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I. ESDRAS.

. For ver.
1-22,
see 2 Chr.
35. 1-19.

1. 0,8

35. 15.

* See 1 Chr. 26. 1-19.

(& mg. for
mg.
See 1 Chr.
9. 2 (for
mg.).

2 Chr. 3.),
2.
Acts 7. 47.

ch. 6.

35. 3.

21,

60. See 1 Chr. ch. 33 A ch. 5. 4.

22.
2 Chr. 33.
18.

120.

23
2 Chr. 35.
19.

ra And Josias bheld the passover | priests offered the fat until night: and I in Jerusalem unto his Lord, and the Levites prepared for themselves,

offered the passover the fourteenth and for the priests their brethren, the 6,2 Kin. 23. day of the first month; 2 having set the sons of Aaron. 15 The holy singers also, ca Chr. 31.2 priests according to their e daily courses, the sons of Asaph, were in their order, Cp. Luke being arrayed in their vestments, in the according to the appointment of David,

temple of the Lord. 3 And he spake to wit, Asaph, Zacharias, land Eddinus, Cp. 2 Chr. dch. 8.5 unto the Levites, 1d the temple-servants who 3 was of the king's retinue. 16 More.

of Israel, that they should hallow them- over mthe porters were at every gate;
selves unto the Lord, to set the holy ark none had need to depart from his daily
of the Lord in the house that king course: for their brethren the Levites
Solomon the son of David had built: prepared for them. 17 Thus were the

4 and said, / Ye shall no more have need things that belonged to the sacrifices See I Kin. to bear it upon your shoulders: now of the Lord accomplished in that day,

therefore serve the Lord your God, and in holding the passover, 18 and offering 1 Cp. 2 Chr.

minister unto his people Israel, and pre- sacrifices upon the altar of the Lord,

pare you after your fathers' houses and raccording to the commandment of king " 2 Kin. 23. 3Cp. ch. 5. kindreds, 59 according to the writing of Josias. 19 So the children of Israel

David king of Israel, and according to which were present at that time held
the magnificence of Solomon his son: the passover, and the feast of unleavened
and standing in the holy place haccord bread seven days. 20 And "such a pass. 2 Kin. 23.
ing to the several divisions of the fami. over was not held in Israel since the
lies of you the Levites, who minister time of the prophet Samuel. 21 Yea,
in the presence of your brethren the all the kings of Israel held not such a
children of Israel, 6 offer the passover passover as Josias, and the priests, and
in order, and make ready the sacrifices the Levites, and the Jews, held with

for your brethren, and keep the passover all Israel that were present in their See Ex. 12 i according to the commandment of the dwelling place at Jerusalem. zapIn the 2 Kin. B.

Lord, which was given unto Moses. eighteenth year of the reign of Josias
7 And unto the people which were pre- was this passover held. 239 And the
sent Josias gave thirty thousand lambs works of Josias were upright before his 3 Kin. 2.
and kids, and three thousand calves : Lord with a heart full of godliness.
these things were given of the king's 24 5 Moreover the things that came to
substance, according as he promised, pass in his days have been written in

23. 20, 27.
to the people, and to the priests and times past, concerning those that sinned,
Levites. 8 And Helkias, and Zacharias, and did wickedly against the Lord above
and 2 Esyelus, the rulers of the temple, every people and kingdom, and how they
gave to the priests for the passover two grieved him exceedingly, so that the
thousand and six hundred sheep, and words of the Lord were confirmed against
three hundred calves. 9 And Jeconias, Israel.
and Samaias, and Nathanael his brother, 258 Now after all these acts of Josias For rer.
and Sabias, and Ochielus, and Joram, it came to pass, that Pharaoh the king
captains over thousands, gave to the of Egypt came to raise war at Car-

