Old Testament

Nehemiah 7
Gatekeepers Are Appointed for the City
71When the wall had been built and I had installed the doors, and when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, 2I placed my brother Hanani along with Hananiah, the commander of the citadel, in charge of Jerusalem, because he was a trustworthy man and feared God more than many. 3I[] said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem should not be left open until the heat of the day, but while the guards are still on duty, they are to shut the doors and secure them. Appoint guards from the residents of Jerusalem, some at their guard posts and some in front of their houses.”
Repopulating the City
4Now the city was wide open and spacious, but there were few people in it, and no houses were being built. 5So my God placed into my heart a plan to gather the nobles, the officials, and the people so they could be enrolled by genealogy. I found the genealogical record of those who were the first to come up from Babylon, and I found this written in it:
6These are the men[] of the province who went up from the captivity of the exiles, whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had exiled. They returned to Jerusalem and to Judah, each man to his city. 7These were the people who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Ra'amiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Ba'anah.[]
This was the number of men from the people of Israel:
8the male descendants[] of Parosh: 2,172
9the male descendants of Shephatiah: 372
10the male descendants of Arah: 652
11the male descendants of Pahath Moab
through the descendants of Jeshua and Joab: 2,818
12the male descendants of Elam: 1,254
13the male descendants of Zattu: 845
14the male descendants of Zakkai: 760
15the male descendants of Binnui: 648
16the male descendants of Bebai: 628
17the male descendants of Azgad: 2,322
18the male descendants of Adonikam: 667
19the male descendants of Bigvai: 2,067
20the male descendants of Adin: 655
21the male descendants of Ater through Hezekiah: 98
22the male descendants of Hashum: 328
23the male descendants of Bezai: 324
24the male descendants of Hariph: 112
25the citizens[] of Gibeon: 95
26the men of Bethlehem and Netophah: 188
27the men of Anathoth: 128
28the men of Beth Azmaveth: 42
29the men of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah, and Be'eroth: 743
30the men of Ramah and Geba: 621
31the men of Mikmash: 122
32the men of Bethel and Ai: 123
33the men of the other Nebo: 52
34the citizens of the other Elam: 1,254
35the citizens of Harim: 320
36the citizens of Jericho: 345
37the citizens of Lod, Hadid, and Ono: 721
38the citizens of Sena'ah: 3,930
39The priests:
the descendants of Jedaiah
through the house of Jeshua: 973
40the descendants of Immer: 1,052
41the descendants of Pashhur: 1,247
42the descendants of Harim: 1,017
43The Levites:
the descendants of Jeshua through Kadmiel through the descendants of Hodaviah: 74
44the singers from the descendants of Asaph: 148
45the gatekeepers from the descendants of Shallum, the descendants of Ater, the descendants of Talmon, the descendants of Akkub, the descendants of Hatita, and the descendants of Shobai: 138.
46The temple servants:
the descendants of Ziha, the descendants of Hasupha,
the descendants of Tabbaoth, 47the descendants of Keros,
the descendants of Sia, the descendants of Padon,
48the descendants of Lebanah, the descendants of Hagabah,[]
the descendants of Shalmai,[] 49the descendants of Hanan,
the descendants of Giddel, the descendants of Gahar,
50the descendants of Reaiah, the descendants of Rezin,
the descendants of Nekoda, 51the descendants of Gazzam,
the descendants of Uzza, the descendants of Paseah,
52the descendants of Besai,[] the descendants of Meunim,
the descendants of Nephisim,[] 53the descendants of Bakbuk,
the descendants of Hakupha, the descendants of Harhur,
54the descendants of Bazlith, the descendants of Mehida,
the descendants of Harsha, 55the descendants of Barkos,
the descendants of Sisera, the descendants of Temah,
56the descendants of Neziah, and the descendants of Hatipha.
57The descendants of the servants of Solomon:
the descendants of Sotai, the descendants of Sophereth,
the descendants of Perida, 58the descendents of Ja'alah,
the descendants of Darkon, the descendants of Giddel,
59the descendants of Shephatiah, the descendants of Hattil,
the descendants of Pokereth Hazzebaim, the descendants of Amon.
60The total of the temple servants and the descendants of Solomon's servants was 392.
61The following are the people who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer. They were not to prove their ancestry or descent—whether they were from Israel:
62the descendants of Delaiah, the descendants of Tobiah, the descendants of Nekoda: 642,
63and from the priests: the descendants of Habaiah, the descendants of Hakkoz, the descendants of Barzillai, that is, from a man who married one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and so was called by their name.
64These people searched for their genealogical records, but they could not find them, so they were disqualified from the priesthood. 65The governor told them that they should not eat from the most holy sacrifices until a priest would arise who could serve with Urim and Thummim.
66The entire assembly together totaled 42,360, 67not counting their male slaves and their female slaves, who numbered 7,337. They also had 245[] male and female singers. 68They had 736 horses, 245 mules,[] 69435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.
70Some of the heads of the families gave support for the work.
The governor gave to the treasury:
gold darics: 1,000
bowls: 50
garments for the priests: 530.
71Some of the heads of the families gave this to the treasury for the work:
gold darics: 20,000
silver minas: 2,200.[]
72What the rest of the people gave was this:
gold darics: 20,000
silver minas: 2,000
and garments for the priests: 67.
73The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, and the temple servants, that is, all Israel, settled in their cities.


  • 7:3 I is the reading in the margin of the Hebrew text. It is supported by ancient versions. The main Hebrew reading is he.
  • 7:6 Literally sons
  • 7:7 A number of the names in this list vary in form from the names in the parallel list in Ezra 2.
  • 7:8 Literally sons
  • 7:25 Literally sons
  • 7:48 At this point this list is missing two names that are present in Ezra 2:45–46: Akkub and Hagab.
  • 7:48 Variant Shamlai
  • 7:52 At this point the list in Nehemiah is missing a name present in Ezra 2:50: Asnah.
  • 7:52 Many of the names in these lists, including Nephusim, have variant spellings. The most common variant is between i and u, which look very much alike in some phases of Hebrew script.
  • 7:67 The corresponding number in Ezra 2:65 is 200.
  • 7:68 Many Hebrew manuscripts do not have the reference to horses and mules. Perhaps the repetition of the number 245 led the Hebrew copyist to accidently skip these words.
  • 7:71 Estimates of the weight of a mina vary widely, from twenty to thirty-five ounces.