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Darius advances the building. CHAP. VI.

The temple is finished. walls, and this work goeth fast on, and thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth prospereth in their hands.

thereof threescore cubits ; 9 Then asked we those elders, and said 4 With three rows of great stones, and unto them thus, Who commanded you to a row of new timber: and let the exbuild this house, and to make up these penses be given out of the king's house : walls ?

5 And also let the golden and silver 10 We asked their names also, to certify vessels of the house of God, which Nethee, that we might write the names of the buchadnezzar took forth out of the temple men that were the chief of them. which is at Jerusalem, and brought unto

11 And thus they returned us answer, Babylon, be restored, and brought again saying, We are the servants of the God of unto the temple which is at Jerusalem, beaven and earth, and build the house every one to his place, and place them in that was builded these many years ago, the house of God. which a great king of Israel builded and 6 Now therefore, Tatnai governor beset up:

yond the river, Shethar-boznai, and your 12 But after that our fathers had pro- companions the Apharsachites, which are roked the God of heaven unto wrath, he beyond the river, be ye far from thence: gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnez- 7 Let the work of this house of God zar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, alone ; let the governor of the Jews, and who destroyed this house, and carried the the elders of the Jews, build this house of people away into Babylon.

God in his place. 13 But in the first year of Cyrus the .8 Moreover, I make a decree what ye king of Babylon,the same king Cyrus made shall do to the elders of these Jews for the a decree to build this house of God. building of this house of God: that of the

14 And the vessels also of gold and king's goods, even of the tribute beyond silver of the house of God, which Ne- the river, forthwith expenses be given unto buchadnezzar took out of the temple that these men, that they be not hindered. was in Jerusalem, and brought them into 9 And that which they have need of, the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus both young bullocks,and rams, and lambs, the king take out of the temple of Baby- for the burnt-offerings of the God of healon, and they were delivered unto one, ven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he to the appointment of the priests which are had made governor;,

at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by 15 And said unto him, Take these ves- day without fail : sels, go, carry them into the temple that is 10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be savours unto the God of heaven, and pray builded in his place.

for the life of the king, and of his sons. 16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, 11 Also I have made a decree, that and laid the foundation of the house of whosoever shall alter this word, let timber God wbich is in Jerusalem : and since be pulled down from his house, and being that time even until now hath it been in set up, let him be banged thereon; and building, and yet it is not finished. let his house be made a dunghill for this.

17 Now therefore, if it seem good to 12 And the God that hath caused his the king, let there be search made in the name to dwell there destroy all kings and king's treasure-house, which is there at people, that shall put to their hand to alter Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree and to destroy this bouse of God which is was made of Cyrus the king to build this at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a dehouse of God at Jerusalem, and let the cree ; let it be done with speed. king send his pleasure to us concerning 13' | Then Tatnai, governor on this this matter.

side the river, Shethar-boznai, and their CHAP. VI.

companions, according to that which DaNHEN Darius the king made a decree, rius the king had sent, so they did speedily.

and search was made in the house of 14 And the elders of the Jews builded, the rolls, where the treasures were laid up and they prospered through the proin Babylon.

phesying of Haggai the prophet and Ze2 And there was found at Achmetha, in chariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, the palace that is in the province of the and finished it, according to the commandMedes, a roll, and therein was a record ment of the God of Israel, and according thus written :

to the commandment of Cyrus, and Da3 In the first year of Cyrus the king, the rius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. same Cyrus the king made a decree con- 15 And this house was finished on the cerning the house of God at Jerusalem, third day of the month Adar, which was in Let the house be builded, the place where the sixth yearofthe reignofDarius the king. they offered sacrifices, and let the founda- 16 | And the children of Israel, the tions thereof be strongly laid ; the height priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the

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Ezra goes up to Jerusalem.

EZRA. The commission of Artaxerxes. children of the captivity, kept the dedica-seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and tion of this house of God with joy, to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

17 And offered at the dedication of this 11 | Now this is the copy of the letter house of God a hundred bullocks, two that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the for a sin-offering for all Israel, twelve he-words of the commandments of the LORD, goats, according to the number of the tribes and of his statutes to Israel. of Israel.

