NEHEMIAH CHAPTER SEVEN

NEHEMIAH CHAPTER SEVEN

1 After the wall had been rebuilt and gates

Hung, then the temple guards, the

   singers, and

The other Levites were assigned their work.

2 I put my brother Hanani to run

Jerusalem, along with Hananiah,

Who was commander of the fortress, for

Hananiah was trustworthy, and he

Respected God more than most people did.

3 I said to them, “Don’t let the city gates

Be opened ‘til the sun has been up for

A while, and make sure they are

   closed and barred

Before the guards go off their shifts

   at sunset.

Choose people from Jerusalem to guard

At different places ‘round the wall

   and others

To stand guard close to their own houses.”

   4 Although

Jerusalem did cover much area,

Not many people lived there, and no new

Houses had been constructed,

   5-6 so God gave

Me the idea to assemble people,

Their leaders, and officials and to check

The family records of those who had come

Back from captivity in Babylonia,

After King Nebuchadnezzar had taken

Them there; about this same time,

   I found records

Of people who had been the first to come

Back to Jerusalem from Babylon

Province; I read these records and I learned

That they had settled in their hometowns, 7 and

that they had come with Zerubbabel, Joshua,

Nehemiah and Azariah, Nehum,

Raamiah, Nahamani and Bilshan,

Mordecai, Mispereth, Bigvai, and

Baanah. 8-25 Here’s how many had returned

From every family group: two thousand and

One hundred seventy-two from Parosh;

From Shephatiah were three hundred and

Seventy-two; six hundred fifty-two

From Arah; and two thousand

   and eight hundred

Eighteen from Pahath Moab, who were all

Descendants of Jeshua and from Joab;

One thousand and two hundred fifty-four

From Elam; and eight hundred forty-five  

From Zattu; seven hundred sixty from

Zaccai; and six hundred forty-eight

Out of Binnui; and six hundred twenty-

Eight from Bebai; and two thousand three

Hundred and twenty-two from Azgad; from

Adonikam: Six hundred sixty-seven;

From Bigvai: Two thousand sixty-seven;     

Six hundred fifty-five from Adin; ninety-

Eight out of Ater, known as Hezekiah

Too; and three hundred twenty-eight

            from Hashum;

Three hundred twenty-four from Bezai;

One hundred twelve from Hariph;

   ninety-five

From Gibeon. 26-38 Here is how many people

Returned who had their ancestors come from

The towns set forth: One hundred

   eighty-eight

From Bethlehem and Netophah; one hundred

And twenty-eight from Anathoth; and forty-

Two from Beth-Azmaveth; and

   seven hundred

And forty-three from Kiriath-Jearim,

Chephirah, and Beeroth; and six hundred

And twenty-one from Ramah and

   from Geba;

One hundred twenty-two from Michmas; one

Hundred and twenty-three from Bethel and

Ai; and fifty-two from Nebo; one

Thousand two hundred fifty-four from Elam;

Three hundred twenty out of Harim; three

Hundred and forty-five from Jericho;

And seven hundred twenty-one from Lod,

Hadid, and Ono; and three thousand nine

Hundred and thirty from Senaah.39-42 Here’s

How many came back from each family

Of priests: nine hundred seventy-three were

Descendants of Jeshua from Jedaiah;

One thousand fifty-two from Immer; one     

Thousand two hundred forty-seven from

Pashhur; and then one thousand seventeen

From Harim. 43-45 Here’s how many came

   back from

The families of Levites: seventy-

Four were descendants of Hodevah from

Families of Jeshua and Kadmiel;

One hundred forty-eight descendants of

Asaph from the musicians of the temple;

 One hundred thirty-eight descendants of

Shallum, Hatita, Ater, Talmon, Akkub,

And Shobai from temple guards.

   46-56 Here are

The names of families of temple workers

          Whose own descendants came back:

   Ziha, Keros,

Hasupha, Sia, Tabbaoth, Padon,

Lebana, Hanan, Hagaba, Giddel,

Shalmai, Gahar, Reaiah, Rezin,

Nekoda, Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah,

Besai, Meunim, Nephushesim,

Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur, Bazlith, Harsha,

Mehida, Barkos, Temah, Sisera,

Neziah, and Hatipha. 57-59 Here are names

Of people serving Solomon who had

Descendants come back: Sotai, Sophereth,

Perida, Jaala, Shephatiah,

Darkon, Giddel, Pochereth Hazzebaim,

Hattil, and Amon, 60 so a total of

Three hundred ninety-two descendants of

The temple workers and of Solomon’s

Servants returned; 61-62 six hundred

   forty-two

Returned from the families of Delaiah,

Tobiah, and Nekoda, though they could

Not prove that they were Israelites; they had

lived in the Babylonian towns of Tel-

Melah, Tel-Harsha, Cherub, Addon, and

Immer; 63-64 now families of Hobaiah,

Hakkoz, and Barzillai could not prove

That they were priests; the ancestor out of

The family of Barzillai had wed

Barzillai from Gilead’s own daughter

And he had taken his wife’s family name,

But none could find the records of

   these three

Families, and none of them could serve as priests.

65 In fact, the governor told them, “You can’t

Eat food that’s offered up to God until

He lets us know if you are truly priests.”

66-69 Forty-two thousand and three

   hundred sixty

Returned, along with seven thousand three

Hundred and thirty-seven servants, and        

Two hundred forty-five musicians. In

All, they brought with them seven

   hundred and

Thirty-six horses, two hundred and forty-

Five mules, four hundred thirty-five camels,

And then six thousand seven hundred twenty

Donkeys, 70-72 and many people gave their gifts

To help pay for the materials that would

          Rebuild the temple, and the governor

Himself gave ten and seven pounds of gold,

And fifty bowls for temple use, and five

Hundred and thirty priest robes;

   family leaders

Put in three hundred thirty-seven pounds

Of gold and gave three thousand

   and two hundred

And fifteen pounds of silver. The

   other people

Put in three hundred thirty-seven pounds

Of gold; two thousand and nine

   hundred twenty-

Three pounds of silver, and gave sixty-seven

Robes for the priests, 73 so, by the seventh month,

Priests, Levites, temple guards,

   musicians, workers,

Had come to Judah and had settled down

With many Israelites in Judah’s towns.