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Ezra 2Good News Translation (GNT)

The List of Those Who Returned from Exile

Many of the exiles left the province of Babylon and returned to Jerusalem and Judah, all to their own hometowns. Their families had been living in exile in Babylonia ever since King Nebuchadnezzar had taken them there as prisoners. Their leaders were Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.

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

  • 3-20 Parosh - 2,172
  • Shephatiah - 372
  • Arah - 775
  • Pahath Moab (descendants of Jeshua and Joab) - 2,812
  • Elam - 1,254
  • Zattu - 945
  • Zaccai - 760
  • Bani - 642
  • Bebai - 623
  • Azgad - 1,222
  • Adonikam - 666
  • Bigvai - 2,056
  • Adin - 454
  • Ater (also called Hezekiah) - 98
  • Bezai - 323
  • Jorah - 112
  • Hashum - 223
  • Gibbar - 95

21-35 People whose ancestors had lived in the following towns also returned:

  • Bethlehem - 123
  • Netophah - 56
  • Anathoth - 128
  • Azmaveth - 42
  • Kiriath Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth - 743
  • Ramah and Geba - 621
  • Michmash - 122
  • Bethel and Ai - 223
  • Nebo - 52
  • Magbish - 156
  • The other Elam - 1,254
  • Harim - 320
  • Lod, Hadid, and Ono - 725
  • Jericho - 345
  • Senaah - 3,630

36-39 This 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

40-42 Clans of Levites who returned from exile:

  • Jeshua and Kadmiel (descendants of Hodaviah) - 74
  • Temple musicians (descendants of Asaph) - 128
  • Temple guards (descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai) - 139

43-54 Clans of Temple workers who returned from exile:

  • Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
  • Keros, Siaha, Padon,
  • Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,
  • Hagab, Shamlai, Hanan,
  • Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,
  • Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,
  • Uzza, Paseah, Besai,
  • Asnah, Meunim, Nephisim,
  • Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
  • Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
  • Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
  • Neziah, and Hatipha

55-57 Clans of Solomon's servants who returned from exile:

  • Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
  • Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,
  • Shephatiah, Hattil, Pochereth Hazzebaim, and Ami

58 The total number of descendants of the Temple workers and of Solomon's servants who returned from exile was 392.

59-60 There were 652 belonging to the clans of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda who returned from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer; but they could not prove that they were descendants of Israelites.

61-62 The following priestly clans could find no record to prove their ancestry: Habaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai. (The ancestor of the priestly clan of Barzillai had married a woman from the clan of Barzillai of Gilead and had 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. 63 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.[a]

  • 64-67 Total number of exiles who returned - 42,360
  • Their male and female servants - 7,337
  • Male and female musicians - 200
  • Horses - 736
  • Mules - 245
  • Camels - 435
  • Donkeys - 6,720

68 When the exiles arrived at the Lord's Temple in Jerusalem, some of the leaders of the clans gave freewill offerings to help rebuild the Temple on its old site. 69 They gave as much as they could for this work, and the total came to 1,030 pounds of gold, 5,740 pounds of silver, and 100 robes for priests.

70 The priests, the Levites, and some of the people settled in or near Jerusalem;[b] the musicians, the Temple guards, and the Temple workers settled in nearby towns; and the rest of the Israelites settled in the towns where their ancestors had lived.


  1. Ezra 2:63 Two objects used by the priest to determine God's will; it is not known precisely how they were used.
  2. Ezra 2:70 One ancient translation in or near Jerusalem; Hebrew does not have these words.
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Ezra 2New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

List of the Returned Exiles

Now these were the people of the province who came from those captive exiles whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia; they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, all to their own towns. They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.

The number of the Israelite people: the descendants of Parosh, two thousand one hundred seventy-two. Of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy-two. Of Arah, seven hundred seventy-five. Of Pahath-moab, namely the descendants of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred twelve. Of Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty-four. Of Zattu, nine hundred forty-five. Of Zaccai, seven hundred sixty. 10 Of Bani, six hundred forty-two. 11 Of Bebai, six hundred twenty-three. 12 Of Azgad, one thousand two hundred twenty-two. 13 Of Adonikam, six hundred sixty-six. 14 Of Bigvai, two thousand fifty-six. 15 Of Adin, four hundred fifty-four. 16 Of Ater, namely of Hezekiah, ninety-eight. 17 Of Bezai, three hundred twenty-three. 18 Of Jorah, one hundred twelve. 19 Of Hashum, two hundred twenty-three. 20 Of Gibbar, ninety-five. 21 Of Bethlehem, one hundred twenty-three. 22 The people of Netophah, fifty-six. 23 Of Anathoth, one hundred twenty-eight. 24 The descendants of Azmaveth, forty-two. 25 Of Kiriatharim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty-three. 26 Of Ramah and Geba, six hundred twenty-one. 27 The people of Michmas, one hundred twenty-two. 28 Of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty-three. 29 The descendants of Nebo, fifty-two. 30 Of Magbish, one hundred fifty-six. 31 Of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty-four. 32 Of Harim, three hundred twenty. 33 Of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty-five. 34 Of Jericho, three hundred forty-five. 35 Of Senaah, three thousand six hundred thirty.

