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Ezra 2 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

The List of Those Who Returned

Now these are the people[a] of the province who went up from the captivity of the exiles whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had exiled to Babylon. The people who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua,[b] Nehemiah, Seraiah, Re’elaiah,[c] Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Ba’anah returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each man to his own city.

This is the tally of the men from the people of Israel:[d]

the male descendants[e] of Parosh:2,172
the male descendants of Shephatiah:372
the male descendants of Arah:775
the male descendants of Pahath Moab through the descendants of Jeshua and Joab:2,812
the male descendants of Elam:1,254
the male descendants of Zattu:945
the male descendants of Zakkai:760
10 the male descendants of Bani:642
11 the male descendants of Bebai:623
12 the male descendants of Azgad:1,222
13 the male descendants of Adonikam:666
14 the male descendants of Bigvai:2,056
15 the male descendants of Adin:454
16 the male descendants of Ater through Hezekiah:98
17 the male descendants of Bezai:323
18 the male descendants of Jorah:112
19 the male descendants of Hashum:223
20 the male descendants of Gibbar:95
21 the citizens[f] of Bethlehem:123
22 the men of Netophah:56
23 the men of Anathoth:128
24 the citizens of Azmaveth:42
25 the citizens of Kiriath Arim,[g] Kephirah, and Be’eroth:743
26 the citizens of Ramah and Geba:621
27 the men of Mikmash:122
28 the men of Bethel and Ai:223
29 the citizens of Nebo:52
30 the citizens of Magbish:156
31 the citizens of the other Elam:1,254
32 the citizens of Harim:320
33 the citizens of Lod, Hadid, and Ono:725
34 the citizens of Jericho:345
35 the citizens of Sena’ah:3,630
36 The priests:the descendants[h] of Jedaiah through the house of Jeshua:973
37 the descendants of Immer:1,052
38 the descendants of Pashhur:1,247
39 the descendants of Harim:1,017
40 The Levites:the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel through the descendants of Hodaviah:74
41 The singers:the descendants of Asaph:128
42 The descendants of the gatekeepers:the descendants of Shallum, the descendants of Ater,the descendants of Talmon, the descendants of Akkub,the descendants of Hatita, the descendants of Shobai, in total:139

43 The temple servants:
        the descendants of Ziha, the descendants of Hasupha,
        the descendants of Tabbaoth, 44 the descendants of Keros,
        the descendants of Siaha, the descendants of Padon,
45         the descendants of Lebanah, the descendants of Hagabah,
        the descendants of Akkub, 46 the descendants of Hagab,
        the descendants of Shamlai,[i] the descendants of Hanan,
47         the descendants of Giddel, the descendants of Gahar,
        the descendants of Reaiah, 48 the descendants of Rezin,
        the descendants of Nekoda, the descendants of Gazzam,
49         the descendants of Uzza, the descendants of Paseah,
        the descendants of Besai, 50 the descendants of Asnah,
        the descendants of Meunim, the descendants of Nephusim,[j]
51         the descendants of Bakbuk, the descendants of Hakupha,
        the descendants of Harhur, 52 the descendants of Bazluth,
        the descendants of Mehida, the descendants of Harsha,
53         the descendants of Barkos, the descendants of Sisera,
        the descendants of Temah, 54 the descendants of Neziah,
        the descendants of Hatipha.

55 The descendants of the servants of Solomon:
        the descendants of Sotai, the descendants of Hassophereth,
        the descendants of Peruda, 56 the descendants of Ja’alah,
        the descendants of Darkon, the descendants of Giddel,
57         the descendants of Shephatiah, the descendants of Hattil,
        the descendants of Pokereth Hazzebaim, the descendants of Ami.
58 The total of the temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants was 392.

59 The following are the people who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addan, and Immer. They were not able to prove their ancestry or descent—whether they were from Israel:

60 the descendants of Delaiah, the descendants of Tobiah,
the descendants of Nekoda: 652,
61 from the descendants of the priests: the descendants of Habaiah, the descendants of Hakkoz, the descendants of Barzillai, through a man who married one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and so they were called by his family name.

62 These people searched for their genealogical records, but they could not find them, so they were disqualified from the priesthood. 63 The 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.

64 The entire assembly together numbered 42,360, 65 not counting their male slaves and their female slaves, who numbered 7,337. They also had 200 male and female singers. 66 Their horses numbered 736, their mules 245, 67 their camels 435, and their donkeys 6,720.

