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CH AP. 1Í. who returned from Babylon. 403 2 Which came with Zerubbabel: Jesh-Ono, seven hundred twenty and five. na, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah. Mor- 34 The children of Jericho, three hundecai, Bilshan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, dred forty and five. Baanan. The number of the men of the 35 The children of Senaah, three thoupeople of Israel :

sand and six hundred and thirty. 3 The children of Parosh, two thou- 36 1 The priests : the children of Jesand an hundred seventy and two. daiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hun

4 The children of Shephatiah, three dred seventv and three. hundred seventy and two.

37 The children of Immer, a thousand 5 The children of Arah, seven hundred | fifty and two. seventy and five.

38 The children of Pashur, a thousand 6 The children of Pahath-moab, of the two hundred forty and seven. children of Jeshua and Joal), two thou- 39 The children of Harim, a thousand sand eight hundred and twelve.

and seventeen. 7 The children of Elam, a thousand 40 T The Levites; the children of Jetwo hundred fitty and four.

shua and Kadmiel, of the children of Ho8 The children of Zattu, nine hundred daviah, seventy and four. forty and five.

41 q The singers : the children of A9 The children of Zaccai, seven hun- | saph, an hundred twenty and eight. dred and threescore.

42 9 The children of the porters: the 10 The children of Bani, six hundred children of Shallum, the children of Aforty and two.

er, the children of Talmon, the children 11 The children of Bebai, six hundred of Akkub, the children of Harita, the twenty and three.

children of Shabai, in all an hundred 12 The children of Azgad, a thousand thirty and nine. two hundred twenty and two.

43 1 The Nethinims: the children of 13 The children of Adonikam, six | Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the chilhundred sixty and six.

dren of Tabbaoth, 14 The children of Bigvai, two thou- 44 The children of Keros, the children sand fifty and six.

of Siaha, the children of Pacion, 15 The children of Adin, four hundred 45 The children of Lebanah, the chilfifty and four.

dren of Hagabah, the children of Akkub, 16 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, 46 The children of Hagab, the children ninety and eight.

of Shalmai, the children of Hanan, 17 The children of Bezai, three hun- 47 The children of Giddel, the childred twenty and three.

dren of Gahar, the children of Reaiah, 18 The children of Jorah, an hundred 48 The children of Rezin, the children and twelve.

of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam, 19 The children of Hashum, two hun- 49 The children of Uzza, the children dred twenty and three.

of Paseah, the children of Besai, 20 The children of Gibbar, ninety and 50 The children of Asnah, the children five.

of Mehunim, the children of Nephusim, 21 The children of Beth-lehem, an hun- 51 The children of Bakbuk, the childred twenty and three.

dren of Hakupha, the children of Harhur, 22 The men of Netophah, fifty and six. 52 The children of Bazluth, the chil

23 The men of Anathoth, an hundred dren of Mehida, the children of Harsha, twenty and eight.

53 The children of Barkos, the chil24 The children of Azmaveth, forty | dren of Sisera, the children of Thamah,

54 The children of Neziah, the chil25 The children of Kirjath-arim, Che-dren of Hatipha. phirah, and Beerotli, seven hundred and 55 | The children of Solomon's serforty and three.

vants: the children of Sotai, the children 26 The children of Ramal and Gaba, of Sophereth, the children of Peruda, six hundred twenty and one.

56 The children of Jaalah, the children 27 The men of Michmas, an hundred of Darkon, the children of Giddel, twenty and two.

57 The children of Shephatiah, the 28 The men of Beth-el and Ai, two children of Hattil, the chikiren of Pochehundred twenty and three.

reth of Zebaim, the children of Ami. 29 The children of Nebo, fifty and two. 58 All the Nethinims, and the children

30 The children of Magbish, an hun- of Solomon's servants, were three hundred fifty and six.

dred ninetv and two. 31 The children of the other Elam, a 59 And these were they which went up thousand two hundred fifty and four. from Tel-melah, Tel-harga, Cherub, Ad

32 The children of Harim, three hun- dan, and Immer: but they could not shew dred and twenty.

their father's house, and their seedl, 33 The children of Lod, Hadid, and || whether they were of Israel :

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404 The allar set up.

