Good News Translation (GNB)

71And now the wall had been rebuilt, the gates had all been put in place, and the temple guards, the members of the sacred choir, and the other Levites had been assigned their work. 2I put two men in charge of governing the city of Jerusalem: my brother Hanani and Hananiah, commanding officer of the fortress. Hananiah was a reliable and God-fearing man without an equal. 3I told them not to have the gates of Jerusalem opened in the morning until well after sunrise and to have them closed and barred before the guards went off duty at sunset. I also told them to appoint guards from among the people who lived in Jerusalem and to assign some of them to specific posts and others to patrol the area round their own houses.

The List of Those who Returned from Exile

(Ezra 2.1–70)

4Jerusalem was a large city, but not many people were living in it, and not many houses had been built yet. 5God inspired me to assemble the people and their leaders and officials and to check their family records. I located the records of those who had first returned from captivity, and this is the information I found:

6Many of the exiles left the province of Babylon and returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own city. Their families had been living in exile in Babylonia ever since King Nebuchadnezzar had taken them there as prisoners. 7Their leaders were Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah.

8-25This is the list of the clans of Israel, with the number of those from each clan who returned from exile:

Parosh — 2,172

Shephatiah — 372

Arah — 652

Pahath Moab (descendants of Jeshua and Joab) — 2,818

Elam — 1,254

Zattu — 845

Zaccai — 760

Binnui — 648

Bebai — 628

Azgad — 2,322

Adonikam — 667

Bigvai — 2,067

Adin — 655

Ater (also called Hezekiah) — 98

Hashum — 328

Bezai — 324

Hariph — 112

Gibeon — 95

26-38People whose ancestors had lived in the following towns also returned:

Bethlehem and Netophah — 188

Anathoth — 128

Beth Azmaveth — 42

Kiriath Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth — 743

Ramah and Geba — 621

Michmash — 122

Bethel and Ai — 123

The other Nebo — 52

The other Elam — 1,254

Harim — 320

Jericho — 345

Lod, Hadid, and Ono — 721

Senaah — 3,930

39-42This is the list of the priestly clans that returned from exile:

Jedaiah (descendants of Jeshua) — 973

Immer — 1,052

Pashhur — 1,247

Harim — 1,017

43-45Clans of Levites who returned from exile:

Jeshua and Kadmiel (descendants of Hodaviah) — 74

Temple musicians (descendants of Asaph) — 148

Temple guards (descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai) — 138

46-56Clans of temple workmen who returned from exile:

Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,

Keros, Sia, Padon,

Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai,

Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,

Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,

Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,

Besai, Meunim, Nephushesim,

Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,

Bazlith, Mehida, Harsha,

Barkos, Sisera, Temah,

Neziah, and Hatipha.

57-59Clans of Solomon's servants who returned from exile:

Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,

Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,

Shephatiah, Hattil, Pochereth Hazzebaim, and Amon.

60The total number of descendants of the temple workmen and of Solomon's servants who returned from exile was 392.

61-62There were 642 belonging to the clans of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda who returned from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer; but they could not prove that they were descendants of Israelites.

63-64The following priestly clans could find no record to prove their ancestry: Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai. (The ancestor of the priestly clan of Barzillai had married a woman from the clan of Barzillai of Gilead and taken the name of his father-in-law's clan.) Since they were unable to prove who their ancestors were, they were not accepted as priests. 65

Ex 28.30
Deut 33.8
The Jewish governor told them that they could not eat the food offered to God until there was a priest who could use the Urim and Thummim.7.65 Urim and Thummim: Two objects used by the priest to determine God's will; it is not known precisely how they were used.

66-69Total number of exiles who returned — 42,360

Their male and female servants — 7,337

Male and female musicians — 245

Horses — 736

Mules — 245

Camels — 435

Donkeys — 6,720

70-72Many of the people contributed to help pay the cost of restoring the Temple:

The governor 8 kilogrammes of gold
50 ceremonial bowls
530 robes for priests
Heads of clans 168 kilogrammes of gold
1.25 tonnes of silver
The rest of the people 168 kilogrammes of gold
140 kilogrammes of silver
67 robes for priests


1 Chr 9.2
Neh 11.3
The priests, the Levites, the temple guards, the musicians, many of the ordinary people, the temple workmen — all the people of Israel — settled in the towns and cities of Judah.