12 Artaxerxes,king of kings, Unto Ezra 18 And they set the priests in their di- the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of visions, and the Levites in their courses, heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time. for the service of God, which is at Jerusa- 13 I make a decree, that all they of the lem; as it is written in the book of Moses. people of Israel, and of his priests and

19 And the children of the captivity Levites, in my realm, wbich are minded kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of their own free will to go up to Jerusaof the first month.

lem, go with thee. 20 For the priests and the Levites were 14 Forasmuch as thou art sent of the purified together, all of them were pure, king, and of his seven counsellors, to inand killed the passover for all the children quire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, of the captivity, and for their brethren the according to the law of thy God which is priests, and for themselves.

in thy hand; 21 And the children of Israel, which 15 And to carry the silver and gold, were come again out of captivity, and all which the king and his counsellors have such as had separated themselves untothem freely offered unto the God of Israel, whose from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, habitation is in Jerusalem. to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat, 16 And all the silver and gold that thou

22 And kept the feast of unleavened canst find in all the province of Babylon, bread seven days with joy: for the LORD with the free-will-offering of the people, had made them joyful, and turned the and of the priests, offering willingly for the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to house of their God which is in Jerusalem: strengthen their hands in the work of the 17 That thou mayest buy speedily with house of God, the God of Israel. this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with CHAP. VII.

their meat-offerings and their drink-offerTOW

Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the house of your God which is in Jerusalem. son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son 18 And whatsoever shall seem good to of Hilkiah,

thee, and to thy brethren, to do with the 2 The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, rest of the silver and the gold, that do after the son of Abitub,

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 Meraioth,

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 need. has, 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 given: and the king granted him all his which are beyond the river, that whatsorequest, according to the hand of the LORD ever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law his God upon himn.

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

8 And he caine 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 he diligently done 9 For upon the first day of the first for the house of the Godor heaven: for why month began he to go up from Babylon, should there be wrath against the realm and on the first day of the fifth month came 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

Those who returned with Ezra. CHAP. VIII. Ezra proclaims a fast. house of God, it shall not be lawful to im- 14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and pose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them. Zabbud, and with them seventy males.

25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of 15 | And I gathered them together to thy God, that is in thy hand, set magis- the river that runneth to Abava; and there trates and judges, which may judge all the abode we in tents three days: and I viewpeople that are beyond the river, all suched the people, and the priests, and found as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye there none of the sons of Levi. them that know them not.

16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, 26 And whosoever will not do the law for Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for of thy God, and the law of the king, let Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, judgment be executed speedily upon him, and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Elnaor to confiscation of goods, or to imprison-than, men of understanding. ment.

17 And I sent them with commandment 27 | Blessed be the LORD God of our unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, fathers, which hath put such a thing as and I told them what they should say unto this in the king's heart, to beautify the Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims, house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem: at the place Casiphia, that they should

28 And hath extended mercy unto me bring unto us ministers for the house of before the king, and his counsellors, and our God. before all the king's mighty princes. And 18 And by the good hand of our God I was strengthened as the hand of the upon us they brought us a man of underLord my God was upon me, and I gathered standing, of the sons of Mahli, the son of together out of Israel chief men to go up Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with with me.

bis sons and his brethren, eighteen; CHAP. VIII.

19 And Hashabiah, and with him JeshaTH THESE are now the chief of their fa- iah of the sons of Merari, bis brethren and

thers, and this is the genealogy of their sons, twenty; them that went up with me from Babylon, 20 Also of the Wetninims, whom David in the reign of Artaxerxes the king. and the princes had appointed for the ser

2 Of the sons of Phinehas ; Gershom: vice of the Levites, two hundred and twenof the sons of Ithamar; Daniel : of the sons ty Nethinims: all of them were expressed of David ; Hattush.

by name. 3 Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons 21 | Then I proclaimed a fast there, of Pharosh ; Zechariah: and with him were at the river of Abava, that we might afflict reckoned by genealogy of the males a ourselves before our God, to seek of him a hundred and fifty.

right way for us, and for our little ones, 4 Of the sons of Pahatb-moab; Elihoe- and for all our substance. nai the son of Zerahiah, and with bim two 22 For I was ashamed to require of the hundred 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 hundredmales. cause we had spoken unto the king, say6 Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son ing, The hand of our God is upon all them of Jonathan, and with him fifty males. for good that seek him ; but his power and

