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Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Ezra 8

 

 

Verses 1-14

Ezra 8:1-14. A List of Heads of Families.—It contains the names of the heads of the families who returned to Palestine with Ezra.


Verses 15-30

Ezra 8:15-30. 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 appears to have been a colony of Levites and Nethinim here.

Ezra 8:25 f. The amount of money here mentioned, equivalent to nearly a million pounds sterling, is a characteristic exaggeration on the part of the Chronicler.


Verses 31-36

Ezra 8:31-36. The Arrival in Jerusalem.

Ezra 8:31. on the twelfth day . . .: cf. Ezra 7:8 f., Ezra 8:15.

Ezra 8:35. Cf. Zerubbabel's offerings at the dedication of the Temple, Ezra 6:17.

Ezra 8:36. the king's commissions: mentioned in Ezra 7:21-24.—satraps . . . governors: the satrap was a higher official, being ruler of a province; the governor (pekhah) administered a smaller district.

 


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Peake, Arthur. "Commentary on Ezra 8:4". "Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible ". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/pfc/ezra-8.html. 1919.

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