1 These are the heads of their fathers, and this is the genealogy of those who went up
with me from Babylon, in the reign of King Artaxerxes:
2 of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom; of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel; of the sons of David,
3 of the sons of Shecaniah, of the sons of Parosh, Zechariah; and registered with him were
one hundred and fifty males;
4 of the sons of Pahath-Moab, Eliehoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with him two hundred
5 of the sons of Shechaniah, the son of Jahaziel, and with him three hundred males;
6 of the sons of Adin, Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with him fifty males;
7 of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and with him seventy males;
8 of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah the son of Michael, and with him eighty males;
9 of the sons of Joab, Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen
10 of the sons of Shelomith, the son of Josiphiah, and with him one hundred and sixty
11 of the sons of Bebai, Zechariah the son of Bebai, and with him twenty-eight males;
12 of the sons of Azgad, Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and with him one hundred and ten
13 of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names are these: Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah;
and with them sixty males;
14 also of the sons of Bigvai, Uthai and Zabbud, and with them seventy males.
15 Now I gathered them by the river that flows to Ahava, and we camped there three
days. And I considered the people and the priests, and found none of the sons of Levi
16 Then I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan,
Zechariah, and Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib and Elnathan, men of
17 And I gave them a command for Iddo, chief of the place Casiphia, and I put words in
their mouth to speak to Iddo and his brethren the temple slaves at the place Casiphia; that
they should bring to us servants for the house of our God.
18 Then, 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, namely Sherebiah, with his sons
and brothers, eighteen;
19 and Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brothers and their
20 also of the temple slaves, whom David and the rulers had appointed for the service of
the Levites, two hundred and twenty temple slaves. All of them were designated by name.
21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves
before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our
22 For I was ashamed to request of the king troops and horsemen to help us against the
enemy along the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, The hand of our God is
upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those
who forsake Him.
23 So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He was entreated of us.
24 Then I separated twelve of the chiefs of the priests; Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of
their brethren with them;
25 and weighed out to them the silver, the gold, and the articles, the offering for the house
of our God which the king and his counselors and his rulers, and all Israel who were
present, had contributed.
26 I weighed into their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, silver articles weighing
one hundred talents, one hundred talents of gold,
27 twenty gold basins worth a thousand drachmas, and two vessels of fine polished
bronze, precious as gold.
28 And I said to them, You are holy unto Jehovah; the articles are holy also; and the silver
and the gold are a freewill offering unto Jehovah the God of your fathers.
29 Watch and keep them until you weigh them before the chief of the priests and the
Levites and heads of the fathers of Israel in Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of
30 So the priests and the Levites accepted the silver and the gold by weight and the
articles, to bring them to Jerusalem to the house of our God.
31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go
to Jerusalem. And the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand
of the enemy and from ambush along the road.
32 So we came to Jerusalem, and remained there three days.
33 Now on the fourth day the silver and the gold and the articles were 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; with them were the Levites, Jozabad the son of Jeshua and
Noadiah the son of Binnui;
34 with the number and weight of everything. All the weight was written down at that
35 The children of those who had been carried away captive, who had come from the
captivity, offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel: twelve bulls for all Israel, ninety-six
rams, seventy-seven lambs, and twelve male goats as a sin offering. All this was a burnt
offering unto Jehovah.
36 And they delivered the king's orders to the king's satraps and the governors in the
region beyond the River. So they gave support to the people and the house of God.