EZRA. The foundation of the temple laid. 60 T. chudnuti Delaiali, the chil. 4 They kept also the feast of tabernadren of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, cles, as it is written, and offered the daily six hundred fifty and two.

burnt-offerings by number, according to 61 1 Aud of the children of the priests: the custom, as the duty of every day the children of Hibajah, the children of required ; Koz, the children of Barzillai : which 5 And afterware offered the continual took a wife of the daugliters of Barzillai burnt-oftering, both of the new moons, the Gileadite, and was called after their and of all the set feasts of the Lord that

were consecrated, and of every one that 62 These sought their register among 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 offer burnt-offer

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 of 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 1 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 house 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 unto sons 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. 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

qucnted. 8 The foundation of the tem- in praising and giving thanks unto the file laid.

LORD; because he is good, for his mercy A

ND when the seventh month was endureth for ever toward Israel. And

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 : bases ; 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.

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CHAP. IV. V.

Artaxerxes' decree. 405 CHAP. IV.

14 Now because we have maintenance 1 The building hindered. 7 The letter from the kingo's palace, and it was not meet

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

15 That search mav 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 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 brought us up hither. 16 We certify the king that, 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, np, 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 inbut we ourselves together will build unto to Relum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the LORD God of Israel, 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 troubled them in building,

18 The letter which ve sent unto us 5 And hired counsellors against them, I hath been plainly read before me. to frustrate their purpose, all the days of 19 And I commanded, and search hatlı 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 q 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- 1 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 brought ed unto the second year 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 q This is the copy of the letter that

building.

HEN the prophets, proes the king; Thy servants the men on phet, this side the river, and at such a time. do, prophesied unto the Jews that were in

12 Be it known unto the king, that the | Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the Jews which came up from thee to us are God of Israel, even unto them. come unto 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 thereof, and joined the foundations. and began to build the house of God

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 them. 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 Endamage the revenue of the kings, Shethar-boznai, and their companions,

they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerx: THbbet, heb echariah the son of la

406 Talnai's icitcr 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 iskopi, 19 and the passover. 69 The copy of the letter that Tatnai,

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'HEN Darius the king made a degovernor on this side the river, and She- cree, and search was made in the thar-boznai, and his companions 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, whicre- 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 : & 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 decree house of the great God, which is buildled concerning the house of Godlat 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 commanded 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 were the chief of them. vessels of the house of God, which Neb

11 And thus they returned us answer, uchadnezzar 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 bevoked the God of heaven unto wrath, | yond the river, Shethar-boznai, and your he gave them into the hand of Nebuchal- 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 liouse 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 chadnevzar 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 i his sons. building, and yet it is not finished.

11 Also I have made a decree, that who17 Now therefore, if it seem gcod to soever shall alter this word, let timber be

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 Aliitub, his house be made a dunghill for this. 3 The son of Amariah, the son of

12 And the God that hath caused his Azarian, the son of Meraioth, name to dwell there destroy all kings and 4 The son of Zerahiali, 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 chus, the son of Eleazar, the son of decree ; let it be done with speccl. Aarón the chief priest:

13 Then Tatnai governor on this side 6 This Ezra went up from Babylon ; the river, Shethar-boznai, and their com- 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 speedily: 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 Gul upon 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. rius, 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 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 || and 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 captivity, 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 that the king Artaxerxes gare unto Ezra tribes of Israel

the priest, the scribe, even a scribe 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 decrce, 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 child of their own free will to go up to Jerusaldren of the captivity, and for their breth- lem, go with thce. len the priests, and for themselves.

14 Forasınuch 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 Gol which thein from the filthiness of the heathen is in thine hand; 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 them joyful, and tumed 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 Babyto strengthen their hands in the work of ylon, with the freewill-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 Artuxerxes. 27 God is fraised. 17 That thou mayest buy speedily with row after these things, in the reign this money bullocks, rams, lambs, witli

of the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, ings, and offer them upon the altar of the the son of Hilkiah,

house of your God which is in Jerusalem.

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