8:1 These [are] now the chief of their fathers, and [this is] the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of a Artaxerxes the king.
(a) Read (Ezra
And of the b last sons of Adonikam,
whose names [are] these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them
(b) That came to go with Ezra.
8:15 And I gathered them
together to the c river that runneth to
Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, and the
priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi.
(c) To that place of Euphrates, where the Ahava
river enters it.
8:17 And I sent them with
commandment unto Iddo the d chief at the
place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, [and] to his
brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us
ministers for the house of our God.
(d) He was the chief teacher of the law to the
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict f
ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little
ones, and for all our substance.
(f) He shows that the purpose of fasting is to
humble the body to the spirit, which must proceed from the heart that is
touched, or else it is hypocrisy.
8:22 For I was g
ashamed to require 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 them for good that seek him; but his power and his
wrath [is] against all them that forsake him.
(g) He thought it better to commit himself to the
protection of God, than by seeking these ordinary means to give others a
reason to think that he doubted God's power.
I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty h
talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, [and] of gold an
(h) Read (1 Kings
8:27 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand i
drams; and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.
(i) Read (Ezra
Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth [day] of the first
month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he
delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in k
wait by the way.
(k) This declared that their journey was full of
danger and yet God delivered them according to their prayer.
8:33 Now on the fourth day
was the silver and the gold and the vessels 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; and with them [was] Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the
son of Binnui, l Levites;
(l) This was a token of a good conscience and of
his integrity that he would have witnesses of his fidelity.