7 And of the sons of Elam ; Jeshaiah the his wrath is againstall them that forsake him. son of Athaliah, and with him seventy males. 23 So we fasted and besought our God

8 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zeba- for this : and he was entreated of us. diab the son of Michael, and with him four- 24 ? Then I separated twelve of the score males.

chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, 9 of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son and ten of their brethren with them, of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and 25 And weighed unto them the silver, eighteen males.

and the gold, and the vessels, even the of10 And of the sons of Shelomith; the son fering of the house of our God, which the of Josiphiah, and with bim a hundred and king, and his counsellors, and his lords, threescore males.

and all Israel there present, had offered: 11 And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah 26 I even weighed unto their hand six the son of Bebai, and with him twenty hundred and fifty talents of silver, and sil.. and eight males.

ver vessels a hundred talents, and of 12 And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan gold a hundred talents ; the son of Hakkatan, and with him a bun- 27 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thoudred and ten males.

sand drams; and two vessels of fine cop13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, per, precious as gold. whose names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel,?" 28And I said unto tbem, Ye are holy and Shemaiah, and with them threescore unto the LORD; the vessels are holy also; males.

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His prayer.

Ezra mourns for Israel's conduct. EZRA. offering unto the LORD God of your fathers. those that had been carried away; and I

29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye sat astonished until the evening sacrifice. weigh them, before the chief of the priests 5. And at the evening sacrifice I arose and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of up from my heaviness; and having rent Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of my garment and my mantle, I fell upon the house of the LORD.

my knees, and spread out my hands unto 30 So took the priests and the Levites the Lord my God. the weight of the silver, and the gold, and 6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem un- and blush to lift up my face to thee, my to the house of our God.

God: for our iniquities are increased over 31 Then we departed from the river of our head, and our trespass is grown up Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, unto the heavens. to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of 7 Since the days of our fathers have we our God was upon us, and he delivered us been in a great trespass unto this day; and from the hand of the enemy, and of such for our iniquities have we, our kings, and as lay in wait by the way.

our priests, been delivered into the hand 32 And we came to Jerusalem, and of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to abode there three days.

captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion 33 | Now on the fourth day was the of face, as it is this day. silver and the gold and the vessels weigh- 8 And now for a little space grace hath ed in the house of our God by the hand of been shewed from the Lord our God, to Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest ; leave us a remnant to escape, and to give and with him w

was Eleazar the son of Phi- us a nail in his holy place, that our God nehas; and with them was Jozabad the son may lighten our eyes, and give us a little of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, reviving in our bondage. Levites;

9 For we were bond-inen ; yet our God 34 By number and by weight of every hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but one : and all the weight was written at hath extended mercy unto us in the sight that time.

of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, 35 Also the children of those that had to set up the house of our God, and to rebeen carried away, wbich were come out pair the desolations thereof, and to give of the captivity, offered burnt-offerings us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. unto the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for 10 And now, O our God, what shall we all Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy say after this ? for we have forsaken thy and seven lambs, twelve he-goats for a commandments, sin-offering : all this was a burnt-offering 11 Which thou hast commanded by thy unto the Lord.

servants the prophets, saying, The land 36 | And they delivered the king's unto which ye go to possess it, is an uncommissions unto the king's lieutenants, clean land with the filthiness of the peoand to the governors on this side the river: ple of the lands, with their abominations, and they furthered the people, and the which have filled it from one end to anohouse of God.

ther with their uncleanness. CHAP. IX.

12 Now therefore give not your daughTOW when these things were done, ters unto their sons, neither take their

the princes came to me, saying, The daughters unto your sons, nor seek their people of Israel, and the priests, and the peace or their wealth for ever: that ye Levites, have not separated themselves may be strong, and eat the good of the from the people of the lands, doing ac- land, and leave it for an inheritance to cording to their abominations, even of the your children for ever. Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, 13 And after all that is come upon us the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moab- for our evil deeds, and for our great tresites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. pass, seeing that thou our God hast pu

