Then the two choirs that gave thanks took their stations 1 in the temple of God. I did also, along with half the officials with me,
So I registered a complaint with the leaders, asking “Why is the temple of God neglected?” Then I gathered them and reassigned them to their positions. 1
When I had made an inspection, 1 I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the great and awesome Lord, 2 and fight on behalf of your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your families!” 3
I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “The work is demanding 1 and extensive, and we are spread out on the wall, far removed from one another.
I considered these things carefully 1 and then registered a complaint with the wealthy 2 and the officials. I said to them, “Each one of you is seizing the collateral 3 from your own countrymen!” 4 Because of them I called for 5 a great public assembly.
My God placed it on my heart to gather the leaders, 1 the officials, and the ordinary people so they could be enrolled on the basis of genealogy. I found the genealogical records 2 of those who had formerly returned. Here is what I found written in that record: 3