Levites for the passover five thousand chemish upon Euphrates: and Josias "C":2 Kin. Cp. 2 Chr. sheep, and í seven hundred calves. 10 And went out against him. 26 But the king

when these things were done, the priests of Egypt sent to him, saying, What
and Levites, having the unleavened bread, have I to do with thee, o king of
stood in comely order according to the Judæa? 27 I am not sent out from the
kindreds, 11 and Raccording to the se- Lord God against thee; for my war is
veral divisions by fathers' houses, before upon Euphrates: and now the Lord is
the people, to offer to the Lord, as it is with me, yea, the Lord is with me

written in the book of Moses: and thus hasting me forward: depart from me, * Ex. 12,8,9 did they in the morning. 12 k And they and u be not against the Lord. 28 How- "Cp2 Chr. Deut. 16. 7.

roasted" the passover with fire, as apper beit Josias did not turn back 5 unto his
taineth: and the sacrifices they sod in chariot, but undertook to fight with him,
the brasen vessels and caldrons with a not regarding the words of the prophet
good savour, 13 and set them before all Jeremy spoken by, the mouth of the
the people: and afterward they prepared Lord : 29 but joined battle with him in
for themselves, and for the priests their the plain of Megiddo, and the princes
brethren, the sons of Aaron. 14 For the came down against king Josias. 30 Then

24, 25.

Cp. 2 Kin.

25-33,
see 2 Chr.
35. 20-27

38. 9.

13. 12 & Acts 5. 39.

· That is, the Nethinim. See Num. 29.

3 Another reading is, were. Another reading is, his chariot from him.

• Or, sensibly Jud. 16. 17.

2 Jehiel, 2 Chr. 35. 8.

see 2 Kin. 23. 30-35

1-4

said the king unto his servants, Carry that were spoken by Jeremy the prophet
me away out of the battle; for I am from the mouth of the Lord. . 48 And
very weak.

And immediately his ser- after that king Nabuchodonosor had
vants carried him away out of the host. made him to swear by the name of the
31 Then gat he up upon his second Lord, he forswore himself, and rebelled ;
chariot; and being brought back to and hardening his neck, and his heart,
Jerusalem he died, and was buried in he transgressed the laws of the Lord,
the sepulchre of his fathers. 32 And in the God of Israel. 49 Moreover the

all Jewry they mourned for Josias; governors of the people and of the Lam. 4. 20. vand Jeremy the prophet lamented for priests did many things wickedly, and

Josias, and the chief men with the passed all the pollutions of all nations,
women made lamentation for him, unto and defiled the temple of the Lord, which
this day, and this was given out for an was sanctified in Jerusalem. 5o And the
ordinance to be done continually in all God of their fathers sent by his mes-
the nation of Israel. 33 These things senger to call them back, because he
are written in the book of the histories had compassion on them and on his
of the kings of Judæa, and every one dwelling place. 51 But they mocked his
of the acts that Josias did, and his glory, messengers; and in the day when the
and his understanding in the law of the Lord spake unto them, they scoffed at
Lord, and the things that he had done his prophets: 52 so far forth, that he,
before, and the things now recited, are being wroth with his people for their
reported in the book of the kings of great ungodliness, commanded to bring
Israel and Judah.

up the kings of the Chaldeans against For ver.

34 And the people took 1 Joachaz the them; 53 who slew their young men son of Josias, and made him king in with the sword, round about their holy

stead of Josias his father, when he was temple, and spared neither young man & 2 Chr. 36. twenty and three years old. 35 And he nor maid, old man nor child; but he

reigned in 2 Judah and in Jerusalem delivered all into their hands. 54 d And Cr ver. 41.
three months: and then the king of they took all the holy vessels of the
Egypt deposed him from reigning in Lord, both great and small, with 5the
Jerusalem. 36 And he set a tax upon vessels of the ark of the Lord, and the
the people of a hundred talents of silver king's treasures, and carried them away
and one talent of gold.37 The king of unto Babylon. 55e And they burnt the 'ch. & 16.
Egypt also made king Joakim his bro-house of the Lord, and brake down 12 Kin. 25.
ther king of Judæa and Jerusalem. the walls of Jerusalem, and burnt the
38 And Joakim bound the nobles: but towers thereof with fire: 56 and as for
Zarakes his brother he apprehended, her glorious things, they never ceased
and brought him up out of Egypt. till they had brought them all to nought:

