Ezra 8:1-34 CSB

Those Returning with Ezra

1 These are the family leaders and the genealogical records of those who returned with me from Babylon during the reign of King Artaxerxes:

References for Ezra 8:1

      2 Gershom, from Phinehas's descendants; Daniel, from Ithamar's descendants; Hattush, from David's descendants,
      3 who was of Shecaniah's descendants;a Zechariah, from Parosh's descendants, and 150 men with him who were registered by genealogy;

      References for Ezra 8:3

        • a 8:3 - 1 Ch 3:22
          4 Eliehoenai son of Zerahiah from Pahath-moab's descendants, and 200 men with him;
          5 Shecaniahb son of Jahaziel from Zattu's descendants, and 300 men with him;

          References for Ezra 8:5

            • b 8:5 - LXX, 1 Esdras 8:32; MT reads the descendants of Shecaniah
              6 Ebed son of Jonathan from Adin's descendants, and 50 men with him;
              7 Jeshaiah son of Athaliah from Elam's descendants, and 70 men with him;
              8 Zebadiah son of Michael from Shephatiah's descendants, and 80 men with him;
              9 Obadiah son of Jehiel from Joab's descendants, and 218 men with him;
              10 Shelomithc son of Josiphiah from Bani's descendants, and 160 men with him;

              References for Ezra 8:10

                • c 8:10 - Some LXX, 1 Esdras 8:36; MT reads the descendants of Shelomith
                  11 Zechariah son of Bebai from Bebai's descendants, and 28 men with him;
                  12 Johanan son of Hakkatan from Azgad's descendants, and 110 men with him;
                  13 these are the last ones, from Adonikam's descendants, and their names are: Eliphelet, Jeuel, and Shemaiah, and 60 men with them;
                  14 Uthai and Zaccurd from Bigvai's descendants, and 70 men with them.

                  References for Ezra 8:14

                    • d 8:14 - Alt Hb tradition, some LXX read Zabud
                      15 I gathered them at the rivere that flows to Ahava, and we camped there for three days. I searched among the people and priests, but found no Levites there.

                      References for Ezra 8:15

                          16 Then I summoned the leaders: Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and Meshullam, as well as the teachers Joiarib and Elnathan.
                          17 I sent them to Iddo, the leader at Casiphia, with a message forf him and his brothers, the temple servants at Casiphia, that they should bring us ministers for the house of our God.

                          References for Ezra 8:17

                            • f 8:17 - Lit Casiphia, and I put in their mouth the words to speak to
                              18 Since the gracious hand of our God was on us, they brought us Sherebiah-a man of insight from the descendants of Mahli, a descendant of Levi son of Israel-along with his sons and brothers, 18 men,
                              19 plus Hashabiah, along with Jeshaiah, from the descendants of Merari, and his brothers and their sons, 20 men.
                              20 There were also 220 of the temple servants, who had been appointed by David and the leaders for the work of the Levites. All were identified by name.

                              Preparing to Return

                              21 I proclaimed a fast by the Ahava River,g so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask Him for a safe journey for us, our children, and all our possessions.

                              References for Ezra 8:21

                                  22 [I did this] because I was ashamed to ask the king for infantry and cavalry to protect us from enemies during the journey, since we had told him, "The hand of our God is gracious to all who seek Him, but His great anger is against all who abandon Him."
                                  23 So we fasted and pleaded with our God about this, and He granted our request.
                                  24 I selected 12 of the leading priests, along with Sherebiah, Hashabiah,h and 10 of their brothers.

                                  References for Ezra 8:24

                                    • h 8:24 - Neh 10:9-12
                                      25 I weighed out to them the silver, the gold, and the articles-the contribution for the house of our God that the king, his counselors, his leaders, and all the Israelites who were present had offered.
                                      26 I weighed out to them 24 tonsi of silver, silver articles weighing 7,500 pounds,j 7,500 poundsk of gold,

                                      References for Ezra 8:26

                                        • i 8:26 - Lit 650 talents
                                        • j 8:26 - Lit 100 talents
                                        • k 8:26 - Lit 100 talents
                                          27 20 gold bowls worth 1,000 gold coins,l and two articles of fine gleaming bronze, as valuable as gold.

                                          References for Ezra 8:27

                                            • l 8:27 - Or 1,000 drachmas
                                              28 Then I said to them, "You are holy to the Lord, and the articles are holy. The silver and gold are a freewill offering to the Lord God of your fathers.
                                              29 Guard [them] carefully until you weigh [them] out in the chambers of the Lord's house before the leading priests, Levites, and heads of the Israelite families in Jerusalem."m

                                              References for Ezra 8:29

                                                • m 8:29 - Neh 13:4-9
                                                  30 So the priests and Levites took charge of the silver, the gold, and the articles that had been weighed out, to bring [them] to the house of our God in Jerusalem.

                                                  Arrival in Jerusalem

                                                  31 We set out from the Ahava Rivern on the twelfth [day] of the first month to go to Jerusalem. We were strengthened by our God,o and He protected us from the power of the enemy and from ambush along the way.

                                                  References for Ezra 8:31

                                                    • n 8:31 - Or Canal
                                                    • o 8:31 - Lit The hand of our God was on us
                                                      32 So we arrived at Jerusalem and rested there for three days.
                                                      33 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.
                                                      34 Everything was [verified] by number and weight, and the total weight was recorded at that time.