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Ezra 8:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Now these are the heads of their fathers' [houses], and this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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 Artaxerxes the king.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now these are the heads of their fathers’ [households] and the genealogical enrollment of those who went up with me from Babylon in the reign of King Artaxerxes:
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— 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 Artaxerxes the king.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And these are the chief fathers, and their genealogy, who went up with me from Babylon in the reign of Artaxerxes the king.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— 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:—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And these [are] heads of their fathers, and the genealogy of those going up with me, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king, from Babylon.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Now these are the chief of families, and the genealogy of them, who came up with me from Babylon in the reign of Artaxerxes the king.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— These [are] now the chiefe of their fathers, and [this is] the genealogie of them that went vp with mee from Babylon, in the reigne of Artaxerxes the king.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And these [are] the heads of their families, the leaders that went up with me in the reign of Artaxerxes{gr.Arthasastha} the king of Babylon.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— These [are] now the chief of their fathers, and [this is] the genealogy of them that went up with me from Bavel, in the reign of Artachshasta the king.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
These x428
(0428) Complement
Prolonged from H0411; these or those.
[are] now the chief 7218
{7218} Prime
From an unused root apparently meaning to shake; the head (as most easily shaken), whether literally or figuratively (in many applications, of place, time, rank, etc.).
of their fathers, 1
{0001} Prime
A primitive word; father in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application.
and [this is] the genealogy 3187
{3187} Prime
A primitive root; to sprout; used only as denominative from H3188; to enroll by pedigree.
<8692> Grammar
Stem - Hithpael (See H8819)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 116
of them that went up 5927
{5927} Prime
A primitive root; to ascend, intransitively (be high) or active (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literally and figuratively.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
with x5973
(5973) Complement
From H6004; adverb or preposition, with (that is, in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English).
me from Bävel בָּבֶל, 894
{0894} Prime
From H1101; confusion; Babel (that is, Babylon), including Babylonia and the Babylonian empire.
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
in the reign 4438
{4438} Prime
From H4427; a rule; concretely a dominion.
of ´Artaçša$tä´ אַרתַּחשַׁשׂתָּא 783
{0783} Prime
Of foreign origin; Artachshasta (or Artaxerxes), a title (rather than name) of several Persian kings.
the king. 4428
{4428} Prime
From H4427; a king.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ezra 8:1

_ _ Ezra 8:1-14. Ezra’s companions from Babylon.

_ _ this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon — The number given here amounts to 1754. But this is the register of adult males only, and as there were women and children also (Ezra 8:21), the whole caravan may be considered as comprising between six thousand and seven thousand.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Ezra 8:1-20

_ _ Ezra, having received his commission from the king, beats up for volunteers, as it were, sets up an ensign to assemble the outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah, Isaiah 11:12. “Whoever of the sons of Sion, that swell with the daughters of Babylon, is disposed to go to Jerusalem, now that the temple there is finished and the temple-service set a-going, now is their time.” Now one would think that under such a leader, with such encouragements, all the Jews should at length have shaken themselves from their dust, and loosed the bands of their neck, according to that call, Isaiah 52:1, Isaiah 52:2, etc. I wonder how any of them could read that chapter and yet stay behind. But multitudes did. They loved their ease better than their religion, thought themselves well off where they were, and either believed not that Jerusalem would better their condition or durst not go thither through any difficulties. But here we are told,

_ _ I. That some offered themselves willingly to go with Ezra. The heads of the several families are here named, for their honour, and the numbers of the males that each brought in, amounting in all to 1496. Two priests are named (Ezra 8:2) and one of the sons of David; but, it should seem, they came without their families, probably intending to see how they liked Jerusalem and then either to send for their families or return to them as they saw cause. Several of their families, or clans, here named, we had before, ch. 2. Some went up from them at that time, more went up now, as God inclined their hearts; some were called into the vineyard at the third hour, others not till the eleventh, yet even those were not rejected. But here we read of the last sons of Adonikam (Ezra 8:13), which some understand to their dispraise, that they were the last that enlisted themselves under Ezra; I rather understand it to their honour, that now all the sons of that family returned and none staid behind.