39 ~ Five and twenty years old was and the people that were not slain with
Joakim when he began to reign in the sword he carried unto Babylon: Jer. 25. 11

& 29. 10. 23.34 - 24,6 Judæa and Jerusalem; and he did that 57 and they were servants unto him and

ACp. Lev. & 2.Chr. 86. which was evil in the sight of the Lord. to his children, till the Persians reigned, 26. 34, 35.

40 And against him Nabuchodonosor the to fulfil the word of the Lord by the
king of Babylon came up, and bound mouth of Jeremy: 58 Until "the land
him with a chain of brass, and carried hath enjoyed her sabbaths, the whole
him unto Babylon. 41 Nabuchodonosor time of her desolation shall she keep sab-
also took of the holy vessels of the Lord, bath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

, them up ni In the first year of Cyrus king v Dan. 1.2. vin his own temple at Babylon. 4° But 2 of the Persians, that the word of the Cp. ver. 64. those things that are reported of him, Lord by the mouth of Jeremy might

Cp. 2 Chr and of his uncleanness and impiety, are be accomplished, 2 the Lord stirred up written in the chronicles of the kings. the spirit of Cyrus king of the Persians,

43 And Joakim his son reigned in his and he made proclamation through all stead: zfor when he was made king his kingdom, and also by writing, 3 say. he was 8a eighteen years old; 44 and he ing, Thus saith Cyrus king of the Per. reigned three months and ten days in sians; The Lord of Israel, the Most Jerusalem; and did that which was evil High Lord, hath made me king of the before the Lord.

whole world, 4 and commanded me to 45 So after a year Nabuchodonosor build him a house at Jerusalem that is 2 Chr. 36.9 sent and caused him to be brought unto in Judæa. 5 If therefore there be any (for my.. Babylon with the holy vessels of the of you that are of his people, 6 let the

Lord; 46 and made Sedekias king of Lord, even his Lord, be with him, and
Judæa and Jerusalem, bwhen he was let him go up to Jerusalem that is in
one and twenty years old; and he Judæa, and build the house of the Lord
reigned eleven years: 47 band he also of Israel: he is the Lord that dwelleth
did that which was evil in the sight of in Jerusalem. 60f such therefore as
the Lord, and ccared not for the words dwell in divers places, let them that are
1 Another reading is, Jeconias. ? Another reading is, Ierad. 3 Another reading is, eight.
• Another reading is, even above all.

Another reading is, the arks of the Lord,
• Another reading is, let his Lord be de

10.
Neh. 1. 3
& 2. 13

* For ver.
39-43,
see 2 Kin

i Por ver.
1-15,
see Ezra
ch. 1.

36 22, 23.

? For ver.

see 2 Chr. 36. 9-21. Cp. 2 Kin. 24. 8-25. 21. 2 Kin. 24. 8.

b Jer. 12. 1, 2.

• Jer. 37. 2.

2

Dan. 1. 2 Cp, ch. 4

18, 20
& Ezra 1.&

9.

