Ezra 8

People Who Went with Ezra

1 Now these are the heads of their fathers' households and the genealogical enrollment of those who went up with me from Babylon in the reign of King Artaxerxes:
2 of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom; of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel; of the sons of David, 1Hattush;
3 of the sons of Shecaniah who was of the sons of 2Parosh, Zechariah and with him 150 * males who were in the genealogical list;
4 of the sons of Pahath-moab, Eliehoenai the son of Zerahiah and 200 males with him;
5 of the sons of Zattu, Shecaniah, the son of Jahaziel and 300 * males with him;
6 and of the sons of 3Adin, Ebed the son of Jonathan and 50 males with him;
7 and of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah and 70 males with him;
8 and of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah the son of Michael and 80 males with him;
9 of the sons of Joab, Obadiah the son of Jehiel and 218 * * males with him;
10 and of the sons of Bani, Shelomith, the son of Josiphiah and 160 * males with him;
11 and of the sons of Bebai, Zechariah the son of Bebai and 28 * males with him;
12 and of the sons of Azgad, Johanan the son of Hakkatan and 110 * males with him;
13 and of the sons of Adonikam, the last ones, these being their names, Eliphelet, Jeuel and Shemaiah, and 60 males with them;
14 and of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zabbud, and 70 males with them.

Ezra Sends for Levites

15 Now I assembled them at 4the river that runs to Ahava, where we camped for three days; and when I observed the people and the priests, I 5did not find any Levites * there.
17 I sent them to Iddo the leading man at the place Casiphia; and I told * * them what to say to Iddo and his brothers, 6the temple servants at the place Casiphia, that is, to bring ministers to us for the house of our God.
18 7According to the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a 8man of insight of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel, namely Sherebiah, and his sons and brothers, 18 * men;
19 and Hashabiah and Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, with his brothers and their sons, 20 men;
20 and 220 * of 9the temple servants, whom David and the princes had given for the service of the Levites, all of them designated by name.

Protection of God Invoked

21 Then I proclaimed 10a fast there at 11the river of Ahava, that we might 12humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a safe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions.
22 For I was ashamed to request from the king troops and horsemen to protect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, "13The hand of our God is favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but 14His power and His anger are against all those who 15forsake Him."
23 So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He 16listened to our entreaty.
24 Then I set apart twelve * of the leading priests, 17Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and with them ten of their brothers;
25 and I 18weighed out to them 19the silver, the gold and the utensils, the offering for the house of our God which the king and 20his counselors and his princes and all Israel present there had offered.
26 21Thus I weighed into their hands 650 * * talents of silver, and silver utensils worth 100 talents, and 100 gold talents,
28 Then I said to them, "22You are holy to the LORD, and the 23utensils are holy; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to the LORD God of your fathers.
29 "Watch and keep them 24until you weigh them before the leading priests, the Levites and the heads of the fathers' households of Israel at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the LORD."
30 So the priests and the Levites 25accepted the weighed out silver and gold and the utensils, to bring them to Jerusalem to the house of our God.
31 Then we journeyed from 26the river Ahava on 27the twelfth * of the first month to go to Jerusalem; and 28the hand of our God was over us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and the ambushes by the way.
32 29Thus we came to Jerusalem and remained there three days.

Treasure Placed in the Temple

33 On the fourth day the silver and the gold and the utensils 30were weighed out in the house of our God into the hand of 31Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest, and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them were the Levites, Jozabad the son of Jeshua and Noadiah the son of Binnui.
34 Everything was numbered and weighed, and all the weight was recorded at that time.
35 32The exiles * who had come from the captivity offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel: 33 12 * bulls for all Israel, 96 rams, 77 * lambs, 12 * male goats for a sin offering, all as a burnt offering to the LORD.
36 Then 34they delivered the king's edicts to 35the king's satraps and to the governors in the provinces beyond the River, and they supported the people and the house of God.
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