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The number of the people 17 Therefore he brought upon them the king | 21 To fulfil the word of the Lord by the of the Chaldees, who slew their goung men with mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate had no compassion upon young man or maiden, she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave years. them all into his hand.

22 | Now in the first year of Cyrus king of 18 And all the vessels of the house of God, Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by great and small, and the treasures of the house the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of of his princes; all these he brought to Baby. Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout Jon.

all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, say19 And they burnt the house of God, and ing, brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt T'hus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of all the goodly vessels thereof.

heaven given me ; and he hath charged me to 20 And them that had escaped from the sword build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in carried he away to Babylon; where they were Judah. Who is there among you of all his servants to him and his sons until the reign of people? The LORD his God be with him, and the kingdom of Persia :

I let him go up.

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4 The seventy and two.sh, two thousand an

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ity that were brought up from Babylon unto Je.

rusalem. 1 The proclamation of Cyrus for the building of the temple. 5 The people provide for the

CHAPTER II. return. 7 Cyrus restoreth the vessels of the 1 The number that return, of the people, 36 of temple to Sheshbazzar.

the priests, 40 of the Levites, 43 of the Neth. NOW in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, inims, 55 of Solomon's servants, 62 of the I that the word of the Lord by the mouth of priests which could not shew their pedigree. Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred | 64 The whole number of them, with their subup the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he stance. 68 Their oblations. made a proclamation throughout all his king NOW these are the children of the province dom, and put it also in writing, saying,

that went up out of the captivity, of those 2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD which had been carried away, whom Nebu. God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms chadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried of the earth; and he hath charged me to build away unto Babylon, and came again unto Je. him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Ju rusalem and Judah, every one unto his city; dah.

2 Which came with Zerubbabel : Jeshua, 3 Who is there among you of all his people ? Nebemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bil. his God be with him, and let him go up to Jeru. shan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The salem, which is in Judah, and build the house number of the men of the people of Israel : of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) 3 The children of Parosh, two thousand an which is in Jerusalem.

4 And whosoever remaineth in any place 1 4 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred where he sojourneth, let the men of his place seventy and two. help him with silver, and with gold, and with 5 The children of Arah, seven hundred seven. goods, and with beasts, besides the free-will. ty and five. offering for the house of God that is in Jerusa I 96 The children of Pahath-moab, of the chil. lem.

dren of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight 5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of hundred and twelve. Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the 7 The children of Elam, a thousand two hun. Levites, with all them whose spirit God had dred fifty and four. raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD 8 The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty which is in Jerusalem.

and five. 6 And all they that were about them strength. 9 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and ened their hands with vessels of silver, with threescore. gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with 10 The children of Bani, six hundred forty precious things, besides all that was willingly and two. offered.

11 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty 7.1 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the and three. vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebu. 12 The children of Azgad, a thousand two chadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, hundred twenty and two. and had put them in the house of his gods;

13 The children of Adonikam, six hundred 8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring sixty and six. forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, 1 14 The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the and six. prince of Judah.

15 The children of Adin, four hundred fifty 9 And this is the number of them : thirty and four, chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, 16 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety nine and twenty knives,

and eight. 10 Thirty basins of gold, silver basins of a 17 T'he children of Bezai, three hundred twensecond sort four hundred and ten, and other ty and three. vessels a thousand.

18 The children of Jorah, an hundred and 11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were twelve. five thousand and four hundred. All these did 19 The children of Hashum, two hundred Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captiv. | twenty and three.

that returned from Babylon. CHAPTER III.

The altar is set up. 20 The children of Gibbar, ninety and five., house, and their seed, whether they were of Is.

21 The children of Beth-lehem, an hundred rael : twenty and three.

60 The children of Delaiah, the children of 22 The men of Netophah, fifty and six.

Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred 23 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty fifty and two and eight.

61 | And of the children of the priests: the 24 The children of Azmaveth, forty and two. children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the

25 The children of Kirjath-arim, Chephirah, children of Barzillai: which took a wife of the and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty and daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was three.

called after their name: 26 The children of Ramah and Gaba, six 62 These sought their register among those hundred twenty and one.

that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were 27 The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put and two.

from the priesthood. 28 The men of Beth-el and Ai, two hundred 63 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that twenty and three.

they should not eat of the most holy things, till 29 The children of Nebo, fifty and two.

there stood up a priest with Urim and with 30 The children of Magbish, an hundred fifty Thummim. and six.

