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CHAP. III, IV. The letter to Artaxerxes. the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in for ever toward Israel. And all the peotheir cities, and all Israel in their cities. ple shouted with a great shout, when they CHAP. II.

praised the Lord, because the foundation AND when the seventh month was of the house of the Lord was laid. A come, and the children of Israel werel 12 But many of the priests and Levites in the cities, the people gathered them- and chief of the fathers, who were ancient selves together as one man to Jerusalem. men, that had seen the first house, when

2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jo- the foundation of this house was laid before zadak, and his brethren the priests, and their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his many shouted aloud for joy: brethren, and builded the altar of the God 13 So that the people could not discern of Israel, to offer burnt-offerings thereon, as the noise of the shout of joy from the noise it is written in the law of Moses the man of the weeping of the people: for the of God.

people shouted with a loud shout, and the 3 And they set the altar upon his bases; noise was heard afar off. for fear was upon them because of the peo

CHAP. IV. ple of those countries: and they offered N OW when the adversaries of Judah burnt-offerings thereon unto the Lord, even I and Benjamin heard that the chilburnt-offerings morning and evening dren of the captivity builded the temple

4 1 They kept also the feast of taberna- unto the LORD God of Israel; cles, as it is written, and offered the daily 2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and burnt-offerings by number, according to to the chief of the fathers, and said unto the Custom, as the duty of every day re-them, Let us build with you: for we seek quired;

your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice 5 And afterward offered the continual unto him since the days of Esar-laddon burnt-offering, both of the new-moons, and king of Assur, which brought us up hither. of all the set feasts of the LORD that were 3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the consecrated, and of every one that will- rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, ingly offered a freewill-offering unto the said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with LORD.

us to build an house unto our God; but we 6 From the first day of the seventh ourselves together will build unto the LORD month began they to offer burnt-offerings God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of anto the LORD. But the foundation of the Persia hath commanded us. temple of the LORD was not yet laid.

4 Then the people of the land weaken71 They gave money also unto the ma-ed the hands of the people of Judah, and sons, and to the carpenters; and meat, troubled them in building, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, 5 And hired counsellors against them, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar-trees to frustrate their purpose, all the days of from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa, accord- Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign ing to the grant that they had of Cyrus of Darius, king of Persia. king of Persia.

16 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the 8 Now in the second year of their beginning of his reign, wrote they unto coming unto the house of God at Jerusa- him an accusation against the inhabitants lem, in the second month, began Zerub- of Judah and Jerusalem. babel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the 71 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their Bichlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest Brethren the priests and the Levites, and of their companions unto Artaxerxes king all they that were come out of the cap- of Persia, and the writing of the letter was ivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the written in the Syrian tongue, and inter

evites, from twenty years old and up- preted in the Syrian tongue. card, to set forward the work of the house 8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai f the Lord.

the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem 9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and to Artaxerxes the king in this sort: is brethren, Kadmiel and his sops, the 9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, ns of Judah, together, to set forward the and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of orkmen in the house of God: the sons their companions; the Dinaites, the Aphar

Henadad, with their sons and their sathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, ethren the Levites.

the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Su10 And when the builders laid the sanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elamandation of the temple of the LORD, they ites,

the priests in their apparel with trum- 10 And the rest of the nations whom the s, and the Levites the sons of Asaph great and noble Asnapper brought over, h cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the and set in the cities of Samaria, and the inance of David king of Israel.

rest that are on this side the river, and at 1 And they sang together by course in such a time. ising and giving thanks unto the LORD;/ 11 This is the copy of the letter that ause he is good, for his mercy endureth they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes tions.

The decree of Artarerres. EZRA. The building again set forward. the king; Thy servants the men on this dah and Jerusalem in the name of the God side the river, and at such a time.

of Israel, even unto them. 12 Be it known unto the king, that the 2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Jews which came up from thee to us are Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, come unto Jerusalem, building the rebel- and began to build the house of God which lious and the bad city, and have set up is at Jerusalem : and with them were the the walls thereof, and joined the founda- prophets of God helping them.

| 3 | At the same time came to them 13 Be it known now unto the king, that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, if this city be builded, and the walls set up and Shetharboznai, and their companions, again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and said thus unto them, Who hath comand custom, and so thou shalt endamage manded you to build this house, and to the revenue of the kings.

make up this wall ? 14 Now because we have maintenance 4 Then said we unto them after this from the king's palace, and it was not meet manner, What are the names of the men for us to see the king's dishonour, there that make this building ? fore have we sent and certified the king; 1 5 But the eye of their God was upon the

15 That search may be made in the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause book of the records of thy fathers : so shalt them to cease, till the matter came to Dathou find in the book of the records, and rius : and then they returned answer by know that this city is a rebellious city, and letter concerning this matter. . hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that 6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, they have moved sedition within the same governor on this side the river, and Sheof old time: for which cause was this city thar-boznai, and his companions the Aphardestroyed.

sachites, which roere on this side the river, 16 We certify the king that, if this city sent unto Darius the king: be builded again, and the walls thereof set 7 They sent a letter unto him, wherein up, by this means thou shalt have no por- was written thus; Unto Darius the king, tion on this side the river.

