The Old Testament

 

Ezra


 

1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of

the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred

up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation

throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 1:2

Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me

all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an

house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

 

1:3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and

let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of

the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.

 

1:4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the

men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods,

and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God

that is in Jerusalem.

 

1:5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and

the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had

raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.

 

1:6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with

vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with

precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.

 

1:7 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the

LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had

put them in the house of his gods; 1:8 Even those did Cyrus king of

Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and

numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.

 

1:9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a

thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives, 1:10 Thirty

basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four hundred and ten,

and other vessels a thousand.

 

1:11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four

hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity

that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.

 

2:1 Now these are the children of the province that went up out of the

captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar

the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto

Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city; 2:2 Which came with

Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan,

Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of

Israel: 2:3 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy

and two.

 

2:4 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.

 

2:5 The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five.

 

2:6 The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab,

two thousand eight hundred and twelve.

 

2:7 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

 

2:8 The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and five.

 

2:9 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.

 

2:10 The children of Bani, six hundred forty and two.

 

2:11 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three.

 

2:12 The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two.

 

2:13 The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six.

 

2:14 The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six.

 

2:15 The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four.

 

2:16 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.

 

2:17 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and three.

 

2:18 The children of Jorah, an hundred and twelve.

 

2:19 The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty and three.

 

2:20 The children of Gibbar, ninety and five.

 

2:21 The children of Bethlehem, an hundred twenty and three.

 

2:22 The men of Netophah, fifty and six.

 

2:23 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight.

 

2:24 The children of Azmaveth, forty and two.

 

2:25 The children of Kirjatharim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven

hundred and forty and three.

 

2:26 The children of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.

 

2:27 The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty and two.

 

2:28 The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty and three.

 

2:29 The children of Nebo, fifty and two.

 

2:30 The children of Magbish, an hundred fifty and six.

 

2:31 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and

four.

 

2:32 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.

 

2:33 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and

five.

 

2:34 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.

 

2:35 The children of Senaah, three thousand and six hundred and

thirty.

 

2:36 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua,

nine hundred seventy and three.

 

2:37 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.

 

2:38 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven.

 

2:39 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

 

2:40 The Levites: the children of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the children

of Hodaviah, seventy and four.

 

2:41 The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred twenty and eight.

 

2:42 The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the

children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the

children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, in all an hundred thirty

and nine.

 

2:43 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the

children of Tabbaoth, 2:44 The children of Keros, the children of

Siaha, the children of Padon, 2:45 The children of Lebanah, the

children of Hagabah, the children of Akkub, 2:46 The children of

Hagab, the children of Shalmai, the children of Hanan, 2:47 The

children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children of Reaiah,

2:48 The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of

Gazzam, 2:49 The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah, the

children of Besai, 2:50 The children of Asnah, the children of

Mehunim, the children of Nephusim, 2:51 The children of Bakbuk, the

children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur, 2:52 The children of

Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha, 2:53 The

children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Thamah,

2:54 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

 

2:55 The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the

children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda, 2:56 The children of

Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel, 2:57 The

children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of

Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Ami.

 

2:58 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, were

three hundred ninety and two.

 

2:59 And these were they which went up from Telmelah, Telharsa,

Cherub, Addan, and Immer: but they could not shew their father's

house, and their seed, whether they were of Israel: 2:60 The children

of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six

hundred fifty and two.

 

2:61 And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the

children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a wife of the

daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name:

2:62 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by

genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as polluted,

put from the priesthood.

 

2:63 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the

most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and with

Thummim.

 

2:64 The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three

hundred and threescore, 2:65 Beside their servants and their maids, of

whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and

there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women.

 

2:66 Their horses were seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two

hundred forty and five; 2:67 Their camels, four hundred thirty and

five; their asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty.

 

2:68 And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the house

of the LORD which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of God

to set it up in his place: 2:69 They gave after their ability unto the

treasure of the work threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and

five thousand pound of silver, and one hundred priests' garments.

 

2:70 So the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the

singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in their cities,

and all Israel in their cities.

 

3:1 And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel

were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man

to Jerusalem.

 

3:2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the

priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and

builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings

thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.

 

3:3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them

because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt

offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings morning and

evening.

 

3:4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and

offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom,

as the duty of every day required; 3:5 And afterward offered the

continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set

feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, and of every one that

willingly offered a freewill offering unto the LORD.

 

3:6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt

offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD

was not yet laid.

 

3:7 They gave money also unto the masons, and to the carpenters; and

meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to

bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa, according to the

grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia.

 

3:8 Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at

Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel,

and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the

priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the

captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years

old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the LORD.

 

3:9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his

sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward the workmen in the

house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brethren

the Levites.

 

3:10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the

LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the

Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the

ordinance of David king of Israel.

 

3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks

unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever

toward Israel.

 

And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the

LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

 

3:12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who

were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation

of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and

many shouted aloud for joy: 3:13 So that the people could not discern

the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the

people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was

heard afar off.

 

4:1 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the

children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of

Israel; 4:2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the

fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your

God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of

Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.

