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Darius^ s decree in the Jews^ favour.

1 Darius, finding the decree of Cyrus, maketh a new
decree for the advancement of the building. 13 By
the help of the enemies, and the directions of the pro-
phets, the temple is finished. 16 The feast of the
dedication is kept, 19 and the passover.

THEN Darius the king made a decree,
^ and search was made in the house of
the t rolls, where the treasures were t laid
up in Babylon.

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

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

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

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

6 ''Now therefore, Tatnai, governor be-
yond the river, Shethar-boznai, and t your
companions the Apharsachites, which are
beyond the river, be ye far from thence :

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

8 Moreover, 1 1 make a decree what ye
shall do to the elders of these Jews for the
building of this house of God : that of the
king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the
river, forthwith expenses be given unto these
men, that they be not f hindered.

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

10 « That they may offer sacrifices t of
Bweet savours unto the God of heaven,
and fpray for the life of the king, and of
his sons.

11 Also I have made a decree, that who-
soever shall alter this word, let timber be





a ch. 5. 17.

t Child.

I Chald.
made to de-

II Ot, Eeba-
tana, or,

in a coffer.

b 1 Kings
C. 36.

c ch. 1. 7,
Sc 3. 14.

t Chald. go.

d ch. 5. 3.

t Chald.
tfmr soci-




t Chald.
bv iiie a de-
cree is made.

t Chald.
made to

o ch. 7. 23.
Jer. 29. 7.
t Chald.
of rest.

f 1 Tim. 2.

J Chald.
let him be
g Dan. 2. S.
& 3.29.
h 1 Kings

i ch..5. 1, 2,

t Chald.


k ch. 1. 1. &


ver. 3.

1 cli. 4. 24.
m ch. 7. 1.

t Chald.
Vie soils of
the trans-
n 1 Kings 8.

2 Chron. 7.
o ch. 8. 35.

p 1 Chron.
24. 1.
q 1 Chron.

t Chald.
according to
the viriting.
r Numb. 3.
6. & 8. 9.

t 2 Chron.
30. 15.
u 3 Chron.
35. 11.

J Gxod. 12.

15. & 13, 6.

2 Ohton. 30.

21. & 35. 17.

z Proy. 21.


a 2 Kings

23. 29.

2 Chron. 33.


ch. 1. 1. &

ver. 6, &c.

The temple is finished, and dedicated.

pulled down from his house, and being set
up, t let him be hanged thereon ;g and let his
house be made a dunghill for this.

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

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

14 ' And the elders of the Jews builded,
and they prospered through the prophesying
of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son
of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it,
according to the commandment of the God
of Israel, and according to the t command-
ment of' Cyrus, and ' Darius, and ■" Artaxerxes
king of Persia.

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

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

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

18 And they set the priests in their p di-
visions, and the Levites in their i courses,
for the service of God, which is at Jeru-
salem ; t " as it is written in the book of

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

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

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

22 And kept the y feast of unleavened
bread seven days with joy : for the Lord
had made them joyful, and "turned the
heart " of the king of Assyria unto them, to
strengthen their hands in the work of the
house of God, the God of Israel.


Ezra gosth up to Jerusalem.

1 Ezra goath up to Jerusalem. 1 1 The gracimis com-
mission ofArtaxerxes to Ezra. 27 Ezra Iksseth God
for kisjavour.

NOW after these things, in the reign
of ''Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra
■'the son of Seraiah, the. son of Azariah, the
son of Hilkiah,

2 The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok,
the son of Ahitub,

3 The son of Amariah, the son of Aza-
riah, the son of Meraioth,

4 The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi,
the son of Bukki,

5 The son of Abishua, the son of Phine-
has, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron
the chief priest :

6 This Ezra went up from Babylon ; and
he was ^a ready scribe in the law of Moses,
which the Lord God of Israel had given :
and the king granted him all his request,
'according to the hand of the Lord his
God upon him.

7 *'Aiid there went up some of the children
of Israel, and of the priests, and sthe Levites,
and the singers, and the porters, and '' the
Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh
year of Artaxerxes the king.

8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth
month, which was in the seventh year of
the king.

9 For upon the first day of the first month
t began he to go up from Babylon, and on
the first day of the fifth month came he to
Jerusalem, 'according to the good hand of
his God upon him.

10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to
■^seek the law of the Lord, and to do it,
and to Ueach in Israel statutes and judg-

1 1 IT Now this is the copy of the letter
that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra
the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the
words of the commandments of the Lord,
and of his statutes to Israel.