Jall peace. 17 [ Then sent the king an answer untol 8 Be it known unto the king, that we Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai went into the province of Judea, to the the scribe, and to the rest of their compa- house of the great God, which is builded nions that dwell in Samaria, and unto the with great stones, and timber is laid in the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a walls, and this work goeth fast on, and time.

prospereth in their hands. 18 The letter which ye sent unto us 9 Then asked we those elders, and said hath been plainly read before me.

unto them thus, Who commanded you to 19 And I coinmanded, and search hath build this house, and to make up these been made, and it is found that this city of walls? old time hath made insurrection against 10 We asked their names also, to certify kings, and that rebellion and sedition have thee, that we might write the names of the been made therein.

men that were the chief of them. 20 There have been mighty kings also 11 And thus they returned us answer, over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all saying. We are the servants of the God of countries beyond the river : and toll, tri- heaven and earth, and build the house that bute, and custom, was paid unto them. was builded these many years ago, which

21 Give ye now commandment to cause a great king of Israel builded and set up. these men to cease, and that this city bel 12 But after that our fathers had pronot builded, until another commandment voked the God of heaven unto wrath, he shall be given from me.

gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnez22 Take heed now that ye fail not to do zar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, this: why should damage grow to the hurt who destroyed this house, and carried the of the kings?

people away into Babylon. 23 | Now when the copy of king Arta

1 13 But in the first year of Cyrus the xerxes letter was read before Rehum, and king of Babylon, the same king Cyrus Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, made a decree to build this house of God. they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto 14 And the vessels also of gold and silver the Jews, and made them to cease by force of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezand power.

zar took out of the temple that was in Je24 Then ceased the work of the house rusalem, and brought them into the temple of God which is at Jerusalem. So it of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take ceased unto the second year of the reign out of the temple of Babylon, and they of Darius king of Persia.

were delivered unto one, whose name was CHAP. V.

Sheshbazzar, whom he had made goverTHEN the prophets, Haggai the pro-nor;

1 phet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, 15 And said unto him, Take these vesprophesied unto the Jews that were in Ju-Isels, go, carry them into the temple that is Darius advances the building. CHAP. VI, VII. The temple is finished. in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be 11 Also I have made a decree, that whobuilded in his place.

soever shall alter this word, let timber be 16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, pulled down from his house, and being set and laid the foundation of the house of up, let him be hanged thereon ; and let his God which is in Jerusalem : and since that house be made a dunghill for this. time even until now hath it been in build- 12 And the God that hath caused his ing, and yet it is not finished.

name to dwell there destroy all kings and 17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the people, that shall put to their hand to alter king, let there be search made in the king's and to destroy this house of God which is treasure-house, which is there at Babylon, at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a dewhether it be so, that a decree was made of cree; let it be done with speed. Cyrus the king to build this house of God 13 ? Then Tatnai, governor on this side at Jerusalem, and let the king send his the river, Shethar-boznai, and their compleasure to us concerning this matter. panions, according to that which Darius | CHAP. VÌ.

the king had sent, so they did speedily. THEN Darius the king made a decree, 14 And the elders of the Jews builded,

1 and search was made in the house of and they prospered through the prophesythe rolls, where the treasures were laid up ing of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah in Babylon.

the son of Iddo. And they builded, and 2 And there was found at Achmetha, in finished it, according to the commandment the palace that is in the province of the of the God of Israel, and according to the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and thus written :

| Artaxerxes king of Persia. 3 In the first year of Cyrus the king, the 15 And this house was finished on the same Cyrus the king made a decree con- third day of the month Adar, which was cerning the house of God at Jerusalem, in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the Let the house be builded, the place where king. they offered sacrifices, and let the founda-! 16 1 And the children of Israel, the tions thereof be strongly laid ; the height priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth children of the captivity, kept the dedicathereof threescore cubits;

tion of this house of God with joy, 4 With three rows of great stones, and 17 And offered at the dedication of this a row of new timber: and let the expenses house of God an hundred bullocks, two be given out of the king's house :

hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and 5 And also let the golden and silver ves- for a sin-offering for all Israel, twelve hesels of the house of God, which Nebuchad-goats, according to the number of the nezzar took forth out of the temple which tribes of Israel. is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, 18 And they set the priests in their dibe restored, and brought again unto the visions, and the Levites in their courses, temple which is at Jerusalem, every one to for the service of God, which is at Jehis place, and place them in the house of rusalem ; as it is written in the book of God.

