NASB — Ezra 8 — KJV

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, aHattush; 3 of the sons of Shecaniah [who was] of the sons of aParosh, 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 aAdin, 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 IZabbud, and 70 males with IIthem.

[2] a1Ch 3:22
[3] aEzr 2:3
[6] aEzr 2:15; Ne 7:20; 10:16
[14] IOr Zakkur IIOr him

Ezra Sends for Levites

15 ¶ Now I assembled them at athe river that runs to Ahava, where we camped for three days; and when I observed the people and the priests, I bdid not find any Levites there. 16 So I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah and Meshullam, Ileading men, and for Joiarib and Elnathan, teachers. 17 I sent them to Iddo the Ileading man at the place Casiphia; and I IItold them what to say to IIIIddo [and] his brothers, athe temple servants at the place Casiphia, [that is], to bring ministers to us for the house of our God. 18 aAccording to the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a bman 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 IJeshaiah of the sons of Merari, with his brothers and their sons, 20 men; 20 and 220 of athe temple servants, whom David and the princes had given for the service of the Levites, all of them designated by name.

[15] aEzr 8:21, 31 bEzr 7:7; 8:2
[16] ILit heads
[17] ILit head IILit put words in their mouth to say IIISo Gr; Heb Iddo his brother aEzr 2:43
[18] aEzr 7:6, 28 b2Ch 30:22
[19] ISo Gr; Heb with him Jeshaiah
[20] aEzr 2:43; 7:7

Protection of God Invoked

21 ¶ Then I proclaimed aa fast there at bthe river of Ahava, that we might chumble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a Isafe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions. 22 For I was ashamed to request from the king troops and horsemen to Iprotect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, “aThe hand of our God is IIfavorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but bHis power and His anger are against all those who cforsake Him.” 23 So we fasted and sought our God concerning this [matter], and He Ialistened to our entreaty.

[21] ILit straight way a1S 7:6; 2Ch 20:3 bEzr 8:15, 31 cLv 16:29; 23:29; Is 58:3, 5
[22] ILit help IILit upon all...for good aEzr 7:6, 9, 28 bJsh 22:16 c2Ch 15:2
[23] ILit was entreated by us a1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 33:13

24 ¶ Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests, aSherebiah, Hashabiah, and with them ten of their brothers; 25 and I aweighed out to them bthe silver, the gold and the utensils, the offering for the house of our God which the king and chis counselors and his princes and all Israel present [there] had offered. 26 aThus I weighed into their hands 650 talents of silver, and silver utensils [worth] 100 talents, [and] 100 gold talents, 27 and 20 gold bowls [worth] 1,000 darics, and two utensils of fine shiny bronze, precious as gold. 28 Then I said to them, “aYou are holy to the LORD, and the butensils are holy; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to the LORD God of your fathers. 29 Watch and keep [them] auntil 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 aaccepted the weighed out silver and gold and the utensils, to bring [them] to Jerusalem to the house of our God.

[24] aEzr 8:18, 19
[25] aEzr 8:33 bEzr 7:15, 16 cEzr 7:14
[26] aEzr 1:9-11
[28] aLv 21:6-8 bLv 22:2, 3
[29] aEzr 8:33, 34
[30] aEzr 1:9

31 ¶ Then we journeyed from athe river Ahava on bthe twelfth of the first month to go to Jerusalem; and cthe hand of our God was over us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and the ambushes by the way. 32 aThus we came to Jerusalem and remained there three days.

[31] aEzr 8:15, 21 bEzr 7:9 cEzr 8:22
[32] aNe 2:11

Treasure Placed in the Temple

33 On the fourth day the silver and the gold and the utensils awere weighed out in the house of our God into the hand of bMeremoth 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.

[33] aEzr 8:30 bNe 3:4, 21

35aThe exiles who had come from the captivity offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel: b12 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 athey delivered the king’s edicts to bthe king’s satraps and to the governors [in the provinces] beyond the IRiver, and they supported the people and the house of God.

[35] aEzr 2:1 bEzr 6:17
[36] II.e. Euphrates River aEzr 7:21-24 bEzr 4:7; 5:6


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The companions of Ezra, who returned from Babylon.

1 ¶ 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. 2 Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons of Ithamar; Daniel: of the sons of David; Hattush. 3 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. 4 Of the sons of Pahathmoab; Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with him two hundred males. 5 Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel, and with him three hundred males. 6 Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with him fifty males. 7 And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and with him seventy males. 8 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the son of Michael, and with him fourscore males. 9 Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen males. 10 And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah, and with him an hundred and threescore males. 11 And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the son of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight males. 12 And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and with him an hundred and ten males. 13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names [are] these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them threescore males. 14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and Zabbud, and with them seventy males.

