Ezra 8:1-34 NIV

List of the Family Heads Returning With Ezra

1 These are the family heads and those registered with them who came up with me from Babylon during the reign of King Artaxerxes:1

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2 of the descendants of Phinehas, Gershom; of the descendants of Ithamar, Daniel; of the descendants of David, Hattush
3 of the descendants of Shecaniah;2 of the descendants of Parosh,3 Zechariah, and with him were registered 150 men;

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4 of the descendants of Pahath-Moab,4 Eliehoenai son of Zerahiah, and with him 200 men;

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5 of the descendants of Zattu,a Shecaniah son of Jahaziel, and with him 300 men;

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    • a 8:5 - Some Septuagint manuscripts (also 1 Esdras 8:32); Hebrew does not have "Zattu."
      6 of the descendants of Adin,5 Ebed son of Jonathan, and with him 50 men;

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      7 of the descendants of Elam, Jeshaiah son of Athaliah, and with him 70 men;
      8 of the descendants of Shephatiah, Zebadiah son of Michael, and with him 80 men;
      9 of the descendants of Joab, Obadiah son of Jehiel, and with him 218 men;
      10 of the descendants of Bani,b Shelomith son of Josiphiah, and with him 160 men;

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        • b 8:10 - Some Septuagint manuscripts (also 1 Esdras 8:36); Hebrew does not have "Bani."
          11 of the descendants of Bebai, Zechariah son of Bebai, and with him 28 men;
          12 of the descendants of Azgad, Johanan son of Hakkatan, and with him 110 men;
          13 of the descendants of Adonikam,6 the last ones, whose names were Eliphelet, Jeuel and Shemaiah, and with them 60 men;

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          14 of the descendants of Bigvai, Uthai and Zaccur, and with them 70 men.

          The Return to Jerusalem

          15 I assembled them at the canal that flows toward Ahava,7 and we camped there three days. When I checked among the people and the priests, I found no Levites8 there.

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              16 So I summoned Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah and Meshullam, who were leaders, and Joiarib and Elnathan, who were men of learning,
              17 and I sent them to Iddo, the leader in Casiphia. I told them what to say to Iddo and his kinsmen, the temple servants9 in Casiphia, so that they might bring attendants to us for the house of our God.

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              18 Because the gracious hand of our God was on us,10 they brought us Sherebiah,11 a capable man, from the descendants of Mahli son of Levi, the son of Israel, and Sherebiah's sons and brothers, 18 men;

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                  19 and Hashabiah, together with Jeshaiah from the descendants of Merari, and his brothers and nephews, 20 men.
                  20 They also brought 220 of the temple servants12--a body that David and the officials had established to assist the Levites. All were registered by name.

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                  21 There, by the Ahava Canal,13 I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey14 for us and our children, with all our possessions.

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                      22 I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers15 and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, "The gracious hand of our God is on everyone16 who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.17"

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                      23 So we fasted18 and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.

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                      24 Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests, together with Sherebiah,19 Hashabiah and ten of their brothers,

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                          25 and I weighed out20 to them the offering of silver and gold and the articles that the king, his advisers, his officials and all Israel present there had donated for the house of our God.

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                          26 I weighed out to them 650 talentsc of silver, silver articles weighing 100 talents,d 100 talentse of gold,

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                            • c 8:26 - That is, about 25 tons (about 22 metric tons)
                            • d 8:26 - That is, about 3 3/4 tons (about 3.4 metric tons)
                            • e 8:26 - That is, about 3 3/4 tons (about 3.4 metric tons)
                              27 20 bowls of gold valued at 1,000 darics, and two fine articles of polished bronze, as precious as gold.

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                                • f 8:27 - That is, about 19 pounds (about 8.5 kilograms)
                                  28 I said to them, "You as well as these articles are consecrated to the LORD.21 The silver and gold are a freewill offering to the LORD, the God of your fathers.

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                                  29 Guard them carefully until you weigh them out in the chambers of the house of the LORD in Jerusalem before the leading priests and the Levites and the family heads of Israel."
                                  30 Then the priests and Levites received the silver and gold and sacred articles that had been weighed out to be taken to the house of our God in Jerusalem.
                                  31 On the twelfth day of the first month we set out from the Ahava Canal22 to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us,23 and he protected us from enemies and bandits along the way.

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                                      32 So we arrived in Jerusalem, where we rested three days.24

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                                      33 On the fourth day, in the house of our God, we weighed out25 the silver and gold and the sacred articles into the hands of Meremoth26 son of Uriah, the priest. Eleazar son of Phinehas was with him, and so were the Levites Jozabad27 son of Jeshua and Noadiah son of Binnui.28

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                                      34 Everything was accounted for by number and weight, and the entire weight was recorded at that time.