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of the temple lurch and of all the ser feasts of the LonDiple: for the people aliouted with a that were consecralel, and of every loud shoul, and the noise was head one that willingly ordered a free will afar ofl. vilering unto the Lionu.

CHAP. IV. hi From the first day of the seventh ings unto the Lord. But letalica NOW when the adversaries of Ju:

daland Benjamin beard that the tion of the iciople of the LOILU was children of the captivity builded the not yet laud.

temple unto the Loro Gud of Israel; 7 Tiley gare inoney also unto the ma- 2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, ind sons, and to the carpenters; and meat, to the chief of the fathers, and stick and drink and oil, unto them of Zidon, unto them, Let us build with you: lor and to them of Tyre, lo bring cedar- we seek your God, as je do; and we trees from Lebanon lo llesea of Joppa, do sacrifice unto him since the daysul according to the grout that they liad Esar-laddon king of Assur, which of Cyrus king of Persia.

brought us up hitler. 89 Now in the second year of their 3 But Z-rubbabel, ind Jeshua, and coming unto the house of God at Jeru. the rest of the chief of the father's or Balein, in the second mouth, begiu Ze- Israel, said unto them, Ye have noth rubbibel llie son or Shealtiel, and Jewing to do withi us to build a house unto shua the son of'Jozadar, and the rem- our God; but we ourselves together nant of their bretliren the priesls and will build unto the LORD God of 13the Levites, and all they that were rael, as king Cyrus the king of Persia come out of the captivity unto Jerusa- tillli commanded us. lem; and appointed tlie Levites, from Then the people of the land weaktwenty years old and upward, to selened the hands of the people of Judah, brward the work of the house of the and troubled them in building; jOiD.

5 And hired counsellors against them, y Then slood Jeshua with his sons to frustrate their purpose, all the days and his brethren, kadmiel and his for Cyrus kingof Persia, eren until the cons, the sons of Judlili, together, to se reign of Darius king or Persia. forward the workinen in the house of 6.And in the reigi ot' Ahasuerus, in uud: the sons of Henadad,with their the beginning of liis reig, wrote they soils and their brethren the Levites. wito him an accusation against the

10 and when we builders laid the inabitants of Judali and Jerusalem. foundation of the leuple of the Lonw, 71 and in the days of Arlaxerxes they set the priests in their ipparel wrote Bishlam, Aithredatlı, Tzee, with trumpels, and the Leviles lie and the rest of their companions, unto 8ons of Asaplı avith cymbals, lo praise Artaxerxes king of Persia ; au.d the wie LOUD, ilter the ordinance of Da- writing of the letter luns written in sid king of Israel.

the Syrian tongue, and interpreted ir. 11 And they sang together by course the Syrian tongue. in praising and giving thanks into the Rehuin the chancellor and Shimshai LORD ; because he is good, for luis iner: the scribe wrote a letter against Jerucy endureth for ever toward Israel. salen 10 Artaxerxes tbe king in this And all the people shouted with a sort : great shoul, wlien they praised the 9 Then wrole Relum the chancellor, LOND, because the foundation of the and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest Souse of the LORD Wis laid.

of their companions; the Dinaises, the 12 But many of the priests and Le Apbarsathchites, the Tarpelites, the vites, and chief of the fathers, 10h0 Apharsites, the Archevites, the Baby were ancient meni, lai liad seen the lonians, the Susanclites, the Delarfirst house, when the foundation of this ites, and the Clamites, house was laid before their eyes, wept 10 And the rest of the nations whom with a loud voice ; and many shouted the great aud noble Isnapper brought oud for joy;

over, and set in the cities of Samaria 13 So that the people could not dis- and the rest that are on this side the cern llie noise of the shout of joy from river, and at such a time. the uoise of the weeping of the peo-| 11 | This is the copy of the letter


Artaxcrxcs' clecree.


Trinai's laier: that they seut unto him, cuen unto do this: wby shou.d damage grow lo Artaxerxes the king;'Thy servants the the lurt of the kings? men on this side the river, and at such 23 T Now when the copy of king a time.

Arlaxerxes' letter was read before 12 Be it known unto the king, that Rehum, and Shinshai the scribe, and llic Jews which cane up froin thee to their companions, they went up in us are coine unto Jerusalem, building laste to Jerusalern unto the Jews,and, the rebellious and the bad city, and made them to cease by force and bave set up the walls thereof, and join-power. ed the foundations.

