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George Haydock

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary - Ezra 8:26

A hundred. Hebrew adds, "talents," vessels of silver. (Haydock) --- Some Rabbins suppose there were only 100, each of this weight, which is not probable. All the silver vessels, of different sizes, weighed 100 talents. There was the same quantity of golden vessels. (Calmet) read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Ezra 8:24-30

24-30 Do we expect that God should, by his providence, keep that which belongs to us, let us, by his grace, keep that which belongs to him. Let God's honour and interest be our care; and then we may expect that our lives and comforts will be his. read more

Frank Binford Hole

F. B. Hole's Old and New Testament Commentary - Ezra 8:1-99

Ezra 8 THE FIRST FOURTEEN verses are occupied with the names of those who accompanied Ezra according to their genealogies, and with the number of the males in each family. God has seen to it that the names of those who bestirred themselves to answer to His call to return to the land, should be placed on record in a very permanent way, while the names of those who did not bestir themselves are almost entirely lost. With verse fifteen we resume the history of the migration; how again, as is... read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - Ezra 8:21-36

The Priests Entrusted With The Lord's Treasures v. 21. Then I proclaimed a fast there, in preparation for the journey, its purpose being to implore from God safety amidst the many and various dangers of the desert, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of Him a right way for us and for our little ones and for all our substance, both safe and easy to travel, that they might not be forced to abandon the best route. v. 22. For I was ashamed to require of... read more

Johann Peter Lange

Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical - Ezra 8:1-36

B.—EZRA’S OWN DOCUMENTARY REPORTEzra 8:1-36I. Respecting his Companions. Ezra 8:1-141These are now the chief of their fathers, and this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king. 2Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons of Ithamar; Daniel: of the sons of David; Hattush. 3Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pharosh; Zechariah: and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males a hundred and fifty. 4Of the sons of Pahath-moab;... read more

Frederick Brotherton Meyer

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary - Ezra 8:24-36

Thanksgiving for Safety and Success Ezra 8:24-36 Into our hands also is committed first the rich treasure and solemn trust of our own souls, and next the great deposit of the gospel; 1 Timothy 1:11 ; 1 Timothy 6:20 . In order to fulfil this sacred charge there must be purity, “Ye are holy;” and sleepless vigilance, “Watch ye.” There were ambushes and designs on their safety, but the foe was unable to break through the divine environment, Ezra 8:31 . How safe are we who live in God! What joy... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - Ezra 8:1-36

In this chapter we have, first, a representative list of those who joined Ezra when he went up to Jerusalem. First in order, members of the priestly and royal houses are named (verses Ezr 8:1-2 ). Then follows the register and number of the people (verses Ezr 8:3-14 ). Before the actual march commenced, Ezra gathered together at Ahava those who were to accompany him in order to review them and prepare for the journey. He found that none of the sons of Levi was in the company. Recognizing the... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - Ezra 8:24-30

Ezra Entrusts The Gifts For The House Of YHWH Into The Hands Of Twelve Chief Priests For Them To Guard On The Journey (Ezra 8:24-30 ). It is never right to use faith as an excuse for foolishness. So having committed everything to God, and having obtained assurance of His protection, he now took wise steps to safeguard the treasure. He divided the treasure up among a number of trustworthy men, so that each could protect what was entrusted to him. They would have to watch against both internal... read more

Arthur Peake

Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible - Ezra 8:15-30

Ezra 8:15-Amos : . The Gathering together of the Exiles at Ahava.— The narrative is told here in the first person. Ezra 8:15 . Ahava: cf. Ezra 8:21; Ezra 8:31; this seems to have been a place which gave its name to one of the many canals constructed in Babylonia for irrigation purposes.— none of the sons of Levi: as the main object of the return was the resuscitation of the Temple worship the Levites were, of course, indispensable. Ezra 8:17 . Casiphia: the exact locality is unknown; there... read more

Joseph Exell

Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary - Ezra 8:1-36

CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY NOTES.] This chapter contains—(i.) A list of the heads of houses, with the number of adult males accompanying each of them, who went with Ezra from Babylon to Jerusalem (Ezra 8:1-14). (ii.) An account of the encampment for three days at the river Ahava, and the doings there; viz., obtaining ministers for the Temple service (Ezra 8:15-20); proclaiming and observing a religious fast (Ezra 8:21-23); arranging for the safe keeping during the journey of the offerings and the... read more

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