Priests to Guard Offerings

Ezra 8

24 Then I set apart twelve leading priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their kinsmen, 25 And weighed out to them the silver, the gold, and the vessels, the offering for the house of our God which the king, his counselors, his lords, and all Israel there present had offered. 26 I weighed into their hands 650 talents of silver, and silver vessels valued at 100 talents, and 100 talents of gold; 27 Also 20 basins of gold worth 1,000 darics, and two vessels of fine bright bronze, precious as gold. 28 And I said to them, You are holy to the Lord, the vessels are holy also, and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to the Lord, the God of your fathers. 29 Guard and keep them until you weigh them before the chief priests and Levites and heads of the fathers' houses of Israel in Jerusalem in the chambers of the house of the Lord. 30 So the priests and the Levites received the weight of the silver, the gold, and the vessels to bring them to Jerusalem into the house of our God.

31 We left the river 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 enemy and those who lay in wait by the way. 32 And we came to Jerusalem, and [had been] there three days. 33 On the fourth day, the silver, the gold, and the vessels were weighed in the house of our God into the hands of Meremoth the priest, son of Uriah, and with him was Eleazar son of Phinehas, and with them were Jozabad son of Jeshua and Noadiah son of Binnui--the Levites. 34 Every piece was counted and weighed, and all the weight was recorded at once.

35 Also those returned exiles whose parents had been carried into captivity offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel: twelve young bulls for all Israel, ninety-six rams, seventy-seven lambs, and twelve he-goats for a sin offering. All this was a burnt offering to the Lord. 36 And they delivered the king's commissions to the king's lieutenants and to the governors west of the River, and they aided the people and God's house.

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