Ezra 8:17
New International Version
and I ordered them to go to Iddo, the leader in Kasiphia. I told them what to say to Iddo and his fellow Levites, the temple servants in Kasiphia, so that they might bring attendants to us for the house of our God.

New Living Translation
I sent them to Iddo, the leader of the Levites at Casiphia, to ask him and his relatives and the Temple servants to send us ministers for the Temple of God at Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
and sent them to Iddo, the leading man at the place Casiphia, telling them what to say to Iddo and his brothers and the temple servants at the place Casiphia, namely, to send us ministers for the house of our God.

Berean Study Bible
And I sent them to Iddo, the leader at Casiphia, with a message for him and his kinsmen, the temple servants at Casiphia, that they should bring to us ministers for the house of our God.

New American Standard Bible
I sent them to Iddo the leading man at the place Casiphia; and I told them what to say to Iddo and his brothers, the temple servants at the place Casiphia, that is, to bring ministers to us for the house of our God.

King James Bible
And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.

Christian Standard Bible
I sent them to Iddo, the leader at Casiphia, with a message for him and his brothers, the temple servants at Casiphia, that they should bring us ministers for the house of our God.

Contemporary English Version
Then I sent them to Iddo, the leader at Casiphia, and I told them to ask him and his temple workers to send people to serve in God's temple.

Good News Translation
I sent them to Iddo, head of the community at Casiphia, to ask him and his associates, the Temple workers, to send us people to serve God in the Temple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I sent them to Iddo, the leader at Casiphia, with a message for him and his brothers, the temple servants at Casiphia, that they should bring us ministers for the house of our God.

International Standard Version
I told them to go see Iddo, a leader of Casiphia, and tell him and his relatives (administrators of Casiphia) to bring us men who could serve in the Temple of our God.

NET Bible
I sent them to Iddo, who was the leader in the place called Casiphia. I told them what to say to Iddo and his relatives, who were the temple servants in Casiphia, so they would bring us attendants for the temple of our God.

New Heart English Bible
I sent them forth to Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia; and I told them what they should tell Iddo, and his brothers the temple servants, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring to us ministers for the house of our God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I sent them to Iddo, the leader in Casiphia. I told them to tell Iddo and his relatives, the temple servants in Casiphia, that they should bring us men who can serve in our God's temple.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I gave them commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia; and I told them what they should say unto Iddo [and] his brother, who were set over the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.

New American Standard 1977
And I sent them to Iddo the leading man at the place Casiphia; and I told them what to say to Iddo and his brothers, the temple servants at the place Casiphia, that is, to bring ministers to us for the house of our God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and I sent them unto Iddo, the captain at the place of Casiphia, and I put words in their mouth that they should speak unto Iddo and to his brethren, the Nethinims, at the place of Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.

King James 2000 Bible
And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinim, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.

American King James Version
And I sent them with commandment to Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say to Iddo, and to his brothers the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring to us ministers for the house of our God.

American Standard Version
And I sent them forth unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia; and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, and his brethren the Nethinim, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I forwarded them to the rulers with the money of the place, and I put words in their mouth to speak to their brethren the Athinim with the money of the place, that they should bring us singers for the house of our God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I sent them to Eddo, who is chief in the place of Chasphia, and I put in their mouth the words that they should speak to Eddo, and his brethren the Nathinites in the place of Chasphia, that they should bring us ministers of the house of our God.

Darby Bible Translation
And I gave them a commission to Iddo the chief, at the place Casiphia, and I put words in their mouths to say to Iddo [and] his brethren the Nethinim, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring to us ministers for the house of our God.

English Revised Version
And I sent them forth unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia; and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, and his brethren the Nethinim, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I sent them with commandment to Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say to Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring to us ministers for the house of our God.

World English Bible
I sent them forth to Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia; and I told them what they should tell Iddo, [and] his brothers the Nethinim, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring to us ministers for the house of our God.