Moses. 6 Now therefore, Tatnai governor be- 19 And the children of the captivity yond the river, Shethar-boznai, and your kept the passorer upon the fourteenth day companions the Apharsachites, which are of the first month. beyond the river, be ye far from thence: 20 For the priests and the Levites were

7 Let the work of this house of God purified together, all of them wcre pure, alone; let the governor of the Jews, and and killed the passover for all the children the elders of the Jews, build this house of of the captivity, and for their brethren the God in his place.

priests, and for themselves. 8 Moreover, I make a decree what ye 21 And the children of Israel, which shall do to the elders of these Jews for the were come again out of captivity, and all building of this house of God: that of the such as had separated themselves unto king's goods, eren of the tribute beyond the them from the filthiness of the heathen of river, forthwith expenses be given unto the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, these men, that they be not hindered. did eat,

9 And that which they have need of, 22 And kept the feast of unleavened both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, bread seven days with joy : for the LORD for the burnt-offerings of the God of heaven, had made them joyful, and turned the wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to appointment of the priests which are at strengthen their hands in the work of the Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day house of G3d, the God of Israel. without fail :

CIIAP. VII. 10 That they may offer sacrifices of N OW after these things, in the reign of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and I Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the pray for the life of the king and of his son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son

of Hilkiah,

sons.

Ezra goes up to Jerusalem. EZRA. The commission of Artaxerres.

2 The son of Shallum, the son of Za- rest of the silver and the gold, that do after dok, the son of Ahitub,

the will of your God. 3 The son of Amariah, the son of Aza. 19 The vessels also that are given thee riah, the son of Merajoth,

for the service of the house of thy God, 4 The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, those deliver thou before the God of Jeruthe son of Bukki,

salem. 5 The son of Abishua, the son of Phine- 20 And whatsoever more shall be needhas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron ful for the house of thy God, which thou the chief priest :

shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it 6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; out of the king's treasure-house. and he was a ready scribe in the law of 21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had do make a decree to all the treasurers which given : and the king granted him all his are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra request, according to the hand of the the priest, the scribe of the law of the God Lord his God upon him.

of heaven, shall require of you, it be done 7 And there went up some of the chil-speedily, dren of Israel, and of the priests, and the 22 Unto an hundred talents of silver, and Levites, and the singers, and the porters, to an hundred measures of wheat, and to and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the an hundred baths of wine, and to an hunseventh year of Artaxerxes the king. dred baths of oil, and salt without pre

8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth scribing how much. month, which was in the seventh year of 23 Whatsoever is commanded by the the king.

God of heaven, let it be diligently done 9 For upon the first day of the first for the house of the God of heaven: for month began he to go up from Babylon, why should there be wrath against the and on the first day of the fifth month came realm of the king and his sons ? he to Jerusalem, according to the good 24 Also we certify you, that touching hand of his God upon him.

any of the priests and Levites, singers, 10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and house of God, it shall not be lawful to imto teach in Israel statutes and judgments. pose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.

11 | Now this is the copy of the letter 25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra thy God, that is in thine hand, set magisthe priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the trates and judges, which may judge all the words of the commandments of the LORD, people that are beyond the river, all such and of his statutes to Israel.

as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye 12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra them that know them not. the priest, a scribe of the law of the God 26 And whosoever will not do the law of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a of thy God, and the law of the king, let

ljudgment be executed speedily upon him, 13 I make a decree, that all they of the whether it be unto death, or to banishment, people of Israel, and of his priests and or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonLevites, in my realm, which are minded ment. of their own free will to go up to Jerusa-, 27 { Blessed be the Lord God of our lem, go with thee.

fathers, which hath put such a thing as this 14 Forasmuch as thou art sent of the in the king's heart, to beautify the house king, and of his seven counsellors, to in- of the LORD which is in Jerusalem : quire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, 28 And hath extended mercy unto me according to the law of thy God which is before the king, and his counsellors, and in thine hand;

before all the king's mighty princes. And 15 And to carry the silver and gold, I was strengthened as the hand of the which the king and his counsellors have LORD my God was upon me, and I gatherfreely offered unto the God of Israel, whose ed together out of Israel chief men to go habitation is in Jerusalem.

