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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The List Of The Exiles Who Returned




Nehemiah 7:1-73 NIV








1After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, 







the musicians and the Levites were appointed. 






2I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared GOD more than most people do. 3I said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened until the sun is hot. While the gatekeepers are still on duty, have them shut the doors and bar them. Also appoint residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some near their own houses.”






The List of the Exiles Who Returned






4Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt. 5So my GOD Put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return.


This is what I found written there:


6These are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town, 7in company with Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum and Baanah):






The list of the men of Israel:

8the descendants of Parosh
2,172
9of Shephatiah
372
10of Arah
652
11of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab)
2,818
12of Elam
1,254
13of Zattu
845
14of Zakkai
760
15of Binnui
648
16of Bebai
628
17of Azgad
2,322
18of Adonikam
667
19of Bigvai
2,067
20of Adin
655
21of Ater (through Hezekiah)
98
22of Hashum
328
23of Bezai
324
24of Hariph
112
25of Gibeon
95
26the men of Bethlehem and Netophah
188
27of Anathoth
128
28of Beth Azmaveth
42
29of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah and Beeroth
743
30of Ramah and Geba
621
31of Mikmash
122
32of Bethel and Ai
123
33of the other Nebo
52
34of the other Elam
1,254
35of Harim
320
36of Jericho
345
37of Lod, Hadid and Ono
721
38of Senaah
3,930

39The priests:

the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua)
973
40of Immer
1,052
41of Pashhur
1,247
42of Harim
1,017

43The Levites:

the descendants of Jeshua (through Kadmiel through the line of Hodaviah)
74

44The musicians:

the descendants of Asaph

148

45The gatekeepers:
the descendants of
Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita and Shobai

138

46The Temple servants:
the descendants of
Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
47Keros, Sia, Padon,
48Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai,
49Hanan, Giddel, Gahar,
50Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda,
51Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,
52Besai, Meunim, Nephusim,
53Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
54Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
55Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
56Neziah and Hatipha


57The descendants of the servants of Solomon:

the descendants of
Sotai, Sophereth, Perida,
58Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
59Shephatiah, Hattil,
Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Amon
60The Temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon
392


61The following came up from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon and Immer, but they could not show that their families were descended from Israel:

62the descendants of
Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda
642




63And from among the priests:

the descendants of
Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai (a man who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by that name).


64These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 65The governor, therefore, ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there should be a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.


66The whole company numbered 42,360, 67besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 245 male and female singers. 68There were 736 horses, 245 mules,a 69435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.


70Some of the heads of the families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 daricsb of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests. 71Some of the heads of the families gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 daricsc of gold and 2,200 minasd of silver. 72The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minase of silver and 67 garments for priests.


73The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the temple servants, along with certain of the people and the rest of the Israelites, settled in their own towns.





Ezra Reads the Law



When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns,









Nehemiah 7





Nehemiah, having finished the wall, returned to the Persian court, and came to Jerusalem again with a new commission. The public safety depends on every one's care to guard himself and his family against sin, enemy. Nehemiah knew that the safety of a city, under GOD, depends more upon the inhabitants than upon its walls.


Every good gift and every good work are from above. GOD Gives knowledge, HE Gives Grace; all is of HIM, and therefore all must be to HIM. What is done by human prudence must be ascribed to the direction of Divine Providence.


But woe to those who turn back From The LORD, loving this present world! And blessed are those who dedicate themselves, and their substance, to His Service and Glory!





Amen.










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