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house of God which is in Jerusalem : and since that time even until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished.

17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.. . 9 Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?

10 We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them.

11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up.

12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon.

13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.

14 And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor;

15 And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place.

16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the

C H A P. VI. THEN Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written:

3 In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits;

4 With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expences be given out of the king's house:

5 And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem, every one to his place, and place them in the house of God.

6 Now therefore, Tatpai, governor beyond the river, Shethar-boznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be ye far from thence:

Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place.

8 Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expences be given unto these men, that they be not bindered.

9 And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail:

10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

11. Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dungbill for this.

12 And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed.

13 Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shethar-boznai, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily.

14 And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.

15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

16 And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,

17 And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.

18 And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses. .

19 And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month.

20 For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them were pure, and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.

21 And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat,

22 And kept the feast of unleaven and to do it, and to teach in Israel ed bread seven days with joy: for statutes and judgments. the LORD had made them joyful, 11 Now this is the copy of the and turned the heart of the king of letter that the king Artaxerxes gave Assyria unto them, to strengthen unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even their hands in the work of the house a scribe of the words of the comof God, the God of Israel.

mandments of the LORD, and of his

statutes to Israel. CHAP. VII.

12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto

Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law NOW after these things, in the of the God of heaven, perfect peace, reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, and at such a time. Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of L 13 I make a decree, that all they Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,

of the people of Israel, and of his 2 The son of Shallum, the son of priests and Levites, in my realm, Zadok, the son of Ahitub,

which are minded of their own free3 The son of Amariah, the son of will to go up to Jerusalem, go with Azariah, the son of Meraioth,

thee. 4 The son of Zerahiah, the son of 14 Forasmuch as thou art sent of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,

the king, and of his seven counsel5 The son of Abishua, the son of lors, to enquire concerning Judah Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son and Jerusalem, according to the law of Aaron the chief priest:

of thy God which is in thine hand; 6 This Ezra went up from Ba 15 And to carry the silver and bylon; and he was a ready scribe gold, which the king and his counin the law of Moses, which the sellors have freely offered unto the LORD God of Israel had given: and God of Israel, whose habitation is in the king granted him all his request, Jerusalem, according to the hand of the LORD 16 And all the silver and gold that his God upon him.

thou canst find in all the province of 7 And there went up some of the Babylon, with the freewill offering children of Israel, and of the priests, of the people, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, offering willingly for the house of and the porters, and the Nethinims, their God which is in Jerusalem: unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year 17 That thou mayest buy speedily of Artaxerxes the king.

with this money bullocks, rams, 8 And he came to Jerusalem in lambs, with their meat offerings and the fifth month, which was in the their drink offerings, and offer them seventh year of the king.

upon the altar of the house of your 9 For upon the first day of the God which is in Jerusalem. first month began he to go up from 18 And whatsoever shall seem Babylon, and on the first day of the good to thee, and to thy brethren, fifth month came he to Jerusalem, to do with the rest of the silver and according to the good hand of his the gold, that do after the will of God upon him.

your God. 10 For Ezra had prepared his 19 The vessels also that are given heart to seek the law of the LORD, thee for the service of the house of

our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem:

28 And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the Lord my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.

CHAP. VIII.

thy God, those deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem.

20 And whatsoever more shall be needful for the house of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's treasure house.

21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily, , 22 Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.

23 Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons ?

24 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Netbinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.

25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.

26 And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.

27 BỊessed be the LORD God of

THESE are now the chief of their fathers, and this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king

2 Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons of Ithamar; Daniel: of the sons of David; Hattusb.

3 Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pharosh; Zechariah: and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males an hundred and fifty.

4 Of the sons of Pahath-moab; Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with him two hundred males.

5 Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel, and with him three hundred males.

6 Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with him fifty males.

7 And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and with him seventy males.

8 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the son of Michael, and with him fourscore males.

9 Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen males.

10 And of the sons of Shelomith;

the son of Josiphiah, and with him led for the service of the Levites, two an hundred and threescore males. hundred and twenty Nethinims: all

11 And of the sons of Bebai; of them were expressed by name. Zechariah the son of Bebai, and 21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, with him twenty and eight males. at the river of Ahava, that we might

12 And of the sons of Azgad; Jo afflict ourselves before our God, to hanan the son of Hakkatan, and with seek of him a right way for us, and him an hundred and ten inales. for our little ones, and for all our

13 And of the last sons of Ado substance. nikam, whose names are these, Eli 22 For I was ashamed to require phelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and of the king a band of soldiers and with them threescore males.

horsemen to help us against the 14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; enemy in the way: because we had Uthai, and Zabbud, and with them spoken unto the king, saying, The seventy males.

hand of our God is upon all them 15 And I gathered them together for good that seek him; but his to the river that runneth to Ahava; power and his wrath is against all and there abode we in tents three them that forsake him. days: and I viewed the people, and 23 So we fasted and besought our the priests, and found there none of God for this: and he was intreated the sons of Levi.

of us. . 16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for 24 Then I separated twelve of the Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for Elna chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, shabiah, and ten of their brethren, and for Nathan, and for Zechariah, with them, and for Meshullam, chief men; also 25 And weighed unto them the for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of silver, and the gold, and the vessels, understanding.

even the offering of the house of our 17 And I sent them with com God, which the king, and his counmandment unto Iddo the chief at sellors, and his lords, and all Israel the place Casiphia, and I told them there present, had offered: what they should say unto Iddo, 26 I even weighed unto their hand and to his brethren the Nethinims, six hundred and fifty talents of silver, at the place Casiphia, that they and silver vessels an hundred talents, should bring unto us ministers for and of gold an hundred talents; the house of our God.

27 Also twenty basons of gold, of 18 And by the good hand of our a thousand drams; and two vessels God upon us they brought us a man of fine copper, precious as gold. of understanding, of the sons of 28 And I said unto them, Ye are Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of holy unto the LORD; the vessels are Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons holy also; and the silver and the and bis brethren, eighteen;

gold are a freewill offering unto the 19 And Hashabiah, and with him LORD God of your fathers. Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his 29 Watch ye, and keep them, brethren and their sons, twenty; until ye weigh them before the chief

20 Also of the Nethinims, whom of the priests and the Levites, and David and the princes had appoint- ll chief of the fathers of Israel, at

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