the family of Asaph128
42The gatekeepers of the families of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai139

43The descendants of the following Temple servants returned from exile:

Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,

44Keros, Siaha, Padon,

45Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,

46Hagab, Shalmai,*2:46 As in an alternate reading of the Masoretic Text (see also Neh 7:48); the other alternate reads Shamlai.  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.

55The descendants of these servants of King Solomon returned from exile:

Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,

56Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,

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

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

59Another group returned 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. 60This group included the families of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda—a total of 652 people.

61Three families of priests—Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai—also returned. (This Barzillai had married a woman who was a descendant of Barzillai of Gilead, and he had taken her family name.) 62They searched for their names in the genealogical records, but they were not found, so they were disqualified from serving as priests. 63The governor told them not to eat the priests’ share of food from the sacrifices until a priest could consult the Lord about the matter by using the Urim and Thummim—the sacred lots.

64So a total of 42,360 people returned to Judah, 65in addition to 7,337 servants and 200 singers, both men and women. 66They took with them 736 horses, 245 mules, 67435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.

68When they arrived at the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders made voluntary offerings toward the rebuilding of God’s Temple on its original site, 69and each leader gave as much as he could. The total of their gifts came to 61,000 gold coins,*2:69a Hebrew 61,000 darics of gold, about 1,100 pounds or 500 kilograms in weight.  6,250 pounds*2:69b Hebrew 5,000 minas [3,000 kilograms].  of silver, and 100 robes for the priests.

70So 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 their own towns throughout Israel.