8 Now these are their ancestral heads, and their genealogical register,—even of those who came up with me in the reign of Artaxerxes the king out of Babylon:—
2 Of the sons of Phinehas Gershom, Of the sons of Ithamar Daniel,—Of the sons of David Hattush;
3 Of the sons of Shecaniah, of the sons of Parosh Zechariah,—and with him—by genealogical registry of males a hundred and fifty:
4 Of the sons of Pahath-moab Eliehoenai, son of Zerahiah,—and with him two hundred males;
5 Of the sons of Zattu Shecaniah, the son of Jehaziel,—and with him three hundred males;
6 And of the sons of Adin Ebed, son of Jonathan,—and with him fifty males;
7 And of the sons of Elam Jeshaiah, son of Athaliah,—and with him seventy males;
8 And of the sons of Shephatiah Zebadiah, son of Michael,—and with him eighty males;
9 Of the sons of Joab Obadiah, son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen males;
10 And of the sons of Bani Shelomith, son of Josiphiah,—and with him a hundred and sixty males;
11 And of the sons of Bebai Zechariah, son of Bebai,—and with him twenty-eight males;
12 And of the sons of Azgad Johanan, son of Hakkatan,—and with him a hundred and ten males;
13 And of the later sons of Adonikam these being their names, Eliphelet, Jeuel, and Shemaiah,—and with them sixty males;
14 And of the sons of Bigvai Uthai and Zabbud,—and with him seventy males.
15 And I gathered them together unto the river that cometh into Ahava, and we encamped there three days,—and I informed myself among the people and the priests, and of the sons of Levi found I none there.
16 So I sent 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, teachers.
17 And I sent them forth unto Iddo the chief, at the place Casiphia,—and I put into their mouth words to speak unto Iddo and his brethren the Nethinim, at the place Casiphia, to bring unto us attendants for the house of our God.
18 So they brought unto us according to the good hand of our God upon us a man of discretion, of the sons of Mahli, son of Levi, son of Israel,—and Sherebiah, and his sons and his brethren, eighteen;
19 and Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah, of the sons of Merari,—his brethren and their sons, twenty;
20 and of the Nethinim whom David and the rulers had given for the service of the Levites Nethinim two hundred and twenty,—all of them expressed by name.
21 Then proclaimed I there a fast by the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God,—to seek of him a smooth way, for us and for our little ones and for all our substance.
22 For 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 unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all who seek him for good, But his power and his anger are against all who forsake him.
23 So we fasted and sought of our God concerning this,—and he suffered himself to be entreated by us.
24 Then I separated from among the rulers of the priests, twelve,—even Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and with them from among their brethren ten;
25 and weighed unto them, the silver and the gold and the utensils,—the heave-offering for the house of our God, which the king and his counsellors and his rulers and all Israel who were present had offered:
26 I even weighed unto their hand of silver six hundred and fifty talents, and of utensils of silver a hundred talents,—of gold a hundred talents;
27 and bowls of gold twenty, of a thousand drams,—and utensils of fine bright bronze two, precious as gold.
28 Then said I unto them, Ye are hallowed unto Yahweh, and the utensils are hallowed,—and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering, unto Yahweh, God of your fathers:
29 Watch and guard until ye weigh [them] before the rulers of the priests and the Levites and the ancestral rulers of Israel in Jerusalem,—in the chambers of the house of Yahweh.
30 So the priests and the Levites accepted the weight of the silver and the gold and the utensils,—to bring to Jerusalem unto the house of our God.
31 Then brake we up from the river of Ahava, on the twelfth of the first month, to journey unto Jerusalem,—and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the grasp of the enemy and of the lier in wait by the way.
32 So we came to Jerusalem,—and we rested there three days.
33 And on the fourth day was weighed—the silver and the gold and the utensils in the house of our God unto the hand of Meremoth son of Uriah the priest, and with him was Eleazar son of Phinehas,—and with them were Jozabad son of Jeshua and Noadiah son of Binnui, Levites:
34 by the number and by the weight of the whole,—and all the weight was written down at that time.
35 They who came in out of the captivity Sons of the Exile offered as ascending-sacrifices unto the God of Israel—bullocks twelve for all Israel, rams ninety-six, young sheep seventy-seven, he-goats for bearing sin twelve,—the whole as an ascending-sacrifice unto Yahweh.
36 Then delivered they the decrees of the king unto the satraps of the king, and the pashas Beyond the River,—and they upheld the people and the house of God.