1. 10.

in his own place help each one with pleasure, search may be made in the
gold, and with silver, 7 with gifts, with books of thy fathers: a and thou shalt
horses also and cattle, beside the other find in the chronicles what is written
things which have been added by vow concerning these things, and shalt under-
for the temple of the Lord which is in stand that that city was rebellious,
Jerusalem.

troubling both kings and cities: 23 and
8 Then the chief of the families of that the Jews were rebellious, and
Judah and of the tribe of Benjamin raised always wars therein of old time;
stood up; the priests also, and the for the which cause even this city was
Levites, and all they whose spirit the laid waste. 24 Wherefore now we do
Lord had stirred to go up, to build the declare unto thee, O lord the king, that
house for the Lord which is in Jeru. if this city be builded again, and the
salem. 9 And they that dwelt round walls thereof set up anew, thou shalt
about them helped them in all things from henceforth have no passage into
with silver and gold, with horses and Cælesyria and Phænicia. 25 Then the
cattle, and with very many gifts that king wrote back again to p Rathumus
were vowed of a great number whose the storywriter, and Beeltethmus, and
minds were stirred up thereto. 10 King P Samellius the scribe, and to the rest

Cyrus also brought forth the holy vessels that were in commission, and dwelt in jch. 1. 41,54. of the Lord, which Nabuchodonosor Samaria and Syria and Phænicia, after

had carried away from Jerusalem, and this manner : 36 I have read the epistle
had set up in his temple of idols. which ye have sent unto me: therefore
11 Now when Cyrus king of the Persians I commanded to make search, and it
bad brought them forth, he delivered hath been found that that city of old

them to Mithradates his treasurer, 12 and time hath made insurrection against * Cp ch, 6. by him they were delivered to 1k Sana- kings; 37 and the men were given to

bassar the governor of Judæa. 13 And rebellion and war therein: and that
this was the number of them: A thou mighty kings and fierce were in Jeru.

sand golden cups, a thousand cups of salem, who reigned and exacted tribute Cp. Ezra 1. silver, Icensers of silver twenty nine, in 4Cælesyria and Phænicia. 28 Now

vials of gold thirty, and of silver mtwo therefore I have commanded to hinder *** Cp. Ezra

thousand four hundred and ten, and those men from building the city, and
other vessels a thousand. 14 So all the heed to be taken that there be nothing

vessels of gold and of silver were brought done contrary to this order; 29 and that * Cp. Ezra up, even n five thousand four hundred those wicked doings proceed no further

threescore and nine, 15 and were carried to the annoyance of kings. 30 Then
back by Sanabassar, together with them king Artaxerxes his letters being read,
of the captivity, from Babylon to Jeru. Rathumus, and Samellius the scribe,
salem.

and the rest that were in commission 160 But in the time of Artaxerxes king with them, removing in haste unto Jeru. see Ezra e of the Persians Belemus, and Mithra- salem with horsemen and a multitude of

dates, and Tabellius, and 2p Rathumus, people in battle array, began to hinder (for mg.).

and Beeltethmus, and 8p Samellius the the builders; and the building of the
scribe, with the others that were in temple in Jerusalem ceased until the
commission with them, dwelling in Sa- "second year of the reign of Darius king
maria and other places, wrote unto him of the Persians.
against them that dwelt in Judæa and
king Artaxerxes our lord, Thy servants, all that were born in his house, sand ver. 14.
Rathumus the storywriter, and Samel unto all the princes of Media and of
lius the scribe, and the rest of their Persia, a and to all the satraps and cap-

council, and the judges that are in tains and governors that were under I ver. 24, 27. 9 Cælesyria and Phænicia. 18 Be it now him, from India unto Ethiopia, in the Soe Esth.

known to our lord the king, that the hundred twenty and seven provinces.
Jews that are come up from you to us, 3u And when they had eaten and drunken, "Cp. Judith
being come unto Jerusalem, do build and being satisfied were gone home, then
that rebellious and wicked city, and do Darius the king went into his bed-
repair the marketplaces and the walls chamber, and slept, and awaked out of
of it, and do lay the foundation of a his sleep.
temple. 19 Now if this city be builded 4 Then the three young men of the
and the walls thereof be finished, they body-guard, that kept the king's person,
will not only refuse to give tribute, spake one to another: 5 Let every one
but will even stand up against kings of us say one thing which shall be
20 And forasmuch as the things per- strongest: and he whose sentence shall
taining to the temple are now in hand, seem wiser than the others, unto him
we think it meet not to neglect such a shall Darius the king give great gifts,
matter, 21 but to speak anto our lord and great honours in token of victory:
the king, to the intent that, if it be thy 6 as, to be clothed in purple, w to drink

1. 11.