68 So when the heads of the families came to the House of the Lord in Jerusalem, they gave voluntary contributions for God’s house in order to construct it on its site. 69 On the basis of their wealth, they gave the following amounts to the treasury to support the work: 61,000 gold darics,[k] 5,000 silver minas,[l] and 100 garments for the priests.

70 The priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, the temple servants, and some of the people settled in Jerusalem and its towns,[m] and all the rest of Israel settled in their towns.


  1. Ezra 2:1 Literally sons. This term sons may include male descendants of multiple generations.
  2. Ezra 2:2 Also known as Joshua
  3. Ezra 2:2 The stop mark ′ indicates that the double vowel should be pronounced as two syllables, re-el, not as one syllable, reel.
  4. Ezra 2:2 In this list and the similar list in Nehemiah, there are many variants of names and numbers. The translation provides footnotes only for some of the more important variants.
  5. Ezra 2:3 Literally sons
  6. Ezra 2:21 Literally sons
  7. Ezra 2:25 Variant of Kiriath Jearim
  8. Ezra 2:36 Literally sons
  9. Ezra 2:46 Variant Shalmai
  10. Ezra 2:50 Many of the names in these lists, including Meinim and Nephisim, have variant spellings. The most common variant is between i and u, which look alike in some phases of Hebrew.
  11. Ezra 2:69 A daric is a unit of weight that appears in post-exilic books. It is a Persian term, equal to the Greek drachma, perhaps a third of an ounce. It is also the name for the standard gold coin of the Persian Empire.
  12. Ezra 2:69 A mina weighed about 1¼ pounds.
  13. Ezra 2:70 The word Jerusalem is not in the Hebrew text, but it is present in the Greek Old Testament. The first group of cities, therefore, refers to Jerusalem and its environs, and the second group of cities to the more distant cities and towns of Judah and Benjamin.
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Ezra 2 New International Version (NIV)

The List of the Exiles Who Returned

Now these are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive to Babylon (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to their own town, in company with Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah):

The list of the men of the people of Israel:

the descendants of Parosh2,172
of Shephatiah372
of Arah775
of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab)2,812
of Elam1,254
of Zattu945
of Zakkai760
10 of Bani642
11 of Bebai623
12 of Azgad1,222
13 of Adonikam666
14 of Bigvai2,056
15 of Adin454
16 of Ater (through Hezekiah)98
17 of Bezai323
18 of Jorah112
19 of Hashum223
20 of Gibbar95
21 the men of Bethlehem123
22 of Netophah56
23 of Anathoth128
24 of Azmaveth42
25 of Kiriath Jearim,[a] Kephirah and Beeroth743
26 of Ramah and Geba621
27 of Mikmash122
28 of Bethel and Ai223
29 of Nebo52
30 of Magbish156
31 of the other Elam1,254
32 of Harim320
33 of Lod, Hadid and Ono725
34 of Jericho345
35 of Senaah3,630

36 The priests:

the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua)973
37 of Immer1,052
38 of Pashhur1,247
39 of Harim1,017

40 The Levites:

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

41 The musicians:

the descendants of Asaph128

42 The gatekeepers of the temple:

the descendants of
Shallum, Ater, Talmon,
Akkub, Hatita and Shobai139

43 The temple servants:

the descendants of
Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
44 Keros, Siaha, Padon,
45 Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,
46 Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan,
47 Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,
48 Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,
49 Uzza, Paseah, Besai,
50 Asnah, Meunim, Nephusim,
51 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
52 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
53 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
54 Neziah and Hatipha

55 The descendants of the servants of Solomon:

the descendants of
Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
56 Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
57 Shephatiah, Hattil,
Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Ami
58 The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon392

59 The 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:

60 The descendants of
Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda652

61 And 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).

62 These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 63 The governor ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there was a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.

64 The whole company numbered 42,360, 65 besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 200 male and female singers. 66 They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 67 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.

68 When they arrived at the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site. 69 According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 darics[b] of gold, 5,000 minas[c] of silver and 100 priestly garments.

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


  1. Ezra 2:25 See Septuagint (see also Neh. 7:29); Hebrew Kiriath Arim.
  2. Ezra 2:69 That is, about 1,100 pounds or about 500 kilograms
  3. Ezra 2:69 That is, about 3 tons or about 2.8 metric tons
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