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Chapter 7

1.1
Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia,
1.2
Ezra
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the son of Seraiah , the son of Azariah ,
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the son of Hilkiah ,
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the son of Shallum ,
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the son of Zadok,
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the son of Ahitub,
3.1
the son of Amariah,
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the son of Azariah,
the son of Meraioth ,
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the son of Zerahiah,
4.2
the son of Uzzi,
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the son of Bukki,
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the son of Abishua,
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the son of Phinehas ,
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the son of Eleazar,
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the son of Aaron the chief priest—

Chapter 8

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Of the sons of Adonikam, who were the last; and these are their names:
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Eliphelet,
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Jeuel, and
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Shemaiah; and with them sixty males.
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Of the sons of Bigvai,
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Uthai and
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Zabbud ; and with them seventy males.
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I gathered them together to the river that runs to Ahava; and there we encamped three days:
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and I looked around at the people and the priests, and found there were none of the sons of Levi .
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Then I sent for Eliezer , for Ariel ,

Chapter 7

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Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,
Now[H4428] after[H310] these[H4428] things,[H1697] in[H4428] the[H1697] reign[H4438] of[H1121] Artaxerxes[H783] king[H4428] of[H1121] Persia,[H6539] Ezra[H5830] the[H1697] son[H1121] of[H1121] Seraiah,[H8304] the[H1697] son[H1121] of[H1121] Azariah,[H5838] the[H1697] son[H1121] of[H1121] Hilkiah,[H2518]
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the son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,
the[H6659] son[H1121] of[H1121] Shallum,[H7967] the[H6659] son[H1121] of[H1121] Zadok,[H6659] the[H6659] son[H1121] of[H1121] Ahitub,[H285]
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the son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,
the[H5838] son[H1121] of[H1121] Amariah,[H568] the[H5838] son[H1121] of[H1121] Azariah,[H5838] the[H5838] son[H1121] of[H1121] Meraioth,[H4812]
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the son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,
the[H1121] son[H1121] of[H1121] Zerahiah,[H2228] the[H1121] son[H1121] of[H1121] Uzzi,[H5813] the[H1121] son[H1121] of[H1121] Bukki,[H1231]
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the son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest—
the[H3548] son[H1121] of[H1121] Abishua,[H50] the[H3548] son[H1121] of[H1121] Phinehas,[H6372] the[H3548] son[H1121] of[H1121] Eleazar,[H499] the[H3548] son[H1121] of[H1121] Aaron[H175] the[H3548] chief[H7218] priest —[H3548]
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this Ezra went up from Babylon. He was a skilled scribe in the law of Moses, which Yahweh, the God of Israel, had given; and the king granted him all his request, according to Yahweh his God’s hand on him.
this[H1931] Ezra[H5830] went[H5927] up[H5927] from[H5921] Babylon.[H894] He[H1931] was[H3068] a[H5414] skilled[H4106] scribe[H5608] in[H5921] the[H3605] law[H8451] of[H4428] Moses,[H4872] which[H1931] Yahweh,[H3068] the[H3605] God[H3068] of[H4428] Israel,[H3478] had[H3068] given;[H5414] and[H4872] the[H3605] king[H4428] granted[H5414] him[H5414] all[H3605] his[H3605] request,[H1246] according[H5921] to[H3478] Yahweh[H3068] his[H3605] God’s[H430] hand[H3027] on[H5921] him.[H5414]
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Some of the children of Israel, including some of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants went up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.
Some[H4480] of[H1121] the[H4480] children[H1121] of[H1121] Israel,[H3478] including[H4428] some[H4480] of[H1121] the[H4480] priests,[H3548] the[H4480] Levites,[H3881] the[H4480] singers,[H7891] the[H4480] gatekeepers,[H7778] and[H1121] the[H4480] temple[H5411] servants[H5411] went[H5927] up[H5927] to[H3478] Jerusalem[H3389] in[H8141] the[H4480] seventh[H7651] year[H8141] of[H1121] Artaxerxes[H783] the[H4480] king.[H4428]
