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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Nehemiah 7:1-73

7  And it came about that, as soon as the wall had been rebuilt,+ I at once set up the doors.+ Then there were appointed the gatekeepers+ and the singers+ and the Levites.+  And I went on to put in command of Jerusalem Ha·naʹni+ my brother and Han·a·niʹah the prince of the Castle,+ for he was such a trustworthy+ man* and feared+ the [true] God more than many others.  So I* said to them: “The gates+ of Jerusalem should not be opened until the sun gets hot; and while they are standing by they should shut the doors and bolt [them].+ And station* guards of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, each one at his own guardpost and each one in front of his own house.”+  Now the city was wide* and great, and there were few people inside it,+ and there were no houses built.  But my God put [it] into my heart+ that I should collect together the nobles and the deputy rulers and the people to get themselves enrolled genealogically.+ Then I found the book of genealogical enrollment+ of those who came up at the first, and found written in it:  These are the sons of the jurisdictional district*+ who came up out of the captivity+ of the exiled people whom Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar+ the king of Babylon* had taken into exile+ and who later returned to Jerusalem and to Judah, each to his own city;+  those who came in with Ze·rubʹba·bel,+ Jeshʹu·a,*+ Ne·he·miʹah, Az·a·riʹah,* Ra·a·miʹah,* Na·hamʹa·ni, Morʹde·cai,+ Bilʹshan, Misʹpe·reth,* Bigʹvai, Neʹhum,* Baʹa·nah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:  The sons of Paʹrosh,+ two thousand one hundred and seventy-two;  the sons of Sheph·a·tiʹah,+ three hundred and seventy-two; 10  the sons of Aʹrah,+ six hundred and fifty-two; 11  the sons of Paʹhath-moʹab,+ of the sons of Jeshʹu·a and Joʹab,+ two thousand eight hundred and eighteen; 12  the sons of Eʹlam,+ a thousand two hundred and fifty-four; 13  the sons of Zatʹtu,+ eight hundred and forty-five; 14  the sons of Zacʹcai,+ seven hundred and sixty; 15  the sons of Binʹnu·i,+ six hundred and forty-eight; 16  the sons of Beʹbai,+ six hundred and twenty-eight; 17  the sons of Azʹgad,+ two thousand three hundred and twenty-two; 18  the sons of Ad·o·niʹkam,+ six hundred and sixty-seven; 19  the sons of Bigʹvai,+ two thousand and sixty-seven; 20  the sons of Aʹdin,+ six hundred and fifty-five; 21  the sons of Aʹter,+ of Hez·e·kiʹah, ninety-eight; 22  the sons of Haʹshum,+ three hundred and twenty-eight; 23  the sons of Beʹzai,+ three hundred and twenty-four; 24  the sons of Haʹriph,+ a hundred and twelve; 25  the sons of Gibʹe·on,+ ninety-five; 26  the men of Bethʹle·hem+ and Ne·toʹphah,+ a hundred and eighty-eight; 27  the men of Anʹa·thoth,+ a hundred and twenty-eight; 28  the men of Beth-azʹma·veth,+ forty-two; 29  the men of Kirʹi·ath-jeʹa·rim,+ Che·phiʹrah+ and Be·erʹoth,+ seven hundred and forty-three; 30  the men of Raʹmah+ and Geʹba,+ six hundred and twenty-one; 31  the men of Michʹmas,+ a hundred and twenty-two; 32  the men of Bethʹel+ and Aʹi,+ a hundred and twenty-three; 33  the men of the other Neʹbo,+ fifty-two; 34  the sons of the other Eʹlam,+ a thousand two hundred and fifty-four; 35  the sons of Haʹrim,+ three hundred and twenty; 36  the sons of Jerʹi·cho,+ three hundred and forty-five; 37  the sons of Lod,+ Haʹdid+ and Oʹno,+ seven hundred and twenty-one; 38  the sons of Se·naʹah,+ three thousand nine hundred and thirty. 39  The priests: The sons of Je·daʹiah+ of the house of Jeshʹu·a, nine hundred and seventy-three; 40  the sons of Imʹmer,+ a thousand and fifty-two; 41  the sons of Pashʹhur,+ a thousand two hundred and forty-seven; 42  the sons of Haʹrim,+ a thousand and seventeen. 43  The Levites: The sons of Jeshʹu·a, of Kadʹmi·el,+ of the sons of Hoʹde·vah,+ seventy-four. 44  The singers,+ the sons of Aʹsaph,+ a hundred and forty-eight. 45  The gatekeepers,+ the sons of Shalʹlum,+ the sons of Aʹter, the sons of Talʹmon,+ the sons of Akʹkub,+ the sons of Ha·tiʹta, the sons of Shoʹbai,+ a hundred and thirty-eight. 