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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Nehemiah

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FRAMEWORKS: Nehemiah 7: Establishing order & who had returned


v.1-3 Nehemiah sets up administration of the city

v.4-6 Nehemiah registers those who have returned

v.7-60 The List of the Exiles Who Returned

v.61-65 Those who could not prove their ancestry

v.66-69 Totals

v.70-73 Gifts given by the people


v.1-3 Nehemiah sets up administration of the city


v.1 After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the Levites were appointed. 

v.2 I 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. 

v.3 I 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.”


[Notes: Now the walls and gates have been completed, gatekeepers are appointed to ensure the gates were shut at night. Also appointed are guards for the city as well as musicians and Levites for the Temple worship.]



v.4-6 Nehemiah registers those who have returned


v.4 Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt. 

v.5 So 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: 

v.6 These 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, 


[Notes: The walls have been rebuilt but not the houses of the city so there are few inhabitants. Nehemiah decides to register all the inhabitants and starts by finding a record of those who first came back.]



v.7-60 The List of the Exiles Who Returned


v.7 in company with Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum and Baanah): The list of the men of Israel: 

8 the descendants of Parosh, 2,172 

9 of Shephatiah, 372 

10 of Arah, 652 

11 of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab), 2,818 

12 of Elam, 1,254 

13 of Zattu, 845 

14 of Zaccai, 760 

15 of Binnui, 648 

16 of Bebai, 628 

17 of Azgad, 2,322 

18 of Adonikam, 667 

19 of Bigvai, 2,067 

20 of Adin, 655 

21 of Ater (through Hezekiah), 98 

22 of Hashum, 328 

23 of Bezai, 324 

24 of Hariph, 112 

25 of Gibeon, 95 

26 the men of Bethlehem and Netophah, 188 

27 of Anathoth, 128 

28 of Beth Azmaveth, 42 

29 of Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah and Beeroth, 743 

30 of Ramah and Geba, 621 

31 of Micmash, 122 

32 of Bethel and Ai, 123 

33 of the other Nebo, 52 

34 of the other Elam, 1,254 

35 of Harim, 320 

36 of Jericho, 345 

37 of Lod, Hadid and Ono, 721 

38 of Senaah, 3,930 

39 The priests: 

40 of Immer, 1,052 

41 of Pashhur, 1,247 

42 of Harim, 1,017 

43 The Levites: 

44 The musicians: 

45 The gatekeepers: 

46 The temple servants: 

47 Keros, Sia, Padon, 

48 Lebana, Hagaba, Shalmai, 

49 Hanan, Giddel, Gahar, 

50 Reaiah, Rezin, Nekoda, 

51 Gazzam, Uzza, Paseah, 

52 Besai, Meunim, Nephusim, 

53 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur, 

54 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha, 

55 Barkos, Sisera, Temah, 

56 Neziah and Hatipha 

57 The descendants of the servants of Solomon: 

58 Jaala, Darkon, Giddel, 

59 Shephatiah, Hattil, 

v.60 The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon, 392 


[Notes: Initially a general list but also includes Levites. musicians, gatekeepers etc.]



v.61-65 Those who could not prove their ancestry


v.61 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: 

v.62 the descendants of 

v.63 And from among the priests: 

v.64 These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 

v.65 The 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. 


[Notes: There were also some priests who could not prove their ancestry and so were stopped from acting as priests.]



v.66-69 Totals


v.66 The whole company numbered 42,360, 

v.67 besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 245 male and female singers. 

v.68 There were 736 horses, 245 mules, 

v.69 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys. 


[Notes: The community exceeded 42,000.]



v.70-73 Gifts given by the people


v.70 Some of the heads of the families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests. 

v.71 Some of the heads of the families gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 darics of gold and 2,200 minas of silver. 

v.72 The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minas of silver and 67 garments for priests. 

v.73 The 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. When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns,


[Notes: The family heads contribute wealth to set up and run the temple.]