12 Artaxerxes, •» king of kings, || Unto Ezra
the priest, a scribe of the law of the God
of heaven, perfect peace, ° and at such a

13 I make a decree, that all they of the
people of Israel, and of his priests and Le-
vites, in my realm, which are minded of
their own free will to go up to Jerusalem,
go with thee.

14 Forasmuch as thou art sent fof the
king, and of his "seven counsellors, to in-
quire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, ac-
cording to the law of thy God which is in
thine hand ;

15 And to carry the silver and gold,





b Noh. 2. 1.

c 1 ClirOD.
6. 14.

d ver. 11, 12,

ver. 9.
ch. 8. 22, 31.

f ch. 8. 1.

g See
ch. 8. 15,

h cli. 2. 43.

about 4.57.

t Heb.

was the
of tite going


k Ps. 119.

1 ver. 6. 25.
Deut. 33. 10.
Neh. 8. 1,—


Mai. 2. 7.


about 457.

m Ezek. 26.


Dan. 2. 37.

To Ezra the
pries tt a per-
fect scribe of
Vie law Iff
the God of
peace, &c.
a ch. 4. 10.

t Chald.
from before
the king.
o Esther 1.

p 2 Chrun.
li. 2.

Pb. 135. 21.
q cl>. 8. 25,

r 1 Chron.
29. 6, 9.

a Numb. 15.


t Deut. 12. 5,


t Chald.

is of Vie

u Exod. 18.
21, 22.
Deut 16.

X ver. 10.

2 Chron. 17.


Mai. 2. 7.

Matt. 23. 2,


■f Chald.
to rooting

y 1 Chron.
29. 10.

I ch. 6. V^

Artaxerxes' gracious commission to him.

which the king and his counsellors have
freely offered unto the God of Israel, p whose
habitation is in Jerusalem.

16 lAnd all the silver and gold that thou
canst find in all the province of Babylon,
with the free-will-offering of the people, and
of the priests, "■offering willingly for the
house of their God which is in Jerusalem :

17 That thou mayest buy speedily with
this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their
'meat-offerings and their drink-offerings, and
' offer them upon the altar of the house of
your God which is in Jerusalem.

18 And whatsoever shall seem good to
thee, and to thy brethren, to do with the
rest of the silver and the gold, that do after
the will of your God.

19 The vessels also that are given thee
for the service of the house of thy God,
those deliver thou before the God of Jeru-

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

21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do
make a decree to all the treasurers which
are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra
the priest, the scribe of the law of the God
of heaven, shall require of you, it be done

22 Unto an hundred talents of silver, and
to an hundred treasures of wheat, and to
an hundred baths of wine, and to an hun-
dred baths of oil, and salt without pre-
scribing Tiow much.

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

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

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

26 And whosoever will not do the law of
thy God, and the law of the king, let judg-
ment be executed speedily upon him, whe-
ther it he unto death, or fto banishment,
or to confiscation of goods, or to imprison-
ment. ^

27 IF y Blessed he the Lord God ot our
fathers, » which hath put such a thing as


Who returned with Ezra from Babylon. EZRA.

this in the king's heart, to beautify the house
of the Lord which is in Jerusalem :

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


] The companiom of Ezra, who returned from Babylon.
15 He sendeth to Iddo for ministers for the temple.
21 He keepeth a fast. 24 He committeth the treasures
to the custody of the priests. 31 From Ahava they
come to Jerusalem.. 33 The treasure is weighed in
the temple. 36 The commission is delivered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 And of the sons of Shelomith ; the son
of Josiphiah, and with him an hundred and
threescore males.

11 And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah
the son of Bebai, and with him twenty and
eight males.

12 And of the sons of Azgad ; Johanan
II the son of Hakkatan, and with him an
hundred and ten males.

13 And of the last sons of Adonikam,
whose names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel,
and Sheniaiah, and with them threescore

14 Of the sons also of Bigvai ; Uthai, and
II Zabbud, and with them seventy males.

i5 1" And I gathered them together to the
river that runneth to Ahava; and there
11 abode we in tents three days : and I viewed





about 457.

about 457.

a ch. 9. 9.

ch. 7. 7.

b See
ch. S. 5. &
vor. G, 9. &
ch. 8. 18.


1 put words
in their

2 Sam. 14. 3,

e Neh. 8. 7.
&. 9. 4, 5.

b 1 Chron.

c ch. 2. 3.

ch. 2. 43.

c 2 Chron.

h Lev. 16.
20. & 2.1. 29.
Isai. 58. 3,

i Pb. 5. 8.

k So 1 Cor.
9. 15.


m Ps. 33. 18,

10. t 34. 15,


Rom. 8. 23.

n P4. 34. 16.

o 2 Cliroo.


n 1 Chron.

h. 20.



