1. Exposition

What is the equivalent of 61,000 darics of gold?

Ezra 2:69 (ESV)

69 According to their ability they gave to the treasury of the work 61,000 darics of gold, 5,000 minas of silver, and 100 priests’ garments.

This amounts to around 500 kilograms of gold. In US dollars today, that is equivalent to $24,000,000. This is an incredible amount of money in today’s terms. Most likely, this money came from lots of different people, since in Ezra 1:6 we are told that all their neighbours assisted the people with gifts.