Ezra 2:1-70

The list of the people who returned

1 These are the people who returned to Jerusalem and the other towns in Judah. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had brought them as prisoners to Babylon. Each person returned to his own town. 2 Their leaders were Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah. This is the number of Israelite men from each clan:

  • 3 2,172 descendants of Parosh.
  • 4 372 descendants of Shephatiah.
  • 5 775 descendants of Arah.
  • 6 2,812 descendants of Pahath Moab (from the families of Jeshua and Joab).
  • 7 1,254 descendants of Elam.
  • 8 945 descendants of Zattu.
  • 9 760 descendants of Zaccai.
  • 10 642 descendants of Bani.
  • 11 623 descendants of Bebai.
  • 12 1,222 descendants of Azgad.
  • 13 666 descendants of Adonikam.
  • 14 2,056 descendants of Bigvai.
  • 15 454 descendants of Adin.
  • 16 98 descendants of Ater (from Hezekiah's family).
  • 17 323 descendants of Bezai.
  • 18 112 descendants of Jorah.
  • 19 223 descendants of Hashum.
  • 20 95 descendants of Gibbar.
  • 21 123 men from Bethlehem.
  • 22 56 men from Netophah.
  • 23 128 men from Anathoth.
  • 24 42 men from Azmaveth.
  • 25 743 men from Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah and Beeroth.
  • 26 621 men from Ramah and Geba.
  • 27 122 men from Michmash.
  • 28 223 men from Bethel and Ai.
  • 29 52 men from Nebo.
  • 30 156 men from Magbish.
  • 31 1,254 men from the other town called Elam.
  • 32 320 men from Harim.
  • 33 725 men from Lod, Hadid and Ono.
  • 34 345 men from Jericho.
  • 35 3,630 men from Senaah.
  • 36 These were the priests:

  • 973 descendants of Jedaiah (from Jeshua's family).
  • 37 1,052 descendants of Immer.
  • 38 1,247 descendants of Pashhur.
  • 39 1,017 descendants of Harim.
  • 40 These were the Levites:

  • 74 descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel (from Hodaviah's family).
  • 41 The singers:

  • 128 descendants of Asaph.
  • 42 The guards for the temple gates:

  • 139 descendants of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita and Shobai.
  • 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, Nephussim,
  • 51 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
  • 52 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
  • 53 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
  • 54 Neziah and Hatipha.
  • 55 The descendants of King Solomon's servants:

  • the descendants of Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
  • 56 Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
  • 57 Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Ami.
  • 58 There were 392 men who were temple servants and the descendants of Solomon's servants.

    59 Some people came from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon and Immer. But these people could not show that they belonged to Israelite families. They may not have been descendants of Israel.

    2:59Jacob was the ancestor of all the Israelites. God gave him the name ‘Israel’.

    60 These people included 652 descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda.

    61 These priests also could not show what families they belonged to: The descendants of Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai. (This Barzillai had married one of the daughters of a man from Gilead called Barzillai. So he took Barzillai's name for himself.)

    62 These people tried to find their names in the lists of priests' families. But they could not find anything. So they could not serve as priests. 63 The officer in Judah said that they could not eat the priests' special food. They must wait until there was a leader of the priests who could use the Urim and Thummim to decide the right thing to do.

    2:63The Urim and Thummim were special stones. God used them to show the priests what he wanted.

    64 All together, 42,360 people returned to Jerusalem. 65 There were also 7,337 male and female servants, as well as 200 male and female singers.

    66 They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 67 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.

    2:67Horses, mules, camels and donkeys are all big animals that can carry people and heavy bags on their backs.

    68 They arrived at the Lord's temple in Jerusalem. Some of the leaders of their families gave gifts to build the temple again where it had been before. 69 They each gave as much money as they were able to give. Together they gave about 500 kilos of gold and nearly 3,000 kilos of silver. They also gave 100 special sets of clothes for the priests.

    70 The priests, the Levites, the singers, temple guards and other workers lived in their towns near Jerusalem. The other Israelites went to live in the towns where their ancestors had lived.