Ezra 8:24-30

24 Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests, namely, Sherebiah, Hashabiah and ten of their brothers,
25 and I weighed out 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.
26 I weighed out to them 650 talents[a] of silver, silver articles weighing 100 talents,[b] 100 talents[c] of gold,
27 20 bowls of gold valued at 1,000 darics,[d] and two fine articles of polished bronze, as precious as gold.
28 I said to them, “You as well as these articles are consecrated to the LORD. The silver and gold are a freewill offering to the LORD, the God of your ancestors.
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.

Ezra 8:24 in Other Translations

KJV
24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,
ESV
24 Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests: Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their kinsmen with them.
NLT
24 I appointed twelve leaders of the priests—Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten other priests—
MSG
24 Then I picked twelve of the leading priests - Sherebiah and Hashabiah with ten of their brothers.
CSB
24 I selected 12 of the leading priests, along with Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and 10 of their brothers.

Ezra 8:24-30 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EZRA 8

In this chapter we are told who and how many went up with Ezra to Jerusalem, Ezr 8:1-14, the gathering of them together at a river, from whence he sent to Babylon for Levites to come to him, who did, Ezr 8:15-20, the proclaiming a fast for a safe and prosperous journey, Ezr 8:21-23, the delivery of the vessels and money given him into the hands of priests, to take the care and charge thereof, Ezr 8:24-30, their safe arrival at Jerusalem, where they deposited the gifts in the temple, offered sacrifices to God, and delivered the king's commissions to his lieutenants and governors, Ezr 8:31-36.

Ezra 8:24-30 In-Context

22 I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.”
23 So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.
24 Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests, namely, Sherebiah, Hashabiah and ten of their brothers,
25 and I weighed out 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.
26 I weighed out to them 650 talents of silver, silver articles weighing 100 talents, 100 talents of gold,
27 20 bowls of gold valued at 1,000 darics, and two fine articles of polished bronze, as precious as gold.
28 I said to them, “You as well as these articles are consecrated to the LORD. The silver and gold are a freewill offering to the LORD, the God of your ancestors.
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 Canal to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us, and he protected us from enemies and bandits along the way.
32 So we arrived in Jerusalem, where we rested three days.

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver 18
  • 2. ver 33; Ezra 7:15,16
  • 3. S Leviticus 21:6; Leviticus 22:2-3

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. That is, about 24 tons or about 22 metric tons
  • [b]. That is, about 3 3/4 tons or about 3.4 metric tons
  • [c]. That is, about 3 3/4 tons or about 3.4 metric tons
  • [d]. That is, about 19 pounds or about 8.4 kilograms
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