And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava; and there abode we in tentsthreedays: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi.16
Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of understanding .
And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the placeCasiphia, and I tolda them what they should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims , at the placeCasiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.18
And by the goodhand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren,eighteen ;
And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brethren and their sons,twenty;20
Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twentyNethinims: all of them were expressed by name.21
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a rightway for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.22
For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king,saying , The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.
Then I separatedtwelveof the chief of the priests,Sherebiah,Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,
And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, even the offering of the house of our God, which the king, and his counsellors , and his lords, and all Israel there present , had offered :
I even weighed unto their handsixhundred and fiftytalents of silver, and silvervessels an hundredtalents, and of gold an hundredtalents;27
Also twentybasons of gold, of a thousanddrams; and twovessels of finebcopper,precious as gold.28
And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the LORD; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto the LORDGod of your fathers.29Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chief of the priests and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the LORD.30
So took the priests and the Levites the weight of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of our God.31
Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfthday of the firstmonth, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy , and of such as lay in wait by the way.32
And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there threedays.33
Now on the fourthday was the silver and the gold and the vesselsweighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui,Levites;34
By number and by weight of every one: and all the weight was written at that time.35
Also the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity,offered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel,twelvebullocks for all Israel,ninety and sixrams,seventy and sevenlambs,twelvehegoats for a sin offering: all this was a burnt offering unto the LORD.36
And they delivered the king'scommissions unto the king'slieutenants, and to the governors on this side the river: and they furthered the people, and the house of God.