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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezra 8:31-36

We are now to attend Ezra to Jerusalem, a journey of about four months in all; but his multitude made his marches slow and his stages short. Now here we are told, I. That his God was good, and he acknowledged his goodness: The hand of our God was upon us, to animate us for our undertaking. To him they owed it, 1. That they were preserved in their journey, and not all cut off; for there were enemies that laid wait for them by the way to do them a mischief, or at least, like Amalek, to smite the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezra 8:35

Also the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity ,.... Namely, those that now came along with Ezra: offered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel ; by way of thankfulness for their deliverance from captivity, and for their safe journey: twelve bullocks for all Israel : according to the number of the tribes; and there might be some of every tribe that now came up: ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs ; these and the bullocks were... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezra 8:35

Twelve bullocks for all Israel - Though of tribes there were only Judah and Benjamin, yet they offered a bullock for every tribe, as if present. There can be little doubt that there were individuals there from all the twelve tribes, possibly some families of each; but no complete tribe but those mentioned above. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 8:24-36

Zionwards. Ezra and the company he had gathered were now fairly on their way homewards, and we may look at them, looking also at ourselves, as— I. TRAVELLERS TO JERUSALEM . "Then we departed to go unto Jerusalem" (verse 31). They had come forth from a land of captivity and comparative privation, and were on their way to the land where they would no longer be bondsmen, and where every possible privilege would be theirs to enjoy: they were "going home;" to the land consecrated to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 8:31-36

After arriving. "We departed." "We came." Thus it is that Ezra here relates the rest of his journey, the only thing worthy of note between Ahava and Jerusalem being this, that, through "the good band of God" upon the travellers, they were kept in safety the whole way. This being acknowledged with a suitable note of thanksgiving, as something remarkable in such a journey (see end of verse 31), the story goes onto tell us of the first doings of the pilgrims after reaching the place which... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 8:31-36

Progress. When the treasure was disposed in custody of priests sanctified to watch over it, and the caravan was otherwise ordered, the pilgrims started from the camp of the Ahava en route for Jerusalem. As we might expect from the piety which influenced them in their preparations— I. THEY WERE PROSPERED IN THEIR JOURNEY . 1. They enjoyed the blessing of their God. "The hand of our God was upon us." 2. The Divine protection was respected by the enemy. II. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 8:32-36

EZRA 'S THREE DAYS ' REST AT JERUSALEM , AND SUBSEQUENT EXECUTION OF THE MORE PRESSING OF THE COMMISSIONS INTRUSTED TO HIM ( Ezra 8:32-36 ). After the fatigues of a four months' journey, a brief period of complete rest was well-nigh necessary. Like Nehemiah ( Nehemiah 2:11 ), Ezra was content with a rest of three days. On the fourth he discharged himself of his commission to present to the temple treasury the offerings of the Persian king, his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezra 8:35

Also the children of those who had been carried away. i.e. the newly-returned exiles. Like their predecessors under Zernbbabel, who had made an offering for all Israel ( Ezra 6:17 ), so the present colonists under Ezra, assuming that they represented all Israel, offered for the whole nation. The classes of animals offered are the same on the two occasions, and the number of the he-goats is identical; but in every other case the victims are far less numerous now than on the former... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ezra 8:35

Compare the marginal reference. The idea of offerings for all Israel pervades in this case the entire sacrifice, with the exception of the lambs, whose number (77) is unique, and has not been accounted for. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ezra 8:35

Ezra 8:35. Which were come out of the captivity Namely, those new- comers whom God had safely conducted thither. Offered burnt-offerings unto the God of Israel Whereby they acknowledged the Lord for their God, and expressed their gratitude for their restoration. Twelve he-goats for a sin-offering For it is the atonement that secures every mercy to us, which will not be truly comfortable, unless iniquity be taken away, and our peace be made with God. They offer twelve bullocks,... read more

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