64 | The whole congregation together was 31 The children of the other Elam, a thousand forty and two thousand three hundred and threetwo hundred fifty and four.

score, 32 The children of Harim, three hundred and 65 Beside their servants and their maids, of twenty.

whom there were seven thousand three hundred 33 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, thirty and seven: and there were among them seven hundred twenty and live.

two hundred singing-men and singing-women. 34 The children of Jericho, three hundred for. 66 Their horses were seven hundred thirty and ty and five.

six; their mules, two hundred forty and five; * 35 The children of Senaah, three thousand and 67 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; six hundred and thirty.

their asses, six thousand seven hundred and 36 T The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of twenty.. the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and 68 1 And some of the chief of the fathers, three.

when they came to the house of the LORD which 37 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty is at Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of and two.

God to set it up in his place: 38 The children of Pashur, a thousand two 69 They gave after their ability unto the treas. hundred forty and seven.

ure of the work threescore and one thousand 39 The children of Harim, a thousand and drams of gold, and five thousand pounds of sil. seventeen,

ver, and one hundred priests' garments. 40 1 The Levites: the children of Jeshua and 70 So the priests, and the Levites, and some Kadmiel, of the children of Hodaviah, seventy of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and four.

and the Nethinims, dwelt in their cities, and all 41 | The singers: the children of Asaph, an Israel in their cities. hundred twenty and eight.

CHAPTER III. 42 4 The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children 1 The altar is set up. 4. Offerings frequented. of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children 7 Workmen prepared. 8 The foundations of Hatita, the children of Shobai, in all an hun. of the temple are laid in great joy and mourn. dred thirty and nine.

ing. 43 | The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, AND when the seventh month was come, and the children of Hasupha, the children of Tab. the children of Israel were in the cities, the baoth,

people gathered themselves together as one man 44 The children of Keros, the children of Sia. to Jerusalem. ha, the children of Padon,

2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, 45 The children of Lebanah, the children of and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbahel the Hagabah, the children of Akkub,

son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded 46 The children of Hagab, the children of | the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt. Shalmai, the children of Hanan,

offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of 47 The children of Giddel, the children of Moses the man of God. Gahur, the children of Reaiah,

3 And they set the altar upon his bàses ; for 48 The children of Rezin, the children of Ne. fear was upon them because of the people of koda, the children of Gazzam,

those countries: and they offered burnt-offerings 49 The children of Uzza, the children of Pa. thereon unto the LORD, even burnt-offerings seah, the children of Besai,

morning and evening. 50 The chiidren of Asnah, the children of Me. 4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, hunim, the children of Nephusim,

as it is written, and offered the daily burnt. 51 The children of Bakbuk, the children of offerings by number, according to the custom, Hakupha, the children of Harhur,

as the duty of every day required; 52 The children of Bazluth, the children of 5 And afterward offered the continual burnt. Mehida, the children of Harsha,,

offering, both of the new-moons, and of all the 53 The children of Barkos, the children of set feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, Sisera, the children of Thamah, .

and of every one that willingly offered a free 54 The children of Neziah, the children of will-offering unto the LORD. Hatipha.

6 From the first day of the seventh month be. 551 The children of Solomon's servants: the gan they to offer burnt-offerings unto the Lord. children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the But the foundation of the temple of the LORD children of Peruda,

was not yet laid. 56 The children of Jaalah, the children of 7 They gave money also unto the masons, and Darkon, the children of Giddel,

to the carpenters; and ment, and drink, and oil, 57 The children of Shephatiah, the children of unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the bring cedar-trees from Lebanon to the sea of children of Ami.

Joppa, according to the grunt that they had of 58 All the Nethinims, and the children of Cyrus king of Persia, Solomon's servants, were three hundred ninety 8.11 Now in the second year of their coming and two.

unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the sec. 59 And these were they which went up from ond month, began Zerubbabel the son of Sheal. Tel.melah, Tel-harsa, Cherub, Addan, and tiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the Immer: but they could not shew their father's / remnant of their brethren the priests and the Le.

