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Thefoundatioil EZRA, nnd of all the sef feasts of the Lord that were consecrated, and. of every one that willingly offered a lree-willolleriug unto the Loud.

Prom the first day of the seventh month began (.hey to oiler burnt-offeringa unto the Lord. But t):e foundation of the temple of the Louu was not yet laid.

7 They gave money also unto the masons,and to the carpenters ; and meat, and drink,and oil,unto them of Zidou, and lo them of Tyre, lo bring cedartrees from Lebanon to theseaof Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia.

8 Tf ffow in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the sou of Shealliel, and Jeehua the son of Jozadau,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, Irom twenty years oiti and upward, to set brward the work of the house of the

of die temple laid. pie : for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard alar oil.

y Then stood Jeshua iv'ah his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his eons, the sons of Judah,together,to set forward the workmen in the house of vjod : the soos of Henad:id,U'/<A their sous and their brethren the Levitt

10 And when li'e builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Loan, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the 6ons of Asaph with cymbals, lo praise the Loud, after the ordinance of Darid king of Israel.

11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord ; because he is good,lor his mercy enduvetk for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the luuudawon of the house of the Lord was laid.

12 But many of the priests and Levites, and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house,wheii the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes,wept with n loud voice ; and many shouted idoudfor joy;

13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the .shout of joy from tite noise of the weening of the peo

CI-1AP. IV.

NOW when the adversaries of Ju^ dahand Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lono God of Israel;

2 Then ihey came to Zerubbabel, and to ihe chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you : lor we seek your God, as ye da; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.

3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of Ihe chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have noth ing to do with us to build ahouse unto our God ; but we ourselves together will build unto the Lord God of Is

, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us. \ Then the people of the land weakned the hands of the people of Judab, nd troubled them in building;

5 And hired counsellors againsttbem, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until tiie reign of Darius king of Persia.

6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of Judith and Jerusalem.

7TTAud in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlain, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia ; ai.d the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted ir. the Syrian tongue.

S Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:

9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions; the Dinaises.the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonian.*, the Susanchiles, the Dehavites, find the Elamites,

10 And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asuapper brought over, and set in the cities of Samaria and the rest t/tafu/'e on this side the river, and at such a time.

11 IT This is the copy of the lett:r

Artaxe?-xcs' decree. CHA that they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy sen'ants tlie men on this sale the river, and at such

12 Be it known unto the king, that[ the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious anil the bad city, and have set up the walla thereof, aud joined the foundations.

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

1-t 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,

15 That search may be made in the hook of Hie records of thy lathers 6halt thou find in the book of the ords, and know that this city is s oellious city, and hurtful unto k and provinces, and that they have) moved sedition within the name of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.'

16 We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls ihereof set up, by this means thou slialt have no portion on this side the

17 IF Then sent the king an answer unto Reborn the chancellor, and Co Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwelt in Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the river, Pence, and at such a time.

18 The letter which ye 6entunlo us| hath been plainly read before me.

19 And 1 commanded, and search hath been made, and it is found that' this city of old lime hath made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.

20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all con»tf)~ics beyond the and toll, tribute, and custom, \va9 paid unto them.

21 Give yc now commandment to cause these men to cease,and that this J city be not builded, until ano'Ju inaiidment shall be given from

22 Takeheednow thalys fa'l not to|

P. V. 'iMnaVs letter;

do this; why show.d damage grow to
the hurt ol the kings?
23 TT Now when the copy of kiig
Artaxerxes' letter was read before
Rehum, and Shimshai the 6Cribe, and
their companions, they went up in
haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews.and,
made them to cease by force and
power.

2-1 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.

CHAP. V.

THEN the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that lucre in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them.

2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Joz.adak, and beean to build the house o." God which is at Jerusalem: and with them iccre the prophets of God he'o inglhem.

3 At the same \ime came to them Tntnai, governor on this side the river, uid Sbeihar-bo7.nai,and theircouipanons, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this hou;?e, and to make up this wall?

4 Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of tbe men that make this building?

5 But the eye of their God was.upoo the elders of the Jews, that they could

cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter.

6 T\ The copy of the letter that Tat nai, governor on this 6ide the river, and Shethar-boznai, and his companions the Apharsachites,which were on this side the river.sent unto Darius the

7 They sentaletteruntohim, wherein was written thus; Unto Darius the king, all peace.

8 Be it known unto the king,thatwe went into the province of Judea.to the house of the great God.which isbuilded with greatstones,aud timber is laid in the walls, and this work goetli fast on, and prosperethin their hands.

9 Then asked we those elders, and .said unto them thus, Who commanded The decree EZRA. qfDav\

you to build this bouse,and to make upj 3 In tlie first year of Cyrus the king) Jlie temple finished. CHAP. VII

these walls?

10 We ask their names also, to certify tbee, that we might write thenair.es ofthe men thatiwc the chief of them.

11 And thus they returned us answer, naying, We are the servants of (he God of heaven and earth, and build the bouse that was buikled these mair years ago, which a great king of Israeli buikled and set up.

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.

13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king or Babylon, the same king Cyrue made a decree to build this house of God,

14 And the vessels also of gold and silver ofthe house of God,wbich Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Baby Ion,those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name u<<u Sheshbazzar, whom he had made gov ernor;

15 And said uulo him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be buikled in his place.

16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, tojtf laid the foundation ofthe house of| God which win Jerusalem: and since (hat time even until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished.

J 7 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure-house, which is (here at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build (his house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this mutter.!

CHAP. VI. | rp HEN Darius the king made a de

JL cree, and search was made in the nouse of the rolls, where the treasures wer' .nid up in Babylon.