Isai. 19, 22.

g ch. 7. 15,

II Or,

tlie young-
est son

11 Or,

a9 Komo

II .Or, .

yeliow, or,
t Hob.
r Lev. 21.0,

Deut. 33. 8.
a Lev. 22. 2,

Numb. 4. 4,
15, 19. SO.

He imploreth God's favour by a fast.

the people, and the priests, and found there
none of the *sons of Levi.

16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for
Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib,
and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for
Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men;
also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of

17 And I sent them with commandment
unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia,
and 1 1 told them what they should say unto
Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims,
at the place Casiphia, that they should
bring unto us ministers for the house of our

18 And by the good hand of our God up-
on us they ^brought us a man of understand-
ing, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi,
the son of Israel ; and Sherebiah, with his
sons and his brethren, eighteen ;

19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jesha-
iah of the sons of Merari, his brethren and
their sons, twenty ;

20 ''Also of the Nethinims, whom David
and the princes had appointed for the ser-
vice of the Levites, two hundred and twenty
Nethinims : all of them were expressed by

21 IT Then I ff proclaimed a fast there, at
the river of Ahava, that we might ''afflict
ourselves before our God, to seek of him a

right way for us, and for our little ones,
and for all our substance.

22 For ''I was ashamed to require of the
king a band of soldiers and horsemen to
help us against the enemy in the way : be-
cause we had spoken unto the king, say-



upon all

; but his

all them

hand of our God is
them for ■" good that seek him :
power and his wrath is "against
that "forsake him.

23 So we fasted and besought our God
for this : and he was p entreated of us.

24 II Then I separated twelve of the chief
of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten
of their brethren with them,

25 And weighed unto them ■) the silver,
and the gold, and the vessels, even the
offering of the house of our God, which
the king, and his counsellors, and his lords,
and all Israel there present, had offered :

26 I even weighed unto their hand six
hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver
vessels an hundred talents, and of gold an
hundred talents ;

27 Also twenty basins of gold, of a thou-
sand drams; and two vessels of t fine copper,
t precious as gold.

28 And I said unto them. Ye are 'holy
unto the Lord; the vessels are =holy also;


The holy treasures committed to the priests.

and the silver and the gold are a free-will-
ofFering unto the Lord God of your fathers.

29 Watch ye, and keep them, uiitil ye
weigh them, before the chief of the priests
and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of
Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the
house of the Lord.

30 So took the priests and the Levites the
weight of the silver, and the gold, and the
vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the
house of our God.

31 IT Then we departed from the river of
Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month,
to go unto Jerusalem: and 'the hand of our
God was upon us, and he delivered us from
the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in
wait by the way.

32 And we "came to Jerusalem, and abode
there three days.

33 IT Now on the fourth day was the
silver and the gold and the vessels ^weighed
in the house of our God by the hand of
Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest ; and
with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas ;
and with them was Jozabad the son of
Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui,
Levites ;

34 By -number and by weight of every
one : and all the weight was written at that

35 Also the children of those that had
been carried away, which were come out of
the captivity, ^ offered burnt-offerings unto
the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all
Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and
seven lambs, twelve he-goats for a sin-offer-
ing : all this was a burnt-offering unto the

36 IT And they delivered the king's ^com-
missions unto the king's lieutenants, and to
the governors on this side the river: and
they furthered the people, and the house of


1 Ezra mourrKth for the affinity of the people with
strangers. 5 He prayeth unto God loith confession
of sins.

NOW when these things were done,
the princes came to me, saying, The
people of Israel, and the priests, and the
Levites, have not ''separated themselves from
the people of the lands, "doing according to
their abominations, even of the Canaanites,
the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites,
the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians,
and the Amorites.

2 For they have "^ taken of their daughters
for themselves, and for their sons : so that
the =holy seed have ^ mingled themselves
with the people of those lands: yea, the






about 457.


E Job 1. 20.

h P». 143. 4.

i ch. 10.3.
Isai. 66. 2.

k Eiod. 29.

t ch. 7. 6, 9.


II Or,

1 Exod. 9.
29, 33.

m Dan. 9.

7, 8.

u Neh. 2.11.

n Pb. 38. 4.

I ver. 28, 30.

