Ezra 8 ©
The companions of Ezra, who returned with him from Babylon. Reviewing them at Ahava, and finding none of the Levites there, he sendeth to Iddo for ministers for the temple service, and obtaineth them. A fast is proclaimed in order to seek of God a prosperous journey. The holy treasures are committed to the custody of the priests. From Ahava Ezra with his company come safe to Jerusalem. The treasures are delivered by weight into the temple. The king's commission delivered.
Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel, and with him three hundred males.
And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah, and with him an hundred and threescore males.
Then sent I for 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, men of understanding.
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, eThe hand of our God is upon all them ffor good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that gforsake him.
¶Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, jSherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,
I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, and of gold an hundred talents;
Also mtwenty basons of gold, of a thousand *drams; and two vessels of 5fine copper, 6precious as gold.
So took the priests and the Levites the weight of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of our God.
¶Then we departed from the river of rAhava on the stwelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and tthe hand 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 uwe came to Jerusalem, and abode 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 vMeremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was wJozabad 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 the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity, xoffered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel, ytwelve 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.