 

4:3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the

fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to

build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto

the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath

commanded us.

 

4:4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of

Judah, and troubled them in building, 4:5 And hired counsellors

against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king

of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

 

4:6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign,

wrote they unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and

Jerusalem.

 

4:7 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel,

and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and

the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and

interpreted in the Syrian tongue.

 

4:8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter

against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort: 4:9 Then wrote

Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their

companions; the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the

Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the

Dehavites, and the Elamites, 4:10 And the rest of the nations whom the

great and noble Asnapper brought over, and set in the cities of

Samaria, and the rest that are on this side the river, and at such a

time.

 

4:11 This is the copy of the letter that they sent unto him, even unto

Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men on this side the river, and

at such a time.

 

4:12 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee

to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad

city, and have set up the walls thereof, and joined the foundations.

 

4:13 Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded, and

the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and

custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings.

 

4:14 Now because we have maintenance from the king's palace, and it

was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore have we

sent and certified the king; 4:15 That search may be made in the book

of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the

records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful

unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the

same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.

 

4:16 We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the

walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this

side the river.

 

4:17 Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, and to

Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwell in

Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a

time.

 

4:18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before

me.

 

4:19 And I commanded, and search hath been made, and it is found that

this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings, and that

rebellion and sedition have been made therein.

 

4:20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have

ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and

custom, was paid unto them.

 

4:21 Give ye now commandment to cause these men to cease, and that

this city be not builded, until another commandment shall be given

from me.

 

4:22 Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow

to the hurt of the kings?  4:23 Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes'

letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their

companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made

them to cease by force and power.

 

4:24 Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem.

So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius king of

Persia.

 

5:1 Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of

Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the

name of the God of Israel, even unto them.

 

5:2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son

of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem:

and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

 

5:3 At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the

river, and Shetharboznai and their companions, and said thus unto

them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this

wall?  5:4 Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the

names of the men that make this building?  5:5 But the eye of their

God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to

cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer

by letter concerning this matter.

 

5:6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the

river, and Shetharboznai and his companions the Apharsachites, which

were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king: 5:7 They sent

a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto Darius the king, all

peace.

 

5:8 Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of

Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great

stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on,

and prospereth in their hands.

 

5:9 Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded

you to build this house, and to make up these walls?  5:10 We asked

their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of

the men that were the chief of them.

 

5:11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of

the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded

these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up.

 

5:12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto

wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of

Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the

people away into Babylon.

 

5:13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same king

Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.

 

5:14 And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God,

which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and

brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take

out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose

name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor; 5:15 And said unto

him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in

Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place.

 

5:16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the

house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now

hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished.

 

5:17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search

made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether

it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house

of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us

concerning this matter.

 

6:1 Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the

house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

 

6:2 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:

6:3 In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a

decree concerning 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 thereof threescore

cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits; 6:4 With three rows

of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be

given out of the king's house: 6:5 And also let the golden and silver

vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of

the temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be

restored, and brought again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem,

every one to his place, and place them in the house of God.

 

6:6 Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai,

and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be

ye far from thence: 6:7 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 his place.

 

6:8 Moreover I 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 hindered.

 

6:9 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 Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail: 6:10 That

they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and

pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

 

6:11 Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word,

let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be

hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

 

6:12 And the God that hath caused his 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.

 

6:13 Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai, and

their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so

they did speedily.

 

6:14 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 commandment of Cyrus, and Darius,

and Artaxerxes king of Persia.

 

6:15 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 king.

 

6:16 And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the

rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this

house of God with joy.

 

6:17 And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred

bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering

for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes

of Israel.

 

6:18 And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in

their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is

written in the book of Moses.

 

6:19 And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the

fourteenth day of the first month.

 

6:20 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.

 

6:21 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, 6:22 And kept the 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.

 

7:1 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, 7:2

The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub, 7:3 The son

of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth, 7:4 The son of

Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki, 7:5 The son of Abishua,

the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief

priest: 7:6 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.

 

7:7 And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the

priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the

Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

 

7:8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the

seventh year of the king.

 

7:9 For upon the first day of the first month 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.

 

7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and

to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

 

7:11 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.

 

7:12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the

law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.

 

7:13 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of

his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own

freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

 

7:14 Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and of his seven

counsellors, to enquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to

the law of thy God which is in thine hand; 7:15 And to carry the

silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely

offered unto the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem, 7:16

And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the province

of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people, and of the

priests, offering willingly for the house of their God which is in

Jerusalem: 7:17 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.

 

7:18 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.

 

7:19 The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house

of thy God, those deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem.

 

7:20 And whatsoever more shall be needful for the house of thy God,

which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's

treasure house.

 

7:21 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 speedily, 7:22 Unto an hundred talents of silver, and

to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and

to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.

 

7:23 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?  7:24 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.

 

7:25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine

hand, set magistrates 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.

 

7:26 And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the

king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto

death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to

imprisonment.

 

7:27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a

thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the LORD

which is in Jerusalem: 7:28 And hath extended mercy unto me before the

king, and his counsellors, and before 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.

 

8:1 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.