36 The priests: the descendants of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy-three. 37 Of Immer, one thousand fifty-two. 38 Of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred forty-seven. 39 Of Harim, one thousand seventeen.

40 The Levites: the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the descendants of Hodaviah, seventy-four. 41 The singers: the descendants of Asaph, one hundred twenty-eight. 42 The descendants of the gatekeepers: of Shallum, of Ater, of Talmon, of Akkub, of Hatita, and of Shobai, in all one hundred thirty-nine.

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

55 The descendants of Solomon’s servants: Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda, 56 Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel, 57 Shephatiah, Hattil, Pochereth-hazzebaim, and Ami.

58 All the temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants were three hundred ninety-two.

59 The following were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, though they could not prove their families or their descent, whether they belonged to Israel: 60 the descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda, six hundred fifty-two. 61 Also, of the descendants of the priests: the descendants of Habaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai (who had married one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name). 62 These looked for their entries in the genealogical records, but they were not found there, and so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean; 63 the governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food, until there should be a priest to consult Urim and Thummim.

64 The whole assembly together was forty-two thousand three hundred sixty, 65 besides their male and female servants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty-seven; and they had two hundred male and female singers. 66 They had seven hundred thirty-six horses, two hundred forty-five mules, 67 four hundred thirty-five camels, and six thousand seven hundred twenty donkeys.

68 As soon as they came to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the heads of families made freewill offerings for the house of God, to erect it on its site. 69 According to their resources they gave to the building fund sixty-one thousand darics of gold, five thousand minas of silver, and one hundred priestly robes.

70 The priests, the Levites, and some of the people lived in Jerusalem and its vicinity;[a] and the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants lived in their towns, and all Israel in their towns.


  1. Ezra 2:70 1 Esdras 5.46: Heb lacks lived in Jerusalem and its vicinity
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Ezra 2Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Here is a list of the people of the province who had been exiled, carried off to Bavel by N’vukhadnetzar king of Bavel, but who later returned from exile and went up to Yerushalayim and Y’hudah, each to his own city; they went with Z’rubavel, Yeshua, Nechemyah, S’rayah, Re‘elyah, Mordekhai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rechum and Ba‘anah.

The number of men from the people of Isra’el:

descendants of Par‘osh2,172
descendants of Sh’fatyah372
descendants of Arach775
descendants of Pachat-Mo’av,
from the descendants of Yeshua and Yo’av2,812
descendants of ‘Eilam1,254
descendants of Zatu945
descendants of Zakkai760
10 descendants of Bani642
11 descendants of B’vai623
12 descendants of ‘Azgad1,222
13 descendants of Adonikam666
14 descendants of Bigvai2,056
15 descendants of ‘Adin454
16 descendants of Ater, of Y’chizkiyah98
17 descendants of Betzai323
18 descendants of Yorah112
19 descendants of Hashum223
20 descendants of Gibbar95
21 descendants of Beit-Lechem123
22 people of N’tofah56
23 people of ‘Anatot128
24 descendants of ‘Azmavet42
25 descendants of Kiryat-‘Arim, K’firah and Be’erot743
26 descendants of Ramah and Geva621
27 people of Mikhmas122
28 people of Beit-El and ‘Ai223
29 descendants of N’vo52
30 descendants of Magbish156
31 descendants of the other ‘Eilam1,254
32 descendants of Harim320
33 descendants of Lod, Hadid and Ono725
34 descendants of Yericho345
35 descendants of S’na’ah3,630
36 The cohanim:
descendants of Y’da‘yah, of the house of Yeshua973
37 descendants of Immer1,052
38 descendants of Pash’chur1,247
39 descendants of Harim1,017
40 The L’vi’im:
descendants of Yeshua and Kadmi’el,
of the descendants of Hodavyah74
41 The singers:
descendants of Asaf128
42 The descendants of the gatekeepers:
descendants of Shalum,
descendants of Ater,
descendants of Talmon,
descendants of ‘Akuv,
descendants of Hatita, and
descendants of Shovai —
in all,139
43 The temple servants:
descendants of Tzicha,
descendants of Hasufa,
descendants of Taba‘ot,
44 descendants of Keros,
descendants of Sia‘ha
descendants of Padon,
45 descendants of L’vanah,
descendants of Hagavah,
descendants of ‘Akuv,
46 descendants of Hagav,
descendants of Salmai,
descendants of Hanan,
47 descendants of Giddel,
descendants of Gachar,
descendants of Re’ayah,
48 descendants of Retzin,
descendants of N’koda,
descendants of Gazam,
49 descendants of ‘Uza,
descendants of Paseach,
descendants of Besai,
50 descendants of Asnah,
descendants of Me‘unim,
descendants of N’fusim,
51 descendants of Bakbuk,
descendants of Hakufa,
descendants of Harhur,
52 descendants of Batzlut,
descendants of M’chida,
descendants of Harsha,
53 descendants of Barkos,
descendants of Sisra,
descendants of Temach,
54 descendants of N’tziach, and
descendants of Hatifa.
55 The descendants of Shlomo’s servants:
descendants of Sotai,
descendants of Hasoferet,
descendants of P’ruda,
56 descendants of Ya‘alah,
descendants of Darkon,
descendants of Giddel,
57 descendants of Sh’fatyah,
descendants of Hatil,
descendants of Pokheret-Hatzvayim, and
descendants of Ami.
58 All the temple servants and the
descendants of Shlomo’s servants numbered392

