Ezra 8

1 These are now the chief of their fathers, and this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon (Bavel), in the reign of Artaxerxes the king.

2 Of the sons of Phinehas: Gershom; of the sons of Ithamar: Daniel; of the sons of Dawid: Hattush.

3 Of the sons of Shekhanyah, of the sons of Pharosh: Zechariah (Zekharyah); and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males a hundred and fifty.

4 Of the sons of Pahathmoab: Elihoenai the son of Zerachyah, and with him two hundred males.

5 Of the sons of Shekhanyah: the son of Yachaziel, and with him three hundred males.

6 Of the sons also of Adin: Ebed the son of Yonatan, and with him fifty males.

7 And of the sons of Elam: Jeshaiah (Yeshayahu) the son of Atalyah, and with him seventy males.

8 And of the sons of Shefatyah: Zevadyah the son of Mikhael, and with him fourscore males.

9 Of the sons of Yoav: Obadiah (Ovadyah) the son of Yeiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen males.

10 And of the sons of Shelomith: the son of Yosifyah, and with him a hundred and threescore males.

11 And of the sons of Bebai: Zechariah (Zekharyah) the son of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight males.

12 And of the sons of Azgad: Yochanan the son of Hakkatan, and with him a hundred and ten males.

13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names are these, Eliphelet, Yeiel, and Shemayah, and with them threescore males.

14 Of the sons also of Bigvai: Uthai, and Zabbud, and with them seventy males.

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 (kohanim), and found there none of the sons of Lewi.

16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemayah, and for Elnathan, and for Yariv, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for Zechariah (Zekharyah), and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Yoyariv, 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 (Elohim).

18 And by the good hand of our God (Elohim) upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Lewi, the son of Yisrael; and Sherevyah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen;

19 And Chashavyah, and with him Jeshaiah (Yeshayahu) of the sons of Merari, his brethren and their sons, twenty;

20 Also of the Nethinims, whom Dawid and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites (Lewiyim), two hundred and twenty Nethinims. All of them were expressed by name.

21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God (Elohim), 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 (Elohim) 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 (Elohim) for this; and he was intreated of us.

24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests (kohanim), Sherevyah, Chashavyah, 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 (Elohim), which the king, and his counsellors, and his princes, and all Yisrael there present, had offered.

26 I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels a hundred talents, and of gold a 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, “You are holy unto יהוה; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto יהוה God (Elohim) of your fathers.

29 Watch you, and keep them, until you weigh them before the chief of the priests (kohanim) and the Levites (Lewiyim), and chief of the fathers of Yisrael, at Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), in the chambers of the house of יהוה.”

30 So took the priests (kohanim) and the Levites (Lewiyim) the weight of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) unto the house of our God (Elohim).

31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem (Yerushalayim); and the hand of our God (Elohim) 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 (Yerushalayim), and abode there three days.

33 Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God (Elohim) by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriyah the priest (kohen); and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was Yozavad the son of Joshua (Yeshua), and Noadyah the son of Binnui, Levites (Lewiyim);

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 (Elohei Yisrael), twelve bullocks for all Yisrael, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats for a sin offering; all this was a burnt offering unto יהוה.

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 (Elohim).