List of the Family Heads Returning With 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, 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 an hundred and fifty.
8:4 Of the sons of Pahathmoab; 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 fourscore 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 an hundred and threescore 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 an hundred and ten males.
8:13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names are
these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them
8:14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and Zabbud, and
with them seventy males.
The Return to Jerusalem
8:15 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.
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 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.
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 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
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 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.
8:23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was
intreated of 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 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:
8:26 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;
8:27 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and
two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.
8:28 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.
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 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.
8:31 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
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,
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.
8:36 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.