59 The following went up from Tel-Melach, Tel-Harsha, K’ruv, Adan and Immer; but they could not state which fathers’ clan they or their children belonged to, [so it was not clear] whether they were from Isra’el:

60 descendants of D’layah,
descendants of Toviyah, and
descendants of N’koda652

61 and of the descendants of the cohanim:

descendants of Havayah,
descendants of Hakotz, and
descendants of Barzillai, who took a wife from the
daughters of Barzillai the Gil‘adi and was named after them.

62 These tried to locate their genealogical records, but they weren’t found. Therefore they were considered defiled and were not allowed to serve as cohanim. 63 The Tirshata told them not to eat any of the especially holy food until a cohen appeared who could consult the urim and tumim.

64 The entire assembly numbered 42,360 — 65 not including their male and female slaves, of whom there were 7,337. They also had 200 male and female singers.

66 Their horses numbered 736; their mules, 245; 67 their camels, 435; and their donkeys, 6,720.

68 Some of the heads of fathers’ clans, when they came to the house of Adonai in Yerushalayim, made voluntary offerings for rebuilding the house of God on its site. 69 According to their means they gave into the treasury for the work 61,000 gold darkmonim [about two-thirds of a ton], 5,000 manim of silver [just over three tons], and a hundred tunics for the cohanim.

70 So the cohanim, the L’vi’im, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers and the temple servants lived in their towns and all Isra’el in their towns.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Ezra 2The Message (MSG)

1-58 These are the people from the province who now returned from the captivity, exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried off captive. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his hometown. They came in company with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.

The numbers of the returning Israelites by families of origin were as follows:

Parosh, 2,172
Shephatiah, 372
Arah, 775
Pahath-Moab (sons of Jeshua and Joab), 2,812
Elam, 1,254
Zattu, 945
Zaccai, 760
Bani, 642
Bebai, 623
Azgad, 1,222
Adonikam, 666
Bigvai, 2,056
Adin, 454
Ater (sons of Hezekiah), 98
Bezai, 323
Jorah, 112
Hashum, 223
Gibbar, 95.

Israelites identified by place of origin were as follows:

Bethlehem, 123
Netophah, 56
Anathoth, 128
Azmaveth, 42
Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah, and Beeroth, 743
Ramah and Geba, 621
Micmash, 122
Bethel and Ai, 223
Nebo, 52
Magbish, 156
Elam (the other one), 1,254
Harim, 320
Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 725
Jericho, 345
Senaah, 3,630.

Priestly families:

Jedaiah (sons of Jeshua), 973
Immer, 1,052
Pashhur, 1,247
Harim, 1,017.

Levitical families:

Jeshua and Kadmiel (sons of Hodaviah), 74.


Asaph’s family line, 128.

Security guard families:

Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai, 139.

Families of temple support staff:

Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
Keros, Siaha, Padon,
Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,
Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan,
Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,
Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,
Uzza, Paseah, Besai,
Asnah, Meunim, Nephussim,
Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
Neziah, and Hatipha.

Families of Solomon’s servants:

Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-Hazzebaim, and Ami.

Temple support staff and Solomon’s servants added up to 392.

59-60 These are those who came from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer. They weren’t able to prove their ancestry, whether they were true Israelites or not:

61 Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda, 652 in all.

Likewise with these priestly families:

Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai, who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and took that name.

62-63 They had thoroughly searched for their family records but couldn’t find them. And so they were barred from priestly work as ritually unclean. The governor ruled that they could not eat from the holy food until a priest could determine their status with the Urim and Thummim.

64-67 The total count for the congregation was 42,360. That did not include the male and female slaves, which numbered 7,337. There were also 200 male and female singers, and they had 736 horses, 245 mules, 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.

68-69 Some of the heads of families, on arriving at The Temple of God in Jerusalem, made Freewill-Offerings toward the rebuilding of The Temple of God on its site. They gave to the building fund as they were able, about 1,100 pounds of gold, about three tons of silver, and 100 priestly robes.

70 The priests, Levites, and some of the people lived in Jerusalem. The singers, security guards, and temple support staff found places in their hometowns. All the Israelites found a place to live.

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