Passage: Ezra 2, 3 (RSV)

Ezra 2

1Now these were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnez'zar the king of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia; they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town.
2They came with Zerub'babel, Jeshua, Nehemi'ah, Serai'ah, Re-el-ai'ah, Mor'decai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigva'i, Rehum, and Ba'anah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:
3the sons of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two.
4The sons of Shephati'ah, three hundred and seventy-two.
5The sons of Arah, seven hundred and seventy-five.
6The sons of Pa'hath-moab, namely the sons of Jeshua and Jo'ab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.
7The sons of Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four.
8The sons of Zattu, nine hundred and forty-five.
9The sons of Zac'cai, seven hundred and sixty.
10The sons of Bani, six hundred and forty-two.
11The sons of Be'bai, six hundred and twenty-three.
12The sons of Azgad, one thousand two hundred and twenty-two.
13The sons of Adoni'kam, six hundred and sixty-six.
14The sons of Bigva'i, two thousand and fifty-six.
15The sons of Adin, four hundred and fifty-four.
16The sons of Ater, namely of Hezeki'ah, ninety-eight.
17The sons of Be'zai, three hundred and twenty-three.
18The sons of Jorah, one hundred and twelve.
19The sons of Hashum, two hundred and twenty-three.
20The sons of Gibbar, ninety-five.
21The sons of Bethlehem, one hundred and twenty-three.
22The men of Neto'phah, fifty-six.
23The men of An'athoth, one hundred and twenty-eight.
24The sons of Az'maveth, forty-two.
25The sons of Kir'iathar'im, Chephi'rah, and Be-er'oth, seven hundred and forty-three.
26The sons of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one.
27The men of Michmas, one hundred and twenty-two.
28The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred and twenty-three.
29The sons of Nebo, fifty-two.
30The sons of Magbish, one hundred and fifty-six.
31The sons of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four.
32The sons of Harim, three hundred and twenty.
33The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-five.
34The sons of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five.
35The sons of Sena'ah, three thousand six hundred and thirty.
36The priests: the sons of Jedai'ah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three.
37The sons of Immer, one thousand and fifty-two.
38The sons of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven.
39The sons of Harim, one thousand and seventeen.
40The Levites: the sons of Jeshua and Kad'mi-el, of the sons of Hodavi'ah, seventy-four.
41The singers: the sons of Asaph, one hundred and twenty-eight.
42The sons of the gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hati'ta, and the sons of Sho'bai, in all one hundred and thirty-nine.
43The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasu'pha, the sons of Tabba'oth,
44the sons of Keros, the sons of Si'aha, the sons of Padon,
45the sons of Leba'nah, the sons of Hag'abah, the sons of Akkub,
46the sons of Hagab, the sons of Shamlai, the sons of Hanan,
47the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, the sons of Re-ai'ah,
48the sons of Rezin, the sons of Neko'da, the sons of Gazzam,
49the sons of Uzza, the sons of Pase'ah, the sons of Besai,
50the sons of Asnah, the sons of Me-u'nim, the sons of Nephi'sim,
51the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Haku'pha, the sons of Harhur,
52the sons of Bazluth, the sons of Mehi'da, the sons of Harsha,
53the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sis'era, the sons of Temah,
54the sons of Nezi'ah, and the sons of Hati'pha.
55The sons of Solomon's servants: the sons of So'tai, the sons of Hasso'phereth, the sons of Peru'da,
56the sons of Ja'alah, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,
57the sons of Shephati'ah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Po'chereth-hazzeba'im, and the sons of Ami.
58All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon's servants were three hundred and ninety-two.
59The following were those who came up from Tel-me'lah, Tel-har'sha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, though they could not prove their fathers' houses or their descent, whether they belonged to Israel:
60the sons of Delai'ah, the sons of Tobi'ah, and the sons of Neko'da, six hundred and fifty-two.
61Also, of the sons of the priests: the sons of Habai'ah, the sons of Hakkoz, and the sons of Barzil'lai (who had taken a wife from the daughters of Barzil'lai the Gileadite, and was called by their name).
62These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but they were not found there, and so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean;
63the governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food, until there should be a priest to consult Urim and Thummim.
64The whole assembly together was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty,
65besides their menservants and maidservants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred male and female singers.
66Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules were two hundred and forty-five,
67their camels were four hundred and thirty-five, and their asses were six thousand seven hundred and twenty.
68Some of the heads of families, when they came to the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem, made freewill offerings for the house of God, to erect it on its site;
69according to their ability they gave to the treasury of the work sixty-one thousand darics of gold, five thousand minas of silver, and one hundred priests' garments.
70The priests, the Levites, and some of the people lived in Jerusalem and its vicinity; and the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants lived in their towns, and all Israel in their towns.

Ezra 3

1When the seventh month came, and the sons of Israel were in the towns, the people gathered as one man to Jerusalem.
2Then arose Jeshua the son of Jo'zadak, with his fellow priests, and Zerub'babel the son of She-al'ti-el with his kinsmen, and they built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings upon it, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.
3They set the altar in its place, for fear was upon them because of the peoples of the lands, and they offered burnt offerings upon it to the LORD, burnt offerings morning and evening.
4And they kept the feast of booths, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number according to the ordinance, as each day required,
5and after that the continual burnt offerings, the offerings at the new moon and at all the appointed feasts of the LORD, and the offerings of every one who made a freewill offering to the LORD.
6From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid.
7So they gave money to the masons and the carpenters, and food, drink, and oil to the Sido'nians and the Tyrians to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea, to Joppa, according to the grant which they had from Cyrus king of Persia.
8Now in the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, Zerub'babel the son of She-al'ti-el and Jeshua the son of Jo'zadak made a beginning, together with the rest of their brethren, the priests and the Levites and all who had come to Jerusalem from the captivity. They appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to have the oversight of the work of the house of the LORD.
9And Jeshua with his sons and his kinsmen, and Kad'mi-el and his sons, the sons of Judah, together took the oversight of the workmen in the house of God, along with the sons of Hen'adad and the Levites, their sons and kinsmen.
10And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests in their vestments came forward with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD, according to the directions of David king of Israel;
11and they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD, "For he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever toward Israel." And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
12But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers' houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy;
13so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people's weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard afar.

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