• For ver.

7-A. P Ezra 4.9

ch. 5. 6.

Jerusalem the letter following: 17 To 3 feast unto all his subjects, and unto

1.1.

ch. 449
& 6. 29
& 7.1
& 8. 67.
2 Macc. 3.

12. 1.

5, al.

u Dan. 6. 29.
1 Macc. 10.
20.
* Esth. 1. 7.
1 Macc. 11.
68.

| Another reading is, Samanassar.

2 Rohum.

3 Shimshai.

* Or, recorder

very weak.

For ver.

see 2 Kin. 23. 30-35

said the king unto his servants, Carry that were spoken by Jeremy the prophet
me away out of the battle; for I am from the mouth of the Lord. 48 And

And immediately his ser- after that king Nabuchodonosor had
vants carried him away out of the host. made him to swear by the name of the
31 Then gat he up upon his second Lord, he forswore himself, and rebelled;
chariot; and being brought back to and hardening his neck, and his heart,
Jerusalem he died, and was buried in he transgressed the laws of the Lord,
the sepulchre of his fathers. 32 And in the God of Israel. 49 Moreover the

all Jewry they mourned for Josias; governors of the people and of the * Lam. 4. 20. vand Jeremy the prophet lamented for priests did many things wickedly, "and

Josias, and the chief men with the passed all the pollutions of all nations,
women made lamentation for him, unto and defiled the temple of the Lord, which
this day; and this was given out for an was sanctified in Jerusalem. 50 And the
ordinance to be done continually in all God of their fathers sent by his mes.
the nation of Israel. 33 These things senger to call them back, because he
are written in the book of the histories had compassion on them and on his
of the kings of Judæa, and every one dwelling place. 5. But they mocked his
of the acts that Josias did, and his glory, messengers; and in the day when the
and his understanding in the law of the Lord spake unto them, they scoffed at
Lord, and the things that he had done his prophets: 52 so far forth, that he,
before, and the things now recited, are being wroth with his people for their
reported in the book of the kings of great ungodliness, commanded to bring
Israel and Judah.

up the kings of the Chaldeans against 34 w And the people took 1 Joachaz the them; 53 who slew their young men 34-38, son of Josias, and made him king in with the sword, round about their holy

stead of Josias his father, when he was temple, and spared neither young man * 2 Chr. 36. twenty and three years old. 35 And he normaid, old man nor child; but he

reigned in 2 Judah and in Jerusalem delivered all into their hands. 54 d And Cr ver. 41.
three months: and then the king of they took all the holy vessels of the
Egypt deposed him from reigning in Lord, both great and small, with 5the
Jerusalem. 36 And he set a tax upon vessels of the ark of the Lord, and the
the people of a hundred talents of silver king's treasures, and carried them away
and one talent of gold. 37 The king of unto Babylon.55€ And they burnt the ch. 6. 16.
Egypt also made king Joakim his bro- house of the Lord, J and brake down 12 Kin. 25.
ther king of Judæa and Jerusalem. the walls of Jerusalem, and burnt the
38 And Joakim bound the nobles: but towers thereof with fire: 56 and as for
Zarakes his brother he apprehended, her glorious things, they never ceased
and brought him up out of Egypt. till they had brought them all to nought:

39 a Five and twenty years old was and the people that were not slain with

Joakim when he began to reign in the sword he carried unto Babylon: Jer. 28. 11 23-24.6 Judæa and Jerusalem; and he did that 57 and they were servants unto him and

A Cp Lev. & 2 Chr. 36. which was evil in the sight of the Lord. to his children, till the Persians reigned, 28. 34, S.