[1] 1Ch 4:33; 9:1, 34; 24:31; 26:32; 2Ch 26:12; Ezr 1:5; 2:62; 7:7, 13; Ne 7:70.
[2] 1Ch 3:1, 22; 6:3, 4; 24:1.
[3] Ezr 2:3; Ne 7:8; 10:14.
[4] Ezr 2:6; Ne 7:11; 10:14.
[6] Ezr 2:15; Ne 7:20; 10:16.
[7] Ezr 2:7, 31; Ne 7:12, 34.
[8] Ezr 2:4; Ne 7:9; 11:4.
[9] Ezr 2:6; Ne 7:11.
[11] Ezr 2:11; 10:28; Ne 7:16.
[12] Ezr 2:12; Ne 7:17.
[13] Ezr 2:13; Ne 7:18.
[14] Ezr 2:14; Ne 7:19; 10:12.

He sendeth to Iddo for ministers for the Temple.

15 ¶ And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi. 16 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. 17 And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, [and] to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house 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; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen; 19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brethren and their sons, twenty; 20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.

[15] Ezr 7:7, 24; 8:2, 21, 31; Ps 137:1; Ezk 1:1; 3:15; Ac 16:13.
[16] 1K 3:11; 1Ch 12:32; 26:14; 2Ch 2:12; Ezr 8:1, 11, 13, 18; 10:21, 39; Pv 2:6; 20:5; 28:2; Dn 2:21; 2Ti 2:7; 1Jn 5:20.
[17] Ex 4:15; Nu 8:22; 18:6; Dt 18:18; 2S 14:3, 19; 1Ch 23:3, 26; Ezr 2:43, 58; 7:7, 9; 8:31; Jr 1:9; 15:19; Tit 1:5.
[18] Nu 3:20; 1Ch 6:19; Ezr 7:28; 8:16, 22, 24; Ne 2:8; 8:7; 9:4; 10:12; 12:24; Pv 3:6; 24:3; Jr 3:15; Dn 1:20; 1Co 14:20.
[19] 1Ch 6:1, 16, 19; Ne 3:17; 10:11.
[20] 1Ch 9:2; Ezr 2:43; 7:7; 8:17; Php 4:3.

He keepeth a fast.

21 ¶ Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. 22 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 for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath [is] against all them that forsake him. 23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

[21] Lv 16:29, 31; 23:29; Nu 14:3, 31; Jg 20:26; 1S 7:6; 2Ch 20:3; Ps 5:8; 8:2; 107:2; 143:8; Pv 3:6; Is 30:21; 35:8; 42:16; 49:10; 58:3, 5; Jr 10:23; 31:8; 50:4; Jol 1:14; 2:12; Jna 3:5; Mk 10:13; Ac 2:39.
[22] Jsh 23:16; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 15:2; 16:9; Ezr 7:6, 9, 28; Ps 21:8; 33:18; 34:15, 16, 22; 90:11; Is 3:10; Lm 3:25; Zp 1:2; Ro 8:28; 1Co 9:15; 2Co 7:14; He 10:38; 1P 3:12.
[23] Dt 4:29; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 33:12; Ezr 8:31; Ne 9:1; Es 4:16; Ps 66:18; Is 19:22; Jr 29:12; 33:3; 50:4; Dn 9:3; Mt 7:7; Lk 2:37; Ac 10:30.

He committeth the treasures to the custody of the priests.

24 ¶ Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them, 25 And weighed unto them the silver, 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: 26 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; 27 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold. 28 And I said unto them, Ye [are] holy 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. 29 Watch ye, and keep [them], until ye weigh [them] before 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. 30 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.

[24] Ezr 8:18.
[25] Ezr 1:8; 7:15; 8:33; 2Co 8:20; Php 4:8.
[27] Lm 4:2.
[28] Lv 21:6; 22:2; Nu 4:4, 19; 7:13, 84; Dt 33:8; 1K 7:48; 1Ch 23:28; 2Ch 24:14; Ezr 1:7; Is 52:11.
[29] 1Ch 26:20; Ezr 8:33; Mk 13:34; Ac 20:31; 2Ti 4:5.
[30] 1Ch 29:2; Ezr 8:22; Ps 122:9; Is 60:13.

From Ahava they come to Jerusalem.

31 ¶ Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth [day] of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the 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. 32 And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.

[31] Ezr 7:9, 28; 8:15, 21, 22; Jb 5:19; Ps 91:9; Is 41:10; Ac 25:3; 26:22.
[32] Ezr 7:8; Ne 2:11.

The treasure is weighed in the Temple.

33 ¶ 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; 34 By number [and] by weight of every one: and all the weight was written at that time. 35 [Also] the 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.

[33] 1Ch 28:14; Ezr 8:26, 30; Ne 3:4; 8:7; 10:5, 9; 2Co 8:20.
[35] Lv 1:1; Nu 7:27; 2Ch 29:31; Ezr 6:17; Ps 66:10; 116:12; Lk 1:74.

The commission is delivered.

36 ¶ And they delivered the king's commissions unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors on this side the river: and they furthered the people, and the house of God.

[36] Ezr 4:7; 5:6; 6:13; 7:21; Is 56:6; Ac 18:27; Rv 12:16.


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