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404 The altar set us.

EZRA. The foundation of the temsile laid. 60 T", children i Delaiah, the chil! 4 They kept also the feast of taberna-. dren of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, cles, as it is written, and offered the daily six hundred fifty and two.

ll burnt-offerings by number, according to 61 Land of the children of the priests: the custom, as the duty of every day the children nH bajah, the children of required ; Koz, the children of Barzillai: which 5 And afterward offired the continual took a wife of the daugliters of Barzillai burnt-offering, both of the new moons, the Gileadite, and was called after their and of all the set feasts of the LORD that name:

were consecrated, and of every one that 62 These sought their register among is willingly offered a freewill-offering unto those that were reckoned by genealogy, the Lord. but they were not found : therefore were 6 From the first day of the seventi they, as polluted, put from the priesthood. month began they to citer burnt-otter

63 And the Tirshatha said unto them, ings unto the LORD. But the foundathat they should not eat of the most holy |tion of the temple of the LORD was not things, till there stood up a priest with

yet laid. Urim and with Thummim.

7 They gave money also unto the ma64 | The whole congregation together sons, and to the carpenters ; and meat, was forty and two thousand three hun and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, dred and threescore,

and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar-trees 65 Beside their servants and their from Lebanon to the sea cf Joppa, acmaids, of whom there were seven thou cording to the grant that they had of Cysand three hundred thirty and seven : | rus king of Persia. and there were among them two hun 8 Now in the second year of their dred singing-men and singing-women. coming unto the house of God at Jeru

66 Their horses were seven hundred salem, in the second month, began Zerubthirty and six; their mules, two hundred | babel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the forty and five;

son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their 67 Their camels, four hundred thirty brethren the priests and the Levites, and and five ; their asses, six thousand seven | all they that were come out of the caphundred and twenty.

tivity unto Jerusalem ; and appointed the 68 || And some of the chief of the fa- Levites, from twenty years old and upthers, when they came to the house of the ward, to set forward the work of the LORD which is at Jerusalem, offered hruse of the LORD. freely for the house of God to set it up in 9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his place :

his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the 69 They gave after their ability unte sous of Judah, together, to set forward the treasure of the work threescore and the workmen in the house of God: the one thousand drams of gold, and five sons of Henadad, with their sons and their thousand pounds of silver, and one hun brethren the Levites. dred priests garments.

10 And when the builders laid the foun70 So the priests, and the Levites, and dation of the temple of the Lord, they set some of the people, and the singers, and the priests in their apparel with trumpthe porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in | ets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph their cities, and all Israel in their cities. ll with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after CHAP. III.

the ordinance of David king of Israel. 1 The altar is set up. 4 Offerings fre 11 And they sang together by course

quented. 8 The foundation of the tem- || in praising and giving thanks unto the pile laid.

LORD; because he is good, for his mercy AND when the seventh month was endureth for ever toward Israel. And 4 come, and the children of Israel were all the people shouted with a great shout, in the cities, the people gathered them- when they praised the LORD, because the selves together as one man to Jerusalem. foundation of the house of the Lord was

2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jo laid. zadak, and his brethren the priests, and 12 But many of the priests and LeZerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his vites and chief of the fathers, who were brethren, and builded the altar of the God ancient men, that had seen the first of Israel, to offer burnt-offerings thereon, house, when the foundation of this house as it is written in the law of Moses the was laid before their eyes, wept with a man of God.

loud voice; and many shouted aloud for 3 And they set the altar upon his joy : hases ; for fear was upon them because 13 So that the people could not discern of the people of those countries : and they the noise of the shout of joy from the offered burnt-offerings thereon unto the noise of the weeping of the people : for LORD, even burnt-offerings morning and the people shouted with a loud sliout, evening.

ll and the noise was heard afar off.

The building hindered. CHAP. IV. V.

Artaxerxes' decree. 405 CHAP. IV.

