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Those Returning with Ezra

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 150.
  4Of the sons of Pahathmoab, Eliehoenai the son of Zerahiah; and with him 200 males.
  5Of the sons of Shecaniah, the son of Jahaziel; and with him 300 males.
  6Of the sons of Adin, Ebed the son of Jonathan; and with him 50 males.
  7Of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah; and with him 70 males.
  8Of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah the son of Michael; and with him 80 males.
  9Of the sons of Joab, Obadiah the son of Jehiel; and with him 218 males.
  10Of the sons of Shelomith, the son of Josiphiah; and with him 160 males.
  11Of the sons of Bebai, Zechariah the son of Bebai; and with him 28 males.
  12Of the sons of Azgad, Johanan the son of Hakkatan; and with him 110 males.
  13Of the sons of Adonikam who were the last, and these are their names: Eliphelet, Jeuel, and Shemaiah; and with them 60 males.
  14Of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zabbud; and with them 70 males.

15I gathered them together to the river that runs to Ahava, and we encamped there for three days. And I surveyed the people, and the priests, but found none of the sons of Levi there.
  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, leading men; also for Joiarib and for Elnathan, who were teachers.
  17I sent them to Iddo, the leading man at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should tell Iddo and his brothers, the Temple servants at the place Casiphia, which was that they should bring ministers to us 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, 18 men;
  19and Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brothers and their sons, 20;
  20and of the Temple servants who David and the officials had established for the service of the Levites, 220 Temple servants; all of them were mentioned by name.

Preparing to Return

21Then I proclaimed a fast there at the Ahava Canal, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from 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 enemies along the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is for good upon all those who seek him, but his power and his wrath is against all those who forsake him.”
  23So we fasted and sought our God about this, and he responded to our prayers.

24Then I selected 12 of the leaders of the priests, even Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brothers with them,
  25and weighed out to them the silver and the gold and the other articles, the offering for the house of our God that the king and his counselors and his officials and all Israel who were present there had offered.
  26I weighed into their hand 650 talents of silver, and articles of silver weighing 100 talents; and 100 talents of gold;
  27and 20 bowls of gold valued at 1,000 darics, and two vessels of fine bright bronze as desirable as gold.
  28Then I said to them, “You are holy to Yahweh, and the articles are holy, and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to Yahweh the God of your fathers.
  29Watch and keep them until you weigh them out in the chambers of the house of Yahweh in front of the leaders of the priests and the Levites and the leaders of the fathers’ households of Israel at Jerusalem.”
  30So the priests and the Levites received the silver and the gold and the articles that had been weighed out, to bring them to Jerusalem to the house of our God.

Arrival in Jerusalem

31Then we departed from the Ahava Canal 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 enemies and the ambushes along the road.
  32So we arrived at Jerusalem and rested there for three days.
  33On the fourth day, the silver and the gold and the articles were weighed out 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 was verified by number and by weight, and all the weight was written down at that time.

35The children of the captivity, those who had come out of exile, offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel, 12 bulls for all Israel, 96 rams, 77 lambs, and 12 male goats for a sin offering. All this was a burnt offering to Yahweh.
  36They also delivered the king’s commissions to the king’s satraps and to the governors beyond the River, who gave assistance to the people and the house of God.

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