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Ezra 8

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 1 These are the heads of their fathers' houses and the genealogy of those who went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king:

 2 Of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom; of Ithamar, Daniel; of David, Hattush;

 3 Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pharosh, Zechariah, and registered with him were a hundred fifty men by genealogy;

 4 Of the sons of Pahathmoab, Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with him two hundred men;

 5 Of the sons of Shechaniah, the son of Jahaziel, and with him three hundred men;

 6 Of the sons also of Adin, Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with him fifty men;

 7 Of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and with him seventy men;

 8 Of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah the son of Michael, and with him eighty men;

 9 Of the sons of Joab, Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred eighteen men;

 10 Of the sons of Shelomith, the son of Josiphiah, and with him a hundred sixty men;

 11 Of the sons of Bebai, Zechariah the son of Bebai, and with him twenty eight men;

 12 Of the sons of Azgad, Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and with him a hundred ten men;

 13 And of the sons of Adonikam, the last ones to come, were Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them sixty men;

 14 Also of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zabbud, and with them seventy men.

 15 Now I gathered them together at the river that runs to Ahava, and we camped there for three days. And I looked among the people and the priests, and I did not find any Levites there.

 16 So I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and for Meshullam, who were leading men, and also for Joiarib and Elnathan, who were men of understanding.

 17 Then I sent them to Iddo the leading man in Casiphia, and I told them what to say to Iddo and to his brethren the Nethinims [temple servants] in Casiphia, so that they might bring us servants for the temple of our God.

 18 And by the good hand 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, named Sherebiah, with eighteen of his sons and brethren;

 19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, with twenty of his brethren and their sons;

 20 They also brought two hundred twenty of the Nethinims, whom David and the leaders had appointed for the service of the Levites. All of them were registered by name.

 21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, so that we might humble 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 a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on the way because we had told the king, "The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek him, but his power and his wrath are against all those who forsake him."

 23 So we fasted and sought our God for this, and he heard and answered us.

 24 Then I separated twelve of the leading priests — Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,

 25 And weighed out to them the silver, the gold, and the vessels, the offering for the temple of our God, which the king, his counselors, his lords, and all Israel who were present had offered.

 26 I weighed into their hands six hundred fifty talents of silver, silver vessels weighing a hundred talents, gold weighing a hundred talents;

 27 Also twenty basins of gold worth a thousand drachmas, and two vessels of fine bright bronze, as precious as gold.

 28 And I said to them, "You are holy to the LORD, and the vessels are also holy; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to the LORD God of your forefathers.

 29 Watch and keep them until you weigh them before the chief priests and the Levites and heads of the fathers of Israel in Jerusalem in the chambers of the temple of the LORD."

 30 So the priests and the Levites received the silver, the gold, and the vessels by weight, to bring them to Jerusalem to the temple of our God.

 31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month to go to Jerusalem; and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the enemy and from those who lay in ambush by the way.

 32 So we came to Jerusalem, and were there three days.

 33 Then on the fourth day the silver, the gold, and the vessels were weighed in the temple of our God into the hands of Meremoth the priest, the son of Uriah. Eleazar the son of Phinehas was with him, and also the Levites Jozabad the son of Jeshua and Noadiah the son of Binnui.

 34 Everything was counted and weighed, and all the weight was written down at that time.

 35 Also the children of those who had been carried away captive, who had returned from captivity, offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel: twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety six rams, seventy seven lambs, and twelve he goats for a sin offering. All this was a burnt offering to the LORD.

 36 Then they delivered the king's commissions to the king's lieutenants and the governors in the region beyond the River. So they gave assistance to the people and to the temple of God.


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