11 14 Now because we have maintenance 1 The building hinder d. 7 The letter from the king's palace, and it was not meet

10 Artaxerxes. 17. His decree. for us to see the king's dishonour, thereN OW when the adversaries of Judah || fore have we sent and certified the king;

N and Benjamin heard that the chill 15 That search may be made in the dren of the captivity builded the temple book of the records of thy fathers : so unto the Lord God of Israel;

shalt thou find in the book of the records, 2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and and know that this city is a rebellious to the chief of the fathers, and said unto i city, and hurtful unto kings and provthem, Let us build with you : for we seek | inces, and that they have moved sedition your God,as ye do; and we do sacrifice un within the same of old time : for which to him since the days of Esar-haddon king cause was this city destroyed. of Assur, which bronght us up hither. 16 We certify the king ihat, if this city

3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the be builded again, and the walls thereof set rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, up, by this means thou shalt have no porsaid unto them, Ye have nothing to do tion on this side the river. with us to build an house unto our God; 17 9 Then sent the king an answer unbut we ourselves together will build unto to Relum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the Lord God of İsracl, as king Cyrus the scribe, and to the rest of their companthe king of Persia hath commanded us. ions that dwell in Samaria, and unto the

4. Then the peopl. of the land weaken- rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such ed the hands of the people of Judah, and a time. troubled them in building,

18 The letter which ve sent unto us 5 And hired counsellors against them, hath been plainly read before me. to frustrate their purpose, all the day's of 19 And I commanded, and search hath Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign been made, and it is found that this city of Darius king of Persia.

of old time hath made insurrection a6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the gainst kings, and that rebellion and sedibeginning of his reign," wrote they unto tion have been made therein. him an accusation against the inhabitants 20 There have been mighty kings also of Judah and Jerusalem.

over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all 7 And in the days of Artaxerxes countries beyond the river; and toll, tribwrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and ute, and custom, was paid unto them. the rest of their companions unto Artax 21 Give ye now commandment to erxes king of Persia, and the writing of the cause these men to cease, and that this letter was written in the Syrian tongue, city be not builded, until another comand interpreted in the Syrian tongue. mandment shall be given from me.

8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai 22 Take heed now that ye fail not to the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusa do this : why should damage grow to the lem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort : hurt of the kings?

9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, 23 | Now when the copy of king Arand Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of taxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, their companions ; the Dinaites, the A and Shimshai the scribe, and their compharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the A-li panions, they went up in laste to Jerusapharsites, the Archevites, the Babyloni- lem unto the Jews, and made them to ans, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, and cease by force and power. the Elamites,

24 Then ceased the work of the house 10 And the rest of the nations whom of God which is at Jerusalem. So it ceasthe great and noble Asnapper brougited unto the second rear of the reign of over, and set in the cities of Samaria, and || Darius king of Persia. the rest that are on this side the river,

CHAP. V. and at such a time.

|| 1 Zerubbabel and Jeshua set forward the 11 1 This is the copy of the letter that

building. they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerx- | THEN the prophets, Haggai the proes the king; Thy servants the men on 1 phet, and Zechariah the son of Idthis side the river, and at such a time. ll do, prophesied unto the Jews that were in

12 Be it known unto the king, that the || Jucah and Jerusalem in the name of the Jews which came up from thee to us are || God of Israel, even unto them. come into Jerusalem, building the rebel- | 2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of lious and the bad city, and have set up the Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, walls thercof, and joined the foundations. | and began to build the house of Gor!

