1Once the wall had been rebuilt and I had put up the doors, I appointed the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites.
2I put my brother Hanani in charge of Jerusalem, together with Hananiah the commander of the fortress, because he was an honest man who respected God more than many others.
3I told them, “Don't allow the gates of Jerusalem to be opened until the sun is hot, and make sure the guards shut and bolt the doors while they're still on duty. Appoint some of the residents of Jerusalem as guards, to be at their posts, standing in front of their own houses.”
4In those times the city was large with plenty of space, but there weren't many people in it, and the houses hadn't been rebuilt.
5My God encouraged me to have everyone—the nobles, the officials, and the people—all come to be registered according to their family genealogy. I found the genealogical register of those who had returned first. This what I discovered written there.
6This is a list of the people of the province who returned from the captivity. These were the exiles who had been taken away to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, to their home towns.
7They were led by Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah. This is the number of men of the people of Israel:
8The sons of Parosh, 2,172;
9the sons of Shephatiah, 372;
10the sons of Arah, 652;
11the sons of Pahath-moab, (the sons of Jeshua and Joab), 2,818;
12the sons of Elam, 1,254;
13The sons of Zattu, 845;
14the sons of Zaccai, 760;
15the sons of Binnui, 648;
16the sons of Bebai, 628;
17the sons of Azgad, 2,322;
18the sons of Adonikam, 667;
19the sons of Bigvai, 2,067.
20The sons of Adin, 655.
21The sons of Ater, (sons of Hezekiah), 98;
22the sons of Hashum, 328;
23the sons of Bezai, 324;
24the sons of Hariph, 112;
25the sons of Gibeon, 95;
26the people from Bethlehem and Netophah, 188;
27the people from Anathoth, 128;
28the people from Beth-azmaveth 42;
29the people from Kiriath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, 743;
30the people from Ramah and Geba, 621;
31the people from Michmas, 122;
32the people from Bethel and Ai, 123;
33the people from the other Nebo, 52;
34the sons of the other Elam, 1,254;
35the sons of Harim, 320;
36the sons of Jericho, 345;
37the sons of Lod, Hadid and Ono, 721;
38the sons of Senaah, 3,930.
39This is the number of the priests: the sons of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua), 973;
40the sons of Immer, 1,052;
41the sons of Pashhur, 1,247;
42the sons of Harim, 1,017.
43This is the number of the Levites: the sons of Jeshua through Kadmiel (sons of Hodaviah), 74;
44the singers of the sons of Asaph, 148;
45the gatekeepers of the families of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai, 138.
46The descendants of these Temple servants: Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
47Keros, Sia, Padon,
48Lebanah, Hagabah, Shalmai,
49Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,
50Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,
51Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,
52Besai, Meunim, Nephusim,
53Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
54Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
55Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
56Neziah, and Hatipha.
57The descendants of King Solomon's servants: Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,
58Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
59Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Amon.
60The total of the Temple servants and the descendants of Solomon's servants was 392.
61Those who came from the towns of Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Kerub, Addan, and Immer could not prove their family genealogy, or even that they were descendants of Israel.
62They included the families of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda, 642 in total.
63In addition there three priestly families, sons of Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai. (Barzillai had married a woman descended from Barzillai of Gilead, and he was called by that name.)
64They searched for a record of them in the genealogies, but their names weren't found, so they were barred from serving as priests.
65The governor instructed them not to eat anything from the sanctuary sacrifices until a priest could ask the Lord about the issue by using the Urim and Thummim.
66The total of number of people returning was 42,360.
67In addition there were 7,337 servants and 245 male and female singers.
68They had 736 horses, 245 mules,
69435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.
70Some of the family leaders made voluntary contributions toward the work. The governor presented to the treasury 1,000 gold darics, 50 bowls and 530 sets of clothes for the priests.
71Some of the family leaders donated to the treasury for the work 20,000 darics of gold and 2,200 minas of silver.
72The rest of the people donated 20,000 gold darics, 2,000 minas of silver, and 67 sets of clothes for the priests.
73The priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, and Temple servants, as well as some of the people and the rest of the Israelites, went back to live in their specific towns. By the seventh month the Israelites were living in their towns,