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Apocrypha. that were in Celosyria and Phenice, and unto the king of Persia in the second year of his them in Libanus, that they should bring cedar reign, in the month Nisan, which is the first wood from Libanus unto Jerusalem, and that month. they should build the city with him.. 17 And these are they of Jewry that came up

49 Moreover he wrote for all the Jews that from the captivity, where they dwelt as stranwent out of his realm up into Jewry, concern- gers, whom Nabuchodonosor the king of Babying their freedom, that no officer, no ruler, no lon had carried away unto Babylon. lieutenant, nor treasurer, should forcibly enter 8 And they returned unto Jerusalem, and to into their doors ;

the other parts of Jewry, every man to his own 50 And that all the country which they hold city, who came with Zorobabel, with Jesus, Neshould be free without tribute ; and that the hemias, and Zacharias, and Reesaias, Enenius, Edomites should give over the villages of the Mardocheus, Beelsarus, Aspharasus, Reelius, Jews which then they held :

Roimus, and Baana, their guides. 51 Yea, that there should be yearly given 9 The number of them of the nation, and twenty talents to the building of the temple, un- their governors, sons of Phoros, two thousand til the time that it were built ;

an hundred seventy and two; the sons of Saphat, 52 And other ten talents yearly, to maintain four hundred seventy and two: the burnt-offerings upon the altar every day, as 10 The sons of Ares, seven hundred fifty and they had a commandment to otter seventeen: six :

53 And that all they that went from Babylon 11 The sons of Phaath Moab, two thousand to build the city should have free liberty, as well eight hundred and twelve : they as their posterity, and all the priests that 12 The sons of Elam, a thousand two hunwent away.

dred fifty and four: the sons of Zathui, nine 54 He wrote also concerning the charges, and hundred forty and five : the sons of Corbe, seven the priests' vestments wherein they minister ; hundred and five: the sons of Bani, six hundred

55 And likewise for the charges of the Le- forty and eight: yites, to be given them, until the day that the 13 The sons of Bebai, six hundred twenty house were finished, and Jerusalem builded up. and three : the sons of Sadas, three thousand

56 And he commanded to give to all that kept two hundred twenty and two: the city pensions and wages.

14 The sons of Adonikam, six hundred sixty 57 He sent away also all the vessels from and seven : the sons of Bagoi, two thousand Babylon, that Cyrus had set apart ; and all that sixty and six: the sons of Adin, four hundred Cyrus had given in commandment, the same fifty and four: charged he also to be done, and sent unto Jeru- 15 The sons of Aterezias, ninety and two : salem.

the sons of Ceilan and Azetas, threescore and 58 | Now when this young man was gone seven : the sons of Azuran, four hundred thirty forth, he lifted up his face to heaven, toward Je- and two: rusalem, and praised the King of heaven, 16 The sons of Ananias, a hundred and one :

59 And said, From thee cometh victory, from the sons of Arom, thirty-two: and the sons of thee cometh wisdom, and thine is the glory, and Bassa, three hundred twenty and three: the I am thy servant.

sons of Azephurith, an hundred and two : Co Blessed art thou, who hast given me wis. 17 The sons of Meterus, three thousand and dom: for to thee I give thanks, O Lord of our five : the sons of Bethlomon, an hundred twenty fathers.

and three : 61 And so he took the letters, and went out, 18 They of Netophah, fifty and five : they and came unto Babylon, and told it all his bre- of Anathoth, an hundred fifty and eight : they of thren.

Bethsamos, forty and two : 62 And they praised the God of their fa- 19 They of Kiriathiarius, twenty and five : thers, because they had given them freedom and they of Caphira and Beroth, seven hundred forty

and three : they of Pira, seven hundred : 63 To go up, and to build Jerusalem, and the 20 They of Chadias, and Ammidioi, four huntemple which is called by his name : and they dred twenty and two: they of Cirama and Gabfeasted with instruments of music and gladness des, six hundred twenty and one: seven days.

| 21 They of Macalon, an hundred twenty and CHAP. V.

two: they of Betolius, fifty and two : the sons AFTER this were the principal men of the of Nephis, an hundred fifty and six : A families chosen according to their tribes, l 22 The sons of Calamolalus and Onus, seven to go up with their wives, and sons, and daugh-hundred twenty and five : the sons of Jerechus, ters, with their men-servants, and maid-servants, two hundred forty and five: and their cattle.

| 23 The sons of Annaas, three thousand three 2 And Darius sent with them a thousand hundred and thirty. horsemen, till they had brought them back to 24 The priests : the sons of Jeddu, the son Jerusalem safely, and with musical (instruments] of Jesus, among the sons of Sanasib, nine huntabrets and flutcs.

dred seventy and two: the sons of Meruth, a 3 And all their brethren played, and he made thousand fifty and two: them go up together with them.

| 25 The sons of Phassaron, a thousand forty 4 And these are the names of the men which and seven: the sons of Carme, a thousand and went up, according to their families among their seventeen. tribes, after their several heads.

