Ezra 8 ©
A register of those who went up with Ezra, v. 1, etc. Ezra, viewing the people on the way at Ahava, and finding no Levites among them, sends to Casiphia and gets from there some wise and understanding Levites and Nethinims, 15. Proclaims a fast to beg of God a prosperous journey, 21. Delivers all the treasures to the chief of the priests and Levites to keep, and to deliver them in the house of the Lord, 24. He takes his journey and comes successfully at Jerusalem, 31. The treasures are faithfully delivered where they ought to be, and the king’s commissions and commands are delivered unto his deputies and governors, and obeyed by them, 33.
THESE are now the chief of their fathers, and this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king.
Of the 1sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons of Ithamar; Daniel: of the sons of David; Hattush.
Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pharosh; Zechariah: and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males an hundred and fifty.
Of the sons of Pahath-moab; Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with him two hundred males.
Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel, and with him three hundred males.
Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with him fifty males.
And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and with him seventy males.
And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the son of Michael, and with him fourscore males.
Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen males.
And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah, and with him an hundred and threescore males.
And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the son of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight males.
And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and with him an hundred and ten males.
And of the 2last sons of Adonikam, whose names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them threescore males.
Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and Zabbud, and with them seventy males.
¶And I gathered them together to the river that runneth 3to 4Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there none of the 5sons of Levi.
Then sent I 6for 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, 7men of understanding.
And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the 8chief at the place 9Casiphia, and I 10told them what they should say unto Iddo, and 11to his brethren the 12Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.
And 13by 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; 14and 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;
Also of the Nethinims, whom 15David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.
¶Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river 16of Ahava, that we might 17afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a 18right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
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 19for good that seek him; but his 20power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he 21was intreated of us.
¶Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,
And weighed unto them the silver,a 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 hand six hundred and fifty 22talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred 23talents, and of gold an hundred talents;
Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand 24drams;b and two vessels of 25fine copper, precious as gold.
And I said unto them, Ye are 26holy unto the LORD; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto the LORD God of your fathers.
Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them 27before 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.
So took the priests and the Levites the weight of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem 28unto the house of our God.
¶Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the 29first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the 30hand 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.
And we came to Jerusalem, and 31abode there three days.
¶Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed 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;
By number and by weight of every one: and all the weight was written at that time.
Also 32the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats for a sin offering: all this was a burnt offering unto the LORD.
¶And they delivered the king’s 33commissions unto the king’s lieutenants,c and to the governors on this side the 34river: and they 35furthered the people, and the house of God.