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Ezra 2Easy-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.


  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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