Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Ezra 8:18

According to the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of insight of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel, namely Sherebiah, and his sons and brothers, 18 men;
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Levites;   Mahli;   Sherebiah;   Zeal, Religious;   Thompson Chain Reference - Divine;   God;   God's;   Hand, Divine;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Goodness of God, the;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Levite;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Sherebiah;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ezra;   Jabez (1);   Levites;   Meshullam;   Sherebiah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Exile;   Ezra, Book of;   Mahli;   Meshullam;   Sherebiah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ezra;   Ish-Sechel;   Johanan;   Mahli;   Merari, Merarites;   Mooli;   Shemaiah;   Sherebiah;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Census;   Mahli ;   Sherebiah ;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Mo'li;   Sherebi'ah;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Babylonish Captivity, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Asebebias;   Ezra;   Ish-Sechel;   Law in the Old Testament;   Mahli;   Merari;   Mooli;   Priests and Levites;   Sarabias;   Sherebiah;   Solomon's Servants;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ahava;   Nehemiah, Book of;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And Sherebiah - Either a name has fallen out before the words “a man of understanding,” or the “and” here has crept into the text by accident. Sherebiah appears among the most earnest of the Levites under Nehemiah (see the marginal references).

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Ezra 8:18". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ezra-8.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And by the good hand of our God upon us,.... Favouring their designs and orders, protecting those that were sent, and inclining those they were sent to use their interest and authority with those that were under them, and making them willing also to agree to what was proposed to them:

they brought us a man of understanding of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; an Israelite, of the tribe of Levi, in the line of Mahli a son of Merari, the third son of Levi:

and Sherebiah; or rather "even Sherebiah"; so Aben Ezra; for he is the understanding man that is meant, and described by his pedigree:

with his sons and his brethren, eighteen; all together made this number.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:18". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ezra-8.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen;

By the good hand — If where ministers have been wanting, the vacancies are well supplied, let us ascribe it to the good hand of God, qualifying them for the service, inclining them to it, and opening a door for them.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:18". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/ezra-8.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ezra 8:18 And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen;

Ver. 18. And by the good hand of God upon us] God was in all this good man’s thoughts: he set upon every passage, as the ancients upon every special piece of work they did, Yεος, Yεος (Pausanias). This was the only way to make his journey comfortable, thus to converse with God all along, et Paradisum mente deambulare, and let your mind walk in paradise, as Jerome counselled the young hermit, assuring him that so long as he had paradise in his mind, and God in his apprehensions, tamdiu in eremo non esset, so long he should not be in a desert.

They brought us a man of understanding] The Hebrew word Shacal signifieth three things: 1. To understand. 2. To instruct. 3. To prosper. Those that understand themselves, and teach others, shall do much good to themselves and others; see the note on Ezra 8:16. This egregie cordatus homo exceptional sweet hearted man, was Sherebiah, as it followeth here, and Sherebiah, or, even Sherebiah; confer Nehemiah 8:7; Nehemiah 9:4-5.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:18". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ezra-8.html. 1865-1868.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

18.Mahli — A Levite descended from Merari. 1 Chronicles 6:19.

And Sherebiah — We understand this to be the name of that man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, whom Ezra’s delegation brought, though the English version seems to present him as another person. But render: And Sherebiah and his sons and his brethren were eighteen, and the meaning will be clearer. From this verse and the two following it appears that Ezra’s men succeeded not only in obtaining Nethinim from Iddo to the number of two hundred and twenty, but also in enlisting in their company thirty-eight Levites, who could show their genealogy from distinguished ancestors.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Ezra 8:18". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/ezra-8.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Ezra 8:18. By the good hand of our God — That is, by the blessing of God upon us, they brought us a man of understanding, &c. — They did not return without their errand; but, though the warning was short, they brought about forty Levites to attend Ezra. By this it appears they were not averse to go, but were slothful, and only wanted to be called upon to go.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Ezra 8:18". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/ezra-8.html. 1857.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(18) A man of understanding.—Probably a proper name, Ishsekel. This is required by the “and” before “Sherebiah,” who was a Levite, referred to by Nehemiah (Ezra 8:7).

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:18". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/ezra-8.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen;
by the good hand
22; 7:28; Nehemiah 2:8; Proverbs 3:6
a man of understanding
16; Proverbs 24:3; Jeremiah 3:15; Daniel 1:20; 1 Corinthians 14:20
Mahli
Numbers 3:20; 1 Chronicles 6:19
Sherebiah
24; Nehemiah 8:7; 9:4,5; 10:12; 12:24
Reciprocal: Ezra 7:6 - according to;  Isaiah 66:14 - the hand;  Acts 11:21 - the hand

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezra 8:18". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ezra-8.html.