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Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Ezra 8:26-27

Ver. 26, 27. Six hundred and fifty talents of silver, &c.— The six hundred and fifty talents of silver, at three hundred and seventy-five pounds to the talent, make two hundred and forty-three thousand seven hundred and fifty pounds. The silver vessels weighed one hundred talents, which come to thirty-seven thousand five hundred pounds. The gold, in coin, was one hundred talents, which, at four thousand five hundred pounds per talent, make four hundred and fifty thousand pounds. And,... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Ezra 8:24-30

Ezra’s physical preparations 8:24-30Ezra took special precautions to make sure the expensive temple utensils arrived safely and to guarantee that everyone would perceive that his handling of the precious cargo was completely honest (cf. 2 Corinthians 8:20-21). The Babylonian "talent" (Ezra 8:26) weighed about 66 pounds. The "daric" (Ezra 8:27) was a thick gold Persian coin that weighed 130 grams or about 4 1/2 ounces. [Note: The New Bible Dictionary, "Money."] The total weight of the precious... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Ezra 8:1-36

Particulars of Ezra’s Company1. Them that went up] The sum of the numbers given is 1,496. Only males are mentioned, and if no women accompanied them, the absence of such doubtless increased the tendency that the people manifested to intermarry with heathen families. 2. Hattush] This should be connected closely with the following clause, Hattush being grandson of Shecaniah: 1 Chronicles 3:22. 3. Of the sons of Pharosh] Most of the families in this list also appear (with some variations) in Ezra... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Ezra 8:1-36

CHAPTER 8 1. Those who returned with Ezra (Ezra 8:1-14 ) 2. The gathering at Ahava (Ezra 8:15-20 ) 3. The fast proclaimed (Ezra 8:21-23 ) 4. The appointment of guardians (Ezra 8:24-30 ) 5. The departure and arrival in Jerusalem (Ezra 8:31-36 ) Ezra 8:1-14 . The names of those who gathered around Ezra and went up with him are here recorded. In view of the magnificent decree and liberality of Artaxerxes, the company was very small. The majority preferred Babylon, and remained there.... read more

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - Ezra 8:26

8:26 I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty {h} talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, [and] of gold an hundred talents;(h) Read 1 Kings 9:14. read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Ezra 8:1-36

A LIST OF EZRA'S COMPANIONS (vv. 1-14) Those who voluntarily came to accompany Ezra to Jerusalem are recorded here, the men numbering almost 1500. Women also must have been present, but are not mentioned.Not that God thinks less of the faith of women, for He often commends them for their devotedness, but since the emphasis here is on publication, and the women do not hold a public place, there was no reason to refer to them.Children too are not mentioned. In fact, the emphasis inverse 1 is... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Ezra 8:1-36

EZRA AND HIS REFORMS THE COMMISSION AND ITS EXECUTION (Ezra 7-8) The first of these chapters tells who Ezra was (Ezra 7:1-6 ), the date and object of his journey to Jerusalem (Ezra 7:7-10 ), the nature and extent of his commission from the king (Ezra 7:11-26 ), and his feelings in the premises (Ezra 7:27-28 ). The second, gives the number and genealogic record of the Jews who accompanied him (Ezra 7:1-20 ), the spirit in which they entered upon the pilgrimage (Ezra 7:21-25 ), the... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - Ezra 8:1-36

Ezra 8:0 15. ¶ And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava [Ahava was both a town and a river]; and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi [only seventy-four had returned with Zerubbabel]. 16. Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Alnathan, men... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Ezra 8:24-30

Is there not a sweet spiritual instruction here? Doth not the apostle, in allusion to gospel treasures for himself and his faithful companions, observe, we have this treasure in earthen vessels. 2 Corinthians 4:7 . Indeed, are not all the precious truths of God considered as the treasures of his grace, More to be desired than gold, yea, than fine gold? And is not Jesus the whole sum and substance of all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge? Blessed Redeemer! commit thy treasure, O Lord, unto... read more

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