up with me. 16 And all the silver and gold that thou

CHAP, VIII. canst find in all the province of Babylon, THESE are now the chief of their fawith the freewill-offering of the people, 1 thers, and this is the genealogy of and of the priests, offering willingly for them that went up with me from Babylon, the house of their God which is in Jeru- in the reign of Artaxerxes the king. salem :

1 2 Of the sons of Phinenas; Gershom : 17 That thou mayest buy speedily with of the sons of Ithamar; Daniel : of the sons this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with of David; Hattush. their meat-offerings and their drink-offer- 3 Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons ings, and offer them upon the altar of the of Pharosh; Zechariah : and with hini house of your God which is in Jerusalem. were reckoned by genealogy of the males

18 And whatsoever shall seem good to an hundred and fifty. thce, and to thy brethren, to do with the 4 Of the sons of Pahath-moab; Elihoenai

time.

Those who returned with Ezra. CHAP. VII. The treasure is weighed. the son of Zeraiah, and with him two hun-). 22 For I was ashamed to require of the dred males.

king a band of soldiers and horsemen to 5 Of the sons of Shechaniah ; the son of help us against the enemy in the way : beJahaziel, and with him three hundred cause we had spoken unto the king, saymales.

ing, The hand of our God is upon all them 6 Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the for good that seek him; but his power and son of Jonathan, and with him fifty males. his wrath is against all them that forsake

7 And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah him. the son of Athaliah, and with him seventy 23 So we fasted and besought our God males.

for this: and he was entreated of us. 8 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zeba 24 ^ Then I separated twelve of the diah the son of Michael, and with him four-chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, score males.

and ten of their brethren with them, 9 Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son 25 And weighed unto them the silver, of Jebiel, and with him two hundred and and the gold, and the vessels, even the of eighteen males.

fering of the house of our God, which the 10 And of the sons of Shelomith; the king, and his counsellors, and his lords, son of Josiphiah, and with him an hundred and all Israel there present, had offered: and threescore males.

26 I even weighed unto their hand six 11 And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silthe son of Bebai, and with him twenty and ver vessels ari hundred talents, and of gold eight males.

an hundred talents; 12 And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan 27 Also twenty basins of gold, of a thouthe son of Hakkatan, and with him an hun- sand drams; and two vessels of fine copdred and ten males.

per, precious as gold. 13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, 28' And I said unto them, Ye are holy whose names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, unto the LORD; the vessels are holy also, and Shemaiah, and with them threescore and the silver and the gold are a freewillmales.

offering unto the LORD God of your fa14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and thers. Zabbud, and with them seventy males. 29 Watch ye, and keep them until ye

15. ^ And I gathered them together to weigh them, before the chief of the priests the river that runneth to Ahava; and there and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of abode we in tents three days: and I view- Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the ed the people, and the priests, and found house of the Lord. there none of the sons of Levi.

30 So took the priests and the Levites 16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for the weight of the silver, and the gold, and Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unand for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and to the house of our God. for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief 31 ( Then we departed from the river men; also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, men of understanding.

to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our 17 And I sent them with commandment God was upon us, and he delnored us unito Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, from the hand of the enemy, and of such as and I told them what they should say unto lay in wait by the way. Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims, 32 And we came to Jerusalem, and at the place Casiphia, that they should abode there three days. bring unto us ininisters for the house of 33 | Now on the fourth day was the our God.

silver and the gold and the vessels weigh18 And by the good hand of our God ed in the house of our God by the hand of upon us they brought us man of under- Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; standing, of the sons of Mahli, the son of and with him was Eleazar the son of PhiLevi

, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with nehas; and with them was Jozabad the sons and his brethren, eighteen; son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Lin

his

19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jesha- nui, Levites; ial of the sons of Merari, his brethren and 34 By number and by weight of every

one: and all the weight was written at that 20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David time. and the princes had appointed for the ser 35 Also the children of those that had vice of the Levites, two hundred and twen- been carried away, which were come out ty Nethinims: all of them were expressed of the captivity, offered burnt-offerings un

to the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all 21. 1 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and the river Ahava, that we might affict our-seven lambs, twelve he-goats for a sinselves before our God, to seek of him a right offering: all this was a burnt-offering unto Way for us, and for our little ones, and for the LORD. all our substance.

36 1 And they delivered the king's

their sons, twenty,

by name.

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