Now I assembled them at the river that runs to Ahava, where we camped for three days; and when I paid close attention to the people and the priests, I did not find any Levites there.
So I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and Meshullam, leading men, and for Joiarib and Elnathan, teachers.
And I sent them to Iddo the leading man at the place called
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.
And as the good hand of our God was
upon us, they brought us a man of insight from the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel, namely Sherebiah, and his sons and brothers, eighteen men;
and Hashabiah and Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, with
his brothers and their sons, twenty men;
and 220 of the temple servants, whom David and the officials had provided for the service of the Levites, all of them designated by name.
Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, to humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him a safe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions.
For I was ashamed to request from the king troops and horsemen to protect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, 'The hand of our God is favorably disposed to all who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who abandon Him.'
So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter,
and He listened to our pleading.