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These are now the chief of their fathers, and this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:1 them that went up with me. In Ezra 8:3-14 are listed 1496 males, to which were added the 258 Levites and Nethinims listed in Ezra 8:18-20. To this number should be added the women and children, so that the total number of people in the caravan could have been 7,000 or more. The journey ahead, from Babylon to Jerusalem, would occupy at least four months, including the twelve days they would spend in preparation before starting out. Compare Ezra 7:9; 8:31.

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