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Zerubbabel, &c. advance the building. CHAP. V, VI. Darius' decree in favour of the Jews.

24 Then ceased the work of the house of lon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the God which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto the second year of the reign of Darius unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, king of Persia.

whom he had made governor; CHAP. V.

15 And said unto him, Take these vessels, 1 Zerubbabel and Jeshua, incited by Haggai and go, carry them into the temple that is in Je

Zechariah, set forward the building of the rusalem, and let the house of God be builded temple. 3 Tatnai and Shethar-boznai could in his place. not hinder the Jews. 6 Their letter to Darius 16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and against the Jews.

laid the foundation of the house of God which HEN the prophets, Haggai the prophet, is in Jerusalem: and since that time even

, sied unto the Jews that were in Judab and it is not finished. Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, 17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the even unto them.

king, let there be search made in the king's 2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of She- treasuro !ouse, which is there at Babylon, altiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and whether it be so, that a decree was made of began to build the house of God which is at Cyrus the king to build this Louse of God at Jerusalem : and with them were the prophets Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleaof God helping them.

sure to us concerning this matter. 3 | At the same time came to them Tainai,

CHAP. VI. governor on this side the river, and Shethar- 1 Darius, finding the decree of Cyrus, maketh a boznai, and their companions, and said thus

new decree for the advancement of the buildunto them, Who hath commanded you to

ing. 13 By the help of the enemies, and the dibuild this house, and to make up this wall ? rections of the prophets, the temple is finished.

4 Then said we unto them after this man- 16 The feast of the dedication is kept, 19 and ner, What are the names of the men that the passover. make this building ? 5. But the eye of their God was upon the THEN Darius the king made a decree,

and search was made in the house of elders of the Jews, that they could not cause the rolls, where the treasures were laid up them to cease, till the maiter came to Da- in Babylon. rius: and then they returned answer by let- 2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the ter concerning this matter.

palace that is in the province of the Medes, 6 | The copy of the letter that Tatnai, a roll, and therein was a record thus written: governor on this side the river, and She- 3 In the first year of Cyrus the king, the thar-boznai, and his companions the Aphar- same Cyrus the king made a decree concernsachites, which were on this side the river, ing the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the sent unto Darius the king :

house be builded, the place where they offer7 They sent a letter unto him, wherein was ed sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof written thus; Unto Darius the king, all peace. be strongly laid; the height thereof three8 Be it known unto the king, that we went score cubits, and the breadth thereof threeinto the province of Judea, to the house of score cubits; the great God, which is builded with great 4 With three rows of great stones, and a stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and row of new timber: and let the expenses

be this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in given out of the king's house : their hands.

5 And also let the golden and silver vessels 9 Then asked we those elders, and said of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezunto them thus, Who commanded you to build zar took forth out of the temple which is at this house, and to make up these walls ? Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be re10 We asked their names also, to certify stored, and brought again unto the temple thee, that we might write the names of the which is at Jerusalem, every one to his place, men that were the chief of them.

and place them in the house of God. 11 And thus they returned us answer, say- 6 Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond ing, We are the servants of the God of lea- the river, Shethar-boznai, and your compa ven and earth, and build the house that was nions the Apharsachites, which are beyond builded these many years ago, which a great the river, be ye far from thence: king of Israel builded and set up

7 Let the work of this house of God alone; 12 But after that our fathers had provoked let the governor of the Jews, and the elders of the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them the Jews, build this house of God in his place. into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king |,8 Moreover, I make a decree what ye shall of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed do to the elders of these Jews for the buildthis house, and carried the people away into ing of this house of God: that of the king's Babylon.

goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, 13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king forthwith expenses be given unto these men, of Babylon, the same king Cyrus made a de- that they be not hindered. cree to build this house of God.

9 And that which they have need of, both 14 And the vessels also of gold and silver young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar burnt-offerings of the God of beaven, wheat, took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appoiútand brought them into the temple of Baby- ment of the priests which are at Jerusalea,

upon him.

The temple is finished.

EZRA.

Ezra goeth to Jerusalem. let it be given them day by day without fail: 2 The son of Shallun, the son of Zadok, 10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet the son of Ahitub, savours unto the God of heaven, and pray 3 The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, for the life of the king, and of his sons. the son of Meraioth,

11 Also I have made a decree, that whoso- 4 The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the ever shall alter this word, let timber be pull- son of Bukki, ed down from his house, and being set up, 5 The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief be made a dunghill for this.

priest : 12 And the God that hath caused his name 6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and to dwell there destroy all kings and people, he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, that shall put to their hand to alter and to de- which the Lord God of Israel bad given : stroy this house of God which is at Jerusa- and the king granted him all his request, aclem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be cording to the hand of the LORD his God done with speed.