11 Or,
o 2 Chron.
28. 9.

Rev. 18. 5.
p Ps. 106. 6.
Dan. 9. S, 6,


Neh. 9. 30.

r Dan. 9. 7,




ch. 6. 17.

II Or, apin:

that IB, a

cmistant and

sure abode:

so Isai. 22.


B Ps. 13. 3.

& .34. 5.

t Nch. (1. 36.

u Ps. 136.




to set up.

J Isai. 5. 2.

T Hoh. hv
the hand of
tits/ servants.


z ch. 6. 21.

b cb. 6. 21.

Neh. 9. 2.

t Hcb. /rem
mouth to
mouth ; as
2 Kings 21.

c Deut. 12.
30, 31.

a Exod. 23.
32. & 34. 16.
Dout. 7. 3.

b Deut. 23.

d Exod. 34.


Dent. 7. 3.
Neh. 13. 23.
e Exod. 19.


Deut. 7. 6.
t 14. 2.
f 3 Cor. 6.

c Prov. 13.
22. & 20. 7.

Ezra mourneth. He prayeth to God.

hand of the princes and rulers hath been
chief in this trespass.

8 And when I heard this thing, ?! rent
my garment and my mantle, and plucked
off the hair of my head and of my beard,
and sat down ''astonied.

4. Then were assembled unto me every
one that 'trembled at the words of the God
of Israel, because of the transgression of
those that had been carried away ; and I sat
astonied until the ''evening sacrifice.

5 IT And at the evening sacrifice I arose
up from my || heaviness; and having rent
my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my
knees, and 'spread out my hands unto the
Lord my God,

6 And said, O my God, I am "ashamed
and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God :
for "our iniquities are increased over our
head, and our || trespass is "grown up unto
the heavens.

7 Since the days of our fathers have p we
been in a great trespass unto this day ; and
for our iniquities i have we, our kings, and
our priests, been delivered into the hand of
the kings of the lands, to the sword, to cap-
tivity, and to a spoil, and to ■■ confusion of
face, as it is this day.

8 And now for a f little space grace hath
been shewed from the Lord our God, to
leave us a remnant to escape, and to give
us II a nail in his holy place, that our God
may ' lighten our eyes, and give us a little re-
viving in our bondage.

9 iFor we toere bond-men ; "yet our God
hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but
''hath extended mercy unto us in the sight
of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving,
to set up the house of our God, and f to re-
pair the desolations thereof, and to give us
y a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

10' And now, O our God, what shall we
say after this? for we have forsaken thy

11 Which thou hast commanded t by thy
servants the prophets, saying. The land
unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean
land with the ^filthiness of the people of the
lands, with their abominations, which have
filled it tfrom one end to another with their

12 Now therefore "give not your daugh-
ters unto their sons, neither take their
daughters unto your sons, •» nor seek their
peace or their wealth for ever : that ye may
be strong, and eat the good of the land,
and ''leave it for an inheritance to your
children for ever.

13 And after all that is come upon us for
our evil deeds, and for our great trespass,


Shechaniah encouragcth Ezra

seeing that thou our God ^t hast punished us
less than our iniquities deserve, and hast
given us such deliverance as this ;

14 Should we "'again break thy command-
ments, and '^join in affinity with the people
of these abominations? vv'ouldest not thou be
s angry with us till thou hadst consumed, ms,
so that there should be no remnant nor es-
caping ?

15 O Lord God of Israel, ""thou art
righteous : for we remain yet escaped, as it is
this day: behold, we are 'before thee ''in our
trespasses ; for we cannot 'stand before thee
because of this.


1 Shechaniah encourageth Ezra to reform the strange
marriages. . 6 Ezra mourning assemhleth the people.
9 The people, at the exhortation of Ezra, repent, and
promise amendment. 15 The care to perform it. 18 The
names of them which had married strange wives.

"VrOW "^when Ezra had prayed, and when
_LM he had confessed, weeping and casting
himself down ''before the house of God, there
assembled unto him out of Israel a very great
congregation of men and women and chil-
dren : for the people t wept very sore.

2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one
of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto
Ezra, We have "trespassed against our God,
and have taken strange wives of the people
of the land : yet now there is hope in Israel
concerning this thing.

3 Now therefore let us make a "* covenant
with our God fto put away all the wives,
and such as are born of them, according to
the counsel of my lord, and of those that
* tremble at ^the commandment of our God;
and let it be done according to the law.

4 Arise; for this matter helongeth unto
thee : we also will he with thee : ebe of good
courage, and do it.

5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief
priests, the Levites, and all Israel, ""to swear

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