Ezra 8


8:1 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.
8:2 Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons of Ithamar;
 Daniel: of the sons of David; Hattush.
8:3 Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pharosh;
 Zechariah: and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males
 a hundred and fifty.
8:4 Of the sons of Pahath-moab; Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah,
 and with him two hundred males.
8:5 Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel, and with him
 three hundred males.
8:6 Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with
 him fifty males.
8:7 And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and
 with him seventy males.
8:8 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the son of Michael,
 and with him eighty males.
8:9 Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him
 two hundred and eighteen males.
8:10 And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah, and
 with him a hundred and sixty males.
8:11 And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the son of Bebai, and
 with him twenty and eight males.
8:12 And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and
 with him a hundred and ten males.
8:13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names [are] these,
 Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them sixty males.
8:14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and Zabbud, and with
 them seventy males.
8:15 And I assembled them at the river that runneth to Ahava;
 and there we abode in tents three days: and I viewed the
 people, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of
 Levi.
8:16 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.
8:17 And I sent them with commandment to Iddo the chief at the
 place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say to Iddo,
 [and] to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia,
 that they should bring to us ministers for the house of our
 God.
8:18 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;
8:19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari,
 his brethren and their sons, twenty;
8:20 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.
8:21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river 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.
8:22 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 to 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.
8:23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was
 entreated by us.
8:24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests,
 Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,
8:25 And weighed to them the silver, and the gold, and the
 vessels, [even] the offering of the house of our God, which the
 king, and his counselors, and his lords, and all Israel [there]
 present, had offered:
8:26 I even weighed to their hand six hundred and fifty talents
 of silver, and silver vessels a hundred talents, [and] of gold
 a hundred talents;
8:27 Also twenty basins of gold, of a thousand drams; and two
 vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.
8:28 And I said to them, Ye [are] holy to the LORD; the vessels
 [are] holy also; and the silver and the gold [are] a
 free-will-offering to the LORD God of your fathers.
8:29 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.
8:30 So the priests and the Levites took the weight of the
 silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring [them] to
 Jerusalem to the house of our God.
8:31 Then we departed from the river 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 hand of the enemy,
 and of such as lay in wait by the way.
8:32 And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.
8:33 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;
8:34 By number [and] by weight of every one: and all the weight
 was written at that time.
8:35 [Also] the children of those that had been carried away,
 who had come out of the captivity, offered burnt-offerings to
 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 to the LORD.
8:36 And they delivered the king's commissions to the king's
 lieutenants, and to the governors on this side of the river:
 and they furthered the people, and the house of God.
 
 

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