24 Then ceased tie work of the liouse 13 Be it known now unto the king, of God which is al Jerusalem. So it that, if this city be builded, and the censed unto the second year of the walls sel up again, then will they not reign of Darius kiug oi Persia. pay toll, tribute, and custom, and so

CHAP. V. ilicu shalt endanage the revenue of the kings. 14 Nuit because we have mainte. THEN lhe prophets, Haggai the

propbet, and Zechariab the son nance from the king's palace, and it ofIudo, prophesied unto the Jews that was not ineet for us to see the king's ruere in Judal and Jerusalem in the dislionour, therelore have we sent and name of the God of lemel, even untu certified the king,

15 That search may be maile in the 2 Tlien rose up Zerubbabel the son of book of the records of thy fathers: 60 Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozsult thou find in the book of the recladak, and began to build the house o: orils, and know that the city is a l'e-God which is at Jerusalem: and with oellious city, and hurtful unlo kings then uccrc the propliels of God he'd and provinces, and that they have ing them. moved sedition willin the silme ol' old 3 11 At thc same time came to them time: for which cause was this city Tatnai, governor on this side the river, destroyed.

and Shellar-boznai,and theircompart16 We certily the king that, if this ions, and said thus unto them, Who city be builded again, and the willls latlı commanded you to build this thereol' set up, by this means thou house, and to inake llis wall? shalt have no portion on this side the 4 Then said we unto them after this river.

manner, What are llie names of we 17 1 Then sent the king an answer inen that make this building? unto Rebun the chancellor, and 10 5 But the eye of their God was upoo Shimsliai lhe scribe, and co the rest of the elders of the Jews, that they could their companions that dwell in Sama- not cause then lo cease, till the matria,and unto the rest beyond the river, ler came to Darius: and then they're Peace, and at such a time.

turned answer by lellci concerning 18 The lelier which ye gent unto us this inaller. liath been plainly read before me. 6 T The copy of the letter lliat Tat

19 And I commanded, and searclinai, goverüor on this side the river, hall been made, and it is found that and Slethar-boznai, and his compania this city or old iine liath inade insur-ions the Apbargachites, which were on rection against kings, and chal rebel- this side We river,sent unto Darius the lion and sedition have been made king: therein.

7 Tbey sent a letter unto him, wliere20 There have been mighty kings also in was written thus; Unto Darius the over Jerusalem, whiclı have ruled king, all peace. over all countries beyond tbe river; 8 Beit kuown unto the king, that we and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid went into the province of Judea to the unto tiem.

house of the great God which is build21 Give je now commandment to ed with great stones,and timber is laid cause these men to cease, and that this in the walls, and this work goeth list city be not builded, unul another com- on, and prosperell in their lands. uradment shall be given from me. 9 Then asked we those elders, and 22 Take heed now lal yo lail not lolsaid unto them llius, Ilocommande


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of Darius. sou to build this bouse and to make up: 3 In the first year of Cyrus the king thiese walls?

the same Cyrus the king made a de 10 We ask their names alvo, to certi- cree concerning the house of God nt fy tbee, that we might write the names Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, of the men that were the chief of them. the place where they offered sacrific

11 And thus they returned lisanswer, les, and let ibe foundations thereoi' be Aaying, We are the servants of the God strongly laid; the height thereof threeof heaven and earth, and build the score cubits, and the breal thercor house that was builded these many threescore cubits; years ago, which a great king of Israel 4 With three rows of great stones, builded and set up.

and a row of new timber; and let the 12 But after that our fathers had pro- expenses be given out of the king's voked the Gud of heaven unto writh, house. lie gave them into the hand of Nebu. 5 And also let llie golden and silver cladnezzar the king of Babylon, the vessels of the house of God, which Chaldean, who destroyed this house, Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the and carried die people away into Bab- temple wliich is at Jerusalem, and ylon.

brought unto Babylon, Le restored and 13 But in the first year of Cyrus the brought again unto the temple which king of Babylon; the same king Cyrus is at Jerusalem,erery one to bis place, made a decree to build this house of and place them in the house of God. God.

