The list of the sons of Solomon returning (Ezra 2:55-2:58)

“The descendents of King Solomon’s servants were the sons of Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda, Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel, Shephatiah, Hattil, Pochereth-hazzebaim, and Ami. All the temple servants and the descendents of King Solomon’s servants were three hundred ninety-two.”

These were the descendents of the palace servants from the time of King Solomon. People must have considered this a big deal or a hereditary job. There are 10 named groups. All these names only appear here, except for Shephatiah. Shephatiah was the name of 8 different biblical people, including the son of King David. The total number of Temple and palace servants or hereditary slaves was 392. The big problem is that there was no king, palace, or Temple. What were they to do?

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