46  The Nethʹi·nim:*+ The sons of Ziʹha, the sons of Ha·suʹpha, the sons of Tab·baʹoth,+ 47  the sons of Keʹros, the sons of Siʹa,* the sons of Paʹdon,+ 48  the sons of Le·baʹnah, the sons of Hagʹa·bah,+ the sons of Salʹmai, 49  the sons of Haʹnan,+ the sons of Gidʹdel, the sons of Gaʹhar, 50  the sons of Re·aʹiah,+ the sons of Reʹzin,+ the sons of Ne·koʹda, 51  the sons of Gazʹzam, the sons of Uzʹza, the sons of Pa·seʹah, 52  the sons of Beʹsai,+ the sons of Me·uʹnim, the sons of Ne·phushʹe·sim,*+ 53  the sons of Bakʹbuk, the sons of Ha·kuʹpha, the sons of Harʹhur,+ 54  the sons of Bazʹlith,* the sons of Me·hiʹda, the sons of Harʹsha,+ 55  the sons of Barʹkos, the sons of Sisʹe·ra, the sons of Teʹmah,+ 56  the sons of Ne·ziʹah, the sons of Ha·tiʹpha.+ 57  The sons of the servants of Solʹo·mon:+ The sons of Soʹtai, the sons of So·pheʹreth, the sons of Pe·riʹda,*+ 58  the sons of Jaʹa·la, the sons of Darʹkon, the sons of Gidʹdel,+ 59  the sons of Sheph·a·tiʹah, the sons of Hatʹtil, the sons of Poʹche·reth-haz·ze·baʹim, the sons of Aʹmon.*+ 60  All the Nethʹi·nim+ and the sons of the servants of Solʹo·mon were three hundred and ninety-two. 61  And these were the ones going up from Tel-meʹlah, Tel-harʹsha, Cheʹrub, Adʹdon and Imʹmer,+ and they were not able to tell the house of their fathers and their origin,* whether they were of Israel: 62  the sons of De·laʹiah, the sons of To·biʹah, the sons of Ne·koʹda,+ six hundred and forty-two. 63  And of the priests:+ the sons of Ha·baiʹah, the sons of Hakʹkoz,+ the sons of Bar·zilʹlai,+ who took a wife from the daughters of Bar·zilʹlai+ the Gilʹe·ad·ite and came to be called by their name. 64  These were the ones that looked for their register, to establish their genealogy publicly, and it was not found,+ so that they were barred as polluted from the priesthood.+ 65  Consequently the Tir·shaʹtha*+ said to them that they should not eat+ from the most holy things until the priest with Uʹrim+ and Thumʹmim+ stood up. 66  The entire congregation as one group was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty,+ 67  apart from their men slaves+ and their slave girls, these being seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven;+ and they had two hundred and forty-five* male+ singers and female+ singers. [ 68  Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules two hundred and forty-five.]*+ 69  The camels were four hundred and thirty-five. The asses+ were six thousand seven hundred and twenty.+ 70  And there was a part of the heads+ of the paternal+ houses that gave to the work.+ The Tir·shaʹtha+ himself gave to the treasure a thousand gold drachmas,* fifty bowls, five hundred and thirty priests’ robes.+ 71  And there were some of the heads of the paternal houses that gave to the treasure for the work twenty thousand gold drachmas and two thousand two hundred silver miʹnas.*+ 72  And what the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand gold drachmas and two thousand silver miʹnas and sixty-seven priests’ robes. 73  And the priests+ and the Levites and the gatekeepers and the singers+ and some of the people and the Nethʹi·nim+ and all Israel took up dwelling in their cities.+ When the seventh month arrived,+ the sons of Israel were then in their cities.+


Or, “a man of truth.”
“I,” MmarginLXXSyVg; M, “he.” Compare 5:9 ftn.
“Station,” MLXX; Vg and one Heb. ms, “I stationed.”
Lit., “wide on both sides,” that is, spacious.
“Jurisdictional district.” Lat., pro·vinʹci·ae.
“Babylon,” LXXVg; MSy, “Babel.”
“Jesus,” LXX.
“Seraiah” in Ezr 2:2.
“Reelaiah” in Ezr 2:2.
“Mispar” in Ezr 2:2.
“Rehum” in Ezr 2:2.
Or, “The temple slaves.” Lit., “The given ones.” Compare Nu 3:9 ftn.
“Siaha” in Ezr 2:44.
“Nephusim” in Ezr 2:50.
“Bazluth” in Ezr 2:52.
“Peruda” in Ezr 2:55.
“Ami” in Ezr 2:57.
Lit., “seed.”
The Persian title for a governor of a jurisdictional district.
“Two hundred” in Ezr 2:65.
LXXVgc and some Heb. mss add the bracketed portion in agreement with Ezr 2:66.
A drachma was generally equated with the Persian gold daric that weighed 8.4 g (0.27 oz t). Not the drachma of the Greek Scriptures. See App 8A.
A mina weighed 570 g (18.35 oz t). Not the mina of the Greek Scriptures.