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Ezra 2 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

The List of the Prisoners Who Returned

These are the people of the province who returned from captivity. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had taken these people as prisoners to Babylon. They now returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to their own town. These 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 who returned:

the descendants of Parosh 2172

the descendants of Shephatiah 372

the descendants of Arah 775

the descendants of Pahath Moab of the family of Jeshua and Joab 2812

the descendants of Elam 1254

the descendants of Zattu 945

the descendants of Zaccai 760

10 the descendants of Bani 642

11 the descendants of Bebai 623

12 the descendants of Azgad 1222

13 the descendants of Adonikam 666

14 the descendants of Bigvai 2056

15 the descendants of Adin 454

16 the descendants of Ater through the family of Hezekiah 98

17 the descendants of Bezai 323

18 the descendants of Jorah 112

19 the descendants of Hashum 223

20 the descendants of Gibbar 95

21 from the town of Bethlehem 123

22 from the town of Netophah 56

23 from the town of Anathoth 128

24 from the town of Azmaveth 42

25 from the towns of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth 743

26 from the towns of Ramah and Geba 621

27 from the town of Micmash 122

28 from the towns of Bethel and Ai 223

29 from the town of Nebo 52

30 from the town of Magbish 156

31 from the other town named Elam 1254

32 from the town of Harim 320

33 from the towns of Lod, Hadid, and Ono 725

34 from the town of Jericho 345

35 from the town of Senaah 3630

36 These are the priests:

the descendants of Jedaiah through the family of Jeshua 973

37 the descendants of Immer 1052

38 the descendants of Pashhur 1247

39 the descendants of Harim 1017

40 These are the people from the tribe of Levi:

the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel through the family of Hodaviah 74

41 These are the singers:

the descendants of Asaph 128

42 These are the descendants of the Temple gatekeepers:

the descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai 139

43 These are the descendants of the special Temple servants:

Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,

44 Keros, Siaha, Padon,

45 Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,

46 Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan,

47 Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,

48 Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,

49 Uzza, Paseah, Besai,

50 Asnah, Meunim, Nephussim,

51 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,

52 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,

53 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,

54 Neziah, and Hatipha.

55 These are the descendants of Solomon’s servants:

Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,

56 Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,

57 Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth Hazzebaim, and Ami,

58 the Temple servants and descendants of Solomon’s servants 392

59 Some people came to Jerusalem from the 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:

60 the descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda 652

61 From the family of priests there were descendants of

Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai. (If a man married a daughter of Barzillai from Gilead, he was counted as a descendant of Barzillai.)

62 These 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. 63 The governor ordered them not to eat any of the holy food until there was a priest who could use the Urim and Thummim to ask God what to do.

64-65 All together, there were 42,360 people in the group who came back. This is not counting their 7337 men and women slaves. They also had 200 men and women singers with them. 66-67 They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 435 camels, and 6720 donkeys.

68 When the group arrived at the place in Jerusalem where the Lord’s Temple had been, the family leaders gave their gifts for building this house of God again. They wanted to build it in this same place. 69 They gave as much as they were able. These are the things they gave for building the Temple: 1100 pounds[a] of gold, about 4 tons[b] of silver, and 100 coats that priests wear.

70 So 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 Israelites settled in their own hometowns.

Footnotes:

  1. Ezra 2:69 1100 pounds Literally, “61,000 drachmas” (about 526 kg).
  2. Ezra 2:69 about 4 tons Literally, “5000 minas” (3450 kg).
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Ezra 2 New International Version (NIV)

The List of the Exiles Who Returned

Now these are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive to Babylon (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to their own town, in company with Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah):

The list of the men of the people of Israel:

the descendants of Parosh2,172
of Shephatiah372
of Arah775
of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab)2,812
of Elam1,254
of Zattu945
of Zakkai760
10 of Bani642
11 of Bebai623
12 of Azgad1,222
13 of Adonikam666
14 of Bigvai2,056
15 of Adin454
16 of Ater (through Hezekiah)98
17 of Bezai323
18 of Jorah112
19 of Hashum223
20 of Gibbar95
21 the men of Bethlehem123
22 of Netophah56
23 of Anathoth128
24 of Azmaveth42
25 of Kiriath Jearim,[a] Kephirah and Beeroth743
26 of Ramah and Geba621
27 of Mikmash122
28 of Bethel and Ai223
29 of Nebo52
30 of Magbish156
31 of the other Elam1,254
32 of Harim320
33 of Lod, Hadid and Ono725
34 of Jericho345
35 of Senaah3,630

36 The priests:

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

40 The Levites:

the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel (of the line of Hodaviah)74

41 The musicians:

the descendants of Asaph128

42 The gatekeepers of the temple:

the descendants of
Shallum, Ater, Talmon,
Akkub, Hatita and Shobai139

43 The temple servants:

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

55 The descendants of the servants of Solomon:

the descendants of
Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
56 Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
57 Shephatiah, Hattil,
Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Ami
58 The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon392

59 The following came up from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon and Immer, but they could not show that their families were descended from Israel:

60 The descendants of
Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda652

61 And from among the priests:

The descendants of
Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai (a man who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by that name).

62 These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 63 The governor ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there was a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.

64 The whole company numbered 42,360, 65 besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 200 male and female singers. 66 They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 67 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.

68 When they arrived at the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site. 69 According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 darics[b] of gold, 5,000 minas[c] of silver and 100 priestly garments.

70 The priests, the Levites, the musicians, the gatekeepers and the temple servants settled in their own towns, along with some of the other people, and the rest of the Israelites settled in their towns.

Footnotes:

  1. Ezra 2:25 See Septuagint (see also Neh. 7:29); Hebrew Kiriath Arim.
  2. Ezra 2:69 That is, about 1,100 pounds or about 500 kilograms
  3. Ezra 2:69 That is, about 3 tons or about 2.8 metric tons
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