1 26 The Levites: the sons of Jessue, and Cad5 The priests, the sons of Phinees the son of miel, and Banuas, and Sudias, seventy and Aaron: Jesus the son of Josedec, the son of Sa- four. raias, and Joacim the son of Zorobabel, the son 27 The holy singers: the sons of Asaph, an of Salathiel of the house of David, out of the hundred twenty and eight. kindred of Phares, of the tribe of Judah;

28 The porters: the sons of Salum, the sons 6 Who spake wise sentences before Darius of Jatal, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Da.

liberty

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Apocrypha cobi, the sons of Teta, the sons of Sami, in all an the singers also and the porters; and all Israel hundred thirty and nine.

in their villages. 29 The servants of the temple : the sons of 47 11 But when the seventh month was at Esau, the sons of Asipha, the sons of Tabaoth, hand, and when the children of Israel were evethe sons of Ceras, the sons of Sud, the sons of ry man in his own place, they came all together Phaleas, the sons of Labana, the sons of Graba, with one consent into the open place of the first

30 The sons of Acua, the sons of Uta, the gate which is toward the east. sons of Cetab, the sons of Agaba, the sons of 48 Then stood up Jesus the son of Josedec, Subai, the sons of Anan, the sons of Cathua, the and his brethren the priests, and Zorobabel the sons of Geddur,

son of Salathiel, and his brethren, and made 31 The sons of Airus, the sons of Daisan, the ready the altar of the God of Israel, sons of Noeba, the sons of Chaseba, the sons of 49 To offer burnt sacrifices upon it, according Gazera, the sons of Azia, the sons of Phinees, as it is expressly commanded in the book of the sons of Azara, the sons of Bastai, the sons Moses the man of God. of Asana, the sons of Meani, the sons of Naphi- 50 And there were gathered unto them out si, the sons of Acub, the sons of Acipha, the of the other nations of the land, and they erectsons of Assur, the sons of Pharacim, the sons of ed the altar upon his own place, because all the Basaloth,

nations of the land were at enmity with them, 32 The sons of Meeda, the sons of Coutha, and oppressed them; and they offered sacrifices the sons of Charea, the sons of Charcus, the according to the time, and burnt-offerings to the sons of Aserer, the sons of Thomoi, the sons of Lord both morning and evening. Nasith, the sons of Atipha.

51 Also they held the feast of tabernacles, as 33 The sons of the servants of Solomon: the it is commanded in the law, and offered sacrisons of Azaphion, the sons of Pharira, the sons fices daily, as was meet : of Jeeli, the sons of Lozon, the sons of Isdael, 52 And after that, the continual oblations, the sons of Sapheth,

and the sacrifice of the sabbaths, and of the new 34 The sons of Hagia, the sons of Phacareth, moons, and of all holy feasts. the sons of Sabi, the sons of Sarothie, the sons 53 And all they that had made any vow to of Masias, the sons of Gar, the sons of Addus, God began to offer sacrifices to God from the the sons of Suba, the sons of Apherra, the sons first day of the seventh month, although the of Barodis, the sons of Sabat, the sons of Allom. temple of the Lord was not yet built.

35 All the ministers of the temple, and the 54 And they gave unto the masons and carsons of the servants of Solomon, were three penters, money, meat, and drink, with cheerhundred seventy and two.

fulness. 36 These came up from Thermeleth, and 55 Unto them of Sidon also and Tyre they Thelersas, Charaathalar leading them, and Aa- gave cars, that they should bring cedar trees lar;

from Libanus, which should be brought by 37 Neither could they shew their families, nor floats to the haven of Joppe, according as it was their stock, how they were of Israel: the sons commanded them by Cyrus king of the Persians. of Ladan, the sons of Ban, the sons of Necodan, 56 || And in the second year and second six hundred fifty and two.