Young's Literal Translation
and I charge them for Iddo the head, in the place Casiphia, and put in their mouth words to speak unto Iddo, and his brethren the Nethinim, in the place Casiphia, to bring to us ministrants for the house of our God.
Study Bible
Ezra Sends for the Levites
16Then I summoned the leaders: Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and Meshullam, as well as the teachers Joiarib and Elnathan. 17And I sent them to Iddo, the leader at Casiphia, with a message for him and his kinsmen, the temple servants at Casiphia, that they should bring to us ministers for the house of our God. 18And since the gracious hand of our God was upon us, they brought us Sherebiah—a man of insight from the descendants of Mahli son of Levi, the son of Israel—along with his sons and brothers, 18 men;…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 9:2
Now the first to resettle their own property in their cities were Israelites, priests, Levites, and temple servants.

Ezra 2:43
The temple servants: the descendants of Ziha, the descendants of Hasupha, the descendants of Tabbaoth,

Ezra 8:16
Then I summoned the leaders: Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and Meshullam, as well as the teachers Joiarib and Elnathan.

Treasury of Scripture

And I sent them with commandment to Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say to Iddo, and to his brothers the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring to us ministers for the house of our God.

Ezra 7:9
For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.

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I told them.

Exodus 4:15
And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.

Deuteronomy 18:18
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

2 Samuel 14:3,19
And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth…

the Nethinims

Ezra 2:43,58
The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth, …

Ezra 7:7
And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

ministers

Numbers 8:22-26
And after that went the Levites in to do their service in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron, and before his sons: as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them…

Numbers 18:6
And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

1 Chronicles 23:3-6,26-32
Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand…







Lexicon
And
ואוצאה (wā·’ō·w·ṣi·’āh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew

I sent
וָאֲצַוֶּ֤ה (wā·’ă·ṣaw·weh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

them
אוֹתָם֙ (’ō·w·ṯām)
Direct object marker | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

Iddo,
אִדּ֣וֹ (’id·dōw)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 112: An Israelite leader

the leader
הָרֹ֔אשׁ (hā·rōš)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head

at Casiphia,
בְּכָסִפְיָ֖א (bə·ḵā·sip̄·yā)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3703: Casiphia -- a place in Babylon

with a message
דְּבָרִ֜ים (də·ḇā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

for
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

him
אִדּ֨וֹ (’id·dōw)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 112: An Israelite leader

and his kinsmen,
אָחִ֤יו (’ā·ḥîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 251: A brother, )

the temple servants
הַנְּתִינִים֙ (han·nə·ṯî·nîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5411: The Nethinim, Temple-servants

at Casiphia,
בְּכָסִפְיָ֣א (bə·ḵā·sip̄·yā)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3703: Casiphia -- a place in Babylon

that they should bring
לְהָֽבִיא־ (lə·hā·ḇî-)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to us
לָ֥נוּ (lā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew

ministers
מְשָׁרְתִ֖ים (mə·šā·rə·ṯîm)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8334: To attend as a, menial, worshipper, to contribute to

for the house
לְבֵ֥ית (lə·ḇêṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of our God.
אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ׃ (’ĕ·lō·hê·nū)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative
(17) The place Casiphia.--Evidently near Ahavah, and a colony of Jews presided over by Iddo, one of the humble race of the Nethinims, but at present chief under the Persians. Ezra was aware of their existence in these parts.

Ministers.--A term obviously including Levites and Nethinims.

Verse 17. - Iddo, the chief at the place Casiphia. Not "the Caspian" certainly; nor even "Casvin," which is at least 400 miles from Hit by the nearest route, but some Babylonian village in the vicinity of Ahava, not otherwise known to us. Unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims. The "and" here is rightly supplied. It has fallen out in consequence of the word Iddo ending with the same letter. Iddo, though the head man of the village under the Persians, belonged by descent to the comparatively low grade of the Nethinims. 8:1-20 Ezra assembles the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah. God raised up the spirits of a small remnant to accompany him. What a pity that good men should omit a good work, for want of being spoken to!
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