2 These were the people in the province. They were the ones who left the place where the exiles had been taken captive. (King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had taken them to Babylon.) These exiles returned to Jerusalem and Judah. All of them went to their own cities. 2 They went with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.
Families Listed by Ancestor
This is the number of Israelite men from the people in exile:
3 the descendants of Parosh
4 of Shephatiah
5 of Arah
6 of Pahath Moab, that is, of Jeshua and Joab
7 of Elam
8 of Zattu
9 of Zaccai
10 of Bani
11 of Bebai
12 of Azgad
13 of Adonikam
14 of Bigvai
15 of Adin
16 of Ater, that is, Hezekiah
17 of Bezai
18 of Jorah
19 of Hashum
20 of Gibbar
Families Listed by Cities
21 The people of Bethlehem
22 of Netophah
23 of Anathoth
24 of Azmaveth
25 of Kiriath Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth
26 of Ramah and Geba
27 of Michmas
28 of Bethel and Ai
29 of Nebo
30 of Magbish
31 of the other Elam
32 of Harim
33 of Lod, Hadid, and Ono
34 of Jericho
35 of Senaah
36 These priests returned from exile:
the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua)
37 of Immer
38 of Pashhur
39 of Harim
40 These Levites returned from exile:
the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel, that is, of Hodaviah
41 These singers returned from exile:
the descendants of Asaph
42 These gatekeepers returned from exile:
the descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai
43 These temple servants returned from exile: 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.
Descendants of Solomon’s Servants
55 These descendants of Solomon’s servants returned from exile: the descendants of Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda, 56 Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel, 57 Shephatiah, Hattil, Pochereth Hazzebaim, and Ami.
58 The temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants totaled 392.
Those of Unknown Origin
59 The following people came from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, but they couldn’t prove they were Israelites on the basis of their father’s family or their genealogy: 60 the descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda. These people totaled 652.
61 These descendants of the priests couldn’t prove their families were Israelites: the descendants of Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai (who had married one of the daughters of Barzillai from Gilead and took that family name). 62 These people searched for their family names in the genealogical records, but their names couldn’t be found there. For this reason they were considered contaminated and couldn’t be priests. 63 The governor told them not to eat any of the most holy food until a priest could use the Urim and Thummim[a]to settle the problem.
The Total of the People and Animals Returning from Exile
64 The whole assembly totaled 42,360. 65 In addition to the male and female servants who numbered 7,337, they also had 200 male and female singers. 66 They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 67 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.
Gifts Given for the Temple
68 When some of the heads of the families came to the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem, they contributed freewill offerings to help rebuild God’s temple on its former site. 69 They contributed as much as they could to the treasury for this work: 1,030 pounds of gold, 5,740 pounds of silver, and 100 robes for the priests.
70 The priests, the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants settled in their own cities. All the other Israelites settled in their own cities.
Ezra 2:63The Urim and Thummim were used by the chief priest to determine God’s answer to questions.
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