month after his coming to the temple of God at 3. And of the priests that usurped the office Jerusalem began Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, of the priesthood, and were not found : the sons and Jesus the son of Josedec, and their breof Obdia, the sons of Accoz, the sons of Addus, thren, and the priests, and the Levites, and all who married Augia one of the daughters of they that were come unto Jerusalem out of the Berzelus, and was named after his name. captivity:

39 And when the description of the kindred 57 And they laid the foundation of the house of these men was sought in the register, and of God in the first day of the second month, in was not found, they were removed from execut- the second year after they were come to Jewry ing the office of the priesthood;

and Jerusalem. 40 For unto them said Nehemias and Atha- 58 And they appointed the Levites from twenrias, that they should not be partakers of the ty years old over the works of the Lord. Then holy things, till there arose up an high priest stood up Jesus, and his sons and brethren, and clothed with doctrine and truth.

Cadmiel his brother, and the sons of Madiabun, 41 So of Israel from them of twelve years old with the sons of Joda the son of Eliadun, with and upward, they were all in number forty thou- their sons and brethren, all Levites, with one sand, beside men-servants and women-servants, accord setters forward of the business, labouring two thousand three hundred and sixty

to advance the works in the house of G

of God. S 42 Their men-servants and handmaids were the workmen built the temple of the Lord. seven thousand three hundred forty and seven : 59 And the priests stood arrayed in their vestthe singing-men and singing-women, two hun-ments with musical instruments and trumpets; dred forty and five :

and the Levites the sons of Asaph had cym43 Four hundred thirty and five camels, seven bals, thousand thirty and six horses, two hundred 60 Singing songs of thanksgiving, and praisforty and five mules, five thousand five hundred ing the Lord, according as David the king of twenty and five beasts used to the yoke.

Israel had ordained. 41 Ånd certain of the chief of their families, 61 And they sung with loud voices songs to when they came to the temple of God that is in the praise of the Lord, because his mercy and Jerusalem, vowed to set up the house again in glory is for ever in all Israel. his own place according to their ability, 1 62 And all the people sounded trumpets, and

45 And to give into the holy treasury of the shouted with a loud voice, singing songs of works a thousand pounds of gold, five thousand thanksgiving unto the Lord for the rearing up of eilver, an hundred priestly vestments

of the house of the Lord. 46 And so dwelt the priests, and the Levites, 63 Also of the priests and Levites, and of the and the people in Jerusalem, and in the country, Ichief of their families, the ancients who had seen

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Apocrypha. the former house, came to the building of this new, of hewn and costly stones, and the timber with weeping and great crying.

already laid upon the walls. 64 But many with trumpets and joy shouted 10 And those works are done with great with loud voice,

speed, and the work goeth on prosperously in 65 Insomuch that the trumpets might not be their hands, and with all glory and diligence is heard for the weeping of the people : yet the it made. multitude sounded marvellously, so that it was 11 Then asked we these elders, saying, By heard afar off.

| whose commandment build ye this house, and 66 [ Wherefore when the enemies of the tribe lay the foundations of these works? of Judah and Benjamin heard it, they came 12 Therefore to the intent that we might give to know what thai noise of trumpets should knowledge unto thee by writing, we demanded mean.

of them who were the chief doers, and we re67 And they perceived that they that were quired of them the names in writing of their of the captivity did build the temple unto the principal men. Lord God of Israel.

| 13 So they gave us this answer, We are the 68 So they went to Zorobabel and Jesus, and servants of the Lord which made heaven and to the chief of the families, and said unto them, earth. We will build together with you.

14 And as for this house, it was builded many 69 For we likewise, as ye, do obey your Lord, years ago by a king of Israel, great and strong, and do sacrifice unto him from the days of Az- and was finished. bazareth the king of the Assyrians, who brought 15 But when our fathers provoked God unto us hither.

wrath, and sinned against the Lord of Israel 70 Then Zorobabel and Jesus, and the chief which is in heaven, he gave them over into the of the families of Israel said unto them, It is not power of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, of for us and you to build together an house unto the Chaldees ; the Lord our God.

16 Who pulled down the house, and burned 71 We ourselves alone will build unto the it, and carried away the people captives unto Lord of Israel, according as Cyrus the king of Babylon. the Persians hath commanded us.