13 Then Tatnai, governor on this side the 7 And there went up some of the children river, Shethar-boznai, and their companions, of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, according to that which Darius the king had and the singers, and the porters, and the sent, so they did speedily.

Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh 14 And the elders of the Jews builded, and year of Artaxerxes the king. they prospered through the prophesying of 8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth Haggai the prophet and Zechariahı ühe son montli, which was in the seventh year of the of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, king. according to the commandment of the God 9 For upon the first day of the first month of Israel, and according to the commandment began he to go up from Babylon, and on the of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king first day of the fifth month came he to Jeruof Persia.

salem, according to the good hand of his God 15 And this house was finished on the third upon him. day of the month Adar, which was in the 10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to

165 And the children of Israel, the priests, teach in Israel statutes and judgments. and the Levites, and the rest of the children 11 | Now this is the copy of the letter that of the captivity, kept the dedication of this the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the house of God with joy,

priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words 17 And offered at the dedication of this house of the commandments of the Lord, and of of God a hundred bullocks, two hundred his statutes to Israel. mums, four hundred lambs; and for a sin-of- 12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, Unto Ezra fering for all Israel, twelve he-goats, accord- the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of ing to the number of the tribes of Israel. heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.

13 .And they set the priesis in their divi- 131 make a decree, that all they of the peo. sions, and the Levites in their courses, for ple of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; in my realm, which are minded of their own as it is written in the book of Moses. free will to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee. 19 And the children of the captivity kept 14 Forasinuch as thou art sent of the king, the passover upon the fourteenth day of the and of his seven counsellors, to inquire confirst month.

cerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to 20. For the priests and the Levites were the law of thy God which is in thy hand; purified together, all of them were pure, and 15 And to carry the silver and gold, which killed the passover for all the children of the the king and his counsellors have freely ofcaptivity, and for their brethren the priests, fered unto the God of Israel, whose habitaand for themselves.

tion is in Jerusalem. 21 And the children of Israel, which were 16 And all the silver and gold that thou come again out of captivity, and all such as canst find in all the province of Babylon, with had separated themselves unto them from the the free-will-offering of the people, and of filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the priests, offering willingly for the house the LORD God of Israel, did eat,

of their God which is in Jerusalem : 22 And kept the feast of unleavened bread 17 That thou mayest buy speedily with this seven days with joy: for the LORD had made money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meatthem joyful, and turned the heart of the king offerings and their drink-offerings, and offer of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their them upon the altar of the house of your God hands in the work of the house of God, the which is in Jerusalem. God of Israel.

18 And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, CHAP. VII.

and to thy brethren, to do with the rest of J Ezra goeth up to Jerusalem. 11 The gracious the silver and the gold, that do after the will

commission of Artaxerxes to Ezra. 27 Ezra of your God. blesseth God for his favour.

19 The vessels also that are given thee for after these things, in the reign of the service of the house of thy God, those Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem. of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of 20 And whatsoever more shall be needful Hilkiab,

for the house of thy God, which thou shalt

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His commission from Artaxerxes. CHAP. VIII.

Ezra proclaims a fast. have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of son of Athaliah, and with him seventy males. the king's treasure-house.

8 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah 21 And 1, even I Artaxerxes the king, do the son of Michael, and with him fourscore make a decree to all the treasurers which males. are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra 9 Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of the priest, the scribe of the law of the God Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighof heaven, shall require of you, it be done teen males. speedily,

10 And of the sons of Shelomith ; the son of 22 Unto a hundred talents of silver, and to Josiphiah, and with him a hundred and threea hundred measures of wheat, and to a hun. score males. dred baths of wine, and to a hundred baths of 11 And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the oil, and salt without prescribing how much. son of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight

23 Whatsoever is commanded by the God males. of heaven, let it be diligently done for the 12 And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the house of the God of heaven: for why should son of Hakkatan, and with him a hundred there be wrath against the realm of the king and ten males. and his sons?

13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose 24 Also we certify you, that touching any names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Sheof the priests and Levites, singers, porters, maiah, and with them threescore males. Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, 14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, Zabbud, and with them seventy males. or custom, upon them.

15 | And I gathered them together to the 25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy river that runneth to Ahava; and there abode God, that is in thy hand, set magistrates and we in tents three days: and I viewed the peojudges, which may judge all the people that ple, and the priests, and found there none of are beyond the river, all such as know the the sons of Levi. Jaws of thy God; and teach ye them that 16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for know them not.

Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, 26 And whosoever will not do the law of thy and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for God, and the law of the king, let judgment Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; be executed speedily upon hini, whether it also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of be unto death, or to banishment, or to confis- understanding. cation of goods, or to imprisonment.

