Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Ezra 8:33

On the fourth day the silver and the gold and the utensils were weighed out in the house of our God into the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest, and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them were the Levites, Jozabad the son of Jeshua and Noadiah the son of Binnui.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Binnui;   Eleazar (Eleazer);   Jeshua;   Jozabad;   Levites;   Liberality;   Meremoth;   Noadiah;   Temple;   Uriah;  
Dictionaries:
Easton Bible Dictionary - Eleazar;   Jeshua;   Meremoth;   Noadiah;   Uriah;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Binnui;   Eleazar;   Jozabad;   Meremoth;   Noadiah;   Phinehas;   Uriah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Arad;   Binnui;   Eleazar;   Ezra, Book of;   Jozabad;   Meremoth;   Noadiah;   Uriah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bani;   Binnui;   Eleazar;   Ezra;   Johanan;   Jozabad;   Marmoth;   Meremoth;   Moeth;   Noadiah;   Phinehas;   Uriah;   Urias;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Binnui ;   Eleazar ;   Jeshua, Jeshuah ;   Jozabad ;   Meremoth ;   Noadiah ;   Phinehas ;   Uriah ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Eleazar;   Phinehas;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Bin'nu-I;   Elea'zar;   Joz'abad;   Mer'emoth;   No-Adi'ah;   Phin'ehas;   Uri'ah;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Binnui;   Eleazar;   Jeshua;   Josabdus;   Jozabad;   Jozabdus;   Marmoth;   Meremoth;   Moeth;   Noadiah;   Phinees;   Phinehas;   Sabannus;   Uriah;   Urias (1);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Binnui;   Phinehas;   Uriah, Urijah;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Now on the fourth day,.... After their arrival at Jerusalem:

was the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, weighed in the house of our God; the temple, that it might be seen and known that the exact weight which had been deposited with them was now faithfully delivered:

this was done by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest, and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; these were priests:

and with them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites; two priests and two Levites; for since there were of both that were charged with the above things, it was proper there should be some of both, when weighed, that they might be witnesses of their fidelity.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:33". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ezra-8.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him [was] Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them [was] Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, l Levites;

(l) This was a token of a good conscience and of his integrity that he would have witnesses of his fidelity.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Ezra 8:33". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/ezra-8.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ezra 8:33 Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him [was] Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them [was] Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites;

Ver. 33. Now on the fourth day] viz. Of their fifth month. After a short repose, they set close to work. To recreations God allows men to stoop for their bodies’ sake, as the eagle to the prey; or as Gideon’s soldiers to sup their handful, not to swill their belly full.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:33". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ezra-8.html. 1865-1868.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

Ezra 8:33

‘And on the fourth day the silver and the gold and the vessels were weighed in the house of our God into the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, the Levite.’

Then on the fourth day they had reported at the Temple taking with them the gold and the silver and the sacred vessels, which were weighed and handed over to the Temple authorities. These Temple authorities consisted of Meremoth, the son of Uriah the priest and Eleazar, the ‘son’ of Phinehas, who would therefore also have been a priest. And together with them were two Levites, Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah, the son of Binnui. The priests would probably be responsible for the weighing and recording, while the Levites did the carrying.

Two priests would be required so as to establish the receipt of the treasures on a twofold witness. It would be the minimum required. The number of Levites would match that of the priests. In Nehemiah 13:13 Nehemiah assumes the same pattern which was probably a long established one.

Meremoth, the son of Uriah the priest, was presumably one of the Temple treasurers (compare Nehemiah 13:13 where two others are named as appointed by Nehemiah, which may suggest that at that stage he was demoted, although he may have died meanwhile). ‘Uriah the priest’ indicates a priest of some importance. Ezra was also regularly called ‘Ezra the priest’, and ‘Shelemoth the priest’ was appointed as a Temple treasurer (Nehemiah 13:13). The title does not therefore mean High Priest, but indicates a leading priest. Meremoth thus came from an important priestly family.

It must be seen as unlikely that Meremoth, son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz who was a prominent wall builder under Nehemiah (Nehemiah 3:4; Nehemiah 3:21) was the same one. He is not there directly related to the priesthood, and the names were popular ones. Indeed Nehemiah 3:17 may suggest that this latter was a Levite. The sons of Hakkoz had not been accepted as priests because they could not prove their genealogy (Ezra 2:62), although it may be that by this time that had been remedied. In Nehemiah 10:6 a Meremoth is listed as eleventh among the priests, but seen as important enough to be called on as a sealant of the covenant of Nehemiah. In Nehemiah 12:3 a Meremoth, (clearly not the same one), was one of the chiefs of the priests who had come up with Zerubbabel. Meremoth the son of Uriah may have been his grandson.

Eleazar the son of Phinehas may be the Eleazar mentioned in Ezra 10:18 as having taken a foreign wife, but the name was a common one (see Ezra 10:23; Ezra 10:31) and identity is by no means certain. He is clearly different from the Eleazar in Ezra 8:16 who had arrived with Ezra, for he was already a high level priest in the Temple.

‘Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah, the son of Binnui.’ A Jozabad, who may well be the same one, is named as living in Jerusalem and as being a chief Levite who had oversight of the work on the outside of the Temple (Nehemiah 11:16). He may also have been one of those who had married foreign wives (Ezra 10:23), although that might have been a different Jozabad. Nothing further is known about Noadiah.

But Jozabad and Noadiah were the ‘sons’ of two prominent men, Jeshua and Binnui. These were both sealants of the covenant of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 10:9) although it is possible that Jeshua and Binnui were ancestors and that others signed in the family name. Alternately they might have taken the name of their ancestors as the signal of a new beginning. Compare how a Jeshua and Binnui also came back to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel over 80 years earlier (Nehemiah 12:8), as did ‘sons of Jeshua’ (Nehemiah 7:43 compare Ezra 2:40). There was much duplication of names among the returnees, and possibly a taking of family names in honour of the new beginning.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Ezra 8:33". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/ezra-8.html. 2013.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

33.Meremoth’ Eleazar’ Jozabad’ Noadiah — Two priests and two Levites. These were the chief priests and Levites who, according to Ezra 8:29, were to receive the new treasures in the chambers of the temple at Jerusalem. They were not members of Ezra’s company, but persons who had previously gone up to Jerusalem.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Ezra 8:33". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/ezra-8.html. 1874-1909.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites;

Now on the fourth day was the silver ... weighed in the house of our God. They devoted the first-three days after their arrival in Jerusalem to repose; on the next, the treasures were weighed and handed over to the custody of the officiating priests of the temple. The returned exiles offered burnt offerings, and Ezra delivered the royal commission to the satraps and [ pach

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ezra 8:33". "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

(33) Meremoth the son of Uriah . . .—These names of priests and Levites, who had officially received the treasures, occur again in Nehemiah.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:33". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/ezra-8.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites;
weighed
26,30; 1 Chronicles 28:14-18; 2 Corinthians 8:20,21
Meremoth
Nehemiah 10:5
Uriah
Nehemiah 3:4
Urijah
Jozabad.
Nehemiah 8:7
Binnui
Nehemiah 10:9
Reciprocal: Numbers 1:50 - thou shalt;  1 Chronicles 6:50 - Eleazar;  1 Chronicles 28:13 - the vessels;  Ezra 1:6 - strengthened their hands;  Ezra 7:19 - The vessels;  Ezra 8:25 - weighed;  Ezra 8:29 - until ye weigh them before;  Ezra 10:23 - Jozabad

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezra 8:33". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ezra-8.html.