1 1s But in the first year that king Cyrus 72 But the heathen of the land lying heavy reigned over the country of Babylon, Cyrus the upon the inhabitants of Judea, and holding them king wrote to build up this house. strait, hindered their building;

13 And the holy vessels of gold and of silver 73 And by their secret plots, and popnlar that Nabuchodonosor had carried away out of persuasions and commotions, they hindered the the house at Jerusalem, and had set them in finishing of the building all the time that king his own temple, those Cyrus the king brought Cyrus lived: so they were hindered from build- forth again out of the temple at Babylon, and ing for the space of two years, until the reign they were delivered to Zorobabel and to Sanaof Darius.

bassarus the ruler, | CHAP. VI.

| 19 With commandment that he should carry N OW in the second year of the reign of Da- away the same vessels, and put them in the

W rius, Aggeus, and Zacharias the son of temple at Jerusalem; and that the temple of the
Addo, the prophets, prophesied unto the Jews, Lord should be built in his place.
in Jewry and Jerusalem, in the name of the Lord 20 Then the same Sanabassarus, being come
God of Israel which was upon them.

hither, laid the foundations of the house of the 2 Then stood up Zorobabel the son of Sala- Lord at Jerusalem: and from that time to this thiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and began being still a building, it is not yet fully ended. to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, the 21 Now therefore, if it seem good unto the prophets of the Lord being with them, and help- king, let search be made among the records of ing them.

king Cyrus: 3 At the same time came unto them Sisinnes, 22 And if it be found that the building of the the governor of Syria and Phenice, with Sath-house of the Lord at Jerusalem hath been done rabuzanes, and his companions, and said unto with the consent of king Cyrus, and if our lord them,

the king be so minded, let him signify unto us 4 By whose appointment do ye build this thereof. house and this roof, and perform all the other | 23 | Then commanded king Darius to seek things ? and who are the workmen that perform among the records at Babylon: and so at Ecthese things?

batana the palace, which is in the country of 5 Nevertheless the elders of the Jews obtained Media, there was found a roll wherein these favour, because the Lord had visited the cap- things were recorded. tivity.

| 24 In the first year of the reign of Cyrus, 6 And they were not hindered from building, king Cyrus commanded that the house of the until such time as signification was given unto Lord at Jerusalem should be built again, where Darius concerning them, and an answer re- they do sacrifice with continual fire : ceived.

25 Whose height shall be sixty cubits, and 7 l The copy of the letters which Sisinnes, the breadth sixty cubits, with three rows of hewn governor of Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabu- stones, and one row of new wood of that counzanes, with their companions, rulers in Syria try; and the expenses thereof to be given out and Phenice, wrote and sent unto Darius; To of the house of king Cyrus : king Darius, greeting :

| 26 And that the holy vessels of the house of 8 Let all things be known unto our lord the the Lord, both of gold and silver, that Nabuking, that being come into the country of Ju-chodonosor took out of the house at Jerusalem, dea, and entered into the city of Jerusalem, we and brought to Babylon, should be restored to found in the city of Jerusalem the ancients of the house at Jerusalem, and be set in the place the Jews that were of the captivity,

where they were before. 9 Building an house unto the Lord, great and! 27 And also he commanded that Sisinnes the

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Apocrypha. governor of Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabu-/all sanctified together : but the Levites were all zanes, and their companions, and those which sanctified together. were appointed rulers in Syria and Phenice, 12 And so they offered the passover for all should be careful not to meddle with the place, them of the captivity, and for their brethren the but suffer Zorobabel, the servant of the Lord, Ipriests, and for themselves. and governor of Judea, and the elders of the 13 And the children of Israel that came out Jews, to build the house of the Lord in that of the captivity did eat, even all they that had place.

separated themselves from the abominations of 28 I have commanded also to have it built up the people of the land, and sought the Lord. whole again ; and that they look diligently to 14 And they kept the feast of unleavened help those that be of the captivity of the Jews, bread seven days, making merry before the till the house of the Lord be finished:

Lord, 29 And out of the tribute of Celosyria and Phe- 15 For that he had turned the counsel of the nice, a portion carefully to be given these men, king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their for the sacrifices of the Lord, that is, to Zoro- hands in the works of the Lord God of Israel. babel the governor, for bullocks, and rams, and

CHAP. VIII. lambs ;

LA ND after these things, when Artaxerxes the 30 And also.corn, salt, wine, and oil, and that A king of the Persians reigned, came Esdras continually every year without further question, the son of Saraias, the son of Ezerias, the son of according as the priests that be in Jerusalem Helchiah, the son of Salum, shall signify to be daily spent :

1 2 The son of Sadduc, the son of Achitob, the 31 That offerings may be made to the most son of Amarias, the son of Ezias, the son of Me. high God, for the king, and for his children, and remoth, the son of Zarias, the son of Savias, the that they may pray for their lives.

