Paul Kretzmann Commentary - Ezra 2:65 - 2:70

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The Possessions and the Contributions of the Returned Exiles

v. 65. Beside their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven. And there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women,
professional singers and musicians, who were employed upon various occasions.

v. 66. Their horses were seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two hundred forty and five;

v. 67. their camels, four hundred thirty and five; their asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty.

v. 68. And some of the chief of the fathers,
such of the heads as could afford it, when they came to the house of the Lord which is at Jerusalem, to the site where its ruins were then lying, offered freely for the house of God to set it up in his place, voluntary contributions to rebuild the Temple.

v. 69. They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work threescore and one thousand drains of gold,
that is, Persian darics, and five thousand pounds of silver (almost $400,000 all told), and one hundred priests' garments.

v. 70. So the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinim dwelt In their cities,
those assigned to them, and all Israel In their cities. Those who love the worship of the Lord will be found willing, also today, to sacrifice of their money and goods to the Lord. And such willing sacrifices and gifts are well-pleasing to God.