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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Nehemiah 7:1-73

7*  And when the wall was built and I had hung the gates, and the gatemen and singers and Levites were posted, 2  I commissioned over Jerusalem my brother Hanani and Hananiah the commandant of the citadel; for he had the standing of a loyal and an especially God-fearing man. 3*  And I said to them “The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened till the sun is hot, and while they are still at their posts they are to shut and fasten the gates; and set the inhabitants of Jerusalem on guard, each with his own guard duty and each opposite his own house.” 4  And the city was large and spacious, and the people within it few, and houses were not built; 5*  and my God gave me an idea, and I gathered the aristocrats and the magnates and the people for listing; and I found the record of the list of those who had come up at first, and I found written in it 6*  “These are the sons of the province, those who came up out of the serfdom of the deportees whom King Nebucadnessar of Babylon had deported to Babylon and came back to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his city, 7  who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshuaʽ, Nehemiah, Serajah, Raghamiah, Nahamani, Mordocai, Bishlan, Masparath, Bigvai, Rehum, Baʽanah. “The number of the men of the people of Israel: 8  the sons of Pareosh, twenty-one hundred and seventy-two; 9  the sons of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two; 10  the sons of Arah, seven hundred and seventy-five; 11**  the sons of Pahath Moab as regards the sons of Jeshuaʽ and Joab, twenty-eight hundred and twelve; 12  the sons of ʽElam, twelve hundred and fifty-four; 13  the sons of Zattu, nine hundred and forty-five; 14  the sons of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty; 15  the sons of Bani, six hundred and forty-two; 16  the sons of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-three; 17  the sons of ʽAzgad, twelve hundred and twenty-two; 18  the sons of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-six; 19  the sons of Bigvai, two thousand and fifty-six; 20  the sons of Ghadin, four hundred and fifty-four; 21  the sons of Ater on Hezekiah’s side, seventy-eight; 22  the sons of Hashum, two hundred and twenty-three; 23  the sons of Besai, three hundred and twenty-three; 24  the sons of Jorah, a hundred and twelve; 25  the sons of Gibbar, ninety-five; 26  the men of Bethlehem, a hundred and twenty-three; the men of Netophah, fifty-six; 27  the men of ʽAnathoth, a hundred and twenty-eight; 28  the men of Beth-ʽAzmaveth, forty-two; 29  the men of Kirjath-Jeʽarim, Kephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three; 30  the men of Ramah and Gebaʽ, six hundred and twenty-one; 31  the men of Micmas, a hundred and twenty-two; 32  the men of Bethel and the Ghai, two hundred and twenty-three; 33  the sons of Nebo, fifty-two; the sons of Magbish, a hundred and fifty-three; 34  the sons of the other ʽElam, twelve hundred and fifty-four; 35  the sons of Harim, three hundred and twenty; 36  the sons of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five; 37  the sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-five; 38  the sons of Senaah, thirty-six hundred and thirty. 39  “The priests: the sons of Jedaʽiah, of the family of Jeshuaʽ, nine hundred and seventy-three; 40  the sons of Immer, a thousand and fifty-two; 41  the sons of Pashhur, twelve hundred and forty-seven; 42  the sons of Harim, a thousand and seventeen. 43  “The Levites: the sons of Jeshuaʽ and Kadmiel, of the sons of Hodaviah, seventy-four. 44  “The singers: the sons of Asaph, a hundred and twenty-eight. 45  “The gatemen: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, total a hundred and thirty-nine. 46  “The temple servants: the sons of Siha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaʽoth, 47  the sons of Keros, the sons of Siʽaha, the sons of Padon, 48  the sons of Lebanah, the sons of Hagabah, the sons of ʽAkud, the sons of Hagab, the sons of Shalmai, 49  the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, 50  the sons of Reajah, the sons of Resin, the sons of Nekoda, 51  the sons of Gazzam, the sons of ʽUzza, the sons of Passah, 52  the sons of Besai, the sons of Asnah, the sons of Maʽani, the sons of Naphisi, 53  the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur, 54  the sons of Basluth, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha, 55  the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah, 56  the sons of Nesiah, the sons of Hatipha. 57  “The sons of Solomon’s servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of the Sophereth, the sons of Peruda, 58  the sons of Jaʽalah, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel, 59  the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pokereth Hassebajim, the sons of Amon. 60  Total of temple servants and sons of Solomon’s servants, three hundred and ninety-two. 61  “And these are those who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addan, Immer, and could not state their families and their blood, whether they belonged to Israel: 62  the sons of Delajah, the sons of Tobijah, the sons of Nekoda, six hundred and fifty-two. 63*  “And of the priests the sons of Habajah, the sons of Hakkos, the sons of Barzillai who married one of the descendants of Barzillai the Gileadite and took their name, 64  —the registrars looked for the record of these, and they were not to be found; and they were disqualified from priestly functions, 65**  and the Tarshata told them they were not to eat any of the holiest of the holy till there should stand a priest with the gift of Urim and Thummim. 66*  “The whole assembly as a unit came to forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty, 67  besides their slaves; of these, men and women, there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred singers, men and women. 68  And of their ponies there were seven hundred and thirty-six, of their mules two hundred and forty-five, 69  of their camels four hundred and thirty-five, of donkeys six thousand seven hundred and twenty. 70  7:69 “And some of the number of the heads of families gave for the work: the Tarshata gave to the treasury a thousand drachmas of gold, fifty bowls, five hundred and thirty priests’ tunics. 71  7:70 And some of the heads of families gave to the treasury of the work twenty thousand drachmas of gold and twenty-two hundred minas of silver. 72  7:71 And what the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand drachmas of gold and two thousand minas of silver, and sixty-seven priests’ tunics. 73  7:72 “And the priests and the Levites and part of the people settled in Jerusalem and in the country, and the singers and the gatemen and the temple servants in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.” And the seventh month drew on, with the sons of Israel in their cities,


7:1 Conj. and the gatemen were posted
7:3 Lit. while they are still standing they are to
7:5 Lit. my God put into my heart, and
7:6-68 Some of the names and numbers vary in different copies
7:11 Or of the governor of Moab
7:11 Var. Jeshuaʽ Joab Conj. Pahath Moab, (some number); the sons of Joab,
7:63 Var. one of the daughters of
7:65 Var. any of the holy things till
7:65 Lit. a priest for Urim and
7:66 Lit. was forty-two