son of Boccas, the son of Abisum, the son of 32 And he commanded that whosoever should Phinees, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron transgress, yea, or make light of any thing afore the chief priest. spoken or written, out of his own house should 3 This Esdras went up from Babylon, as a a tree be taken, and he thereon be hanged, and scribe, being very ready in the law of Moses, all his goods scized for the king.

that was given by the God of Israel. 33 The Lord therefore, whose name is there 4 And the king did him honour: for he found called upon, utterly destroy every king and na- grace in his sight in all his requests. tion, that stretcheth out his hand to hinder or 5 There went up with him also certain of the endamage that house of the Lord in Jerusa- children of Israel, of the priests, of the Levites, lem.

of the holy singers, porters, and ministers of the 34 I Darius the king have ordained that temple, unto Jerusalem, according unto these things it be done with dili- 6'In the seventh year of the reign of Artagence.

xerxes, in the fifth month, this was the king's CHAP. VII.

seventh year; for they went from Babylon in THEN Sisinnes ihe governor of Celosyria the first day of the first month, and came to Je

1 and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their rusalem, according to the prosperous journey companions, following the commandments of which the Lord gave them. king Darius,

17 For Esdras had very great skill, so that he 2 Did very carefully oversee the holy works, omitted nothing of the law and commandments assisting the ancients of the Jews and governors of the Lord, but taught all Israel the ordinances of the temple.

and judgments. 3 And so the holy works prospered when Ag. 8'? Now the copy of the commission, which geus and Zacharias the prophets prophesied. was written from Artaxerxes the king, and came * 4 And they finished these things by the com- to Esdras the priest and reader of the law of the mandment of the Lord God of Israel, and with Lord, is this that followeth; the consent of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes, 9 King Artaxerxes unto Esdras the priest and kings of Persia.

reader of the law of the Lord sendeth greet5 And thus was the holy house finished in ing : the three and twentieth day of the month Adar, 10 Having determined to deal graciously, I in the sixth year of Darius king of the Per- have given order, that such of the nation of the sians.

Jews, and of the priests and Levites being with6 And the children of Israel, the priests, and in our realm, as are willing and desirous, should the Levites, and others that were of the captivi- go with thee unto Jerusalem. ty, that were added unto them, did according to 11 As many therefore as have a mind there. the things written in the book of Moses. unto, let them depart with thee, as it hath

7 And to the dedication of the temple of the seemed good both to me and my seven friends Lord they offered an hundred bullocks, two hun- the counsellors; dred rams, four hundred lambs;

| 12 That they may look unto the affairs of 8 And twelve goats for the sin of all Israel, Judea and Jerusalem, agreeably to that which is according to the number of the chief of the tribes in the law of the Lord ; of Israel.

| 13 And carry the gifts unto the Lord of Is9 The priests also and the Levites stood ar- rael to Jerusalem, which I and my friends have rayed in their vestments, according to their vowed, and all the gold and silver that in the kindreds, in the service of the Lord God of Is-country of Babylon can be found, to the Lord in rael, according to the book of Moses : and the Jerusalem, porters at every gate.

14 With that also which is given of the peo10 I And the children of Israel that were of ple for the temple of the Lord their God at Je. the captivity held the passover the fourteenth rusalem: and that silver and gold may be col. day of the first month, after that the priests and lected for bullocks, rams, and lambs, and things the Levites were sanctified.

thereunto appertaining; 11 They that were of the captivity were not! 15 To the end that they may offer sacrifices

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Apocrypha. unto the Lord upon the altar of the Lord their zelus, and with him two hundred and twelve God, which is in Jerusalem.

men: 16 And whatsoever thou and thy brethren will! 36 Of the sons of Banid, Assalimoth son of do with the silver and gold, that do, according Josaphias, and with him an hundred and threeto the will of thy God.

score men: 17 And the holy vessels of the Lord which 37 Of the sons of Babi, Zacharias son of Beare given thee for the use of the temple of thy bai, and with him twenty and eight men: God, which is in Jerusalem, thou shalt set before 38 of the sons of Astath, Johannes son of thy God in Jerusalem.

