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Ezra 8:15 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

15 I gathered them at the river[a] that flows to Ahava, and we camped there for three days. I searched among the people and priests, but found no Levites there.


  1. Ezra 8:15 Or canal

Ezra 8:21 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Preparing to Return

21 I proclaimed a fast by the Ahava River,[a] so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask Him for a safe journey for us, our children, and all our possessions.


  1. Ezra 8:21 Or Canal

Ezra 8:31 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Arrival in Jerusalem

31 We set out from the Ahava River[a] on the twelfth day of the first month to go to Jerusalem. We were strengthened by our God,[b] and He protected us from the power of the enemy and from ambush along the way.


  1. Ezra 8:31 Or Canal
  2. Ezra 8:31 Lit The hand of our God was on us

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