7:9 On the first day of the first month he had determined to make 1 the ascent from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month he arrived at Jerusalem, 2 for the good hand of his God was on him.
8:18 Due to the fact that the good hand of our God was on us, they brought us a skilled man, from the descendants of Mahli the son of Levi son of Israel. This man was Sherebiah, 3 who was accompanied by his sons and brothers, 4 18 men,
1 tc The translation reads יִסַּד (yissad, “he appointed” [= determined]) rather than the reading יְסֻד (yÿsud, “foundation”) of the MT. (The words “to make” are supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.)
2 sn Apparently it took the caravan almost four months to make the five hundred mile journey.
3 tn Heb “and Sherebiah.” The words “this man was” are not in the Hebrew text, but have been supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.