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Ezra 8:24

Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and with them ten of their brothers;
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Hashabiah;   Integrity;   Levites;   Liberality;   Priest;   Sherebiah;  
Dictionaries:
Easton Bible Dictionary - Hashabiah;   Sherebiah;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ezra;   Hashabiah;   Meremoth;   Sherebiah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ezra, Book of;   Hashabiah;   Sherebiah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ezra;   Hashabiah;   Hashabneiah;   Johanan;   Sherebiah;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Hashabiah ;   Sherebiah ;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Hashabi'ah;   Sherebi'ah;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Babylonish Captivity, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Assamias;   Hashabiah;   Hashabneiah;   Law in the Old Testament;   Meremoth;   Sherebiah;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ahava;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

THE PRIESTS AND LEVITES WERE ENTRUSTED WITH THE TREASURES

"Then I set apart twelve of the chiefs of the priests, even Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them, and weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, even the offering for the house of our God, which the king, and his counsellors, and his princes, and all Israel there present, had offered: I weighed into their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels a hundred talents; of gold a hundred talents; and twenty bowls of gold, of a thousand darics; and two vessels of fine bright brass, precious as gold. And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto Jehovah, and the vessels are holy; and the silver and the gold are a freewill-offering unto Jehovah, the God of your fathers. Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chiefs of the priests and the Levites, and the princes of the fathers' houses of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of Jehovah. So the priests and the Levites received the weight of the silver and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of our God."

"The value of these gifts was well over a million pounds; but this is by no means inconceivable in view of the immense wealth of the Perisan kings."[13]

Responsibility for transporting this vast sum of money, "Was vested in twelve priests and twelve Levites especially chosen for the task. This was in accordance with the Pentateuchal care and movement of the tabernacle furnishings (Numbers 3; Numbers 4)."[14]

"Ye are holy ... the vessels are holy" (Ezra 8:28). Ezra here heeded the prophecy of Isaiah who had prophesied the return of Israel from captivity, saying, "Cleanse yourselves, ye that bear the vessels of Jehovah." (Isaiah 52:11). As Matthew Henry stated it, "We have here an account of the particular care which Ezra took,'"[15] in the handling of the treasures entrusted to him. It is always of the greatest importance that God's servants should take the greatest precautions in handling sacred contributions that their actions should exhibit to all men the utmost honesty and integrity.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Ezra 8:24". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/ezra-8.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests,.... That were in company with him; so that it seems there were more than the two mentioned, Ezra 8:2, very probably their families, or some of their brethren, were with them:

Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them; these men named were Levites, and not priests, Ezra 8:18 and therefore the copulative "and" must be supplied:

and Sherebiah, &c. or with the twelve priests, Sherebiah, &c. and ten Levites more with them; so that the number of priests and Levites were equal, and in all twenty four.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ezra-8.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ezra 8:24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,

Ver. 24. Then I separated twelve] I singled them and set them apart for this great trust, vide cui fidas. See the faith of these.

Sherebiah, Hashabiah] Heb. With Sherebiah, Hashabiah (men of known integrity, Ezra 8:18-19),

and ten of their brethren with them] twenty-four in all, a complete company of faithful trustees.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:24". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ezra-8.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Or, and

Sherebiah, & c., who were the Levites mentioned Ezra 8:18, who were jointly intrusted together with the priests with the charge of carrying these things carefully and safely. The particle and is oft understood.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Ezra 8:24". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/ezra-8.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

24.Twelve of the chief of the priests — Not high priests, but leading men, specially distinguished for age or wisdom, among the priests that were with Ezra.

Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten — According to the English version, which follows the Sept. and Vulg., these were the twelve priests just mentioned; but from Ezra 8:18-19, and elsewhere, it appears that Sherebiah and Hashabiah were not priests, but Levites. And as our author is so careful to distinguish between priests and Levites in Ezra 8:15, we can hardly suppose he confounds them here. The Hebrew literally reads: I separated from the chief of the priests twelve unto (ל ) Sherebiah, etc. That is, he appointed twelve priests in addition to Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and their ten brethren, so that there were twenty-four persons in all to whom the treasures were intrusted — twelve priests and twelve Levites. Compare Ezra 8:30.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Ezra 8:24". "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 8:24. Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests — With whom he might intrust the gifts that had been offered for the temple. Having committed the keeping of them to God, he also committed the keeping of them, under God, to proper men, whose business it should be to watch over and take care of them. Thus our prayers must always be seconded with our endeavours; the care of Christ’s gospel, his church and ordinances, must not be so left with him, but that it must also be committed to faithful men, 2 Timothy 2:2.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Ezra 8:24". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/ezra-8.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

chief = princes.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Ezra 8:24". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/ezra-8.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,

Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests ...

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ezra 8:24". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/ezra-8.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(24) Sherebiah.—Rather, to Sherebiah—that is, these two Levites, alone mentioned, with ten others, were associated with an equal number of priests in the charge of the Temple treasure.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:24". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/ezra-8.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,
Sherebiah
18,19
Reciprocal: Numbers 3:8 - GeneralNehemiah 10:11 - Hashabiah;  Ezekiel 44:8 - charge;  John 12:6 - the bag

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezra 8:24". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ezra-8.html.