13 Be it known now unto the king, | which is at Jerusalem : and with them that, if this city be builded, and the walls were the prophets of God helping tlicm. set up again, ihon will they not pay toll, 3 | At the same time came to them tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt | Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and encarnage the revenue of the kings, "Shethar-beznai, and their companions, 406 Talnai's icitor to Darius. EZRA. Darius advanceth the building. and said thus unto them, Who hath com- '| the king, let there be search made in the manded you to build this house, and to king's treasure-house, which is there at make up this wal'?

|| Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree 4 Then said we unto them after this was made of Cyrus the king to build this manner, What are the names of the men house of God at Jerusalem, and let the that make this building?

king send his pleasure to us concerning 5 But the eye of their God was upon this matter. the elders of the Jews, that they could not

| CHAP, VI. cause them to cease, till the matter came 1 Darius advanceth the building. 13 The to Darius: and then they returned an temple is finished. 16 The feast of the swer by letter concerning this matter. dedication is kepi, 19 and the passover.

6 1 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, THEN Darius the king made a degovernor on this side the river, and She-i T cree, and search was made in the thar-boznai, and his companious the A- || house of the rolls, where the treasures pharsachites, which were on this side the were laid up in Babylon. river, sent unto Darius the king:

2 And there was found at Achmetha, 7 They sent a letter unto him, where in the palace that is in the province of in was written thus; Unto Darius the | the Medes, a roll, and therein was a king, all peace.

record thus written : s Be it known unto the king, that we 3 In the first year of Cyrus the king, went into the province of Judea, to the the same Cyrus the king made a decrce house of the great God, which is buildled concerning the house of Godat Jerusalem, with great stones, and timber is laid in Let the house be builded, the place the walis, and this work goeth fast on, where they offered sacrifices, and let the and prospereth in their hands.

foundations thereof be strongly laid ; the 9 Then asked we those elders, and said height thereof threescore cubits, and the unto them thus, Who ccinmanded you to breadth thereof threescore cubits; build this house, and to make up these 4 With three rows of great stones, and walls?

a row of new timber : and let the ex10 We asked their names also, to cer- penses be given out of the king's house : tify thee, that we might write the names 5 And also let the golden and silver of the men that sucre the chief of them. vessels of the house of God, which Neb

11 And thus they returned us answer, luchadnezzar took forth out of the temsaying, We are the servants of the God ple which is at Jerusalem, and brought of heaven and earth, and build the house unto Babylon, be restored, and brought that was builded these many years ago, | again unto the temple which is at Jerusawhich a great king of Israel builded and lem, every one to his place, and place them set up

in the house of God. 12' But after that our fathers had pro- 6 Now therefore, Tatnai governor bevoke the God of heaven into wrath, 1 yond the river, Shethar-boznai, and your he gave them into the hand of Nebuchail- companions the Apharsachites, which are nezzar the king of Babylon, the Chal beyond the river, be ye far froin thence : dean, who destroyed this house, and car- 7 Let the work of this house of God ried the people away into Babylon. alone ; let the governor of the Jews, and

13 But in the first year of Cyrus the | the elders of the Jews, build this house of king of Babylon the same king Cyrus | God in his place. made a decree to build this louse of God. 8 Moreover, I make a decree what ye

14 And the vessels also of gold and shall do to the elders of these Jews for the silver of the house of God, which Nebu building of this house of God: that of chadnetzar took out of the temple that the king's goods, even of the tribute bewas in Jerusalem, and brought them into | yond the river, forth with expenses be the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus | given unto these men, that they be not the king take out of the temple of Baby- | hindered. lon, and they were delivered unto one, 9 And that which they have need of, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he || both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, had made governor;

for the burnt-offerings of the God of heav15 And said unto him, Take these ves- | en, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according sels, go, carry them into the temple that to the appointment of the priests which is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God are at Jerusalem, let it be given them be builded in his place.

day by day without fail : 16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar,' 10 That they may offer sacrifices of and laid the foundation of the house of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, God which is in Jerusalem: and since and pray for the life of the king, and of that time even until now hath it been in his sons. building, and yet it is not finished.

11 Also I have made a decree, that who17 Now therefore, if it seem good to lisoever shall alter this word, let timber ba

The temple finished.