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He came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.
He[H1931] came[H8141] to[H3389] Jerusalem[H3389] in[H8141] the[H8141] fifth[H2549] month,[H2320] which[H1931] was[H1931] in[H8141] the[H8141] seventh[H7637] year[H8141] of[H4428] the[H8141] king.[H4428]
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For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylon; and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God on him.
For[H3588] on[H5921] the[H5921] first[H7223] day[H2320] of[H3027] the[H5921] first[H7223] month[H2320] he[H1931] began[H3246] to[H5921] go[H4609] up[H5921] from[H5921] Babylon;[H894] and[H3027] on[H5921] the[H5921] first[H7223] day[H2320] of[H3027] the[H5921] fifth[H2549] month[H2320] he[H1931] came[H7223] to[H5921] Jerusalem,[H3389] according[H5921] to[H5921] the[H5921] good[H2896] hand[H3027] of[H3027] his[H5921] God[H3027] on[H5921] him.[H5921]
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For Ezra had set his heart to seek Yahweh’s law, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.
For[H3588] Ezra[H5830] had[H3068] set[H3559] his[H3068] heart[H3824] to[H3478] seek[H1875] Yahweh’s[H3068] law,[H8451] and[H3478] to[H3478] do[H6213] it,[H6213] and[H3478] to[H3478] teach[H3925] statutes[H2706] and[H3478] ordinances[H4941] in[H3478] Israel.[H3478]
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Now this is the copy of the letter that King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe, even the scribe of the words of Yahweh’s commandments, and of his statutes to Israel:
Now[H2088] this[H2088] is[H3068] the[H5921] copy[H6572] of[H4428] the[H5921] letter[H5406] that[H3068] King[H4428] Artaxerxes[H783] gave[H5414] to[H3478] Ezra[H5830] the[H5921] priest,[H3548] the[H5921] scribe,[H5608] even[H5921] the[H5921] scribe[H5608] of[H4428] the[H5921] words[H1697] of[H4428] Yahweh’s[H3068] commandments,[H4687] and[H3478] of[H4428] his[H5414] statutes[H2706] to[H3478] Israel:[H3478]
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Artaxerxes, king of kings, To Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the perfect God of heaven. Now
Artaxerxes,[H783] king[H4430] of[H4430] kings,[H4430] To[H4430] Ezra[H5831] the[H1768] priest,[H3549] the[H1768] scribe[H5613] of[H4430] the[H1768] law[H1882] of[H4430] the[H1768] perfect[H1585] God[H430] of[H4430] heaven.[H8065] Now[H3706]
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I make a decree, that all those of the people of Israel, and their priests and the Levites, in my realm, who intend of their own free will to go to Jerusalem, go with you.
I[H4481] make[H7761] a[H7761] decree[H2942] that[H1768] all[H3606] those[H1768] of[H4481] the[H3606] people[H5972] of[H4481] Israel[H3479] and[H4437] their[H3606] priests[H3549] and[H4437] the[H3606] Levites[H3879] in[H4437] my[H1768] realm,[H4437] who[H1768] intend[H2803] of[H4481] their[H3606] own[H1961] free[H2670] will[H1768] to[H2942] go[H1946] to[H2942] Jerusalem,[H3390] go[H1946] with[H5974] you.[H1768]
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Because you are sent by the king and his seven counselors, to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of your God which is in your hand,
Because[H6903] you[H1768] are[H1768] sent[H7972] by[H4481] the[H3606] king[H4430] and[H4430] his[H5922] seven[H7655] counselors[H3272] to[H5922] inquire[H1240] concerning[H5922] Judah[H3061] and[H4430] Jerusalem,[H3390] according[H4481] to[H5922] the[H3606] law[H1882] of[H4481] your[H1768] God[H430] which[H1768] is[H1768] in[H5922] your[H1768] hand,[H3028]
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and to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counselors have freely offered to the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem,
and[H4430] to[H4430] carry[H2987] the[H1768] silver[H3702] and[H4430] gold,[H1722] which[H1768] the[H1768] king[H4430] and[H4430] his[H1768] counselors[H3272] have[H4430] freely[H5069] offered[H5069] to[H4430] the[H1768] God[H430] of[H4430] Israel,[H3479] whose[H1768] habitation[H4907] is[H1768] in[H4430] Jerusalem,[H3390]
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and all the silver and gold that you will find in all the province of Babylon, with the free will offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their God which is in Jerusalem;
and[H1722] all[H3606] the[H3606] silver[H3702] and[H1722] gold[H1722] that[H1768] you[H1768] will[H1768] find[H7912] in[H7912] all[H3606] the[H3606] province[H4083] of[H1005] Babylon,[H894] with[H5974] the[H3606] free[H2670] will[H1768] offering[H5069] of[H1005] the[H3606] people[H5972] and[H1722] of[H1005] the[H3606] priests,[H3549] offering[H5069] willingly[H5069] for[H1768] the[H3606] house[H1005] of[H1005] their[H3606] God[H430] which[H1768] is[H1768] in[H7912] Jerusalem.[H3390]
