The Book of Ezra, Chapter 2, The Jewish People Returned

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Most of Chapter 2 of Ezra gives The Family Name and the number returning to Judah.

"Usually" in Semitic culture, only the males are recorded in the number given. So we can probably figure that the number can be then multiplied by the average family size of the day and come somewhat close to the exact number of people going back to Judah.

"Women and children" were never counted in amount of numbers, but just referenced to. Some women never marry, and some do not have children.

Most Jewish Males were expected to marry and have children. Even those in Religious service were expected to have one wife. But that usually is not and exact Science.

Lee Ostrander, Group Manager, The Minor Prophets
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A Question Was Asked About Darkon in Verse 56

I was asked today about one of The Nethinim named Darkon. The person asked me to help him with this name. Here is what I found as in the researched of The Name Darkon:

Brother Johnny,

First let me try to give you some information about The Nethinim who belonged to The Hivite Nation found in Joshua 9:7 and 1Kings 9:20-21, where King Solomon took as his slaves from The Emorites, The Hittites, The Perizzites, The Hivites and The Jebusites who remained in The Land, from Jewish Scholars, Ralbag and Malbim.

The Nethinim were employed as wood cutters. The wood was used to offer up to G-d a Burnt Offering on The Altar of Sacrifice and other uses within The Temple Court. They were descendants of Canaan, son of Ham, according to the Table of Nations in Genesis 10: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hivite.

In The Book of Genesis 34 The Hivites are describes as rulers of the region of Shechem.

Lets have a look at: http://biblelexicon.org/ezra/2-56.htm

The Hebrew Lexicon tells us that Darkon is listed as Darqown, Hebrew Strong's #1874;
of Darkon, דַרְקֹ֖ון dar·ko·vn 1874 one of the Nethinim from an unused word
Looking at Darqown or Darkon Strong's Hebrew Dictionary #1874, דַרְק֖וֹן , dar-kone', one of Solomon's servants.

From ISBE, DARKON, dar'-kon (darqon, "carrier"): Ancestor of a subdivision of "Solomon's servants," so called, in post-exilic times (Ezra 2:56; Nehemiah 7:58; and Lozon in 1 Esdras 5:33).

From Smith's Bible Dictionary, Darkon (scatterer). Children of Darkon were among the "servants of Solomon" who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel. (Ezra 2:56; Nehemiah 7:58) (B.C. before 536).

Nelson's Bible Dictionary, Ezra 2:56 and Nehemiah 7:58, Darkon [DAR kahn]- a servant of Solomon whose descendants returned to The Land of Israel after The Captivity of Babylon.

There doesn't seem to be any Hebrew to translate but I do have some more information on The Hivites; According to traditional Hebrew sources, the name "Hivites" is related to the Aramaic word "Khiv'va" (HVVA), meaning "snake" related to the word 'awwiah in Galilee meaning serpent, since they sniffed the ground like snakes looking for fertile land.

So what we have with in The Hebrew/Aramaic understanding is: The word Hivite means a serpent or a snake.
that is always sniffing the ground. The Hivites sniff or smell the ground and Darkon is a packer/scatterer of the wood for The Temple.

I hope I have helped you with trying to understand The Hebrew meaning of Darkon.

Shalom,

Lee....




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