1 These are the heads of clans who set out from Babylon with me in the reign of King Artaxerxes their predecessors are named:
2 Of the clan of Phinehas: Gershom
15 I gathered them by the river that runs to Ahava, and there we encamped for three days
18 As the good hand of God was with us, they brought us Sherebiah, a very sensible man, of the sons of Mahli, son of Levi, son of Israel, and with him were his sons and his brothers, numbering eighteen
:B:21 There at the banks of the river Ahava, I proclaimed a fast so we might humble ourselves before our God, to implore him for a safe journey for our selves, our children and our goods. 22 I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on the way, for we had said to the king, The hand of our God is for good, upon all who seek him
24 I chose twelve of the leaders of the priests, besides Sherebiah and Hashabiah and ten of their brothers. 25 I weighed out before them the silver and gold, the consecrated vessels given by the king, his counselors and his leaders, and by all the Israelites who were there, for the House of our God. 26 And I entrusted into their hands six hundred and fifty talents of silver, silver vessels worth a hundred talents, 27 twenty bowls of gold worth a thousand darics, and two vessels of fine bright bronze as precious as vessels of gold. 28 Then I said to them, You are consecrated to Yahweh, these vessels are sa cred objects, and the silver and gold are voluntary offerings made to Yahweh, the God of our ancestors. 29 Take care of them and keep them until you weigh them before the leaders of the priests, the Levites and the families of Israel in Jerusalem, in the chambers of the House of Yahweh.
30 Then, the priests and the Levites received all that we had weighed: the silver and gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem to the House of our God.
31 We left the banks of the river Ahava to go to Jerusalem on the twelfth day of the first month. The hand of God was with us and he kept us from all attacks and ambushes from enemies throughout our journey. 32 We arrived in Jerusalem where we rested for three days. 33 On the fourth day, within the house of our God, the silver, the gold, and the vessels were weighed into the hands of the priest Meremoth, son of Uriah, and with him was Eleazar, son of Phinehas, and with them were the Levites, Jozabad, son of Jeshua, and Noadiah, son of Binnui. 34 After counting and weighing everything again, the total weight was written down.
35 The Jews who had returned from exile offered sacrifices to the God of Israel: twelve young bulls for all Israel, ninety-six rams, seventy-seven lambs, and as a sin-offering, twelve he-goats. All these were burnt offerings to Yahweh. 36 And the decrees of the king were delivered to his governors and officials of the province beyond the River, who helped the people and the House of God.