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

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

his brethren, eighteen; CHAP. VIII.

19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaialı 1 The companions of Ezra, who returned from

of the sons of Merari, his brethren and their Babylon. 15 He sendeth to Iddo for ministers sons, twenty; for the temple. 21 He keepeth a fast. 24 He

20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David and committeth the treasures to the custody of the the princes had appointed for the service of priests. 31 From Ahava they come to Jerusa- the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethilem. 33 The treasure is weighed in the temple. nims: all of them were expressed by name. 36 The commission is delivered.

21 | Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the HESE are now the chief of their fathers, river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves went up with me from Babylon, in the reign for us, and for our little ones, and for all our of Artaxerxes the king.

substance. 2 Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the 22 For I was ashamed to require of the king sons of Ithamar; Daniel : of the sons of Da- a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us vid; Hattush.

against the enemy in the way: because we 3 Óf the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of had spoken unto the

king, saying, The had Pharosh; Zechariah: and with him were of our God is upon all them for good that reckoned by genealogy of the males a hun- seek him; but his power and his wrath is dred and fifty.

against all them that forsake him. 4 Of the sons of Pahath-moab; Elihoenai 23 So we fasted and besought our God for the son of Zerahiah, and with him two hun- this: and he was entreated of us, dred males.

24 | Then I separated twelve of the chief 5 Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Ja- of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten haziel, and with him three hundred males. of their brethren with them, 6 Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of 25 And weighed unto them the silver, and Jonathan, and with him fifty males. the gold, and the vessels, even the offering of 7 And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the the house of our God, which the king, and

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vens.

Ezra mourneth for Israel.

EZRA. His prayer, and confession of sins, his counsellors, and his lords, and all Israel garment and my mantle, and plucked off the there present, had offered :

hair of my head and of my beard, and sat 26 I even weighed unto their hand six hun- down astonished. dred and fifty talents of silver, and silver ves- 4 Then were assembled unto me every one sels a hundred talents, and of gold a hundred that trembled at the words of the God of Istalents;

rael, because of the transgression of those 27 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand that had been carried away; and I sat astodrams, and two vessels of fine copper, pre- nished until the evening sacrifice. cious as gold.

5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up 28 And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto from my heaviness; and having rent my gar-, the LORD; the vessels are holy also ; and the ment and my mantle, fell upon my knees, silver and the gold are a free-will-offering and spread out my hands unto the LORD my unto the LORD God of your fathers.

God. 29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh 6 And said, O:ny God, I am ashamed and them, before the chief of the priests and the blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel, at our iniquities are increased over our head, Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of and our trespass is grown up unto the heathe LORD.

30 So took the priests and the Levites the 7 Since the days of our fathers have we weight of the silver, and the gold, and the ves- been in a great trespass unto this day; and sels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house for our iniquities have we, our kings, and of our God.

our priests, been delivered into the hand of 31 1 Then we departed from the river of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to capAhava on the twelfih day of the first months, tivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our face, as it is this day. God was upon us, and he delivered us from 8 And now for a little space grace hath the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in been shewed from the Lord our God, to wait by the way.

leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us 32 And we caine to Jerusalem, and abode a nail in his holy place, that our God may there three days.

lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving 33 | Now on the fourth day was the silver in our bondage. and the gold and the vessels weighed in the 9 For we were bond-men; yet our God hath house of our God by the hand of Meremoth not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath exthe son of Uriah the priest; and with him tended mercy unto us in the sight of the was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and up the house of our God, and to repair the Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites; desolations thereof, and to give us a wali

34 By number and by weight of every one: in Judah and in Jerusalem. and all the weight was written at that time. 10 And now, ( our God, what shall we say

35 Also the children of those that had been after this? for we have forsaken thy comcarried away, which were come out of the inandments, captivity, offered burnt-offerings unto the 11 Which thou hast commanded by thy serGod of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, vants the prophets, saying, The land unto ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land twelve he-goats for a sin-offering: all this with the filthiness of the people of the lands, was a burnt-offering into the LORD. with their abominations, which have filled

36 | And they delivered the king's commis- it from one end to another with their un sions unto the king's lieutenants, and to the cleanness. governors on this side the river: and they 12 Now therefore give not your daughters furthered the people, and the house of God. unto their sons, neither take their daughters CHAP. IX.

unto your sons, nor seek their peace or i Ezra mourneth for the affinity of the people their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong,

with strangers. 5 He prayeth unto God with and eat the good of the land, and leave it confession of sins.

for an inheritance to your children for ever. Norinco con these things were done, the