CHAP. VII. Ezra goeth up to Jerusalem. 407 pulled down from his house, and being set | 2 The son of Shallum, the son of Zaup, let him be hanged thereon ; and let dok, the son of Alitub, his house be made a dunghill for this. 3 The son of Amariah, the son of

12 And the Gal that hath caused his | Azariah, the son of Meraioth, name to dwell there destroy all kings and 1 4 The son of Zerahialı, the son of Uzzi, people, that shall put to their hand to alter the son or Bukki, and to destroy this house of God which 5 The son of Abjshua, the son of Phinis at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a ll chas, the son of Eleazar, the son of decree ; let it be done with specd.

Aaron the chief priest: 13 & Then Tatnai governor on this side | 6 This Ezra went up from Babylon ; the river, Shethar-boznai, and their com ll and he was a ready scribe in the law of panions, according to that which Darius Moses, which the LORD God of Israel the king had sent, so they did speedils: had given ; and the king granted him all

14 And the elders of the Jews builded, | his request, according to the hand of the and they prospered through the prophesy LORD his Gulupon him. ing of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah 7 And there went up some of the chil-. the son of Iddo. And they builded, and dren of Israel, and of the priests, and the finished it, according to the command Levites, and the singers, and the porters, ment of the God of Israel, and according and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in to the commandment of Cyrus, and Da the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king. rics, and Artaxerxes king of Persia

8 And he came to Jerusalem in the 15 And this house was finished on fifth month, which was in the seventh the third day of the month Adar, which li year of the king. was in the sixth year of the reign of 9 For upon the first day of the first Darius the king.

month began he to go up from Babylon, 16 [ And the children of Israel, the land on the first day of the fifth nionth priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the came he to Jerusalem, according to the children of the citivity, kept the dedica- good hand of his God upon him." tion of this house of God with joy,

10 For Ezra had prepared his heart 17 And offered at the dedication of to seek the law of the LORD, and to this house of God an hundred bullocks, || do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; judgments. and for a sin-offering for all Israel, twelve | 11 9 Now this is the copy of the letter he-goats, according to the number of the l that the king Artaxerxes gare unto Ezra tribes of Israel

the priest, the scribe, even a scrite of 18 And they set the priests in their di- || the words of the commandments of the visions, and the Levites in their courses, LORD, and of his statutes to Israel. for the service of God, which is at Jerusa- | 12 Artaxeres, king of kings, unto lem; as it is written in the book of Moses Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of

19 And the children of the captivity | the God of heaven, perfect peace, and kept the passover upon the fourteenth at such a time. day of the first month.

13 I make a decree, that all they of the 20 For the priests and the Levites were people of Israel, and of his priests and purified together, all of them were pure, Levites, in my rcalm, which are minded and killed the passover for all the chil of their own free will to go up to Jerusidren of the captivity, and for their breth lem, go with thce. ren the priests, and for themselves.

14 Forasmuch as thou art sent of the 21 And the children of Israel, which || king, and of his seven counsellors, to inwere come again out of captivity, and all || quire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, such as had separated themselves unto according to the law of thy God which them from the filthiness of the heathen is in thine liand; of the land, to seck the LORD God of 15 And to carry the silver and gold, Israel, did eat,

whieh the king and his counsellors have 22 And kept the feast of unleavened freely offered unto the God of Israel, bread seven days with joy : for the LORD whose habitation is in Jerusalem, had made thicm jouful,' and turned the 16 And all the silver and gold that heart of the king of Assyria unto them, thou canst find in all the province of Baba to strengthen their hands in the work of li vlon, with the frcewill-offering of the the house of God, the God of Israel. people, and of the priests, offering wilCHAP. VII.

lingly for the house of their God which 1Ezra goeth up to Jerusalem. 11 The com- | is in Jerusalem : mission of Artaxerxes. 27 God is praised. 17 That thou mayest buy speedily with N OW after these things, in the reign this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with

V of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra || their meat-offerings and their drink-offerthe son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, ll ings, and offer them upon the altar of the the son of Hilkiah,

ll house of your God which is in Jerusalem. 408 The commission of Artaxerxes. EZRA. Those who reiurned with Ezra.