6 Now therefore, Tatrai, governor 14 And the ressels also of gold and beyond the river, Shelbar-bisznai, and silver of the house of God, wlich Nel- your companions the Aphargachites, uchadnezzar took out of the temple which are beyond the rives, be tliat was in Jerusalem, and brought from thence: them into the temple of Babylon,those 7 Let the work o! this house of God did Cyrus the king lake out of the alone; let the governor of the Jewe temple of Babylon, and they were de- and the elders of the Jews build this livered urilo one, whose name uus louse of God in his place. Sheshibazzar, whom lie bad maile gor & Moreover I make a recree what'ye

shall do 1o the elders or chese Jews for 15 And said unto him, Take these the building of this house of God:that vessels, go, carry them into the temple of the king's goods, even of the tribute that is in Jerusalem, and let the house beyond the river, lorthwith expenses or God be builded in bis place. be given unto these inen, lloat they by

16 Then came the same Sheshibazzar, not hindered. und laid ilic lounilation of the house or 9 And that which they liave necd or God which is in Jerusalcı: and since both young bullocks, and rams, ai that time even until now birth it been labs, for the burnt-offerings of 11 in building, and yet it is not finished, God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, ang

Tow therefore, if it seen good to oil, according to the appointment the king, let there be scarch made in the priests which are at Jerusalein, Ic! the king's treasure-house, which is it be given them day by day williou: there at Babylon, whether it be so, fail: ibat a decree was made of Cyring the 10 That they may offer sacrifices or king to build this house of God at Je sweet savours unto the God of neaven, rusalern, and let the king send his and pray for the life of the king, and pleasure to us concerning this matter. of his song.

11 Also I lave made a decrce, that CHAP, VI.

whosoever shall aller this word, let TH WHEN Darius the king made a de- timber be pulled down from lis house,

cree, and search was made in the and being set up let him be lianged nouse of the rolls, where the treasures thereon; and let his house be made it wer: nid up in Babylon.

dunghill for this. 2 And there was found at Achmetlia, 12 And trie God that liath caused his in the palace that is in the province of name to dwell there dealroy all kings the Medes, a roll, and therein was a and people that shall put to their hand record thus writteu.

to alter and to destroy this house of


The temple finished.


Artaxerxes' decree. God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius


of Artaxerxes 13 | Then Talnai, governor on this the son of Seraiah, tbe son of Azarizba, side the river, Sberbar-bozuia, and Ure son of Hilkiah, lheir companions, according to that 2 The son of Shallum, the son of Za which Darius the king had sent, so dok, tlie son of Abitub, they did speedily.

3 The son of Anarial, tlie son of 14 And the elders of the Jews build-Azarial, the son of Meraloth, ed, and they prospered through the 4 The son of Zerahial, the son of propliesying of Haggai the prophet, Uzzi, the son of Bukki, and Zechariali the son of Iddo. And The son of Abishua, the son or they builded, and finished it, accord Phinelas, the son of Eleazar, le son ing to the cominandment of the God of Aaron the chies priest; of Israel, and according to the con 6 This Ezra went up liom Babylon; mandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and and he was a ready scribe in die law Artaxerxes king of Perzia,

of dioses, which tlie LOÁD God or 1s15 And this house was finished on rael bad given, and the king granted the Uuird day of the nonth Adar, him all liis request, according to the which was in the sixth year of the hand of tlic Lord his God upoi hiin. reign of Darius llie king

7 And liere went up some of the 18 1 And the children of Sarael, the children of Israel, and of the priests, priests, and the Leviles, and the rest and the Levites, and the singers, aula of the children of the captivity, kept the porters, and the Nithioiins, unto tlie dedication of this house of God Jcrusalein, in the sevenu, year of Arwith joy,

taxerxes the king. 17 and ofered at thic dedication or 8 And he came to Jerusalem in the this house of God a hundred bullocks, fifth month, which was in the seventi two hundred rams, Tour bundred year of the king. Jaunbs; and for a si-olering for all 9 For upon the first day of the first Israel, twelve he-goats, according to mooth began he 10 go up from Baby tlic nuinber os tlie tribes of Israel. Jon, and on the first day of the filtha

18 And they see the priests in their month came he to Jerusalem, accord divisions, and the Levites in their ing to the good liand of his God upon

for the service of God which lim, is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the 10 For Ezra liad prepared bis heart book of Dioses

to seek the law of the Lord, and to do 19 And the children or the captivity it, and to leach in Israel statutes and kept the passover upon the fourteenth judgments. clay of the first inonth.

11 1 Nov this is uie copy of the let20 For the priests and the Levites ler that the king artaxerxes gare unto were purified together; all of them Ezra the priest, liie scribe, cuer a were pure, and killed the pasgover loc scribe of the words of the commandall the children of the captivity, and ments of the LORD, and of his statutes for their brethren the priests, and for lo lsrael. themselves.