13 And after all that is come upon us for princes came to me, saying, The peo- our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, ple of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, seeing that thou our God hast punished us have not separated themselves froin the peo- less than our iniquities deserve, and hast ple of the lands, doing according to their given us such deliverance as this; abominations, even of the Canaanites, the 14 Should we again break thy commandHittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the ments, and join in affinity with the people Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, of these abominations ? wouldest not thou and the Amorites.

be angry with us till thou hadst consumed 2 For they have taken of their daughters us, so that there should be no remnant nor for themselves, and for their sons : so that escaping ? the holy seed have mingled themselves with 15 O LORD God of Israel, thou art rightthe people of those lands: yea, the hand of cous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is the princes and rulers hath been chief in this this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespass.

trespasses; for we cannot stand before thee 3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my Ibecause of this.

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CliAP. X. Those who took strange wives, CHAP. X.

day or two: for we are many that have I Shechaniah encourageir Ezra to reform the transgressed in this thing. strange marriages. 6 Ezra mourning assem

14 Let now our rulers of all the congregableth ihe people. 9 The people, at the exhorta- tion stand, and let all them which have taken tion of Ezra, repent, and promise umendment. strange wives in our cities come at appoint15 The care to perform it. 18 The names of ed times, and with them the elders of every them which had inarried strange wives.

city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce COW when Ezra had prayed, and when wrath of our God for this matter be turned himself down before the house of God, there 15 9 Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and assembled unto him out of Israel a very great Jahaziah the son of Tikvah were employed congregation of men and women and chil- about this matter: and Meshullam and Shabdren: for the people wept very sore. bethai the Levite helped them.

2 And Shechaniah the son of Jebiel, one of 16 And the children of the captivity did so. the sons of Elam, answered and said unto And Ezra the priest, with certain chief of Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and have taken strange wives of the people and all of them by their names, were sepaof the land: yet now there is hope in Israel rated, and sat down in the first day of ihe concerning this thing.

tenth month to examine the matter. 3 Now therefore let us make a covenant 17 And they made an end with all the men with our God to put away all the wives, and that had taken strange wires by the first day such as are born of them, according to the of the first month. counsel of my lord, and of those that iremble 18 | And among the sons of the priests at the commandment of our God; and let it there were found that had taken sirange be done according to the law.

wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the 4 Arise ; for this matter belongeth unto son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, thee: we also will be with thee: be of good and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedalialı. courage, and do it.

19 And they gave tlieir lands that they 5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief would put away their wives; and being priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for ihat they should do according to this word. their trespass. And they sware.

20 And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and 61 Then Ezra rose up from before the Zebadiali. house of God, and went into the chamber 21 And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiali, of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when and Elijah, and Shemaialı, and Jehiel, and he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor Uzziah. drink water: for he mourned because of the 22 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, transgression of them that had been carried Maaseialı, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, and away.

Elasah, 7 And they made proclamation throughout 23 Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and ShiJudah and Jerusalem unto all the children mei, and Kelaiah (the same is Kelita,) Pe. of the captivity, that they should gather thahialı, Judah, and Eliezer. themselves together unto Jerusalem; 24 Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of

8 And that whosoever would not come the porters; Shallum, and Telem, and Uri. within three days, according to the counsel 25 Moreover, of Israel: of the sons of Paof the princes and the elders, all his sub- roch; Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malchiali, stance should be forfeited, and himself sepa- and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijali, rated from the congregation of those that and Benaiah. had been carried away.

26 And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, 9 9 Then all the men of Judah and Ben- Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, aud Jerejamin gathered themselves together unto Je-moth, and Elialı. l'usalem within three days. It was the ninth 27 And of the sons of Zattu ; Elioenai, month, and the twentieth day of the month; Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and Zaand all the people sat in tlie street of the bad, and Aziza. house of God, trembling because of this mat- 28 of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, ter, and for the great rain.

Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai. 10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said 29 And of the sons of Bani; Meshullarn, unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have Malluch, and 'Adaiah, Jashub, and Sheal, taken strange wives to increase the trespass and Ramoth. of Jerael.

30 And of the sons of Pahath-moab; Adna, 11 Now therefore make confession unto the and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, LORD God of your fathers, and do his plea- Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh. eure: and separate yourselves from the

peo. 31 And of the sous of Harim; Eliezer, Ishiple of the land, and from the strange wives. jah, Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shimeon, 12 Then all the congregation answered and 32 Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariail. said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so 33 or the sons of Hashum; Mattenai, Mat. must we do.

tathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manas.13 But the people are many, and it is a seh, and Shimei. time of much rain, and we are not able to 34 of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amran, ftand without, neither is this a work of onel and Uel,

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