1Now these 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
Artaxerxes the king:
2Of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom. Of the sons of
Ithamar, Daniel. Of the sons of David, Hattush.
3Of the sons of
Shecaniah, of the sons of Parosh, Zechariah; and with him were reckoned by
genealogy of the males one hundred fifty.
4Of the sons of Pahathmoab,
Eliehoenai the son of Zerahiah; and with him two hundred males.
sons of Shecaniah, the son of 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
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, the
son of Josiphiah; and with him one hundred sixty males.
11Of the sons of
Bebai, Zechariah the son of Bebai; and with him twenty-eight males.
the sons of Azgad, Johanan the son of Hakkatan; and with him one hundred ten
13Of the sons of Adonikam, who were the last; and these
are their names: Eliphelet, Jeuel, and Shemaiah; and with them sixty males.
14Of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zabbud; and with them seventy males.
15I gathered them together to the river that runs to Ahava; and there we
encamped three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found
there none of the sons of Levi.
16Then 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, who were teachers.
17I sent them forth to Iddo the chief at the
place Casiphia; and I told them what they should tell Iddo, and his
brothers the Nethinim, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring to us
ministers for the house of our God.
18According to the good hand of our
God on us they brought us a man of discretion, of the sons of Mahli, the son
of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brothers,
19and Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari,
his brothers and their sons, twenty;
20and of the Nethinim, whom David
and the princes had given for the service of the Levites, two hundred and
twenty Nethinim: all of them were mentioned by name.
21Then I proclaimed
a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our
God, to seek of him a straight way for us, and for our little ones, and for
all our substance.
22For I was ashamed to ask 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 on all those who seek him,
for good; but his power and his wrath is against all those who forsake him.
23So we fasted and begged our God for this: and he was entreated of us.
24Then I set apart twelve of the chiefs of the priests, even Sherebiah,
Hashabiah, and ten of their brothers with them,
25and weighed to them the
silver, and the gold, and the vessels, even the offering for the house of our
God, which the king, and his counselors, and his princes, and all Israel
there present, had offered:
26I weighed into their hand six hundred fifty
talents of silver, and silver vessels one hundred talents; of gold one
27and twenty bowls of gold, of one thousand darics; and
two vessels of fine bright brass, precious as gold.
28I said to them,
You are holy to Yahweh, and the vessels are holy; and the silver and the
gold are a freewill offering to Yahweh, the God of your fathers.
you, and keep them, until you weigh them before the chiefs of the
priests and the Levites, and the princes of the fathers’ houses of
Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of Yahweh.
priests and the Levites received the weight of the silver and the gold, and
the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem to the house of our God.
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 on us, and he
delivered us from the hand of the enemy and the bandit by the way.
came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.
33On the fourth day the
silver and the gold and the vessels were weighed in the house of our God into
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, the Levite;
34the whole by number and by weight: and
all the weight was written at that time.
35The children of the captivity,
who had come out of exile, offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel,
twelve bulls for all Israel, ninety-six rams, seventy-seven lambs, and twelve
male goats for a sin offering: all this was a burnt offering to Yahweh.
36They delivered the king’s commissions to the king’s satraps, and to the
governors beyond the River: and they furthered the people and the house of