_ _ II. That the Levites who went in this company were in a manner pressed into the service. Ezra appointed a general rendezvous of all his company at a certain place upon new-year's day, the first day of the first month. Ezra 7:9. Then and there he took a view of them, and mustered them, and (which was strange) found there none of the sons of Levi, Ezra 8:15. Some priests there were, but no others that were Levites. Where was the spirit of that sacred tribe? Ezra, a priest, like Moses proclaims, Who is on the Lord's side? They, unlike to Levi, shrink, and desire to abide among the sheep-folds to hear the bleatings of the flock. Synagogues we suppose they had in Babylon, in which they prayed, and preached, and kept sabbaths (and, when they could not have better, they had reason to be thankful for them); but now that the temple at Jerusalem was opened, to the service of which they were ordained, they ought to have preferred the gates of Zion before all those synagogues. It is upon record here, to their reproach; but tell it not in Gath. Ezra, when he observed that he had no Levites in his retinue, was much at a loss. He had money enough for the service of the temple, but wanted men. The king and princes had more than done their part, but the sons of Levi had not half done theirs. Eleven men, chief men, and men of understanding, he chooses out of his company, to be employed for the filling up of this lamentable vacancy; and here we are informed, 1. Of their being sent. Ezra sent them to a proper place, where there as a college of Levites, the place Casiphia, probably a street or square in Babylon allowed for that purpose — Silver Street one may call it, for ceseph signifies silver. He sent them to a proper person, to Iddo, the chief president of the college, not to urge him to come himself (we will suppose him to be old and unfit for such a remove), but to send some of the juniors, ministers for the house of our God, Ezra 8:17. The furnishing of God's house with good ministers is a good work, which will redound to the comfort and credit of all that have a hand in it. 2. Of their success. They did not return without their errand, but, though the warning was short, they brought about forty Levites to attend Ezra, Sherebiah, noted as a very intelligent man, and eighteen with him (Ezra 8:18). Hashabiah, and Jeshaiah, and twenty with them, Ezra 8:19. By this it appears that they were not averse to go, but were slothful and inattentive, and only wanted to be called upon and excited to go. What a pity it is that good men should omit a good work, merely for want of being spoken to! What a pity that they should need it, but, if they do, what a pity that they should be left without it! Of the Nethinim, the servitors of the sacred college, the species infimathe lowest order of the temple ministers, more appeared forward to go than of the Levites themselves. Of them 220, upon this hasty summons, enlisted themselves, and had the honour to be expressed by name in Ezra's muster-roll, Ezra 8:20. “Thus,” says Ezra, “were we furnished with Levites, by the good hand of our God upon us.” If, where ministers have been wanting, the vacancies are well supplied, let God have the glory, and his good hand be acknowledged as qualifying them for the service, inclining them to it, and then opening a door of opportunity for them.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ezra 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 (Ezr. 7:1-28).

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the chief:

Ezra 1:5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all [them] whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which [is] in Jerusalem.
1 Chronicles 9:34 These chief fathers of the Levites [were] chief throughout their generations; these dwelt at Jerusalem.
1 Chronicles 24:31 These likewise cast lots over against their brethren the sons of Aaron in the presence of David the king, and Zadok, and Ahimelech, and the chief of the fathers of the priests and Levites, even the principal fathers over against their younger brethren.
1 Chronicles 26:32 And his brethren, men of valour, [were] two thousand and seven hundred chief fathers, whom king David made rulers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for every matter pertaining to God, and affairs of the king.
2 Chronicles 26:12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour [were] two thousand and six hundred.
Nehemiah 7:70-71 And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests' garments. ... And [some] of the chief of the fathers gave to the treasure of the work twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand and two hundred pound of silver.


Ezra 2:62 These sought their register [among] those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.
1 Chronicles 4:33 And all their villages that [were] round about the same cities, unto Baal. These [were] their habitations, and their genealogy.
1 Chronicles 9:1 So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they [were] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, [who] were carried away to Babylon for their transgression.

them that went up:

Ezra 7:7 And there went up [some] of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.
Ezra 7:13 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and [of] his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.
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