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therefore you shall with all diligence buy with this money bulls, rams, lambs, with their meal offerings and their drink offerings, and shall offer them on the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.
Therefore[H3606] you[H1768] shall[H3606] with[H5922] all[H3606] diligence[H629] buy[H7066] with[H5922] this[H1836] money[H3702] bulls,[H8450] rams,[H1798] and[H3702] lambs[H3532] with[H5922] their[H3606] meal[H7058] offerings[H5261] and[H3702] their[H3606] drink[H5261] offerings,[H5261] and[H3702] shall[H3606] offer[H7127] them[H1994] on[H5922] the[H3606] altar[H4056] of[H1005] the[H3606] house[H1005] of[H1005] your[H5922] God[H430] which[H1768] is[H1768] in[H5922] Jerusalem.[H3390]
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Whatever seems good to you and to your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, do that according to the will of your God.
Whatever[H4101] seems[H3190] good[H3191] to[H5921] you[H5921] and[H1722] to[H5921] your[H5921] brothers[H251] to[H5921] do[H5648] with[H5921] the[H5921] rest[H7606] of[H5921] the[H5921] silver[H3702] and[H1722] the[H5921] gold,[H1722] do[H5648] that[H1768] according[H5921] to[H5921] the[H5921] will[H4101] of[H5921] your[H5921] God.[H430]
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The vessels that are given to you for the service of the house of your God, deliver before the God of Jerusalem.
The[H6925] vessels[H3984] that[H1768] are[H1768] given[H3052] to[H6925] you[H1768] for[H1768] the[H6925] service[H6402] of[H1005] the[H6925] house[H1005] of[H1005] your[H1768] God,[H430] deliver[H8000] before[H6925] the[H6925] God[H430] of[H1005] Jerusalem.[H3390]
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Whatever more will be needed for the house of your God, which you may have occasion to give, give it out of the king’s treasure house.
Whatever[H3605] more[H4481] will[H1768] be[H1005] needed[H2819] for[H1768] the[H4481] house[H1005] of[H4481] your[H1768] God,[H430] which[H1768] you[H1768] may[H1961] have[H4430] occasion[H5308] to[H5308] give,[H5415] give[H5415] it[H4481] out[H3318] of[H4481] the[H4481] king’s[H4430] treasure[H1596] house.[H1005]
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I, even I Artaxerxes the king, make a decree to all the treasurers who are beyond the River, that whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, requires of you, it shall be done with all diligence,
I,[H4481] even[H1768] I,[H4481] Artaxerxes[H783] the[H3606] king,[H4430] make[H7761] a[H7761] decree[H2942] to[H2942] all[H3606] the[H3606] treasurers[H1490] who[H1768] are[H1768] beyond[H5675] the[H3606] River,[H5103] that[H1768] whatever[H3606] Ezra[H5831] the[H3606] priest,[H3549] the[H3606] scribe[H5613] of[H4481] the[H3606] law[H1882] of[H4481] the[H3606] God[H430] of[H4481] heaven,[H8065] requires[H4672] of[H4481] you,[H1768] it[H4481] shall[H3606] be[H1961] done[H5648] with[H5648] all[H3606] diligence,[H629]
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up to one hundred talents[1] of silver, and to one hundred cors[2] of wheat, and to one hundred baths[3] of wine, and to one hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.
up[H5927] to[H5705] one[H259] hundred[H3969] talents[H3604] of[H3734] silver,[H3702] and[H3702] to[H5705] one[H259] hundred[H3969] cors[H3734] of[H3734] wheat,[H2591] and[H3702] to[H5705] one[H259] hundred[H3969] baths[H1325] of[H3734] wine,[H2562] and[H3702] to[H5705] one[H259] hundred[H3969] baths[H1325] of[H3734] oil,[H4887] and[H3702] salt[H4416] without[H3809] prescribing[H3792] how[H4100] much.[H7227]
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Whatever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be done exactly for the house of the God of heaven; for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?
Whatever[H4101] is[H1768] commanded[H4481] by[H4481] the[H3606] God[H430] of[H4481] heaven,[H8065] let[H7971] it[H5922] be[H1934] done[H5648] exactly[H834] for[H5922] the[H3606] house[H1005] of[H4481] the[H3606] God[H430] of[H4481] heaven;[H8065] for[H5922] why[H4101] should[H4101] there[H1768] be[H1934] wrath[H7109] against[H5922] the[H3606] realm[H4437] of[H4481] the[H3606] king[H4430] and[H4430] his[H5922] sons?[H1123]
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Also we inform you that it shall not be lawful to impose tribute, custom, or toll on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, temple servants, or laborers of this house of God.