Acatan, and with him an hundred and ten men : 18 And whatsoever thing else thou shalt re- 39 Of the sons of Adonicam the last, and member for the use of the temple of thy God, these are the names of them, Eliphalet, Jeuel, thou shalt give it out of the king's treasury. and Samaias, and with them seventy men:

19 And I king Artaxerxes have also com- 40 Of the sons of Bago, Uthi the son of Istalmanded the keepers of the treasures in Syria curus, and with him seventy men. and Phenice, that whatsoever Esdras the priest 41 And these I gathered together to the river and the reader of the law of the most high God called Theras, where we pitched our tents three shall send for, they should give it him with days: and then I surveyed them. speed,

142 But when I had found there none of the 20 To the sum of an hundred talents of silver, priests and Levites, likewise also of wheat even to an hundred cors, 43 Then sent I unto Eleazar, and Iduel, and and an hundred pieces of wine, and other things Masman, in abundance.

44 And Alnathan, and Mamaias, and Joribas, 21 Let all things be performed after the law and Nathan, Eunatan, Zacharias, and Mosollaof God diligently unto the most high God, that mon, principal men and learned. wrath come not upon the kingdom of the king 45 And I bade them that they should go unto and his sons.

Saddeus the captain, who was in the place of the 22 I command you also, that ye require no treasury : tax, nor any other imposition of any of the 46 And commanded them that they should priests or Levites, or holy singers, or porters, or speak unto Daddeus, and to his brethren, and to ministers of the temple, or of any that have doings the treasurers in that place, to send us such men in this temple, and that no man have authority as might execute the priest's office in the house to impose any thing upon them.

of the Lord. 23 And thou, Esdras, according to the wis- 47 And by the mighty hand of our Lord they dom of God, ordain judges and justices, that they brought unto us skilful men of the sons of Moli may judge in all Syria and Phenice all those the son of Levi, the son of Israel, Asebebia, and that know the law of thy God; and those that his sons, and his brethren, who were eighteen. know it not thou shalt teach

L 48 And Asebia, and Annuus, and Osaias his 24 And whosoever shall transgress the law brother, of the sons of Channuncus, and their of thy God, and of the king, shall be punished sons, were twenty men. .. diligently, whether it be by death, or other 49 And of the servants of the temple whom punishment, by penalty of money, or by imprison- David had ordained, and the principal men for ment.

the service of the Levites (to wit) the servants 25 ? Then said Esdras the scribe, Blessed be of the temple, two hundred and twenty, the the only Lord God of my fathers, who hath put catalogue of whose names were shewed. these things into the heart of the king, to glorify 50 1 And there I vowed a fast unto the young his house that is in Jerusalem :

men before our Lord, to desire of him a pros26 And hath honoured me in the sight of the perous journey both for us and them that were king, and his counsellors, and all his friends, and with us, for our children, and for the cattle : nobles.

51 For I was ashamed to ask the king foot2 Therefore was I encouraged by the help men, and horsemen, and conduct for safeguard of the Lord my God, and gathered together men against our adversaries. of Israel to go up with me.

52 For we had said unto the king, that the 28 [ And these are the chief according to power of the Lord our God should be with them their families and several dignities, that went that seek him, to support them in all ways. up with me from Babylon in the reign of king 53 And again we besought our Lord as touchArtaxerxes:

ing these things, and found him favourable unto 29 Or the sons of Phinees, Gerson : of the us. sons of Ithamar, Gamael: of the sons of David, 54 [ Then I separated twelve of the chief of Lettus the son of Sechenias:

the priests, Esebrias, and Assanias, and ten men 30 Of the sons of Pharez, Zacharias; and of their brethren with them: with him were counted an hundred and fifty 55 And I weighed them the gold, and the inen:

silver, and the holy vessels of the house of our 31 Of the sons of Pahath Moab, Eliaonias, Lord, which the king, and his council, and the the son of Zaraias, and with him two hundred princes, and all Israel, had given. men:

| 56 And when I had weighed it, I delivered 32 Of the sons of Zathoe, Sechenias the son unto them six hundred and sixty talents of silof Jezelus, and with him three hundred men: ver, and silver vessels of an hundred talents, and of the sons of Adin, Obeth the son of Jonathan, an hundred talents of gold, and with him two hundred and fifty men: 1 57 And twenty golden vessels, and twelve

33 Of the sons of Elam, Josias son of Gotho-/vessels of brass, even of fine brass, glittering like lias, and with him soventy men :

34 Of the sons of Saphatias, Zaraias son of 1° 58 And I said unto them, Both ye are holy Michael, and with him threescore and ten unto the Lord, and the vessels are holy, and the Men:

gold and the silver is a vow unto the Lord, the 33 or the sons of Joab, Abadias son of Je-Lord of our fathers.

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