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to hinder the work. vites, and all they that were come out of the set in tre cities of Samaria, and the rest that captivity unto Jerusalem ; and appointed the are on this side the river, and at such a Levites, from twenty years old and upward, time, to set forward the work of the house of the 11 1 This is the copy of the letter that they LORD.

sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king; 9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his Thy servants the men on this side the river, and brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of at such a time. Judah, together, to set forward the work. 12 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews men in the house of God: the sons of Hena. | which came up from thee to us, are come unto dad, with their sons and their brethren the Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad Levites,

city, and have set up the walls thereof, and 10 And when the builders laid the foundation joined the foundations. of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests 13 Be it known now unto the king, that if in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites this city be builded, and the walls set up again, the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the then will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom, LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Is and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the rael.

kipgs. 11 And they sang together by course in prais. 14 Now because we have maintenance from ing and giving thanks unto the LORD ; because the king's palace, and it was not meet for us to he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever to. see the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent wurd Israel. And all the people shouted with a and certified the king; great shout, when they praised the LORD, be. 15 That search may be made in the book of the cause the foundation of the house of the LORD records of thy fathers : So shalt thou find in the was luid.

book of the records, and know that this city is a 12 But many of the priests and Levites and rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and prov. chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that inces, and that they have moved sedition within had seen the first house, when the foundation the same of old time : for which cause was this of this house was laid before their eyes, wept city destroyed. with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for 16 We certify the king that, if this city be joy:

builded again, and the walls thereof set up, by 13 So that the people could not discern the this means thou shalt have no portion on this noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the side the river. weeping of the people for the people shouted 17 1 Then sent the king an answer unto Rewith a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar hum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, off.

and to the rest of their companions that dwell in CHAPTER IV.

Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the river,

Peace, and at such a time. 1 The adversaries, being not accepted in the

18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been building of the temple with the Jews, endeav. plainly read before me. our to hinder it. 7 Their letter to Artarerxes.

19 And I commanded, and search hath been 17 The decree of Artaxerxes. 23 The build.

made, and it is found that this city of old time ing is hindered.

hath made insurrection against kings, and NOW when the adversaries of Judah and Ben that rebellion and sedition have been made

jamin heard that the children of the captivi. therein. ty builded the temple unto the LORD God of 20 There have been mighty kings also over Israel;

Jerusalem, which have ruled over all countries 2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the beyond the river : and toll, tribute, and custom, chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us was paid unto them. build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; 21 Give ye now commandment to cause these and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of men to cease, and that this city be not builded, Esar-baddon king of Assur, which brought us until another commandment shall be given from up hither.

me. 3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest 22 Take heed now that ye fail not to do this : of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto why should damage grow to the hurt of the them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an kings? house unto our God; but we ourselves together 23 y Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the king Cyrus the king of Persia hath command. scribe, and their companions, they went up in ed us.

haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made 4 Then the people of the land weakened the them to cease by force and power. hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them 24 Then ceased the work of the house of God in building,

which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the 5 And hired counsellors against them, to frus. second year of the reign of Darius king of trate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king Persia. of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of

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6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the be. 1 Zerubbabel and Jeshua, incited by Haggar ginning of his reign, wrote they unto him an and Zechariah, set forward the building of accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and the temple. 3 Tatnai and Shethar-boznai could Jerusalem.

not hinder the Jews. 6 Their letter to Darius 7.1 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote against the Jews. Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of THEN the prophets, Haggai the prophet, their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Per. and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophe. sia ; and the writing of the letter was written in sied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Je. the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian rusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even tongue.

unto them. 8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the 2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Sheal. scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Ar. tiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began taxerxes the king in this sort:

to build the house of God which is at Jerusa. 9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and lem: and with them were the prophets of God Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their com. helping them. panions; the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the 31 At the same time came to them Tatnai, Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the governor on this side the river, and Shethar. Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, boznai, and their companions, and said thus and the Elamites,

unto them, Who hath commanded you to 10 And the rest of the nations whom the build this house, and to make up this wall ? great and noble Asnapper brought over, and 4 Then said we unto them after this manner,

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The decree of Darius. CHAPTER VI.

