Since the gracious hand of our God was on us, they sent us a man named Sherebiah, along with eighteen of his sons and brothers. He was a very astute man and a descendant of Mahli, who was a descendant of Levi son of Israel.
And by the good hand of our God upon us
Favouring their designs and orders, protecting those that were
sent, and inclining those they were sent to use their interest
and authority with those that were under them, and making them
willing also to agree to what was proposed to them:
they brought us a man of understanding of the sons of
Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel;
an Israelite, of the tribe of Levi, in the line of Mahli a son of
Merari, the third son of Levi:
or rather "even Sherebiah"; so Aben Ezra; for he is the
understanding man that is meant, and described by his pedigree:
with his sons and his brethren,
eighteen; all together made this number.