Ezra 8:1-36, NLT
Exiles Who Returned with Ezra
1Here is a list of the family leaders and the genealogies of those who came with me from Babylon during the reign of King Artaxerxes:
2From the family of Phinehas: Gershom.
From the family of Ithamar: Daniel.
From the family of David: Hattush,
From the family of Parosh: Zechariah and 150 other men were registered.
4From the family of Pahath-moab: Eliehoenai son of Zerahiah and 200 other men.
5From the family of Zattu*8:5 As in some Greek manuscripts (see also 1 Esdras 8:32); Hebrew lacks Zattu.: Shecaniah son of Jahaziel and 300 other men.
6From the family of Adin: Ebed son of Jonathan and 50 other men.
7From the family of Elam: Jeshaiah son of Athaliah and 70 other men.
8From the family of Shephatiah: Zebadiah son of Michael and 80 other men.
9From the family of Joab: Obadiah son of Jehiel and 218 other men.
10From the family of Bani*8:10 As in some Greek manuscripts (see also 1 Esdras 8:36); Hebrew lacks Bani.: Shelomith son of Josiphiah and 160 other men.
11From the family of Bebai: Zechariah son of Bebai and 28 other men.
12From the family of Azgad: Johanan son of Hakkatan and 110 other men.
13From the family of Adonikam, who came later*8:13 Or who were the last of his family.: Eliphelet, Jeuel, Shemaiah, and 60 other men.
14From the family of Bigvai: Uthai, Zaccur,*8:14 As in Greek and Syriac versions and an alternate reading of the Masoretic Text; the other alternate reads Zabbud. and 70 other men.
Ezra’s Journey to Jerusalem
15I assembled the exiles at the Ahava Canal, and we camped there for three days while I went over the lists of the people and the priests who had arrived. I found that not one Levite had volunteered to come along.
18Since the gracious hand of our God was on us, they sent us a man named Sherebiah, along with eighteen of his sons and brothers. He was a very astute man and a descendant of Mahli, who was a descendant of Levi son of Israel.*8:18 Israel is the name that God gave to Jacob.
21And there by the Ahava Canal, I gave orders for all of us to fast and humble ourselves before our God. We prayed that he would give us a safe journey and protect us, our children, and our goods as we traveled.
24I appointed twelve leaders of the priests—Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten other priests—
24 tons*8:26a Hebrew 650 talents [22 metric tons]. of silver,
7,500 pounds*8:26b Hebrew 100 talents [3,400 kilograms]; also in 8:26c. of silver articles,
7,500 pounds of gold,
2720 gold bowls, equal in value to 1,000 gold coins,*8:27 Hebrew 1,000 darics, about 19 pounds or 8.6 kilograms in weight.
2 fine articles of polished bronze, as precious as gold.
28And I said to these priests, “You and these treasures have been set apart as holy to the Lord. This silver and gold is a voluntary offering to the Lord, the God of our ancestors.
31We broke camp at the Ahava Canal on April 19*8:31 Hebrew on the twelfth day of the first month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day was April 19, 458 b.c.; also see note on 6:15. and started off to Jerusalem. And the gracious hand of our God protected us and saved us from enemies and bandits along the way.
33On the fourth day after our arrival, the silver, gold, and other valuables were weighed at the Temple of our God and entrusted to Meremoth son of Uriah the priest and to Eleazar son of Phinehas, along with Jozabad son of Jeshua and Noadiah son of Binnui—both of whom were Levites.
35Then the exiles who had come out of captivity sacrificed burnt offerings to the God of Israel. They presented twelve bulls for all the people of Israel, as well as ninety-six rams and seventy-seven male lambs. They also offered twelve male goats as a sin offering. All this was given as a burnt offering to the Lord.