|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,
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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
|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;
|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.
|And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a
thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives,
|Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four
hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.
|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
|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;
|Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah,
Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah.
The number of the men of the people of Israel:
|The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and
|The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.
|The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five.
|The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and
Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.
|The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.
|The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and five.
|The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.
|The children of Bani, six hundred forty and two.
|The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three.
|The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two.
|The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six.
|The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six.
|The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four.
|The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.
|The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and three.
|The children of Jorah, an hundred and twelve.
|The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty and three.
|The children of Gibbar, ninety and five.
|The children of Bethlehem, an hundred twenty and three.
|The men of Netophah, fifty and six.
|The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight.
|The children of Azmaveth, forty and two.
|The children of Kirjatharim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven
hundred and forty and three.
|The children of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.
|The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty and two.
|The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty and three.
|The children of Nebo, fifty and two.
|The children of Magbish, an hundred fifty and six.
|The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty
|The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.
|The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and
|The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.
|The children of Senaah, three thousand and six hundred and
|The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua,
nine hundred seventy and three.
|The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.
|The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and
|The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.
|The Levites: the children of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the
children of Hodaviah, seventy and four.
|The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred twenty and
|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.
|The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha,
the children of Tabbaoth,
|The children of Keros, the children of Siaha, the children of
|The children of Lebanah, the children of Hagabah, the children
|The children of Hagab, the children of Shalmai, the children
|The children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children of
|The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of
|The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah, the children of
|The children of Asnah, the children of Mehunim, the children
|The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children
|The children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children
|The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children
|The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.
|The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the
children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda,
|The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children
|The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the
children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Ami.
|All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants,
were three hundred ninety and two.
|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:
|The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children
of Nekoda, six hundred fifty and two.
|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:
|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.
|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.
|The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand
three hundred and threescore,
|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.
|Their horses were seven hundred thirty and six; their mules,
two hundred forty and five;
|Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; their asses, six
thousand seven hundred and twenty.
|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:
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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;
|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.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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:
|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
|Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the
children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God
|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.
|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.
|Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people
of Judah, and troubled them in building,
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter
against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:
|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,
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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;
|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.
|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.
|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.
|The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage
grow to the hurt of the kings?
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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?
|Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names
of the men that make this building?
|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
|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:
|They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto
Darius the king, all peace.
|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.
|Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who
commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?
|We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might
write the names of the men that were the chief of them.
|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.
|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.
|But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same
king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.
|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;
|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.
|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
|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.
|Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the
house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in
|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
|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
|With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and
let the expenses be given out of the king's house:
|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.
|Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river,
Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which
are beyond the river, be ye far from thence:
|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
|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.
|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:
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the
fourteenth day of the first month.
|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
|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,
|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.
|Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of
Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son
|The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,
|The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,
|The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,
|The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar,
the son of Aaron the chief priest:
|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.
|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.
|And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the
seventh year of the king.
|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.
|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.
|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
|Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of
the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a
|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.
|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;
|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,
|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:
|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.
|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.
|The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the
house of thy God, those deliver thou before the God of
|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.
|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,
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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:
|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
|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.
|Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons of Ithamar;
Daniel: of the sons of David; Hattush.
|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.
|Of the sons of Pahathmoab; Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah, and
with him two hundred males.
|Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel, and with him
three hundred males.
|Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with
him fifty males.
|And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and
with him seventy males.
|And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the son of Michael,
and with him fourscore males.
|Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him
two hundred and eighteen males.
|And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah, and with
him an hundred and threescore males.
|And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the son of Bebai, and with
him twenty and eight males.
|And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and
with him an hundred and ten males.
|And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names are these,
Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them threescore
|Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and Zabbud, and with them
|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
|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.
|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.
|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,
|And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari,
his brethren and their sons, twenty;
|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.
|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
|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.
|So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was
intreated of us.
|Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests,
Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,
|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:
|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;
|Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two
vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.
|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;
|By number and by weight of every one: and all the weight was
written at that time.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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
|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,
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have
forsaken thy commandments,
|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.
|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
|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;
|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?
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be
with thee: be of good courage, and do it.
|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.
|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
|And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto
all the children of the captivity, that they should gather
themselves together unto Jerusalem;
|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.
|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.
|And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have
transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the
trespass of Israel.
|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.
|Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice,
As thou hast said, so must we do.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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
|And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange
wives by the first day of the first month.
|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 they gave their hands that they would put away their
wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for
|And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zebadiah.
|And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah,
and Jehiel, and Uzziah.
|And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael,
Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah.
|Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah, (the
same is Kelita,) Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.
|Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the porters; Shallum,
and Telem, and Uri.
|Moreover of Israel: of the sons of Parosh; Ramiah, and Jeziah,
and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and
|And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and
Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah.
|And of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and
Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza.
|Of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and
|And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah,
Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth.
|And of the sons of Pahathmoab; Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah,
Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh.
|And of the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah,
|Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.
|Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet,
Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei.
|Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, and Uel,
|Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,
|Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,
|Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau,
|And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,
|And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah,
|Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,
|Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah,
|Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.
|Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau,
and Joel, Benaiah.
|All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives
by whom they had children.
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