The companions of Ezra, who returned from Babylon.
Ezra 8:1 These are the heades of their fathers that were named, whyche wente vp with me from Babilon, what tyme as kinge Arthaxerses raygned. Ezra 8:2 Of the children of Phinehes, Gersom: of the children of Ithamar, Daniel: of the children of Dauid, Hatus: Ezra 8:3 of the children of Zecaniah, of the children Pharos, Zachary, & with him were nombred an hundred and fyfty men. Ezra 8:4 Of the children of Pahath Moab, Elioenai the sonne of Zarakiah, and with them two hundred men. Ezra 8:5 Of the chyldren of Zechaniah, the sonne of Iahasiel, and with hym thre hundred men. Ezra 8:6 Of the chyldren of Adin Abed the sonne of Ionathan, and with hym fyfty men. Ezra 8:7 Of the chyldren of Elam, Isaiah the sonne of Athaliah, and wyth him seuenty men. Ezra 8:8 Of the children of Saphatia, Zabadiah the sonne of Michael and wyth hym foure skore men. Ezra 8:9 Of the children of Ioab, Obadiah þe sonne of Iehiel, and wyth hym two hundred and eyghtene men. Ezra 8:10 Of the children of Selomith, the sonne of Iosphiah, and with hym an hundred and thre men. Ezra 8:11 Of the children of Bebai, Zachary the sonne of Bebai, and with hym eyght & twenty men. Ezra 8:12 Of the children of Asgad, Iohanan the sonne of Hakatan, and with him an hundred and ten men. Ezra 8:13 Of the last chyldren of Adonicam, and these were their names: Eliphelet, Iehiel and Samaiah, and with them thre score men. Ezra 8:14 Of the children of Begui, Vthai, and Zabud and with them seuenty men.
He sendeth to Iddo for ministers for the Temple.
Ezra 8:15 And I gathered them together by the water that runneth towarde Ahaua, and there abode we thre dayes. And when I loked among the people and the priestes, I found no Leuites there. Ezra 8:16 Then sent I Eliezer, Ariel, Semeiah, Elnathan, Iarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zachary, & Mosollam the rulers, and Ioiarib and Elna than the teachers, Ezra 8:17 & those sent I vnto Edo the chefest at Casphia, that they should fetche vs mynysters for the house of oure God, and I tolde them that they should saye vnto Edo, and to hys brethren the Nethinims at Casphia. Ezra 8:18 And (accordyng to the good hande of our God vpon vs) they broughte vs a wyse man from amonge the chyldren of Moholi the sonne of Leui the sonne of Israel, euen Sarabia, with his sonnes and brethren, eyghtene. Ezra 8:19 And Hasabia, and with him Isaiah of the children of Merari, wyth hys brethren and their sonnes, twenty. Ezra 8:20 And of the Nethinims, whom Dauid & the Prynces gaue to minister vnto the Leuites, two hundred and twentye all named by name.
He keepeth a fast.
Ezra 8:21 And euen there at the water besyde Ahaua, caused I a fastynge to be proclamed, þt we myghte humble oure selues before oure God, to seke of him a ryght waye for vs, and oure chyldren and all oure substaunce. Ezra 8:22 For I was ashamed to requyre of the kynge, soudyers and horsemen, to helpe vs agaynst the enemy in the way. For we had saide vnto the kynge. The hande of oure God is vpon all them that seke him in goodnes, and his vyolence and wrath vpon all them that forsake him. Ezra 8:23 So we fasted, and sought thys at oure God, and he hearde vs.
He committeth the treasures to the custody of the priests.
Ezra 8:24 And I toke out twelue of the chefe pryestes, Sarabia and Hasabia, and ten of theyr brethren with them, Ezra 8:25 and weyed them there the siluer and goulde and vessels for the heaueoffering vnto the house of our God, which the kinge and the Lordes of his counsell and prynces, and all Israel that were at hande, had geuen to the heaueoffering: Ezra 8:26 & there weied I them vnder their hand syx hundred & fyfty talentes of syluer, and in syluer vessel an hundred talentes, & in gould an hundred talentes Ezra 8:27 twentye cuppes of goulde of a thousande drammes, and two costly ornamentes of good brasse, as cleare as goulde, Ezra 8:28 and sayde vnto them: Ye are holy vnto the Lorde, therfore are the vessels holy also, and so is the syluer and goulde that is geuen of a good wil vnto the Lorde God of your fathers: Ezra 8:29 Watche ye therefore and kepe it tyl ye weye it doune before the chefe priestes and Leuites, and auncient fathers of Israel at Ierusalem in the chestes of the house of the Lorde. Ezra 8:30 Then toke the priestes and the Leuites that weyed syluer & goulde and vessel, to brynge it to Ierusalem vnto the house of oure God.
From Ahava they come to Jerusalem.
Ezra 8:31 So we brake vp from the water of Ahaua on the twelueth day of the fyrst moneth, to go vnto Ierusalem: & the hande of our God was vpon vs, and delyuered vs from the hande of the enemies & preuy waytinges by the waye. Ezra 8:32 And we came to Ierusalem, & abode there thre dayes.
The treasure is weighed in the Temple.
Ezra 8:33 But on the fourth day was the syluer and goulde and vessell weyed in the house of oure God vnder the hande of Meremoth the sonne of Vriah the pryeste, and with him Eleazar the sonne of Phinehes, and with them Iosabad the sonne of Iesua, and Noadiah the sonne of Benoi the Leuites, Ezra 8:34 according to the nombre & weight of euery one. And the weyght was all wrytten vp at the same tyme. Ezra 8:35 And the children of the captyuyte, whyche were come out of preson, offered burntofferynges vnto the God of Israel: twelue bullockes for al Israel, syxe and nyntye rammes, seuen and seuentye lambes, & twelue goates for a synofferynge, al to the burntofferynge of the Lorde.
The commission is delivered.
Ezra 8:36 And they delyuered the kynges commission vnto the kinges offycers, and to þe captaines on this side of þe water. And they promoted the people and the house of God.