2 For they have taken of their daugh- nished us less than our iniquities deserve, ters for themselves, and for their sons : and hast given us such deliverance as this ; so that the holy seed have mingled them- 14 Should we again break thy. comselves with the people of those lands : yea, mandments, and join in affinity with the the hand of the princes and rulers hath people of these abominations? wouldest been chief in this trespass.

not thou be angry with us till thou hadst 3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my consumed us, so that there should be no garment and my mantle, and plucked off remnant nor escaping? the hair of my head and of my beard,


15 O Lord God of Israel, thou art sat down astonished.

righteous : for we remain yet escaped, as 4 Then were assembled unto me every it is this day: behold, we are before thee one that trembled at the words of the God in our trespasses; for we cannot stand beof Israel, because of the transgression of fore thee because of this.

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la time of much rain, and we are not able TOW when Ezra bad prayed, and when to stand without, neither is this a work of ing himself down before the house of G d, bave transgressed in this thing: there assembled unto him out of Israel a 14 Let now our rulers of all the congrevery great congregation of men and wo-gation stand, and let all them which have men and children: for the people wept taken strange wives in our cities come at very sore.

appointed times, and with them the elders 2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of every city, and the judges thereof, unof the sons of Elam, answered and said til the fierce wrath of our God for this unto Ezra, We have trespassed against matter be turned from us. our God, and have taken strange wives of 15 | Only Jonathan the son of Asahel the people of the land : yet now there is and Jalaziah the son of Tikvah were em. hope in Israel concerning this thing. ployed about this matter: and Meshullam

Ś Now therefore let us make a cove- and Shabbethai the Levite helped them. nant with our God to put away all the 16 And the children of the captivity wives, and such as are born of them, ac- did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain cording to the counsel of my lord, and of chief of the fathers, after the house of their those that tremble at the commandment of fathers, and all of them by their names, our God; and let it be done according to were separated, and sat down in the first the law.

day of the tenth month to examine the 4 Arise ; for this matter belongeth unto matter. thee: we also will be with thee: be of 17 And they made an end with all the good courage, and do it.

men that had taken strange wives by the 5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief first day of the first month. priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear 18 Ý And among the sons of the priests ihat they should do according to this word. there were found that had taken strange And they sware.

wives : namely, of the sons of Jeshua the 6 1 Then Ezra rose up from before the son of Jozadak, and his brethren ; Maasehouse of God, and went into the chambersiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah. of Johanan the son of Eliasbih: and when 19 And they gave their hands that they he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor would put away their wives; and being drink water: for he mourned because of guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for the transgression of them that had been their trespass. carried away.

20_And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, 7 And they made proclamation through- and Zebadiah. out Judah and Jerusalem unto all the chil- 21 And of the sons of Harim; Maaseidren of the captivity, that they should ga- ah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, ther themselves together unto Jerusalem; and Uzziah.

8 And that whosoever would not coine 22 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, within three days, according to the coun- Maaseiab, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, sel of the princes and the elders, all his and Elasah. substance should be forfeited, and himself 23 Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and separated from the congregation of those Shimei, and Kelaiah (the same is Kelita,) that had been carried away.

Petbahiah, Judah, and Eliezer. 9 | Then all the men of Judah and 24 Of the singers also; Eliasbib: and of Benjamin gathered themselves together the porters; Shallum, and Telem, and Uri. unto Jerusalem within three days. It was 25 Moreover, of Israel: of the sons of the ninth month, and the twentieth day Parosh; Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malof the month ; and all the people sat in chiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malthe street of the house of God, trembling be-chijah, and Benaiah. cause of this matter, and for the great rain. 26 And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah,

10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jesaid unto them, Ye have transgressed, remoth, and Eliah. and have taken strange wives to increase 27 And of the sons of Zattu ; Elioenai, the trespass of Israel.

Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and 11 Now therefore make confession unto Zabad, and Aziza. the LORD God of your fathers, and do his 28 Of the sons also of Bebai ; Jehohapleasure: and separate yourselves from nan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai. ihe people of the land, and from the strange 29 And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, wives.

Malluch, and Adaiah, Jashub, and Sheal, 12 Then all the congregation answered and Ramoth. and said with a loud voice, As thou hast 30 And of the sons of Pahath-moab; Adsaid, so must we do.

na, and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Matta13 But the people are many, and it is niah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh.

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