12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unlo 21 And the children of Israel, which Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of Were cone again out of captivity, and the God of heaven, perfect peace, and all such as had separated themselves at such a time. unto them froin the fillbiness of the 13 I make a decree, that all they or heathen of the land, to seek the Lord the people of Israel, and of liis priests God of Israel, did eat,

and Levites, in my realm, wbich are 22 And kept the feast of unleavened minded of their own free will to go up bread seven days will joy: for the to Jerusalem, go with thce. LORD liad made them joyful, and 1+ Forasmuch as thou art sent of the turned the heart of the king of Assyria king, and of his seven counsellors, to unto them, to strengthen their bands inquire concerning Judah and Jerusaa the work of the liouse of God, the lem, according to the law of thy God Gol of Israel

which is in thy band;


Those who returned


with Erra. 15 And to carry lae silver and goldi, 26 Aud whosocier will not do che wbich the king and 019 counsellors law of thy God, and the law of the bare freely ofered unto the God or is king, let judgment be executed speedirael, whose habitation is in Jerusalem, ly upon him, whether it be unto death,

16 And all the silver and gold that or to banishment, or to confiscation on thou canst find in all the province of goods, or to imprisonment. Bilbylon, with the free will offering or 27 | Blessed be the LORD God or on: the people, and of the priests, offering fathers, which hath put such a thing willingly for the house of their God as this in the king's licart, to beautify which is in Jerusalem;

the house of the LORD which is in Jc. 17 That thou mayest buy speedily rusalen : with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, 23 And hath extended mercy unto with their meat-odlerings, and their me before the king, and his counseldrink-cilerings, and offer them upon lors, and before all the king's mighty the altar of the house of your God princes. And I was strengthened as which is in Jerusalem.

The land of the LCHD iny God illas 18 And whatsoever shall seem good upon me, wd I gathered together out to thite, and to Diy brethren, to do with of Israel cbielmen to go up with me. the rest of the silver and gold, wiat do

CHAP. VIII. after the will of your God. 19 The vessels also that are given THESE are now the chief or their

fathers, and this is the genealogy thee for the service of the liouse of thy of them that went up willi me from Grill, those deliver thou before the God Babylon, in the reigii of Artaxerxes of Jerusalem,

tbe kiny 20 And whatsoever more shall be 2 Oilhe sons of Phinelas; Gerslion: needsui lor the liouge osthy God, which of lie sons of Itliamar; Daniel: of tbou shall have occasion to bestow, the sons of David; Hattusli. beslow it out of the king's treasure 3 Or the 3019 of Sheclanialı, of the house,

Bons of Pharosh; Zecharialı: and will 21 And I cren 1, Artaxerxes the king, liin were reckoned by genealogy of to make a decree to all the treasurers the miles a hundred and sty. whicb' are beyond the river, thal 4 Ol'tiie sons of Paliath-vioab; Eli. wliatsoever Ezin the priest, the scribe boenai the son of Zeralial, and will of the law of the God of heaven, shah bim two hundred males, require of you, it be done apeadily, 6 Orte sons of Shechanialı; the son

22 Uoto a hundred talents of silver, of Jalinziel, and witli liim three hun and lo' a hundred measures of wheat, dred maies. and to it bundred ballis ol' wine, and loo Of the song also of Adin; Ebcu a hundred ballis ol' oil, and sall with the son of Jonatban, and will hivi out prescribing how much.

Gilly males. 2:3 Whatsoever is commanded by the 7 And of the song of Elaun; Jeslaian God of leaven, let it be diligently ube son of Athalial, and with hin done for the house of the God of beav. seventy males. en: for why should there be writtb 8 And of the sons of Shephatialı; against the realm of the king and liis Zebadial the son of Michael, and with B019?

bin fourscore males, 24 A180 we certify you, that touch | 9 of the sons of Joab; Obadial the ing any of the priests and Levites, sing- son of Jehiel, and with him two huners, porters, Nilkinims, or ministers dred and cigliteen males. of this liouse of God, it shall not be 10 And of the sons of Shelomith; the lawful to impose toll, tribute, or cus- son of Josiphiah, and with hin a huntom, hipou them.

dred ani threescore males. 25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom 11 And of the eoirs of Bebai; Zecliaof thy God, that is in thy hand, set riah the son of Benni, and with him magistrates and judges, which may twenty and eig, wales. judge all the people wat are beyond 12 And of the avans Azgad ; Jobathe river, all such 99 kaow the laws nan the son of Hukkatan, and will of ty God, and teach ye them that|lin a hundred and ten males. know them not.

13 And of the last gons vi Adonikam,

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