40 And against him Nabuchodonosor the to fulfil Øthe word of the Lord by the
king of Babylon came up, and bound mouth of Jeremy: 58 Until hthe land
him with a chain of brass, and carried hath enjoyed her sabbaths, the whole
him unto Babylon. 45 Nabuchodonosor time of her desolation shall she keep sab.
also took of the holy vessels of the Lord, bath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
and carried them away, and set them up ziIn the first year of Cyrus king for ver.

vin his own temple at Babylon. 4 But 2 of the Persians, that the word of the (p. ver. 54 those things that are reported of him, Lord by the mouth of Jeremy might

and of his uncleanness and impiety, are be accomplished, a the Lord stirred up 36 22, 23. written in the chronicles of the kings. the spirit of Cyrus king of the Persians,

43 And Joakim his son reigned in his and he made proclamation through all

stead : <for when he was made king his kingdom, and also by writing, 3 say. see 2 Chr. he was sa eighteen years old; 44 and he ing, Thus saith Cyrus king of the Per.

reigned three months and ten days in sians; The Lord of Israel, the Most Cr 2 Kin.

Jerusalem; and did that which was evil High Lord, hath made me king of the
before the Lord.

whole world, 4 and commanded me to • 2 Kin. 24

45 So after a year Nabuchodonosor build him a house at Jerusalem that is 2 Chr. 36. 9 sent and caused him to be brought unto in Judæa. 5 If therefore there be any

Babylon with the holy vessels of the of you that are of his people, 6let the
Lord; 46 and made Sedekias king of Lord, even his Lord, be with him, and
Judæa and Jerusalem, o when he was let him go up to Jerusalem that is in
one and twenty years old; and he Judæa, and build the house of the Lord
reigned eleven years: 47 band he also of Israel: he is the Lord that dwelleth

did that which was evil in the sight of in Jerusalem. 60f such therefore as • Jer. 37. 2 the Lord, and cared not for the words dwell in divers places, let them that are

1 Another reading is, Jeconias. ? Another reading is, Israel. • Another reading is, cight.
• Another reading is, even above all.

Another reading is, the arks of the Lord.
. Another reading is, let his Lord be die

10.
Neh, 1. 3
& 2 13.

* For ver.

Ree 2 kin.

& 29. 10.

1-15,

y Dan. 1. 2

see Ezra

ch. 1.

Cp. 2 Chr

• For ver. 43_58,

36.921.

24. 8-25. 21.

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(for mg.).

b Jer. 32.1, 2.

2

Dan. 1.2

18, 20

9.

1. 10.

in his own place help each one with pleasure, search may be made in the
gold, and with silver, 7 with gifts, with books of thy fathers: 2 and thou shalt
horses also and cattle, beside the other find in the chronicles what is written
things which have been added by vow concerning these things, and shalt under-
for the temple of the Lord which is in stand that that city was rebellious,
Jerusalem.

troubling both kings and cities: 33 and
8 Then the chief of the families of that the Jews were rebellious, and
Judah and of the tribe of Benjamin raised always wars therein of old time;
stood up; the priests also, and the for the which cause even this city was
Levites, and all they whose spirit the laid waste. 24 Wherefore now we do
Lord had stirred to go up, to build the declare unto thee, O lord the king, that
house for the Lord which is in Jeru. if this city be builded again, and the
salem. 9 And they that dwelt round walls thereof set up anew, thou shalt
about them helped them in all things from henceforth have no passage into
with silver and gold, with horses and Cælesyria and Phænicia. * 25 Then the
cattle, and with very many gifts that king wrote back again to P Rathumus
were vowed of a great number whose the storywriter, and Beeltethmus, and
minds were stirred up thereto. 10 King P Samellius the scribe, and to the rest