The temple is finished. What are the names of the men that make this l 5 And also let the golden and silver vessels building?

of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar 5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders took forth out of the temple which is at Jerusa. of the Jews, that they could not cause them tolem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and cease, till the matter came to Darius : and then brought again unto the temple which is at Jeru. they returned answer by letter concerning this salem, every one to his place, and place them in matter.

the house of God. 61 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, gov. 6 Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the ernor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, river, Shethar.boznai, and your companions the and his companions the Apharsachites, which Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the ye far from thence: king:

7 Let the work of this house of God alone : 7 They sent a letter unto him, wherein was | let the governor of the Jews, and the elders written thus; Unto Darius the king, all peace. of the Jews, build this house of God in his

8 Be it known into the king, that we went place. into the province of Judea, to the house of the 8 Moreover, I make a decree what ye shall do great God, which is builded with great stones, to the elders of these Jews for the building of and timber is laid in the walls, and this work this house of God: that of the king's goods, goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hunds. even of the tribute beyond the river, forth with

9 Then asked we those elders, and said unto expenses be given unto these men, that they be them thus, Who commanded you to build this not hindered. house, and to make up these walls?

9 And that which they have need of, both 10 We asked their names also, to certify thee, young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the that we might write the names of the men that burnt-offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, were the chief of them.

salt, wine, and oil, according to the appoint11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, ment of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let We are the servants of the God of heaven and it be given them day by day without fail : earth, and build the house that was builded these 10 That they may ofter sucrifices of sweet many years ago, which a great king of Israel savours unto the God of hen ven, and pray for builded and set up.

the life of the king, and of his sons. 12 But after that our fathers had provoked the 11 Also I have made a decree, that whosoever God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Baby- | from his house, and being set up, let him be lon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, hanged thereon ; and let his house be made and carried the people away into Babylon.

a dung hill for this. 13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of 12 And the God that hath caused his name to Babylon, the same king Cyrus made a decree to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that build this house of God.

shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy 14 And the vessels also of gold and silver of this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Dathe house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took rius have made a decree ; let it be done with out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and speed. brought them into the temple of Babylon, those 13 1 Then Tatnai, governor on this side the did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of river, Shethar-boznai, and their companions, Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, according to that which Darius the king had whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had sent, so they did speedily. made governor;

14 And the elders of the Jews builded, and 15 And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, they prospered through the prophesying of Hag. carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem, gai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. and let the house of God be builded in his And they builded, and finished it, according to place.

the commandment of the God of Israel, and 16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and laid the foundation of the house of God which Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. is in Jerusalem : and since that time even until 15 And this house was finished on the third now hath it been in building, and yet it is not fin. | day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth ished.

year of the reign of Darius the king. 17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, 16 1 And the children of Israel, the priests, Jet there be search made in the king's trensure. and the Levites, and the rest of the children house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be of the captivity, kept the dedication of this so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to house of God with joy, build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let 17 And offered at the dedication of this house the king send his pleasure to us concerning this of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, matter.

four hundred lumbs ; and for a sin-offering for CHAPTER VI.

all Israel, twelve he-gouts, according to the

number of the tribes of Israel. 1 Darius, finding the decrce of Cyrus, maketh

18 And they set the priests in their divisions. a new decrec for the advancement of the build and the Levites in their courses, for the service ing. 13 By the help of the enemies, and the of God, which is at Jerusalem ; as it is written directions of the prophets, the temple is fin in the book of Moses. ished. 16. The feast of the dedication is kept, 19 And the children of the captivity kept the 19 and the passover.

passover upon the fourteenth day of the first THEN Darius the king made a decree, and month. I search was made in the house of the rolls, 20 For the priests and the Levites were puri. where the treasures were laid up in Babylon. fied together, all of them were pure, and killed

2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the the passover for all the children of the captivity, palace that is in the province of the Medes, and for their brethren the priests, and for them. å roll, and therein was a record thus writ. selves. ten:

21 And the children of Israel, which were 3 In the first year of Cyrus the king, the same come again out of captivity, and all such as Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the had separated themselves unto them from the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the builded, the place where they offered sacri. LORD God of Israel, did eat, fires, and let the foundations thereof be strongly 22 And kept the feast of unleavened bread Jaid ; the height thereof threescore cubits, and seven days with joy : for the LORD had made the breadth thereof threescore cubits;

them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of 4 With three rows of great stones, and a row | Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in of new timber: and let the expenses be given out the work of the house of God, the God of Is. of the king's house :

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of Artaxerxes to Ezra. CHAPTER VII.

hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred

baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how 1 Ezra goeth up to Jerusalem. 11 The gr

much. cious commission of Artaxerxes to Ezra.