Also[H1571] we[H1768] inform[H3046] you[H1768] that[H1768] it[H5922] shall[H3606] not[H3809] be[H3809] lawful[H7990] to[H5922] impose[H7412] tribute,[H4061] custom,[H1093] or[H3809] toll[H1983] on[H5922] any[H3606] of[H1005] the[H3606] priests,[H3549] Levites,[H3879] singers,[H2171] gatekeepers,[H7778] temple[H1005] servants,[H6399] or[H3809] laborers[H4522] of[H1005] this[H1836] house[H1005] of[H1005] God.[H430]
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You, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God that is in your hand, appoint magistrates and judges, who may judge all the people who are beyond the River, who all know the laws of your God; and teach him who doesn’t know them.
You,[H1768] Ezra,[H5831] according[H5921] to[H3046] the[H3606] wisdom[H2452] of[H1768] your[H4483] God[H430] that[H1768] is[H1768] in[H1768] your[H4483] hand,[H3028] appoint[H4483] magistrates[H8200] and[H2452] judges[H1782] who[H1768] may[H1961] judge[H1934] all[H3606] the[H3606] people[H5972] who[H1768] are[H1768] beyond[H5675] the[H3606] River,[H5103] who[H1768] all[H3606] know[H3046] the[H3606] laws[H1882] of[H1768] your[H4483] God;[H430] and[H2452] teach[H3046] him[H5414] who[H1768] doesn’t[H3808] know[H3046] them.[H5414]
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Whoever will not do the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed on him with all diligence, whether it is to death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.
Whoever[H3605] will[H1768] not[H3809] do[H5648] the[H3606] law[H1882] of[H4481] your[H1768] God[H430] and[H4430] the[H3606] law[H1882] of[H4481] the[H3606] king,[H4430] let[H7971] judgment[H1780] be[H1934] executed[H5648] on[H5921] him[H4481] with[H5648] all[H3606] diligence,[H629] whether[H2006] it[H2006] is[H1768] to[H4481] death,[H4193] or[H2006] to[H4481] banishment,[H8332] or[H2006] to[H4481] confiscation[H6065] of[H4481] goods,[H5232] or[H2006] to[H4481] imprisonment.[H613]
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Blessed be Yahweh, the God of our fathers, who has put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify Yahweh’s house which is in Jerusalem;
Blessed[H1288] be[H3068] Yahweh,[H3068] the[H5414] God[H3068] of[H4428] our[H3068] fathers,[H1] who[H3068] has[H3068] put[H5414] such[H2063] a[H5414] thing[H2063] as[H3068] this[H2063] in[H3068] the[H5414] king’s[H4428] heart,[H3820] to[H3068] beautify[H6286] Yahweh’s[H3068] house[H1004] which[H3068] is[H3068] in[H3068] Jerusalem;[H3389]
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and has extended loving kindness to me before the king and his counselors, and before all the king’s mighty princes. I was strengthened according to Yahweh my God’s hand on me, and I gathered together chief men out of Israel to go up with me.
and[H3478] has[H3068] extended[H5186] loving[H157] kindness[H2617] to[H3478] me[H6440] before[H6440] the[H3605] king[H4428] and[H3478] his[H3605] counselors,[H3289] and[H3478] before[H6440] all[H3605] the[H3605] king’s[H4428] mighty[H1368] princes.[H8269] I[H5921] was[H3068] strengthened[H2388] according[H5921] to[H3478] Yahweh[H3068] my[H3605] God’s[H430] hand[H3027] on[H5921] me,[H6440] and[H3478] I[H5921] gathered[H6908] together[H6908] chief[H7218] men[H1368] out[H5186] of[H4428] Israel[H3478] to[H3478] go[H5927] up[H5927] with[H5973] me.[H6440]

Chapter 8

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Now these are the heads of their fathers’ households, and this is the genealogy of those who went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king:
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Of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom. Of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel. Of the sons of David, Hattush.
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Of the sons of Shecaniah, of the sons of Parosh, Zechariah; and with him were listed by genealogy of the males one hundred fifty.
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Of the sons of Pahathmoab, Eliehoenai the son of Zerahiah; and with him two hundred males.
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Of the sons of Shecaniah, the son of Jahaziel; and with him three hundred males.
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Of the sons of Adin, Ebed the son of Jonathan; and with him fifty males.
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Of the sons of Elam, Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah; and with him seventy males.
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Of the sons of Shephatiah, Zebadiah the son of Michael; and with him eighty males.
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Of the sons of Joab, Obadiah the son of Jehiel; and with him two hundred eighteen males.
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Of the sons of Shelomith, the son of Josiphiah; and with him one hundred sixty males.
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