 

8:2 Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons of Ithamar; Daniel:

of the sons of David; Hattush.

 

8:3 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.

 

8:4 Of the sons of Pahathmoab; Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with

him two hundred males.

 

8:5 Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel, and with him three

hundred males.

 

8:6 Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with him

fifty males.

 

8:7 And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and with

him seventy males.

 

8:8 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the son of Michael, and

with him fourscore males.

 

8:9 Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two

hundred and eighteen males.

 

8:10 And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah, and with him

an hundred and threescore males.

 

8:11 And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the son of Bebai, and with

him twenty and eight males.

 

8:12 And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and with

him an hundred and ten males.

 

8:13 And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names are these,

Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them threescore males.

 

8:14 Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and Zabbud, and with them

seventy males.

 

8:15 And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava;

and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, and

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

 

8:16 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 understanding.

 

8:17 And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place

Casiphia, and I 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 God.

 

8:18 And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of

understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of

Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen; 8:19

And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his

brethren and their sons, twenty; 8:20 Also of the Nethinims, whom

David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites,

two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.

 

8:21 Then I 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.

 

8:22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and

horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had

spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for

good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them

that forsake him.

 

8:23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated

of us.

 

8:24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah,

Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them, 8:25 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: 8:26 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; 8:27 Also

twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two vessels of fine

copper, precious as gold.

 

8:28 And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the LORD; the vessels are

holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto

the LORD God of your fathers.

 

8:29 Watch ye, and keep them, until 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.

 

8:30 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.

 

8:31 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.

 

8:32 And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.

 

8:33 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; 8:34 By number and by weight of every one: and all

the weight was written at that time.

 

8:35 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 offering: all this was a

burnt offering unto the LORD.

 

8:36 And they delivered the king's commissions unto the king's

lieutenants, and to the governors on this side the river: and they

furthered the people, and the house of God.

 

9:1 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.

 

9:2 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 hand of the princes and rulers hath

been chief in this trespass.

 

9:3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and

plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down

astonied.

 

9:4 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.

 

9:5 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, 9:6 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.

 

9:7 Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass

unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our

priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to

the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as

it is this day.

 

9:8 And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD

our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his

holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little

reviving in our bondage.

 

9:9 For we were bondmen; 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 to

repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in

Jerusalem.

 

9:10 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have

forsaken thy commandments, 9:11 Which thou hast commanded 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 from one end to another

with their uncleanness.

 

9:12 Now therefore give not your daughters 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.

 

9:13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for

our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less

than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as

this; 9:14 Should we again break thy commandments, and join in

affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be

angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no

remnant nor escaping?  9:15 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.

 

10:1 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when 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 children:

for the people wept very sore.

 

10:2 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.

 

10:3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to 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.

 

10:4 Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with

thee: be of good courage, and do it.

 

10:5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all

Israel, to swear that they should do according to this word. And they

sware.

 

10:6 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the

chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he

did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the

transgression of them that had been carried away.

 

10:7 And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto

all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves

together unto Jerusalem; 10:8 And that whosoever would not come within

three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders,

all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the

congregation of those that had been carried away.

 

10:9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves

together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on

the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street

of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the

great rain.

 

10:10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have

transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass

of Israel.

 

10:11 Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers,

and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the

land, and from the strange wives.

 

10:12 Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice,

As thou hast said, so must we do.

 

10:13 But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we

are not able to stand without, neither is this a work of one day or

two: for we are many that have transgressed in this thing.

 

10:14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all

them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed

times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof,

until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us.

 

10:15 Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah

were employed about this matter: and Meshullam and Shabbethai the

Levite helped them.

 

10:16 And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest,

with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers,

and all of them by their names, were separated, and sat down in the

first day of the tenth month to examine the matter.

 

10:17 And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange

wives by the first day of the first month.

 

10:18 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had

taken strange wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak,

and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah.

 

10:19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives;

and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their trespass.

 

10:20 And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zebadiah.

 

10:21 And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah,

and Jehiel, and Uzziah.

 

10:22 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael,

Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah.

 

10:23 Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah, (the same

is Kelita,) Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.

 

10:24 Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the porters; Shallum, and

Telem, and Uri.

 

10:25 Moreover of Israel: of the sons of Parosh; Ramiah, and Jeziah,

and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and Benaiah.

 

10:26 And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and

Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah.

 

10:27 And of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and

Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza.

 

10:28 Of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and

Athlai.

 

10:29 And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Jashub,

and Sheal, and Ramoth.

 

10:30 And of the sons of Pahathmoab; Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah,

Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh.

 

10:31 And of the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah, Shemaiah,

Shimeon, 10:32 Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.

 

10:33 Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet,

Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei.

 

10:34 Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, and Uel, 10:35 Benaiah,

Bedeiah, Chelluh, 10:36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, 10:37 Mattaniah,

Mattenai, and Jaasau, 10:38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei, 10:39 And

Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah, 10:40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,

10:41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah, 10:42 Shallum, Amariah, and

Joseph.

 

10:43 Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau,

and Joel, Benaiah.

 

10:44 All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by

whom they had children.