1:8 King Cyrus of Persia entrusted 1 them to 2 Mithredath 3 the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar 4 the leader of the Judahite exiles. 5
1 tn Heb “brought them forth.”
2 tn Heb “upon the hand of.”
3 sn A Persian name meaning “gift of Mithras.” See HALOT 656 s.v. מִתְרְדָת.
4 sn A Babylonian name with the probable meaning “Shamash protect the father.” See HALOT 1664-65 s.v. שֵׁשְׁבַּצַּר.
5 tn Heb “Sheshbazzar the prince to Judah”; TEV, CEV “the governor of Judah.”
6 sn The total number as given in the MT does not match the numbers given for the various items in v. 9. It is not clear whether the difference is due to error in textual transmission or whether the constituent items mentioned are only a selection from a longer list, in which case the total from that longer list may have been retained. The numbers provided in 1 Esdras come much closer to agreeing with the number in Ezra 1:9-11, but this does not necessarily mean that 1 Esdras has been better preserved here than Ezra. 1 Esdras 2:13-15 (RSV) says, “The number of these was: a thousand gold cups, a thousand silver cups, twenty-nine silver censures, thirty gold bowls, two thousand four hundred and ten silver bowls, and a thousand other vessels. All the vessels were handed over, gold and silver, five thousand four hundred and sixty-nine, and they were carried back by Shesbazzar with the returning exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem.”