We set out from the Ahava Rivera on the twelfth [day] of the first month to go to Jerusalem. We were strengthened by our God,b and He protected us from the power of the enemy and from ambush along the way.
So we arrived at Jerusalem and rested there for three days.
On the fourth day the silver, the gold, and the articles were weighed out in the house of our God into the care of Meremoth the priest, son of Uriah. Eleazar son of Phinehas was with him. The Levites Jozabad son of Jeshua and Noadiah son of Binnui were also with them.
Everything was [verified] by number and weight, and the total weight was recorded at that time.
The exiles who had returned from the captivity offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel: 12 bulls for all Israel, 96 rams, and 77 lambs, along with 12 male goats as a sin offering. All this was a burnt offering for the Lord.
They also delivered the king's edicts to the royal satraps and governors of the region west of the Euphrates, so that they would support the people and the house of God.