Heads of Families Who Returned with Ezra
1These are the heads of their fathers’ houses, and this is the genealogy of those who went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of King Artaxerxes: 2of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom; of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel; of the sons of David, #1 Chr. 3:22; Ezra 2:68Hattush; 3of the sons of Shecaniah, of the sons of #Ezra 2:3Parosh, Zechariah; and registered with him were one hundred and fifty males; 4of the sons of #Ezra 10:30Pahath-Moab, Eliehoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with him two hundred males; 5of the sons of Shechaniah, Ben-Jahaziel, and with him three hundred males; 6of the sons of Adin, Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with him fifty males; 7of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and with him seventy males; 8of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah the son of Michael, and with him eighty males; 9of the sons of Joab, Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen males; 10of the sons of Shelomith, Ben-Josiphiah, and with him one hundred and sixty males; 11of the sons of #Ezra 10:28Bebai, Zechariah the son of Bebai, and with him twenty-eight males; 12of the sons of Azgad, Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and with him one hundred and ten males; 13of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names are these—Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah—and with them sixty males; 14also of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zabbud, and with them seventy males.
Servants for the Temple
15Now I gathered them by the river that flows to Ahava, and we camped there three days. And I looked among the people and the priests, and found none of the #Ezra 7:7; 8:2sons of Levi there. 16Then I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and #Ezra 10:15Meshullam, leaders; also for Joiarib and Elnathan, men of understanding. 17And I gave them a command for Iddo the chief man at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say to Iddo and his brethren the Nethinim at the place Casiphia—that they should bring us servants for the house of our God. 18Then, by the good hand of our God upon us, they #2 Chr. 30:22; Neh. 8:7brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli the son of Levi, the son of Israel, namely Sherebiah, with his sons and brothers, eighteen men; 19and #Neh. 12:24Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brothers and their sons, twenty men; 20#Ezra 2:43; 7:7also of the Nethinim, whom David and the leaders had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinim. All of them were designated by name.
Fasting and Prayer for Protection
21Then I #1 Sam. 7:6; 2 Chr. 20:3proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might #Lev. 16:29; 23:29; Is. 58:3, 5humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the #Ps. 5:8right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. 22For #1 Cor. 9:15I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, #Ezra 7:6, 9, 28“The hand of our God is upon all those for #(Ps. 33:18, 19; 34:15, 22; Rom. 8:28)good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are #(Ps. 34:16)against all those who #(2 Chr. 15:2)forsake Him.” 23So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He #(1 Chr. 5:20); 2 Chr. 33:13; Is. 19:22answered our prayer.
Gifts for the Temple
24And I separated twelve of the leaders of the priests—Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them— 25and weighed out to them #Ezra 7:15, 16the silver, the gold, and the articles, the offering for the house of our God which the king and his counselors and his princes, and all Israel who were present, had offered. 26I weighed into their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, silver articles weighing one hundred talents, one hundred talents of gold, 27twenty gold basins worth a thousand drachmas, and two vessels of fine polished bronze, precious as gold. 28And I said to them, “You are #Lev. 21:6–9; Deut. 33:8holy to the Lord; the articles are #Lev. 22:2, 3; Num. 4:4, 15, 19, 20holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to the Lord God of your fathers. 29Watch and keep them until you weigh them before the leaders of the priests and the Levites and #Ezra 4:3heads of the fathers’ houses of Israel in Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the Lord.” 30So the priests and the Levites received the silver and the gold and the articles by weight, to bring them to Jerusalem to the house of our God.
The Return to Jerusalem
31Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem. And #Ezra 7:6, 9, 28the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambush along the road. 32So we #Neh. 2:11came to Jerusalem, and stayed there three days.
33Now on the fourth day the silver and the gold and the articles were #Ezra 8:26, 30weighed 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; with them were the Levites, #Neh. 11:16Jozabad the son of Jeshua and Noadiah the son of Binnui, 34with the number and weight of everything. All the weight was written down at that time.
35The children of those who had been #Ezra 2:1carried away captive, who had come from the captivity, #Ezra 6:17offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel: twelve bulls for all Israel, ninety-six rams, seventy-seven lambs, and twelve male goats as a sin offering. All this was a burnt offering to the Lord.
36And they delivered the king’s #Ezra 7:21–24orders to the king’s satraps and the governors in the region beyond the River. So they gave support to the people and the house of God.