18 And whatsoever shall seem good to 11 3 Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the thee, and to thy brethren, to do with the sons of Pharosh ; Zechariah : and with rest of the silver and gold, that do after the him were reckoned by genealogy of the will of your God.

| males an hundred and fifty. 19 The vessels also that are given thee! 4 Of the sons of Pahath-moab ; Elifor the service of the house of thy God, those | hoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem. him two hundred males.

20 And whatsoever more shall be need 5 Of the sons of Shechanialı; the son ful for the house of thy God, which thou of Jahaziel, and with him three hunshalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it dred males. out of the king's treasure-house.

6 Of the sons also of Adin ; Ebed the son 21. And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, of Jonathan, and with him fifty males. do make a decree to all the treasurers 7. And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah which are beyond the river, that whatso- | the son of Athaliah, and with him sevever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law | enty males. of the God of heaven, shall require of 8 And of the sons of Shephatiah ; Zebyou, it be done speedily,

1 adiah the son of Michael, and with him 22 Unto an hundred talents of silver, fourscore males. and to an hundred measures of wheat, I 9 Of the sons of Joab ; Obadiah the and to an hundred baths of wine, and to | son of Jchiel, and with him two hundred an hundred baths of oil, and salt without and eighteen males. prescribing how much.

10 And of the sons of Shelomith; the 23 Whatsoever is commanded by the || son of Josiphiah, and with him an hundred God of heaven, let it be diligently done | and threescore males. for the house of the God of heaven: for 11 And of the sons of Bebai ; Zechawhy should there be wrath against the | riah the son of Bebai, and with himn realm of the king and his sons ?

twenty and eight males. 24 Also we certify you, that touching 12 And of the sons of Azgad ; Johaany of the priests and Levites, singers, | nan the son of Hakkatan, and with him porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this an hundred and ten males. house of God, it shall not be lawful to im- 13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, pose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them. whose names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel,

25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom and Shemaiah, and with them threescore of thy God, that is in thinehand, set mag- , males. istrates and judges, which may judge 14 of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai and all the people that are beyond the river, | Zabbud, and with them seventy males. all such as know tlie laws of thy God; || 15 And I gathered them together to and teach ye them that know them not the river that runneth to Ahava ; and

26 And whosoever will not do the law there abode we in tents three days : and of thy God, and the law of the king, let I viewed the people, and the priests, and judgment be executed speedily upon him, | found there none of the sons of Levi. whether it be unto death, or to banishi- 16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, ment, or to confiscation of goods, or to for Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for imprisonnent.

Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, 27 | Blessed be the LORD God of our and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, fathers, which hath put such a thing as chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Elthis in the king's heart, to beautify the nathan, men of understanding house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem: 1 17 And I sent them with command

28 And hath extended mercy unto mement unto Iddo the chief at the place before the king, and his counsellors, and Casiphia, and I told them what they before all the king's mighty princes. And should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren I was strengthened as the hand of the the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that Lord my God was upon me, and I gath- they should bring unto us ministers for ered together out of Israel chief men to go the house of our God. up with me.

18 And by the good hand of our CHAP. VIII.

1 God upon us ihey brought us a man of 1 Ezra's companions from Babylon. 15 | understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the

He sendeth 10 Iddo for ministers of the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Shetrimple. 21 He kcepeth a fast.

rebial, with his sons and his brethren, THESE are now the chief of their fa- eighteen ; 1 thers, and this is the genealogy of 19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jethem that went up with me from Baby-shaiah of the sons of Merari, his brethlon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king. ren and their sons, twenty ;

2 Of the sons of Phinehas ; Gershom:1 20 Also of the Nethinims, whom Davidl of the sons of Ithamar; Daniel: of the land the princes had appointed for the sons of David ; Hattush.

li service of the Levites, two hundred and

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