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

.me Cyrus the king made a de" cree concerning the house ofGoda* Jerusalem, Let the house be buikled, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let ihe foundations thereof be strongly loid; the height thereof threescore cubits, mid the breadth thereof threescore cubits;

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

5 And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out ofthe temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought untoBabylon, be restored,and brought again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem,every one to his place, and place tlicm in the house of God.

b' Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shelhar-boznai, and your companions the A-pliareachites, which are beyond the rive/, be ye far from thence:

7 Let the work o' this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his pl?ce. S Moreover I make a decree what'ye shall do (o the elders of f hese Jews lei the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, even ofthe tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they b lot hindered.

9 And that which they have need o( both young bullocks, and rams, ai lambs, for the burnt-offerings of lb God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, ano oil, according to the appointment r the priests which arc at Jerusalem, lel it be given them day by day withoul fail:

10 That they may ofTer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God bfiieaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

11 Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, Jet 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.

12 And tfie God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people that shall put to their hand to alter find to destroy this house of

God which is at Jerusakm 1 Darius have made n decree; iet it be done with speed.

13 If Then Tatnai, governor on this tide the river, Sbeihar-bozuia, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily.

14 And Uie elders of the Jews build-, ed, and tliey prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the eon 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.

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 Hie king.

16 TT 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 rt'ith joy,

17 And offered at the dedication of this house of God a hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four bundled lambs; and for a sin-ollering lb Israel, twelve he-goats, accordin the number of the tribes of Israel.

18 And they set the priests in i divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God which is at Jerusalem ; as it is written book of Moses

19 And the cnildren of the captivity kept the pasaover upon the fourteenth day of the first month.

20 For the priesta and the Levites were purified together; all of tbemi mere pure, and lulled the passover for] nil the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.

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

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 kingof Assyria unto them, to strengthen their bands *i the work of the house of God, the God oflarael.

Artaxerxes1 decree. CHAP. VII.

NOW after these things, in IhereigQ of Artaxerxes king of Persia,Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,

2 The son orShallum,the son of Za dok, the son of Ahilub,

3 The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,

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

The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the 60n of Aaron the chief priest;

6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he mat a ready scribe in (lie law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given: and the king granted lim all his request, according to the !»and of the Lord his God upon him.

7 And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priest^ rtnd the Levites, and the singers, ana the porters, and the Nithmims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

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

9 For upon the first day al the first nonth began he 1o go up from Baby on, and on the first day of the fifth nonth came tie to Jerusalem, accord ng to the good hand of his God upon

10 For Ezra had prepared bis heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do if, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

11 TT Now this U 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

o Israel.

12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the lasv of the God of heaven, perfect peace, au*i at such a time.

13 L make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are

linded of their own free will to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee,

14 Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and of his seven counsellors, tc inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of thy God which is hi thy hand;

Those who returned

15 And to cany Ue silver and gc , which the king and Ins counsellors have freely offered unto the God of Israel, whose habitation u- in Jerusalem,

16 And all the silver and gold that| thou canst find in all the province of Babylon, with the free-will-oil'eringof the people, and of the priests, offer willingly for the house of their God which in Jerusalem;

17 That thou may est buy speedily with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, willi their meat-offerings, and their drink-cfleriugs, and oiler them upon the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.

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

1.9 The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, chose deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem.

20 And whatsoever more shall be needful for the house of thy God, which thou shall have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's treasurehouse.

21 And I cvenl, Artaxerxes the king, •lomnke a decree to all the treasurers which' are beyond the river, thai] whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shaM require of you, it be done speedily,

22 Unto a hundred talents of silver, and to a hundred measures of wheat, and to a hundred baths of wine, and to a hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing hoiu tnuch.

23 Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, Jet 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 eons?

2-1 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Wilhinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not he lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.

2i5 And thou,Ezra, aflerlhe wisdom of thy God, that is in thy hand, sct| magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond trie river, all such as know the laws of tliy God f and teach ye them that know ihcm not.

EZRA. v-uh Ezra.

26 And whosoever will not Jo the law or thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or lo banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.

27 IT Blessed be the Lord God ofou:fathers, which hath put sttch a thing

s this in the king's heart, to beautify

ihe house of the Lord which w
rusalein:

23 And hath extended mercy unlo me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And 1 was strengthened as the hand of the Lckd my God was upon me, and 1 gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with rat. CHAP. VIII.

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

2 Of thesonsof Phinelias; Gershon: of the sons of Ithamnr; Daniel: of

he sons of David; Hattush.

3 Of the 3ons of Shechaniah, of the onsof Pharosh; Zechariah: and with iim were reckoned by genealogy of he males a hundred and fifty.

4 Of the sous of Palialh-inoab; Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah, and willi him two hundred males.

Of the sons of Shechaniah ; the son of Jahazic-1, and with him three huu h-ed males.

15 Of the sons also of Adin: Ebcu the son of Jonathan, and with hnn fifty males.

7 And of the sons of Elam; Jcshaiaii the son of Athalialt, and with him seventy males.

8 And of the sons of Shephatiali; Zebadiah the son of Michael, and with 'iim fourscore males.

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

10 And of the sons ol'Shelomitli; the son of Josiphiah, and with hiin a hundred and threescore males.

11 And of the eons of Bebai; Zechariah the son of BeK->j, and with him twenty and eig. -tales.

12 And of the V""7 "f Azgad ; Johanan thp son of tittKHatan, and with him a hundred and ten male?.

I 13 And of Uie last sons of Adonikain,

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