Cyrus also brought forth the holy vessels that were in commission, and dwelt in sch. 1. 41, 54. of the Lord, which ; Nabuchodonosor Samaria and Syria and Phænicia, after Cp ch. 4

bad carried away from Jerusalem, and this manner: 26 I have read the epistle
had set up in his temple of idols. which ye have sent unto me: therefore
11 Now when Cyrus king of the Persians I commanded to make search, and it
had brought them forth, he delivered hath been found that that city of old

them to Mithradates his treasurer, 12 and time hath made insurrection against * Cp ch. 6. by him they were delivered to 1k Sana- kings; 27 and the men were given to & Ezra 1.&

bassar the governor of Judæa. 13 And rebellion and war therein: and that
this was the number of them: A thou. mighty kings and fierce were in Jeru.

sand golden cups, a thousand cups of salem, who reigned and exacted tribute 'Cp. Ezra 1. silver, Icensers of silver twenty nine, in 9 Cælesyria and Phænicia. 28 Now

vials of gold thirty, and of silver mtwo therefore I have commanded to hinder *** Cp. Ezra

thousand four hundred and ten, and those men from building the city, and
other vessels a thousand. 14 So all the heed to be taken that there be nothing

vessels of gold and of silver were brought done contrary to this order; 29 and that ** Cp. Ezra up, even ñ five thousand four hundred those wicked doings proceed no further

threescore and nine, 15 and were carried to the annoyance of kings. 30 Then
back by Sanabassar, together with them king Artaxerxes his letters being read,
of the captivity, from Babylon to Jeru. Rathumus, and Samellius the scribe,
salem.

and the rest that were in commission 160 But in the time of Artaxerxes king with them, removing in haste onto Jeru. see Ezra a of the Persians Belemus, and Mithra- salem with horsemen and a multitude of

dates, and Tabellius, and 2 p Rathumus, people in battle array, began to hinder (for mg.). and Beeltethmus, and 8p Samellius the the builders; and the building of the

ch. 5. 6. scribe, with the others that were in temple in Jerusalem ceased until the commission with them, dwelling in Sa- r second year of the reign of Darius king maria and other places, wrote unto him of the Persians. Jerusalem the letter following: 17 T. 3 feast unto all his subjects, and unto king Artaxerxes our lord, Thy servants, all that were born in his house, 8 and ver. 14. Rathamus the Astorywriter, and Samel. unto all the princes of Media and of lius the scribe, and the rest of their Persia, 2 and to all the satraps and cap

council, and the judges that are in tains and governors that were under 1 ver. 24, 27. Cælesyria and Phoenicia. 18 Be it now him, ' from India unto Ethiopia, in the See Esth.

known to our lord the king, that the hundred twenty and seven provinces.
Jews that are come up from you to us, 3u And when they had eaten and drunken, "Cp.Judith
being come unto Jerusalem, do build and being satisfied were gone home, then
that rebellious and wicked city, and do Darius the king went into his bed.
repair the marketplaces and the walls chamber, and slept, and awaked out of
of it, and do lay the foundation of a his sleep.
temple. 19 Now if this city be builded 4 Then the three young men of the
and the walls thereof be finished, they body-guard, that kept the king's person,
will not only refuse to give tribute, spake one to another: 5 Let every one
but will even stand up against kings. of us say one thing which shall be

20 And forasmuch as the things per- strongest: and he whose sentence shall
taining to the temple are now in hand, seem wiser than the others, unto him
we think it meet not to neglect such a shall Darius the king give great gifts,
matter, 21 but to speak into our lord and great honours in token of victory:
the king, to the intent that, if it be thy 6 as, v to be clothed in purple, w to drink

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7-24. P Ezra 4.9

ch. 4. 48
& 6. 29
& 7. 1
& 8. 67.
2 Macc. 3,
5, al.

12 1.

• Dan. 8. 29.
1 Macc. 10.
20.
* Esth. 1.7.
1 Macc, 11.
58.

| Another reading is, Samanassar.

2 Rehum.

3 Shimshai.

• Or, recorder

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