Verse 11. "All the vessels-were five thousand and four hundred." - This place is without doubt corrupted; here it is said the sum of all the vessels, of every quality and kind, was five thousand four hundred; but the enumeration of the articles, as given in ver. 9, 10, gives the sum of two thousand four hundred and ninety-nine only. But we can correct this account from 1Esdras ii. 13, 14.
I shall set both accounts down, that they may be compared together. Ezra, ver. 9-11.
Golden chargers 30 Silver chargers 1000 Knives 29 Golden basons 30 Silver ditto, second sort 410 Other vessels 1000 Said to be 5400 only 2499 Difference of the first account from itself.. 2901 1 ESDRAS, 1Esdras ii. 13, 14.
Golden cups 1000 Silver cups. 1000 Silver censers 29 Golden vials 30 Silver vials 2410 Other vessels 1000 Total 5469 Difference of the second account from the first According, therefore, to the sum total in Ezra, the sum total in Esdras is only 69 different. See the next chapter.
It may be said that the vessels did actually amount to 5400, and that the chief of them only were intended to be specified; and these happen to amount to 2499; but that it was not the design of Ezra to insert the whole; and that the ninth verse should be considered as stating, And of the chief of them, that is, the gold and silver articles, this is the number. But the expression in chap. i. 10, other vessels, sets this conjecture aside: the place is most manifestly corrupted.