Now these are the heads of their fathers' households and the genealogicalenrollment of those who went up with me from Babylon in the reign of KingArtaxerxes:
of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom; of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel; of the sons of David, 1Hattush;
of the sons of Shecaniah who was of the sons of 2Parosh, Zechariah and with him 150males who were in the genealogicallist;
of the sons of Pahath-moab, Eliehoenai the son of Zerahiah and 200males with him;
of the sons of Zattu, Shecaniah, the son of Jahaziel and 300males with him;
and of the sons of 3Adin, Ebed the son of Jonathan and 50males with him;
and of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah and 70males with him;
and of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah the son of Michael and 80males with him;
of the sons of Joab, Obadiah the son of Jehiel and 218males with him;
and of the sons of Bani, Shelomith, the son of Josiphiah and 160males with him;
and of the sons of Bebai, Zechariah the son of Bebai and 28males with him;
and of the sons of Azgad, Johanan the son of Hakkatan and 110males with him;
and of the sons of Adonikam, the lastones, these being their names, Eliphelet, Jeuel and Shemaiah, and 60males with them;
and of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and aZabbud, and 70males with bthem.
Now I assembled them at 4the river that runs to Ahava, where we camped for threedays; and when I observed the people and the priests, I 5did not findanyLevitesthere.
So I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah and Meshullam, cleadingmen, and for Joiarib and Elnathan, teachers.
I sent them to Iddo the dleadingman at the placeCasiphia; and I etold them what to say to fIddo and his brothers, 6the templeservants at the placeCasiphia, that is, to bringministers to us for the house of our God.
187According to the goodhand of our God upon us they brought us a 8man of insight of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel, namely Sherebiah, and his sons and brothers, 18 men;
and Hashabiah and gJeshaiah of the sons of Merari, with his brothers and their sons, 20 men;
and 220 of 9the templeservants, whomDavid and the princes had given for the service of the Levites, all of them designated by name.
Then I proclaimed10a fastthere at 11the river of Ahava, that we might 12humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a hsafejourney for us, our littleones, and all our possessions.
For I was ashamed to request from the kingtroops and horsemen to iprotect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, "13The hand of our God is jfavorablydisposed to all those who seek Him, but 14His power and His anger are againstall those who 15forsake Him."
So we fasted and sought our Godconcerningthis matter, and He k16listened to our entreaty.
Then I setaparttwelve of the leadingpriests, 17Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and with them ten of their brothers;
and I 18weighed out to them 19the silver, the gold and the utensils, the offering for the house of our God which the king and 20his counselors and his princes and allIsraelpresent there had offered.
2621Thus I weighed into their hands650talents of silver, and silverutensils worth 100talents, and 100goldtalents,
and 20goldbowls worth 1,000darics, and twoutensils of fineshinybronze, precious as gold.
Then I said to them, "22You are holy to the LORD, and the 23utensils are holy; and the silver and the gold are a freewilloffering to the LORDGod of your fathers.
29"Watch and keep them 24until you weigh them before the leadingpriests, the Levites and the heads of the fathers' households of Israel at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the LORD."
So the priests and the Levites25accepted the weighed out silver and gold and the utensils, to bring them to Jerusalem to the house of our God.
Then we journeyed from 26the riverAhava on 27the twelfth of the firstmonth to go to Jerusalem; and 28the hand of our God was over us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and the ambushes by the way.
3229Thus we came to Jerusalem and remainedtherethreedays.
On the fourthday the silver and the gold and the utensils30were weighed out in the house of our God into the hand of 31Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest, and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them were the Levites, Jozabad the son of Jeshua and Noadiah the son of Binnui.
34Everything was numbered and weighed, and all the weight was recorded at that time.