23 Whatsoever is commanded by the God of Ezra blesseth God for his favour.

heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of NOW after these things, in the reign of Artą. the God of heaven: for why should there be xerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Serai.

wrath against the realm of the king and his ah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,

sons ? The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the 24 Also we certify you, that touching any of son of Ahitub,

the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethi. .3 The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, nims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall the son of Meraioth,,

not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, 4 The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the upon them. son of Bukki,

25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy 5 The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and the son of Eleazar, the son of Auron the chief judges, which may judge all the people that are priest :

beyond the river, all such as know the laws of 6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he thy God; and teach ye them that know them was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which not. the LORD God of Israel had given: and the 26 And whosoever will not do the law of thy king granted him all his request, according to God, and the law of the king, let judgment be the hand of the LORD his God upon him.

executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto 7 And there went up some of the children of death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and goods, or to imprisonment. the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, 27 of Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Arta which hath put such a thing as this in the king's xerxes the king.

heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which 8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth is in Jerusalem: month, which was in the seventh year of the 28 And hath extended mercy unto me before king.

the king, and his counsellors, and before all the 9 For upon the first day of the first month be. king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened gan he to go up from Babylon, and on the first as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, I and I gathered together out of Israel chief men according to the good hand of his God upon to go up with me. him. 10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the

CHAPTER VIII. law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in

1 The companions of Ezra, who returned from Israel statutes and judgments.

Babylon. 15 He sendeth to Iddo for minis. 11 | Now this is the copy of the letter that ters for the temple. 21 He keepeth a fast. the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest,

24 He committeth the treasures to the custody the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the of the priests. 31 From Ahava they come to commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes Jerusalem. 33 The treasure is weighed in to Israel.

the temple. 36 The commission is deliv. 12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, Unto Ezra the ered. priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, THESE are now the chief of their fathers, perfect peace, and at such a time.

and this is the genealogy of them that went 13 I make a decree, that all they of the peo. up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Ar. ple of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, ta xerxes the king, in my realm, which are minded of their own 2 Of the sons of Phinehas ; Gershom: of the free will to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee. sons of Ithamar; Daniel: of the sons of David :

14 Forasmuch us thon1 art sent of the king, Hattush. and of his seven counsellors, to inquire concern. 3 Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of ing Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law Pharosh ; Zechariah : and with him were reck. of thy God which is in thine hand;

oned by genealogy of the males an hundred und 15 And to carry the silver and gold, which fifty. the king and his counsellors have freely offered 4 Of the sons of Pahath-moab; Eliboenai unto the God of Israel, whose habitation is in the son of Zerabiah, and with him two hundred Jerusalem.

males. 16 And all the silver and gold that thou canst 5 Of the sons of Shechaniah ; the son of Ja. find in all the province of Babylon, with the haziel, and with him three hundred males. free-will-offering of the people, and of the 6 of the sons also of Adin ; Ebed the son of priests, offering willingly for the house of their Jonathan, and with him titty males. God which is in Jerusalem :

7 And of the sons of Elam ; Jeshaiah the son 1 That thou mayest buy speedily with this of Athaliah, and with him seventy males. money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat 8 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah offerings and their drink-offerings, and ofter | the son of Michael, and with him fourscore them upon the altur of the house of your God | males. which is in Jerusalem.

9 Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of 18 And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen and to thy brethren, to do with the rest of the males. silver and the gold, that do after the will of your 10 And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of God.

Josiphiah, and with him an hundred and three. 19 The vessels also that are given thee for the

score males. service of the house of thy God, those deliver 11 And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the thou before the God of Jerusalem.

son of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight 20 And whatsoever more shull be needful for males. the house of thy God, which thou shalt have oc. 12 And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the casion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's son of Hakkatan, and with him an hundred and treasure-house.

ten males, 21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do

13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose make a decree to all the treasurers which are names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, and She. beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the maiah, and with them threescore males. priest, the scribe of the law of the God of 14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and heaven, shall require of you, it be done speed. | Zabbud, and with them seventy males,

15 | And I gathered thein together to the river 22 Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to that runneth to Abava ; and there abode we in an hundred measures of wheat, and to an Itents three days : and I viewed the people, and

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