Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests: 1Sherebiah, 2Hashabiah, and ten of their kinsmen with them.
And I weighed out to them the 3silver and the gold and the vessels, the offering for the house of our God that the king and his 4counselors and his lords and all Israel there present had offered.
265I weighed out into their hand 650 talentsa of silver, and silver vessels worth 200 talents,b and 100 talents of gold,
20 bowls of gold worth 1,000 darics,c and two vessels of fine bright bronze as precious as gold.
And I said to them, 6"You are holy to the LORD, and 7the vessels are holy, and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to the LORD, the God of your fathers.
Guard them and keep them until you weigh them before the chief priests and the Levites and the heads of fathers' houses in Israel at Jerusalem, 8within the chambers of the house of the LORD."
So the priests and the Levites 9took over the weight of the silver and the gold and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem, to the house of our God.
Then we departed from the river Ahava 10on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem. 11The hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambushes by the way.
3212We came to Jerusalem, and there we remained three days.
On the fourth day, within the house of our God, the silver and the gold and the vessels were 13weighed into the hands of 14Meremoth the priest, son of Uriah, and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas, and with them were the Levites, 15Jozabad the son of Jeshua and Noadiah the son of 16Binnui.
The whole was counted and weighed, and the weight of everything was recorded.
At that time 17those who had come from captivity, the returned exiles, offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel, 18twelve bulls for all Israel, ninety-six rams, seventy-seven lambs, and as a sin offering twelve male goats. All this was a burnt offering to the LORD.
3619They also delivered the king's commissions to the king's 20satrapsd and to the governors of the province Beyond the River, and they aided the people and the house of God.